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Equipment major CAT has launched its new 340D2 L hydraulic excavator, with a refined hydraulic system and fuel-efficient engine

340d2lexcavatorThe new excavator has a powerful and fuel-efficient C9 engine. (Image source: CAT)

The 340D2 L is the improved version of the erstwhile 340D L, with a new CAT C9 engine. The C9 engine is seven per cent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, according to company officials.

In a statement, CAT officials said that the 340D2 L hydraulic excavator has an operating weight of 40,270 kg and a range of massive structural components ? a heavy-duty undercarriage; a selection of booms, sticks and work tools; a spacious and comfortable cab with low-effort; pilot-operated joysticks and a pressurisation system for a dust-free environment.

One of the highlights of the new C9 engine is that it has a new three-stage fuel-filtration system to ensure reliable performance in operating areas where fuel quality is less than optimum. Though filter-service intervals are the same, the number of filters have been increased in this model to provide fuel system components a longer life.

An electric priming pump simplifies filter changes by eliminating the need to fill filters with fuel before installation. Tests have proven that the C9 engine meets U.S EPA Tier 2, EU Stage II, and China Tier 2 emission standards.

The machine has a 6.5m heavy-duty reach boom with a 3.2m heavy duty general purpose stick. In addition, the mass excavation front linkage uses a 6.18m boom, which can be equipped with either a 2.55m or a 2.15m stick for use with high capacity buckets. With this structure, the machine is flexible, delivers high production and efficiency across different applications, according to CAT.

CAT officials added that the cabin is pressurised with filtered air and equipped with air-conditioning, making it a comfortable and dust-free environment to work in. In addition, there is an intuitive interface, which displays information in 28 languages, which enables the machine to be used by a diverse work force.