New Cat Excavators

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by raschmid07, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. raschmid07

    raschmid07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Check out and and rollover the Tier 4 press event and a picture of at least a new color-schemed excavator shows up. I'm guessing E-series, but I'll be interested to see when they introduce it. Is it me or have they changed their series pretty frequently the past couple of years?
  2. wcoltharp

    wcoltharp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    That color scheme will have to grow on me..I have liked the cylinders being painted black since they started doing that, so I'm glad to see it continued...It does seem like they have been changing things up frequently...
  3. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    No matter how frequently they change up the series of machines, they still can't get it right.
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    What's wrong with them? Reliability aside (and I realize that's a huge aspect of how much an operator will like a machine), I thought successive series have gotten closer and closer to the competition if not surpassing it.

    That aside, the high rear-end is somewhat worrisome.
  5. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    You're kidding right? Aside from reliability? Ummmm, where do I start? Reliability is about the biggest issue with them, but on a similar yet different front, they don't last. They are nice when they are new, but get some hours on them and they just don't cut it. I could keep going, but there's no real point. On a good note though, I have always liked their cabs the best. The most comfortable cab to sit and wait for a mechanic in.
  6. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Thats a bit harsh dont ya think. I have seen more cat trackhoe's with high hours than most other makes IMO. What makes do you like?
  7. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    Personally, I prefer Hitachi/Deere and then next in line would be Komatsu. What are you considering high hours?
  8. Blue Goose

    Blue Goose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    We have three Hitachi/ Deere exc. A 450, 330, and a 270. The 450 and the 330 have around 3000 to 3500 hours on them the 270 is higher. We have a 330 Cat that has 5-6000 (not exactly sure) hours that runs like a champ. I've seen an old 235C Cat that had almost 20,000 hours on it that was reliable as all hell. Granted it had ancient technology and the cycle times were so slow you could clock them with a sun dial...
  9. Barge Man

    Barge Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I know of 6 cat excavators around here that have 8,000 plus. One 320 is a 94 and has over 20,000 and he has only had to change minor parts. Our 315 has over 5,000 and nothing to change yet. This is just my opnion and what I have seen around here.
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Cat hoes last the longest, period. You won't find a hoe that lasts longer than Cat, just doesn't exist. Deere comes in second, Komatsus start falling apart after 10,000 hours. I've seen a FEW 10,000+ hour Komatsus out there but not very many. Ran a PC200-6 with 12,000 hours and a PC400-6 with 11,000 at the last outfit I was with. They both ran okay but were pretty tired and in all honesty, probably about to get traded off from what I had heard from the boss. We have a Cat 315L at work with 15,000 hours, still going. Don't get me wrong, Komatsu builds a good hoe they just don't last as long. Komatsus are good producers and will get the job done without a doubt but to say Cat builds a crappy hoe that doesn't last simply isn't matter of fact.

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