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If you're a contractor working in tight spaces, digging deep trenches and need to finish the job quickly to get the road opened to traffic, the Cat 336 Hydraulic Excavator might be the right machine for you.

Rick Yelton

July 20, 2022

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The Cat 336 Hydraulic Excavator offers class-leading production and low-cost operation. Its powerful hydraulic system delivers strong digging forces and swing torque to boost production in the most demanding applications.

"Our new Cat 336 model delivers the right balance of power and payload," commented Brian Abbott, Caterpillar's global product manager for large hydraulic excavators. "The result is a rugged and reliable machine that delivers excellent production along with low owning and operating costs."

Built rugged, less maintenance

With its strong structures, the 336 excavator will deliver reliable operation in a variety of applications. The Cat C7.1 engine's 4 million hours of service attest to its long-term reliability. Three engine modes match excavator power to the job's demands while saving fuel. Power mode delivers maximum power to meet the most demanding tasks; smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions to lower fuel consumption. Finally, the excavator's Eco mode minimizes fuel consumption, reducing engine speed to a constant of 1,500 rpm.

Engine oil and fuel filters are synchronized for service at 1,000 hours, increasing uptime and reducing parts and labor costs compared to the 336F Series excavator.

High-ambient temperature capability of 52˚ C (125˚ F), cold-start capability at -18˚ C (0˚ F) and the ability to work at up to 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) above sea level enable the 336 to work in various climates. Auto hydraulic warmup in cold temperatures gets the machine to work faster and prolongs the life of machine components. The air intake filter with pre-cleaner features high dust capacity, and a high-efficiency hydraulic fan offers optional automatic reverse to keep cores free from debris.

Product Link, a remote equipment managing solution, 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.

Simple, comfortable operation

Next Generation cab trim levels are available from Deluxe to Premium. Deluxe cabs come with a heated air-suspension seat; Premium cabs come with a heated and ventilated air-suspension seat. In addition, both have a tilt-up left-hand console for easier access in and out of the machine.

A touchscreen monitor and jog dial offer quick navigation through machine controls and easy access to the machine's digital operator's manual. The keyless pushbutton start is standard, and a Bluetooth key fob is available. An Operator ID passcode allows for engine starting, and Operator ID can quickly save and restore joystick button, response, and pattern preferences for individual operators. 

Optional Cat Stick Steer makes travel and turning much easier. In addition, a host of standard technologies—Cat Payload onboard weighing, Grade Assist for maintaining grade and 2D Grade with depth and slope indication—elevate operator efficiency and machine productivity. All Cat Grade systems are compatible with radios and base stations from top third-party technology suppliers. Operators can store up to four depth and slope offsets to quickly cut to grade without a grade checker. Auto hammer stop warns operators after 15 seconds of continuous firing and then shuts off the hammer after 30 seconds to prevent wear and tear. Auto dig boost and auto heavy lift increase bucket penetration and lift capacity by 8%, and Cat Lift Assist helps operators avoid tipping the machine.

About the Author(s)

Rick Yelton

Editor at Large, World of Concrete

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