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Queensland based Hastings Deering has delivered five Caterpillar Next Generation 336 excavators to Black Cat Civil

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Brendan Flynn (left) and Jai Tomlinson (right), directors of Black Cat Civil, welcome five Cat 336 excavators to their ranks

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Black Cat Civil, a leader in supplying plant hire and contract works to the civil, rail, mining and construction industries, has bought five new Cat 336 Next Gen excavators.

The latest in the 36-tonne excavator category, the Cat 336 Next Gen builds on the recent launch of the 320 and 323 Next Gen machines.

Cat says that the 336 promises a 45 per cent gain in productivity due to the inclusion of new operator features including LIFT Assist.

The on-board Cat Connect Technology allows operators to work with more speed, confidence and accuracy with a 15 per cent increase in efficiency and fuel economy, says Cat.

Assisting this claim is the easy-maintenance design that has extended maintenance intervals; easier to access checkpoints and increased capacity and longer life filters.

"We now have a platform that is not only productive and efficient, but a true market leader and innovator," Hastings Deering sales manager Brett Len says.

"We currently have a small fleet of D Series Cat 336s and they are instrumental in our business but we have scope for more," adds Black Cat Civil co-director Jai Tomlinson.

"I've contemplated each series release over the years, and with further research and understanding the product offerings of each series there was no comparison and we knew that the Next Gen would be critical to our business.

"The D Series has fared well for us and each subsequent series has been modified or improved in some way, but the Next Generation 336 is incomparable. To be the first in Australia to take ownership, and of a small fleet of five 336's no less, is astounding."

Black Cat Civil would usually spend time and money customising a machine to its standards, but that is not necessary with these Next Generation machines.

"The Next Generation will save us [a considerable amount], because of the features that are now standard," Tomlinson says.

Black Cat Civil has multiple camps and work nationwide at any one time.

"We operate in remote and isolated areas, further on from the towns of Alice Springs and Darwin," Tomlinson explains.

"Presently we have a 50-man mobile camp near the Western Australia border and no other supplier can offer the support of Hastings Deering with Caterpillar."

Tomlinson admits that a part of the business strength has been its honest and enduring relationship with the select team at Hastings Deering.

"We are so impressed with Caterpillar’s quality and longevity, and to combine with the Hastings Deering support and service, the introduction of the New Generation 336 has been a highly anticipated. Our operators can use features like E-Fencing technology to ensure the safety of solid structures."

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