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Cat introduces 320D2 forest machine into Australia

Caterpilllar has introduced the 320D2 forest machine into the Australian market.

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The 320D2 is a direct replacement for the 320D machine and is available in a general forestry version typically used in site preparation, forestry road building and heavy harvesting applications; and a log loader version for log loading, log sawing and light-duty processing tasks.

The general forestry version weighs in at just over 27 tonnes, with the smaller log loader version weighing just over 25 tonnes. Both configurations are powered by a 110kW Cat C7.1 ACERT diesel engine with automated engine speed control in idle or light conditions that reduces engine speed to minimise fuel use.

The machines can be configured with a range of attachments to complete many different forestry tasks. The general forestry model can be fitted with a bucket, thumb, stump pullers or clearing grapples depending on the job.

Cat says the 320D2 hydraulic system has been designed to increase efficiency. The main pumps, control valves and hydraulic tank are located close together to allow for shorter tubes and lines between components, reducing friction and pressure drops.

The ROPS/FOPS operator cab has an adjustable air-suspension seat and the positioning of the controls has been ergonomically designed to match the natural position of the operator’s arms and hands. An LCD screen 40 percent larger than that in the 320D displays critical engine and machine information. The cab can also be tilted and raised/lowered as needed. The cab can also be left in the tilted position for transport.

Daily maintenance points are located on the ground level of the machine allowing for routine work to be done quickly.

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