- Fuel consumption reduced by 9%
- Isochronous engine speed control
- Meets U.S. EPA Tier 2, EU Stage II, and China Nonroad II equivalent emission standards
- Electrical Fuel Priming Pump (EPP) replaces hand priming pump
- Pressure sensor added to measure Negative Flow Control pressure, improving hydraulic efficiency
Ease of Operation
- Ergonomically designed cab with easy to operate controls
- Multiple seat and joystick adjustment options enhance comfort
- Excellent work site visibility from cab enhances productivity
- Optimized low effort joystick controls reduce operator fatigue
- New monitor with 40% larger viewing screen, 4× higher resolution and 42 language options available
- Strong and durable carbody designed to work in the toughest operating conditions
- All electrical wires are colored, numbered and protected with thick braiding for ease of identification and long life
- Modified X-frame structure provides long life and durability
- Heavy duty booms and sticks are standard
- Grease and Lubricated Tracks (GLT) provide longer life
- New fuel injection system improves reliability
- 500 hour service intervals
- Two different power modes are available, High Horse Power (HHP) and ECO Mode
- Integrated Cat technology solutions increase production and minimize operating costs
- Product Link™ reports key information from the machine to any location
Reliable Cat C7.1 Engine
The Cat C7.1 engine has been designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 2, EU Stage II equivalent emission standards. The C7.1 engine incorporates proven, robust components and precision manufacturing you can count on for reliable and efficient operation. This proven engine boasts improved reliability as it’s less sensitive to low quality fuel and also delivers reduced fuel consumption.
The Isochronous engine speed control improves fuel efficiency and reduces fuel consumption and noise levels by managing pump and engine speed.
Automatic Engine Speed Control
Automatic engine speed control is activated during no-load or light-load conditions which reduces engine speed minimizing fuel consumption.
The radially sealed air filter features a double-layered filter core for more efficient filtration and is located in a compartment behind the cab.
A warning is displayed on the monitor when dust accumulates above a preset level.
The C7.1 engine features an improved filtration system to ensure good reliability to fuel injection system components. Intervals have been extended and the number of filters has been increased to three. The primary filter and the secondary twin filters improve filtration efficiency and machine robustness.
Variable Speed Fan
Variable speed fan controlled by ECM reduces fuel consumption and noise.
The new monitor on the 326D2 L features a 40 percent larger screen with four times increased resolution display.
The LCD monitor is equipped with a warning lamp and buzzer for critical engine oil pressure, coolant temperature and oil temperature. Programmable in up to 42 languages to meet today’s diverse workforce, the monitor clearly displays critical information needed to operate efficiently and effectively.
Filters and fluid change intervals are available in the main menu which also projects the image from the optional rearview camera, further enhancing your job site safety and productivity.
The mechanical suspension seat provide a variety of adjustments to accommodate a wide range of operators. All seats include a reclining back, upper and lower seat slide adjustments, and height and tilt adjustments.
Operators can adjust the right and left joysticks for individual preferences, helping them become more comfortable, more productive, and more alert. Low‑effort, pilot-operated joystick controls are designed to match your natural wrist and arm position for maximum comfort and minimum fatigue.
The 326D2 L offers positive filtered ventilation with a pressurized cab. Fresh air or recirculated air can be selected which makes working in the heat and cold much more pleasant.
Cab Structure and Mounts
The cab shell is attached to the frame with viscous rubber cab mounts which dampen vibrations and sound levels while enhancing operator comfort. Thick steel tubing along the bottom perimeter of the cab improves resistance to fatigue and vibration.
Hydraulic system pressure from the two-hydraulic pump system delivers terrific digging performance and productivity.
An independent pilot pump enables smooth, precise control for the front linkage, swing, and travel operations.
The hydraulic system and component locations have been designed to provide a high level of system efficiency. The main pumps, control valves, and hydraulic tank are located close together to allow for shorter tubes and lines between components, reducing friction loss and pressure drops.
Auxiliary Hydraulic Valve
Control circuits are available as attachments to improve versatility. They allow operation of high- and medium-pressure tools such as shears, grapples, hammers, pulverizers, multi-processors, and vibratory plate compactors.
Boom and Stick Regeneration Circuit
Boom and stick regeneration circuits save energy during boom-down and stick-in operation to increase efficiency and reduce cycle times and pressure loss for higher productivity, lower operating costs, and increased fuel efficiency.
Up to 95% of the structural welds on a Cat Excavator are completed by robots. Robotic welds achieve over three times the penetration of manual welds.
Carbody Design and Track Roller Frames
X-shaped, box-section carbody provides excellent resistance to torsional bending. Robot-welded track roller frames are press-formed, pentagonal units which deliver exceptional strength and service life.
Rollers and Idlers
Sealed and lubricated track rollers, carrier rollers, and idlers provide excellent service life to keep the machine in the field longer.
The long undercarriage (L) maximizes stability and lift capacity. This long, wide and sturdy undercarriage offers a very stable work platform.
The 326D2 L track links are assembled and sealed with grease to decrease internal bushing wear, reduce travel noise and extend service life lowering operating costs.
The 4.8 mt (5.2 t) standard weight makes a better choice for heavy lifting with long undercarriage. Counterweights are bolted directly to the main frame for extra rigidity.
Heavy-Duty Reach Boom Front Linkage
The 5.9 m (19'4") heavy-duty (HD) reach boom is reinforced to be used in the severest applications for maximum digging capability. The boom is made of high-tensile-strength steel using a large box-section design with interior baffle plates and an additional bottom guard for long life and durability. Booms and sticks are stress-relieved for added durability.
The HD reach boom goes with:
- 2.9 m (9'6") CB1 HD sticks
SLR Boom Front Linkage
Super Long Reach (SLR) machines come with heavy counterweights to give you enhanced stability. Their booms, sticks, and frames are built to handle the stresses such distant work can bring.
- SLR boom (10.2 m/33'6") with SLR stick (7.85 m/25'9")
The design and layout of the 326D2 L was made with the service technician in mind. Most service locations are easily accessible at ground level to allow service and maintenance to get completed quickly and efficiently.
Air Filter Compartment
The air filter features a double-element construction for superior cleaning efficiency. When the air cleaner plugs, a warning is displayed on the monitor screen inside the cab.
A service door on the right side of the upper structure allows ground-level access to the pump, pilot filter, and water separator with primary fuel filter.
The left rear service door allows easy access to the engine radiator, oil cooler, air-to-air-aftercooler, water separator, second and third fuel filters, and fuel cooler. A reserve tank and drain cock are attached to the radiator for simplified maintenance.
A concentrated remote greasing block on the boom delivers grease to hard-to-reach locations on the front.
The engine radiator fan is completely enclosed by fine wire mesh, reducing the risk of an accident.
Diagnostics and Monitoring
The 326D2 L is equipped with S∙O∙SSM sampling ports and hydraulic test ports for the hydraulic system, engine oil, and for coolant.
Each Cat work tool attachment is designed to optimize the versatility and performance of your machine. An extensive range of buckets, compactors, grapples, multi-processors, rippers, crushers, pulverizers, hammers, and shears are available for your 326D2 L. Contact your local Cat dealer for more information on the attachments available in your region.
Cat buckets and Cat Ground Engaging Tools (GET) are designed and matched to the machine to ensure optimal performance and fuel efficiency.
General Duty Buckets (GD)
These buckets are designed for digging in low-impact, moderately abrasive materials such as dirt, loam, gravel, and clay.
Heavy Duty Buckets (HD)
HD buckets are a good starting point when application conditions vary, especially when conditions include mixed dirt, clay, sand, and gravel.
Severe Duty Buckets (SD)
These buckets are best suited to highly abrasive applications such as shot rock, sand stone, and granite.
Extreme Duty Buckets (XD)
These buckets are for very high abrasion conditions including high quartzite granite. Example: Digging conditions where tip life is less than or equal to 200 hours with Extra Duty tips.
Quick couplers allow one person to change work tools in seconds for maximum performance and flexibility on a job site. One machine can move rapidly from task to task, and a fleet of similarly equipped machines can share a common work tool inventory.
Cat Pin Grabber Couplers
The Cat Pin Grabber Coupler is easy to activate, easy to engage, easy to disengage. Operating procedures are simple and easy to learn. It’s the easiest way to improve productivity on every job site.
One excavator can share buckets and a variety of attachments with similar size excavators. Managing your assets just got easier.
E Series Hammers
E Series hammers bring together customer expectations of performance, quality, and serviceability along with Caterpillar manufacturing and logistics experience.
E Series hammers are quiet, and noise suppression is valuable in urban and restricted work areas.
Pin On Rippers, Rip and Load Package
Constructed from high-strength steels and built to last, Cat rippers endure in the toughest conditions. The box-section structure is reinforced for maximum rigidity, transmitting the full machine power to the material being ripped. Rippers feature a replaceable wear tip, and most models also come equipped with a replaceable shank protector.
Cat grapples replace the bucket on Cat excavators, converting them to the ideal machine for handling loose material, sorting trash, and demolition site cleanup. An array of styles and sizes are available to match excavators to the task at hand.
Multi-processors do the work of many types of demolition tools by use of interchangeable jaw sets. Changing jaws allows a single unit to crush, pulverize, and perform a variety of specialized cutting tasks such as cutting steel rebar and tanks.
Cat shears are designed for Cat machines – taking full advantage of the hydraulic flows and pressures to enhance productivity without compromising safety or causing premature wear of the shear and carrier.
The excavator mounted mechanical pulverizer is a cost-effective tool for recycling demolished concrete debris. The bucket cylinder on the excavator powers the mechanical pulverizer. This eliminates the need for a dedicated cylinder and associated hydraulics and additional installation cost.
Vibratory Plate Compactor
Compactors enhance the versatility of your excavator and makes compacting faster, more efficient, and cost-effective. Cat compactors are the superior choice for any job site’s compaction tasks.
The hydraulic concrete crusher has taken modern demolition technology a step further. It is well suited for concrete demolition in residential areas. The hydraulic concrete crusher combines several concrete demolition operations in one piece of equipment:
- breaking out concrete from fixed structures
- pulverizing concrete
- cutting reinforcement rods and small steel profiles
Cat Connect makes smart use of technology and services to improve your job site efficiency. Using the data from technology-equipped machines, you’ll get more information and insight into your equipment and operations than ever before.
Cat Connect technologies offer improvements in these key areas: Equipment Management – increase uptime and reduce operating costs. Productivity – monitor production and manage job site efficiency. Safety – enhance job site awareness to keep your people and equipment safe.
Cat Connect LINK Technologies
LINK technologies wirelessly connect you to your equipment giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Link data can give you valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing so you can make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
Product Link is deeply integrated into your machine, helping to take the guesswork out of equipment management. Easy access to timely information like machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes via the online VisionLink user interface can help you effectively manage your fleet and lower operating costs.
Cat Connect GRADE Technologies
GRADE technologies combine digital design data, in-cab guidance and automatic machine control to help operators hit target grade faster and finish jobs quickly, accurately, and in fewer passes - improving grading productivity and efficiency with less rework.
The dealer-installed AccuGrade system provides operators an easy-to-read display to deliver real-time cut/fill data to guide operators to grade quickly. Experienced operators can maintain peak efficiency levels throughout the work day, and less experienced operators can be more productive faster. AccuGrade reduces grade checking and staking, labor and material costs, and improves job site safety.
Caterpillar offers a choice of:
- Depth and Slope Guidance – for simple 2D planes and slopes
- Global Navigation Satellite System – for complex 3D designs
Cat Connect DETECT Technologies
DETECT technologies combine safety features, functionalities and alerts to enhance your job site awareness and keep your people and assets safe.
Rear vision cameras greatly enhance visibility behind the machine, helping the operator work more safely and productively. The camera view is automatically displayed on the integrated in-cab monitor increasing awareness of the working area around the machine giving the operator the confidence to work more safely and efficiently, at maximum potential.
Anti-skid plating with countersunk bolts reduces the potential for slippage and trip hazards, providing a safe platform for all routine service and maintenance needs.
The standard hydraulic lockout lever isolates all hydraulic and travel functions in the lowered position. It is specifically designed to not allow the operator to leave the cab without first lowering it.
Three circuit breakers protect critical electrical components to increase machine uptime.
A battery disconnect switch helps to deter theft by isolating the battery and enhances safety when servicing the machine.
A full length firewall separates the engine from the hydraulic pump and offers protection in the event of an incident.
Ground level shut-off switch stops all fuel to the engine when activated and shuts down the machine.
You can maximize your machines’ uptime with the Cat worldwide dealer network. You can also decrease your repair costs by utilizing Cat remanufactured components while contributing to sustainable development.
What are the job requirements and machine attachments? What production do you need? Your Cat dealer can provide recommendations to help you make the right machine configuration.
You can ensure lower owning and operating costs by utilizing unique Cat dealer services and financing options.
Customer Support Agreements
Cat dealers offer a variety of customer support agreements and work with you to develop a plan to meet your specific needs. These plans can cover the entire machine, including attachments, to help protect your investment.
You can boost your profits by improving your operators’ techniques. Your Cat dealer has videos, literature, and other ideas to help increase productivity. Caterpillar also offers simulators and certified operator training to help maximize the return on your investment.
Repair, rebuild, or replace? Your Cat dealer can help you evaluate the cost involved so you can make the best choice for your business.