The Next Generation Cat 349 excavator

Caterpillar recently introduced the next generation Cat® 349 excavator that delivers increased efficiency and lower operating costs.

According to the company, the 349 excavator offers up to 45 percent more operating efficiency and up to 15 percent less maintenance costs compared to the model it replaces, the 349F.

The 349 has the industry’s highest level of standard factory-installed technology to enable the improved operating efficiency, reports Caterpillar.

The company also added that the new Smart Mode system automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions, reducing fuel consumption and optimizing performance. Engine speed automatically lowers when hydraulic demand decreases, further reducing fuel usage.

Fuel efficiency is work per unit of fuel, and the 349 does more work per unit than the 349F.

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