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Caterpillar’s room for manoeuvre

Caterpillar has launched a compact-radius excavator designed for sites where space is restricted.

The 17t, 314EL CR has been designed so that the upper structure remains entirely within the machine’s footprint during operation — a design that combines with limited over-side extension to significantly reduce the risk of damaging the machine or surrounding obstacles when the machine swings.

It comes with a Cat C4.4 Acert engine that can be fuelled by either ultra-low-sulphur diesel (ULSD) or a combination of ULSD and up to 20% bio-diesel.

The engine has two power modes, high and economy, to best match operating situations with efficient fuel usage.

An on-demand engine power feature keeps engine speed low during light work and idling to conserve fuel but automatically increases speed when loads increase. It also comes with an engine idle management system that shuts down the engine after a specified time interval.

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