MAK­ING THE grade

The Cat 323F L ex­ca­va­tor from WesTrac comes with 2D Grade Con­trol for bet­ter ef­fi­ciency and safety

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Semi-au­ton­o­mous Grade Con­trol tech­nol­ogy is es­sen­tial for pro­fes­sional civil con­struc­tion com­pa­nies look­ing to boost ef­fi­ciency and raise safety levels.

With the tech now more af­ford­able than ever, the Cat 323F L ex­ca­va­tor comes fully equipped with the lat­est 2D Grade Con­trol.

The 25-tonne 323F L is a long-un­der­car­riage dig­ger pow­ered by a Cat 120kW C7.1 ACERT diesel en­gine. With a max­i­mum dig depth of just un­der 7m and a for­ward reach of around 10m, the 323F L is a ma­chine en­gi­neered for large-scale projects and con­struc­tion sites.

The 323F L is one of a range of Cat F Se­ries ex­ca­va­tors de­signed to de­liver up to 10 per cent bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency and 45 per cent faster grad­ing, and to cut equip­ment op­er­at­ing hours by 34 per cent.

Cater­pil­lar dealer WesTrac in­vited Stu­art

Gar­land, as­set man­ager at con­trac­tor Rob­son Civil Projects, to step into the cab of a new Cat 323F L to trial the F Se­ries ma­chine and put the lat­est 2D Grade Con­trol tech­nol­ogy to the test in an ac­tual trench dig for a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment site on the NSW Cen­tral Coast.

With more than 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and run­ning over 100 earthmoving machines, Gar­land is a man who knows his ex­ca­va­tors.

“This was our first time us­ing 2D Grade Con­trol, so we were im­pressed to see an in­crease in ef­fi­ciency of 10-20 per cent be­fore the end of the first day,” he says. “It won’t al­low us to overex­ca­vate, which is a huge cost sav­ing. Not only is it safer, it’s more ef­fi­cient.”

Cat 2D Grade Con­trol is de­signed to take the guess­work out of ex­ca­va­tion, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to con­trol depth and slope to within mil­lime­tres through the in-cabin dis­play panel.

“What’s so ap­peal­ing to me about this ma­chine is the 2D Grade Con­trol will do about 90 per cent of the work we would nor­mally do with 3D but with­out the $80K or $90K price tag and all the base sta­tions to run it,” Gar­land says.

In ad­di­tion to the im­me­di­ate pro­duc­tiv­ity ben­e­fits, Cater­pil­lar says its 2D grade sys­tem can greatly im­prove safety by elim­i­nat­ing the need for op­er­a­tors to leave the cab.

“We elim­i­nate the need for some­one in the trench check­ing the levels and there’s less need for our op­er­a­tor to be get­ting in and out of the ma­chine,” Gar­land says.

“Not only is it safer it al­lows us to do a job with one per­son in­stead of two.”

WesTrac says it of­fers a huge choice of machines from 11 tonnes to 90 tonnes, plus ac­cess to Aus­tralia’s largest parts in­ven­tory and largest branch and field ser­vice net­work.

The Cat 323F L comes with a work-ready bun­dle in­clud­ing the 2D Grade Con­trol, a pin grab­ber cou­pler, a GP dig bucket and more, says Justin Bell, the WesTrac busi­ness unit man­ager for global con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture prod­ucts.

“We are of­fer­ing a 5-year, 6000-hour Equip­ment Pro­tec­tion Plan [EPP], as well as the Cat Fuel

Edge pro­gram to help man­age op­er­at­ing costs,” Bell says.

“Cat EPP pro­tects your ma­chine while the Cat Fuel Edge means WesTrac will give you a parts credit to the same value if you ex­ceed the agreed fuel burn rate.

“You’re not just buy­ing a ma­chine; you’re in­vest­ing in a busi­ness so­lu­tion that helps you achieve more with your equip­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.westrac.com.au

We elim­i­nate the need for some­one in the trench check­ing the levels and there’s less need for our op­er­a­tor to be get­ting in and out of the ma­chine

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