Cat 320DL

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Scag48, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Finally, information has been released on the new 320. The 324/325 and 330 D series have been out for a while, just nothing in the smaller range. There's a possiblity it's been out for a little while now, I could have missed it, but I noticed it on Cat's website last night. They may have Deere beat with this series, I counted Deere's C series and Cat's C series excavators as a tie in my book. The closest Cat dealer for me at the moment is a good hour drive, I may keep in touch with a sales guy to see when a D series 320 would be hitting the lot. Would love to take a look at one.
     
  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    Man i better go order mine! BRB!:walking: :walking:
     
  3. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
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    I was at Cat a couple weeks ago and saw the 325D. I didnt compare any specs but the machine looks very similar to the C. The cab seems almost identical besides moving a few things around.
     
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
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    scag -- the specs have been posted for roughly two weeks on the Cat website. But it's good that someone posted that anyhow. :)

    bobcat9957, the biggest change is the ACERT engine. There were also a few hydraulic improvements that afford the 325D L more productivity, but you are right in saying that the two machines are very similar. It wasn't meant to be a large update so much as it was a re-power and cleaning up some issues.
     
  5. iowacatman

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    They added a 3-mode productivity selector, and a heavy lift mode (slows engine rpm, raises pressure about 150 psi) . Increased productivity by about 5%. More pressure (102 psi) more hp (7%) increase), heavier (500#'s). Overall smoother, more power, faster. Addressed known issues.

    I was at the proving grounds in January, side by side against Komatsu and Deere, 320 was doing 5 passes to their 4 to 4.5. They did a really nice job in the cab, new trade dress looks good. Machine is quiet and nice to operate.

    320 DL.jpg
     
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mmm... Tinaja/Tucson is the only US proving ground or demostration area I haven't been to. I wish I could have gone to Spring Training this year. Would've been a new products funfest.
     
  7. thebobcatkid86

    thebobcatkid86 LawnSite Member
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    Who are you guys that you can afford talk about a $150,000-$170,000 piece of equipment like its the latest video game? All I can say is that I want to be able to do that someday.
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    For some of us, this is life. I'm 20 and I'll be doing this work forever, love it. Once you've had a taste of the heavy iron, you'll never want to do anything else. I am going to be back in lawn care shortly only so I can establish myself, move into landscaping after a few years, then get back into excavation. I miss our 312 badly...

    FWIW, I saw a 325DL on a DOT project a couple days ago. They really don't look too much different from a C series machine, minus the counterweight. It's what's on the inside that counts, I hope Deere is shaking in their boots!
     
  9. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Deere's D-series/Hitachi's somethingseries is doing pretty well, as far as I know. They've always been a solid product and the competition is even more staggering than the SSL business... it seems that no one has a bad machine anymore. It all depends on everything other than the machine itself.

    bobcatkid, I'm never going to get a big excavator either -- I'm not even in the excavating business. :(
     
  10. thebobcatkid86

    thebobcatkid86 LawnSite Member
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    But you see I want to be in the excavating business. I have often dreamed of having a 312 or D4 on a tag with a Mack tandem and do basements and land clearing for a living. I just dont have the capital to invest in such equipment right now. Maybe someday, Im just working my way up.
     

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