Product feature: Cat 395 excavator

Murray Reed of Reed Roading has scored the first Next Gen Cat 395 excavator in NZ as a key addition to his Caterpillar fleet

The first Next Gen Cat 395 excavator in NZ

Murray Reed of Reed Roading has scored the first Next Gen Cat 395 excavator in New Zealand as a key addition to his Caterpillar fleet. Tipping the scales at an impressive 94 tonnes and released to replace the Cat 390F excavator, when fitted with a 6.5-metre bucket, the new model will increase production (up to 10%) and decrease maintenance costs (up to 20%) compared to the outgoing machine, Caterpillar says.

Also, the 395 excavator’s arm and frame are twice as strong as its predecessor, and the machine is fitted with a 405kW Cat C18 engine, which is said to achieve emission configurations for any region around the world.

"Productivity versus fuel burnt is comfortably the best in class in the market; nothing beats it," says Murray. The on-demand cooling fan on the C18 engine helps save fuel, and there’s also an auto reverse function to remove debris from the cooling cores.

A new integrated pre-cleaner and primary and secondary filters fitted are said to double the dust-holding capacity compared to the previous model. "Cat reliability is the reason we chose another excavator to add to our Cat machine fleet," says Murray. "Back-up support from Terra Cat is also another reason we went with the Cat 395."

There are three power modes, with the Power mode providing maximum power at all times, ECO reducing the engine’s speed while maintaining breakout force, and Smart mode automatically matching the engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to reduce fuel usage, according to Caterpillar.For easy cab entry and exit, there’s a tilt-up console.

Inside, operators will find keyless push-button start, front facing panel, and touchscreen monitor. Fatigue should be reduced, thanks to top-of-the-line viscous mounts decreasing cab vibration.

The new Cat 395 also comes with the latest technology, including 360-degree camera, Cat payload, and Cat Product Link that provides managers with operating information.

"The Next Gen features in something this big makes a huge difference on-site and to payloads, and the 360-degree camera helps due to the size of the machine," says Murray.

Terra Cat national account manager Anthony Ireland with Murray Reed and son Mason (operator)

"My son Mason is the operator, and he doesn’t want to go home at the end of the day. He especially loves the comfort and speed of the machine. He can load a Cat 40-tonne ejector truck in just over 30 seconds."

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