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Old 04-23-2015, 09:07 PM
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New Cat 308E

Bit the bullet and we purchased a 308E, the perfect machine for our upcoming work load would be a 314 with offset boom but there were non available new on the ground so we went this direction. Wish it would lift another 500 or so lbs but it will work, defiantly cheaper then the 314 would have been anyway. Couple pics...we got 18" , 36", and 48" Swinger, with hyd thumb and hyd coupler.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:45 PM
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Nice machine!
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:15 PM
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Nice machine, but I thought you guys weren't that impressed with the one you had on demo? does the counterweight add much more capacity?
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:02 AM
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Nice machine, but I thought you guys weren't that impressed with the one you had on demo? does the counterweight add much more capacity?
We weren't overly impressed with lift capacity, in terms of just trenching it is very productive. We really wanted a 314 but the dealer could not locate a swing boom and this was the next choice basically. The work we are doing requires offset digging to be productive so there are only so many options.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:44 AM
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I understand. Didn't even know that the 314 had the swing boom capability. They must be taking a page out of Tak's tb1140 model. Cat's website sucks for trying to find detailed specs. I was trying to put a comparison between the 311, 312, and 314 since they all seemed to be very close in hp and weight.

We ended up with a tb290 b/c we needed a lot of lift capacity for setting big stones, catch basins and other pre cast stuff.

Did you end up getting their new price package on the USA built units?
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:50 PM
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Protouch, I think he means offset boom, like he said in the original post, there is quite a bit of difference between a swing boom and a offset boom. This Case (pictured) has a offset boom.
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Ok, I misunderstood then. Although you can acheive a similar result with a swing boom, just have to rotate the house. Probably not as effective as the parallel offset boom though.

Another option would have been the tak tb180fr with the side shift boom, it lets you trench a much wider area than a typical swing boom.

Either way its a nice machine and hope it works out for him. We never got a chance to put a 308e2 through its paces, just a light outlet pipe job. Cat wasn't willing to work on price as much as Tak was though. Kind of annoying when we just bought an almost 80k 299d xps a couple months earlier.
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