The Benefits Of Going Small Just Got Bigger !

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Updated: November 9, 2020

 Versatile, flexible and easy to transport, small excavators deliver big benefits. Those advantages just got bigger with the introduction of Next Generation Cat® Small Excavators 313 and 315.

Boasting increased power and a range of standard Cat technologies designed to boost operator efficiencies by up to 45 per cent, the new models also lower maintenance costs by up to 25 per cent, making it the right fit for rental, municipal, and general all-around excavating applications requiring dependable performance and low operating costs.

Balancing the need for power and efficiency to deliver precise digging, the responsive hydraulic system includes a new main control valve that eliminates the need for pilot lines, reduces pressure losses, and lowers fuel consumption. A 10 per cent boost in swing torque elevates efficiency when working on slopes and moving around the jobsite. New Cat Advansys bucket tips on the 313 and 315 excavators deliver increased life, excellent retention, and fast changeover for maximum uptime on the jobsite.

All-New Cab Elevates Comfort

Cat 313 and 315 operators will experience a new, larger cab designed with improved ingress/egress to boost comfort and productivity. These models offer the choice of comfort, deluxe, and premium cab options.

The spacious cab offers a low-profile design plus large front, rear, and side windows with narrow cab pillars to offer 40 per cent greater visibility compared to F Series small excavators, enhancing safe operation.

Standard rearview and right-hand-sideview cameras further improve visibility of the operating environment. Owners can upgrade to 360-degree visibility to easily see objects and personnel around the excavator in a single view. Improved sound suppression lowers interior noise levels to improve comfort. Operators can make hands-free calls through the new standard radio’s Bluetooth connectivity for personal devices.

A larger, 10-in. (254-mm) LCD monitor offers touchscreen capability for easy navigation and features intuitive controls integrated into the monitor. Advanced viscous mounts significantly reduce cab vibration compared to previous models, reducing operator fatigue.

Expanded Technology, More Productive

Delivering superior performance and best-in-class productivity for 13-tonne and 15-tonne excavators, the new Cat 313 and 315 come standard with a host of productivity enhancing technologies to increase operator efficiency by up to 45 per cent. Standard Cat Payload provides on-the-go weighing and real-time payload estimates, so operators can deliver precise load targets every time to improve loading efficiency. Optional from factory Grade with Advanced 2D or Grade with 3D, standard Cat Grade with 2D automatically guides depth, slope and horizontal distance to grade for quickly and accurately reaching desired grade. Payload can be combined with VisionLink to remotely manage production targets. Critical operating data such as fuel usage, payload summaries and fault codes are tracked by standard Cat Product Link to help boost fleet management efficiency.

Standard Cat Product Link connects the jobsite to the office via VisionLink to report critical operating data. Allowing dealer technicians to run diagnostic testing on the models to pinpoint potential issues, new Remote Troubleshoot analyses real-time machine data captured by Product Link without impacting machine productivity and saving a service trip to the jobsite. New Remote Flash works around the machine’s production schedule to conveniently assure the 313 and 315 excavator is operating with the most current version of on-board software, so it delivers high performance, maximum efficiency and minimum downtime.

Increasing safety when excavating in confined spaces, the new 2D E-fence keeps the front linkage within a predefined work area to avoid hazards on the jobsite as well as standard cab avoidance.

Lower Operating Costs

The 313 and 315 feature a host of design upgrades that simplify maintenance to deliver up to 25 per cent lower costs than their F-series counterparts. The fuel-efficient Cat C3.6 engine meets stringent emission standards. The excavator’s new hydraulic oil filter delivers improved filtration and a 50 per cent longer change interval at 3000 hours. New anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement to improve system longevity.

Operators conveniently track filter life and maintenance intervals through the in-cab LCD monitor. All daily maintenance checkpoints, including engine oil, are easily accessible from ground level. A second engine oil dipstick gives service techs the option of checking and filling the engine oil on top of the machine. Cat S∙O∙SSM ports are accessed from ground level to allow for quick and easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis, simplifying maintenance.

More Fuel Efficient In The 313

The 313 compact design gives operators the confidence to dig, swing and dump in space-restricted jobsites while offering up to 10 per cent greater fuel economy than the previous Cat 313F model. New Smart Mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions for maximum productivity and ECO mode to save fuel in less-demanding applications.

New Powertrain And Technology Features Boost Performance In The 315

Offering superior performance in a compact design, the new Cat 315 Next Gen excavator features a new powertrain, technology and simplified maintenance to boost performance, efficiency and productivity. Built with a spacious new cab design, the new excavator delivers a more comfortable working environment than the 315F L model it replaces.

Performance Gains

The advanced hydraulic system of the new 315 excavator provides the optimum balance of power and efficiency to increase productivity by up to 8 per cent over the 315F L. Its new electronic hydraulic valve delivers significant efficiency gains, while offering the capability of future technology growth. A 10 per cent higher swing torque makes working on slopes and around the jobsite much more efficient, and the drive system easily navigates tough ground conditions and slopes with 14 more drawbar pull.