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Caterpillar has announced the release of its Cat 395 excavator, promising an increase in production and decrease in maintenance costs compared with the outgoing Cat 390F excavator.

The Cat 395 excavator will provide mining operations with 10 per cent more production and a reduction in maintenance costs of up to 20 per cent compared to the 390F model.

The new excavator, according to Caterpillar,  is commonly equipped with a 6.5 cubic metre bucket for mass excavation applications, with its production boost due to 10 per cent greater stick force and swing torque.

The 94-tonne excavator has three modes of operation including, power, smart and ECO modes.

According to Caterpillar, power mode provides maximum power at all times; ECO mode reduces engines speed while maintaining breakout force; and smart mode can automatically match engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions for a reduction in fuel consumption.

The 395 features a 405-kilowatt Cat C18 engine that is cable of achieving emissions configurations for any region globally.

The C18 engine also saves on fuel due to the cooling systems’ on-demand fan that operates only when required, and also features an auto reverse function to clean debris from the cooling cores for more efficient operations.

The 395 excavator’s booms, stick Sand frame are also twice as strong as the 390F model to ensure the machine is even more robust than ever before.

Caterpillar has also included a new air filter in the 395 with an integrated precleaner and primary and secondary filters to double its dust-holding capacity compared to the previous configuration.

For operators, the 395 cab has a front-facing control panel, keyless pushbutton start, and a touchscreen monitor with jog dial keys all as standard equipment.

The cab also has a tilt-up console for easy entry and exit, plus advanced viscous cab mounts to decrease vibrations for less fatigue.

The Cat 395 excavator also features user-friendly technology, including Cat Payload to provide ‘on-the-go’ weighing and real-time payload estimates, along with Cat Product Link which provides wireless information for machine managers to evaluate its critical operating information.