Caterpillar says its Next Generation Cat 352 hydraulic excavator offers up to 45% higher operating efficiency, up to 10% higher fuel efficiency, and up to 15% lower maintenance costs than the 352F model it replaces. The 352 comes standard with Cat Grade with 2D, but can be upgraded to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D. Other features include Grade Assist to automate boom and bucket movements, Cat Payload to provide real-time payload estimates to prevent overloading and underloading trucks, E-Fence to prevent the excavator from moving outside predefined boundaries, and more. The new Long Reach configuration can reach 64 feet (19.6 meters) and provides a dig depth of 43 feet (13 meters). An optional submarine solution provides waterproof digging to a depth of 66 feet (20 meters).
Increased Efficiency & Reduced Maintenance
Operators will also enjoy the 352’s new Smart Mode system which matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions to optimize fuel consumption and performance. The excavator also has a cooling system with an on-demand fan and an electrohydraulic control system that eliminates pilot lines and reduces pressure loss to further improve the efficiency of the machine. Upgrades to the hydraulic return filter and fuel system filters reduce the frequency of maintenance work. Routine upkeep is further simplified by positioning the fuel system’s water and sediment drains close to the hydraulic system’s oil level check point at ground level.
In addition to features like keyless pushbutton start, sound-suppressed rollover protective structure, and programmable joystick buttons that can be tailored to operator preference, the new Cat 352 has a tilt-up console for easy entry and exit, large windows and rear and right-side cameras for improved visibility, and Bluetooth-integrated radio with charging ports for phones.