Cat Demonstrates New Products at Peoria, Ill., Facility

Caterpillar welcomed members of the press to a three-day event at its Peoria, Ill., facilities March 16 to 18.

📅   Thu March 31, 2016 - National Edition


The 304.5E2 XTC allows operators to achieve improved productivity in material carrying applications.
The 304.5E2 XTC allows operators to achieve improved productivity in material carrying applications.
The 304.5E2 XTC allows operators to achieve improved productivity in material carrying applications.
The Cat 308E2 mini hydraulic excavator is now available in a variable-angle-boom (VAB) configuration that provides an expanded working envelope and increased application flexibility.
Denise Johnson, the newly named group president of resource industries, takes a brief moment from her busy schedule to welcome members of the press to the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.   DeCarlos James, senior sales support specialist, discusses the four service points on the new Cat 815K. The Caterpillar built power train ensures reliability in this difficult application, and the 815K’s wheel design delivers high ground pressures. The Cat 918M compact wheel loader. Service points of the Cat 918M are grouped together in one location.
The Cat 918M compact wheel loader. Service points of the Cat 918M are grouped together in one location. Lucas Sardenberg, wheel loader marketing consultant of Caterpillar, talks about the ease of access to the cab of the Caterpillar 972M wheel loader. Lucas Sardenberg, wheel loader marketing consultant of Caterpillar, talks about the ease of access to the cab of the Caterpillar 972M wheel loader. Operators of the various machines show what the new line is capable of in a controlled demo area in the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.
The operator of this Cat 308E2 mini hydraulic excavator with variable-angle-boom (VAB) demonstrates the possible use of this machine if it were equipped with a mower attachment.  
The star of the show in action —   the Cat 304.5E2 XTC mini hydraulic excavator, the first model in the Xtra Tool Carrier (XTC) lineup —   allows operators to pick up one pile of material, dump it and pick up a different pile of material, all without changing machines.

Caterpillar welcomed members of the press to a three-day event at its Peoria, Ill., facilities March 16 to 18. Thursday morning, Caterpillar opened its doors for the first time to its Peoria Proving Grounds facility. Guests were led to temperature-controlled demonstration area. Cameras were not allowed in the facility, but guests were allowed to view and test two machines — the Cat MH3295 material handler and the Cat 637K tractor scraper. These models have been tested in this facility, tested in the field with contractors and are now set to go into production.

Later, attendees were welcomed to the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center. Operators demonstrated several machines, including the Cat 918M, Cat 308E2, Cat 730C2 and in particular, the new Cat 304.5E2 XTC.

Cat representatives emphasized the release of this new innovative machine as the first model in the Xtra Tool Carrier (XTC) lineup. The machine has an innovative skid steer coupler interface for added versatility and work tool integration. This manual coupler allows for use of compact loader tools including: general-purpose bucket, multi-purpose bucket, forks, dozer blade, brooms, power box rakes and trenchers. Coupler operation is controlled through a flick of the XTC switch on the right hand console in the operator station, and then the standard right hand joystick then becomes your loader. Cat representatives are very excited about the release of this new machine.