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2014 Vol 4 No 4
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Upgrade to Cat E Series Mini ExcavatorsUpgrade to Cat E Series Mini Excavators

Caterpillar has introduced a new series to its compact radius mini hydraulic excavators. The 305E2, 305.5E2 and 308E2 are direct replacement for existing E series models

The E2 models retain many of the features of their predecessor, while introducing new technology and refinements to the benefit of the customer. For example, the new ‘High Definition Hydraulic’ (HDH) System provides a load sensing and flow sharing capability enabling greater precision, improved performance and greater controllability.

The 305.5E2 and 305E2 include a redesigned operator station. This update includes a wider opening, a higher quality suspension seat, easy to adjust arm rests and an overall improved ergonomic layout for operator comfort and productivity.

There is also a new interlocking front window system, updated operator interface controls and 100% pilot controls.

The E2 series models are equipped with the digital control panel specially designed for Cat Mini Excavators which goes under the acronym COMPASS standing for Complete Operation, Maintenance, Performance, and Security System.

The 305.5E2 and 305E2 include a redesigned operator station.     Built into the monitor are an anti-theft system, which requires a five-digit alphanumeric password to start the machine, an automatic engine-idle selection, which drops engine rpm to idle after 4 seconds of inactivity and an adjustable auxiliary-flow control for work tools.
Both main-line and optional secondary auxiliary-hydraulic systems can be adjusted on a scale of 1-15 through the monitor for added control.

Retained features include automatic two-speed, 100% pilot controls, excellent bucket rotation, blade float and safety.

Additionally, the blade float function allows the operator to drag the blade backwards (away from the cutting edge side) and the blade will “float” along the contour of the ground with only the weight of the blade bearing down to smooth the site after grading and backfilling holes leading to ease of operation and productivity.

A three models are ROPS, TOPS and Top Guard Level 1 certified; include the Cat Interlock (hydraulic lockout) System; a certified accumulator which allows for auxiliary pressure to be released, making connecting and disconnecting work tools safer and easier; and a travel alarm.

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