Caterpillar Completes Lineup of F Series Tier 4 Final/Stage IV Tracked Excavators

Caterpillar's newest F Series tracked excavators feature Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines, comfort and convenience updates to the operator cab and more precise hydraulics.

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The introduction of the 313F, 315F, 316F and 318F, introduced for the European market at bauma 2016, completes Caterpillar’s launch of its U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV 11- to 90-ton tracked excavator family. “Customers choose Cat excavators because they make more money with our products,” says Brian Abbott, Worldwide Product Manager for Caterpillar’s Small Excavator Platform. “We focus on understanding each customer’s unique business needs and then match the right excavator to those needs. We believe this approach maximizes value for each and every customer.”

Caterpillar’s F Series program goals focused on six key areas:

  • Engine - Reduced emissions, economical and reliable performance
  • Operator Station - Comfort and convenience to keep people productive
  • Hydraulics - Power to move more dirt, rock and debris with speed and precision
  • Structures & Undercarriage - Built to work in rugged environments
  • Front Linkage - Made for high stress and long service life
  • Work Tools – Do more with one machine

“Our large and mid-size F Series models have been working on jobs around the world now for over a year, and our customers tell us their Cat machines are delivering on those goals,” says Abbott. “In fact, our efficiency—or work per unit of fuel—is simply unmatched. We are confident the 313F, 315F, 316F and 318F will generate the same type of positive customer experience.”


The new Cat 313F complements the 313F GC introduced in 2015. Both models are built to meet customer expectations for versatility, reliability and performance; the primary difference between the two models boils down to the level of efficiency—the standard F will do more work per unit of fuel. “When you think of the 313F, think of reliability, durability, low cost per unit of work, proven, and highly efficient,” says Abbott. “When you think of the 313F GC, think of the same great attributes with a bit less efficiency and a lower acquisition cost. Understanding your needs and requirements leads us to developing innovative products that help you win in a competitive environment.”


The new Cat 315F is a compact radius machine—perfect for space-restricted work like road jobs with lane closures and next to buildings or other structures you’d like to keep from harm's way. With a front swing radius of 2.27 m (7 ft. 5 in.) and a tail swing radius of 1,530 mm (5 ft. 0 in.), the machine can dig, swing and dump within a working space of 3.8 m (12 ft. 5 in.). When rotated 90 degrees and working over the side, just 135 mm (5 in.) of counterweight extends beyond the track width, which allows trucks and jersey barriers to be positioned closer to the machine. Unlike a standard radius machine, the 315F’s boom is positioned toward the center of the machine. Not only does this help reduce the front swing radius, but it also supports more lift capacity over the front due to greater stability. “Just like all F Series models, the 315F features a ROPS-certified cab,” adds Abbott. “With low sound levels, high visibility, convenient access to switches and controls, and a fully adjustable seat, operators will find it comfortable to work in all day long.”


The new Cat 316F, like all other F Series models, is a highly versatile machine. “It is a nice-size machine for customers who move from job to job every day,” says Abbott. “A coupler lets you change attachments quickly, and a wide range of Cat buckets let you dig everything from top soil to harsh, abrasive material to doing ditch cleaning and fine grading. Add a multi-processor or shear attachment to take on demolition jobs. Add a thumb and a rake and you have the ability to move all kinds of debris quickly and efficiently.”


The 318F is competitively positioned against 18-ton models available from other manufacturers. It delivers more lift, breakout force, and production with larger bucket options than a 16-ton machine, yet it burns the same amount of fuel. “Customers who move frequently from job to job will prefer a 318 versus a 320 due to it being easier to transport,” says Abbott. “But no matter which model you choose, if it has the Cat brand on it, you can depend on it being a quality-made machine backed by the world’s finest product support.”