Caterpillar (Cat), the world’s leading manufacturer of construction equipment, recently unveiled a new high demolition excavator, called the Cat 352 UHD (Ultra High Demolition). The new machine was introduced last week at the annual National Demolition Association convention in Austin, Texas, USA.
The 352 UHD is engineered for the precise and speedy demolition of tall structures and is intended to be used with various Cat attachments including multi-processors, grapples, shears and hydraulic hammers with the retrofit boom. With that said, its adjustable boom position means it is also suitable for lower-level demolition and earth moving jobs.
When in UHD mode, the new excavator offers 28 metres of vertical height and 15.8 metres of horizontal reach. As Cat notes, “These ample specifications allow the 352 UHD to demolish structures eight or nine stories high fast, with precision and control thanks to the electro-hydraulic control system.” The machine’s stability is enhanced by a variable gauge undercarriage.
The 352 UHD weighs in at 65000 kg and comes standard with Cat’s C13 engine (408 horsepower), which satisfies EU Stage V/U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. It also features three power modes to help operators tailor the machine to any given job, and a hydraulic reversing fan to prevent overheating and optimize fuel efficiency.
As for safety and comfort, the cab of the 352 UHD tilt upwards up to 30 degrees, making for a better sight line and more comfortable working position. Moreover, the cab has a falling objects guard structure, a premium seat that can be both heated and cooled, and a monitor that displays information from rear view and side view cameras. The UHD cabs are also compatible with Cat’s work-tool camera.
“The Cat 352 UHD reaches where other machines cannot and provides best-in-class work tool capability,” the company writes on its website. “You can tear down structures all day with speed and precision—you simply won’t find a better 60-ton class choice for demolition.”
Cat was established in 1925 as the Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1986 the company was rebranded as Caterpillar Inc. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Cat has more than 100 manufacturing sites around the world. Many of its nearly 50 excavators are for sale in NSW and other parts of the continent. All in all, Cat offers over 300 machines for a wide range of applications.