The Caterpillar 302.5C mini hydraulic excavator features more power, greater digging forces, a more comfortable operator station and easier access for service than its predecessor, the 302.5. The new mini excavator features an 18.6-hp engine and retains the variable displacement hydraulic pump, which eliminates stalling and enables the excavator to dig through the toughest conditions. The operating weight of the excavator is 6,283 pounds when equipped with a cab and 6,052 pounds with a canopy.
The mini excavator was redesigned with durability in mind, a key feature for rental applications, according to Dan Bruch, Caterpillar sales support consultant, mini hydraulic excavators. “The 302.5C frame has been made thicker and more impact resistant,” he says. “The wide-swinging, steel rear door was also designed for maximum durability.”
The C-Series mini excavator cab is designed to be large and spacious for an expansive viewing area and good air circulation. A suspension seat, console-mounted implement controls and adjustable wrist supports help reduce operator fatigue. Pilot hydraulic implement controls are low effort. Switches incorporated in the joysticks provide easy control of the boom swing and auxiliary hydraulic functions.
The two-speed travel system is controlled by a switch on the dozer lever that makes speed changes easier while dozing. The dozer float function makes grading tasks easier. The machine monitoring system is mounted near the operator's line of sight to ensure that gauges and warning lights can be seen easily. The operator station also includes a mobile phone holder and 12-volt power source.
Verified by Dan Bruch, Caterpillar sales support consultant, mini hydraulic excavators.
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Engine: 18.6 hp
Operating weight: With canopy, 6,052 pounds
Bucket digging force: 5,260 pounds