Cat in double Next Gen excavator launch

THE new Cat 317 and 317 GC 17t class Next Gen excavators have been launched.

The manufacturer said the machines boast improved machine performance, increased efficiencies and lower owning and operating costs than previous models.

Three available engine operating modes are available to match performance to the job. Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to improve efficiency, while ECO mode minimises fuel consumption on less demanding tasks. Available for the 317, Power mode provides maximum power and productivity for the most demanding projects.

A new main valve control eliminates the need for pilot lines, reduces pressure losses and lowers fuel consumption. Cat explained that both new models come with new Cat Advansys bucket tips, which offer ‘increased life, excellent retention and fast changes to maximise uptime on the job’.

Operators receive on-the-go weighing and real-time payload estimates to improve loading efficiency through the Cat Payload technology standard on the 317 model. Operating data including payload summaries, fuel usage and fault codes are captured by standard Product Link technology and accessed via Vision Link and the Cat App to boost fleet management efficiency.

Larger cab designs for both models are said to make entering and exiting easier and boost operator comfort and productivity. The new cabs feature a low-profile design plus large front, rear and side windows, improving visibility compared to the F series models. The 317 GC comes standard with the Cat comfort cab, while the 317 offers the choice between deluxe and premium cab designs.

These new Next Gen excavators come with rearview and right-hand sideview cameras to further improve visibility. The Cat 317 can be upgraded to 360-degree visibility. Enhanced sounds suppression lowers interior noise levels, while the new standard radio’s Bluetooth connectivity allows operators to make hands-free calls.