Oct. 21 2019 09:59 AM

New model marks Caterpillar’s entry in the 6-ton class offering.

Photo: Caterpillar

Deerfield, Illinois-based Caterpillar has released its new Cat 306 CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator that marks Caterpillar’s entry in the 6-ton class offering. Designed with an improved customer experience in mind, the 306 CR mini excavator is built to exceed customer expectations with strong performance, enhanced operator experience and simplified maintenance with extended service intervals. With standard exclusive features, like stick steer and new LCD monitor, it provides a great value for customers and boasts industry leading performance.

The new mini excavator features heavy-duty main structures, a fuel-efficient engine, load-sensing hydraulics, spacious cab and exclusive Cat Stick Steer system. It shares a similar controls layout and common components with the full line of Cat Next Generation mini excavators to simplify training, offer quick adaptation for operation and lower owning/operating costs.

With its long stick option, the 306 CR delivers a maximum dig depth of 162 inches and 15,821-pound maximum operating weight when equipped with the sealed and pressurized cab. A canopy alternative to the pressurized cab will be available for customers in 2020. Built with a swing boom, this Next Generation mini excavator’s compact radius design provides a low, 58-inch tail swing with counterweight for working close to obstructions.

Offering big performance features in a mini excavator, the new Cat 306 CR delivers class-leading lift performance of up to 7,839 pounds at a 9.8-foot radius. Enhanced uphill swing torque and increased cycle times provide greater productivity and efficiency.

The machine’s fuel-saving, load-sensing hydraulic system with an electronically controlled variable-displacement piston pump generates 46 gal/min hydraulic oil flow. It offers the hydraulic capacity for increased travel performance and higher digging forces than competitive units.