New hydraulic excavator introduced by CaterpillarEngineering360 News Desk | January 23, 2023
The new Cat 340 hydraulic excavator from Caterpillar features a more powerful engine, wider track and 7.5 ton counterweight to increase productivity by 10% over the 2020 model year Cat 336.
“The 340 reaches a new level of performance,” said Brian Abbott, Caterpillar global product manager for large hydraulic excavators. “Our additions make the machine more productive and stable with larger work tools, giving contractors more flexibility to complete a wider range of projects.”
The new excavator’s reinforced structures ensure durability in harsh digging, truck loading and hammer applications. Three engine modes match excavator power to the demands of the job while saving fuel. Power mode delivers power to meet demanding tasks; Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions to lower fuel consumption. Reducing engine speed to a constant 1500 rpm, Eco mode minimizes fuel consumption.
The 340 has an ambient temperature capability of 52˚ C (125˚ F) and cold-start capability at -18˚ C (0˚ F), as well as features the ability to work at up to 14,764-ft above sea level. Auto hydraulic warmup in cold temperatures enables the machine to work fast and prolongs the life of its components. The air intake filter with pre-cleaner features high dust capacity and a hydraulic fan features optional automatic reverse to keep cores free from debris.
Product Link collects data automatically. View information like location, hours, fuel usage, idle time, maintenance alerts, diagnostic codes and machine health online through web and mobile applications. Maximizing machine uptime, Remote Troubleshoot and Remote Flash allow dealers to remotely connect with the machine to diagnose fault codes and update operating software.