Cat 326 Hydraulic Excavator

326 Hydraulic Excavator

Overview

The Cat® 326 Excavator brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies like Cat GRADE with 2D, Grade Assist, and Payload – all standard equipment from the factory to boost your operator efficiencies up to 45%. Combine these features with a new cab, longer maintenance intervals that lower your maintenance costs up to 20%, and a power system that reduces fuel consumption by up to 10% and you have a low-cost-per-unit-of-production excavator that’s perfect for medium- to heavy-duty applications.<br>Not all features are available in all regions. Consult your Cat dealer for specific configurations available in your region.

PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY
  • Up to 10% lower fuel consumption. An additional 5% reduction without productivity loss when using SMART mode.
  • 12% improved swing torque makes working on slopes easier.
  • Increase operating efficiency up to 45 percent with standard Cat Technologies that lower operator fatigue and your operating costs, including fuel consumption and daily maintenance.
TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE
  • Boost productivity up to 45 percent versus traditional grading with standard Cat GRADE with 2D system – includes indicate-only and laser capability.
  • Standard Grade Assist: Stay on grade – simply and effortlessly – with single-lever digging.
  • Set your desired bucket angle and let Bucket Assist automatically maintain the angle in sloping, leveling, fine grading, and trenching applications.
WORK IN COMFORT
  • Choose between Comfort, Deluxe and Premium cabs – all with automatic climate control (consult your local dealer on availability in your region).
  • The Comfort cab is equipped with a mechanical suspension seat. The Deluxe seat is heated and air adjustable. The Premium seat is heated and cooled and adjusts automatically.
SIMPLE TO OPERATE
  • Start the engine with a push button; use a Bluetooth key fob*, smartphone app, or the unique Operator ID function.
  • Program your power mode and joystick preferences using Operator ID; the excavator will remember what you set each time you go to work.
  • Navigate quickly on the standard high-resolution 203 mm (8 in) touchscreen monitor, or with the optional 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor (available on the Deluxe and Premium cabs only), or with the aid of the jog dial control.
LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS
  • Expect up to 25 percent less maintenance cost than the 326F/326D2 (savings calculated over 12,000 machine hours).
  • Do all daily maintenance at ground level.
  • Check engine oil level quickly and safely with the new ground-level engine oil dipstick; fill and check engine oil on top of the machine with a conveniently located second dipstick.
BUILT-IN SAFETY FEATURES
  • Lift Assist helps you avoid tipping. With visual and auditory alerts, you’ll know if your load is within the excavator’s safe working range limits.
  • Access 100 percent of daily maintenance points from ground level – no need for you to climb on top of the excavator.
  • The standard ROPS cab meets ISO 12117-2:2008 requirements.
PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY
  • Up to 10% lower fuel consumption. An additional 5% reduction without productivity loss when using SMART mode.
  • 12% improved swing torque makes working on slopes easier.
  • Increase operating efficiency up to 45 percent with standard Cat Technologies that lower operator fatigue and your operating costs, including fuel consumption and daily maintenance.
  • C7.1 engine that meets emission standards. An aftertreatment system that requires no maintenance or downtime.
  • The advanced hydraulic system provides the optimum balance of power and efficiency while giving you the control you need for precise digging requirements.
  • Match the excavator to the job with power modes; let Smart mode automatically match engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions.
  • Advansys™ bucket tips increase penetration and improve cycle times. Tip changes can be done quickly with a simple lug wrench instead of a hammer or special tool, improving safety and uptime.
  • Auxiliary hydraulic options give you the versatility to use a wide range of Cat attachments.
  • Available SmartBoom™ lets the boom freely travel up and down without using any pump flow so operators can focus on stick and bucket work. The benefits are reduced operator stress and reduced fuel consumption(not available in all regions - consult your local dealer on availability).
  • Don’t let the temperature stop you from working. The excavator has a standard high-ambient temperature capability of 52° C (125° F) with de-rate and cold start capability of –18° C (0° F). An optional –32° C (–25° F) cold start package is available.
TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE
  • Boost productivity up to 45 percent versus traditional grading with standard Cat GRADE with 2D system – includes indicate-only and laser capability.
  • Standard Grade Assist: Stay on grade – simply and effortlessly – with single-lever digging.
  • Set your desired bucket angle and let Bucket Assist automatically maintain the angle in sloping, leveling, fine grading, and trenching applications.
  • Keep the tracks on ground in lifting and hard digging with Boom Assist.
  • Automatically stop excavator swing at operator-defined set points in truck loading and trenching applications with Swing Assist, which will help you use less effort and consume less fuel.
  • Standard Cat PAYLOAD on-board weighing system: Achieve precise load targets and increase loading efficiency with on-the-go weighing and real-time estimates of your payload without swinging.
  • Combine Payload with VisionLink® and remotely manage your production targets, now with the possibility to download on a USB stick.
  • Upgrade to optional Cat GRADE with Advanced 2D: Create and edit grade designs with ease on a second high-resolution 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor.
  • Upgrade to optional Cat GRADE with 3D: Create and edit designs with ease on a second high-resolution 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor. Use 3D designs and GNSS technology to assist the operator in reaching the desired grade faster and accurately.
  • Improve your accuracy and safety – Add a new Cat Tiltrotator system upgrade with factory-fit joysticks. The system allows a Tiltrotator to work with standard Cat 2D Grade and E-Fence; it uses the standard cab monitor to display the tool and engage its SecureLock™ so you don’t need spend money on an extra monitor.
WORK IN COMFORT
  • Choose between Comfort, Deluxe and Premium cabs – all with automatic climate control (consult your local dealer on availability in your region).
  • The Comfort cab is equipped with a mechanical suspension seat. The Deluxe seat is heated and air adjustable. The Premium seat is heated and cooled and adjusts automatically.
  • Tip up console on the Deluxe and Premium cab improves ingress/egress by approximately 45%.
  • Advanced viscous mounts reduce cab vibration up to 50 percent over previous excavator models.
  • Control the excavator comfortably with easy-to-reach controls all located in front of you.
  • Stow your gear with plenty of in-cab storage beneath and behind the seat and in the consoles. A cup holder, document holder, bottle holder, and coat hook are also provided.
  • Use the standard radio’s USB ports and Bluetooth® technology to connect personal devices and make hands-free calls.
SIMPLE TO OPERATE
  • Start the engine with a push button; use a Bluetooth key fob*, smartphone app, or the unique Operator ID function.
  • Program your power mode and joystick preferences using Operator ID; the excavator will remember what you set each time you go to work.
  • Navigate quickly on the standard high-resolution 203 mm (8 in) touchscreen monitor, or with the optional 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor (available on the Deluxe and Premium cabs only), or with the aid of the jog dial control.
  • Not sure how a function works or how to maintain the excavator? Always have the operator’s manual at your fingertips in the touchscreen monitor.
  • Find the tool you need – even if it’s hidden beneath overgrowth or debris. The excavator’s onboard Bluetooth reader can locate any work tool equipped with Cat asset tracking devices up to a range of 60 m (200 ft).
  • Auto Dig Boost increases power by up to 8% for better bucket penetration, shorter cycle times, and greater payloads.

    * Not available with the Comfort cab.
LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS
  • Expect up to 25 percent less maintenance cost than the 326F/326D2 (savings calculated over 12,000 machine hours).
  • Do all daily maintenance at ground level.
  • Check engine oil level quickly and safely with the new ground-level engine oil dipstick; fill and check engine oil on top of the machine with a conveniently located second dipstick.
  • Track your excavator’s filter life and maintenance intervals via the in-cab monitor.
  • No required maintenance on the Cat Clean Emissions Module.
  • Using Cat genuine oil and filters and doing your typical S∙O∙S monitoring will double the current service interval to 1,000 hours, giving you greater uptime to do more work.
  • Expect the new air intake filter with precleaner to last up to 1,000 hours – a 100 percent increase over the previous filter.
  • The new hydraulic oil filter provides improved filtration performance, anti-drain valves to keep oil clean when the filter is replaced, and longer life with a 3,000 hour replacement interval – 50 percent longer than previous filter designs.
  • High-efficiency cooling fans run only when needed; you can program intervals so they automatically reverse to keep cores clean without interrupting your work.
  • S·O·S ports are on ground level, simplifying maintenance and allowing for quick, easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis.
BUILT-IN SAFETY FEATURES
  • Lift Assist helps you avoid tipping. With visual and auditory alerts, you’ll know if your load is within the excavator’s safe working range limits.
  • Access 100 percent of daily maintenance points from ground level – no need for you to climb on top of the excavator.
  • The standard ROPS cab meets ISO 12117-2:2008 requirements.
  • Enjoy great visibility into the trench, in each swing direction, and behind you with the help of smaller cab pillars, larger windows, and a flat engine hood design.
  • The standard hydraulic lockout lever isolates all hydraulic and travel functions in the lowered position.
  • Ground-level shut-off switch stops all fuel to the engine when activated and shuts down the machine.
  • A rearview camera and a right-side-view camera*are standard. Upgrade to 360° visibility and you’ll easily visualize objects and personnel around the excavator in a single view.
  • New right service platform design provides easy, safe, and quick access to upper service platform; the service platform steps use anti-skid punch plate to prevent slipping.
  • Optional boom and stick lowering check valves prevent reverse flow, keeping your front linkage securely in place should the hydraulic system unexpectedly lose power.
  • Brightly colored seatbelts allow easy recognition of properly utilized safety restraints.

    * Not standard in all regions.

Engine

Net Power - ISO 9249
201HP
Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Engine Power - ISO 14396
202HP
Bore
4in
Stroke
5in
Displacement
428in³

Hydraulic System

Main System - Maximum Flow
515 l/min (136 gal/min)
Maximum Pressure - Equipment
5075psi
Maximum Pressure - Equipment - Lift Mode
5510psi
Maximum Pressure - Travel
5075psi
Maximum Pressure - Swing
4118psi

Swing Mechanism

Swing Speed
10.5r/min
Maximum Swing Torque
78182ft·lbf

Weights

Operating Weight
57100lb

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity
125.2gal (US)
Cooling System
6.6gal (US)
Engine Oil
6.6gal (US)
Swing Drive
2.6gal (US)
Final Drive - Each
1.5gal (US)
Hydraulic System - Including Tank
81.9gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
38.8gal (US)
DEF Tank
10.8gal (US)

Dimensions

Boom
Reach 5.9 m (19'4")
Stick
Reach 2.95 m (9'8")
Bucket
HD 1.54 m³ (2.01 yd³)
Shipping Height - Top of Cab
9.84ft
Handrail Height
9.84ft
Shipping Length
33ft
Tail Swing Radius
9.84ft
Counterweight Clearance
1.44ft
Ground Clearance
3.48ft
Track Length
15.3ft
Length to Center of Rollers
12.5ft
Track Gauge
8.5ft
Transport Width
10.5ft

Working Ranges & Forces

Maximum Digging Depth
22.38ft
Boom
Reach 5.9 m (19'4")
Stick
Reach 2.95 m (9'8")
Bucket
HD 1.54 m³ (2.01 yd³)
Maximum Reach at Ground Level
33.2ft
Maximum Cutting Height
31.63ft
Maximum Loading Height
21.72ft
Minimum Loading Height
7.84ft
Maximum Depth Cut for 2440 mm (8 ft) Level Bottom
21.78ft
Maximum Vertical Wall Digging Depth
16.77ft
Bucket Digging Force - ISO
37318lbf
Stick Digging Force - ISO
27202lbf

Standard/Optional Features

Standard Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Cab
    • High-resolution 203 mm (8 in) LCD touchscreen monitor
  • Cat Technologies
    • Cat Product Link
    • Cat GRADE with 2D (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • Cat GRADE with Assist (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • Cat PAYLOAD (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • 2D E-Fence (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • Lift Assist (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • Auto Dig Boost
  • Engine
    • Three selectable power modes
    • One-touch low idle with auto engine speed control
    • Auto engine idle shutdown
    • 52° C (125° F) high-ambient cooling capacity with de-rate
    • –18° C (0° F) cold start capability
    • Double element air filter with integrated precleaner
    • Reversing electric cooling fans
    • Biodiesel capability up to B20
  • Hydraulic System
    • Boom and stick regeneration circuits
    • Auto hydraulic warm up
    • Auto two-speed travel
    • Boom and stick drift reduction valve
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • Tie-down points on base frame
    • 4600 kg (10,141 lb) counterweight
  • Electrical System
    • Two 1,000 CCA maintenance free batteries
    • Programmable time-delay LED working lights
    • LED chassis light, left-hand/right-hand boom lights, cab lights
  • Service And Maintenance
    • Sampling ports for Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S)
    • Ground-level and platform-level engine oil dipsticks
  • Safety And Security
    • Rearview camera
    • Right-side-view camera
    • Ground-level engine shutoff switch
    • Right-hand handrail and hand hold
    • Signaling/warning horn

Optional Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Cab
    • ROPS, Comfort cab with mechanical seat suspension
    • ROPS, standard sound suppression, air-adjustable seat with heat (Deluxe only)
    • ROPS, advanced sound suppression, auto-adjustable seat with heat and air ventilation (Premium only)
    • High-resolution 254 mm (10 in) LCD touchscreen monitor
  • Cat Technologies
    • Cat GRADE with Advanced 2D (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
    • Cat GRADE with 3D (Optional with a Super Long Reach boom)
  • Engine
    • –32° C (–25° F) cold start capability
  • Hydraulic System
    • Boom and stick lowering check valves
    • Hammer return filter circuit
    • Combined Tool Control (two pump, one/two way high-pressure flow)
    • Medium-pressure circuit
    • Quick coupler circuit
  • Booms And Sticks
    • 5.9 m (19'4") HD reach boom, 2.95 m (9'8") HD reach stick, long undercarriage (Europe and Japan only - long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
    • 5.9 m (19'4") reach boom, 3.6 m (11'10") reach stick, long undercarriage (North America only)
    • 5.9 m (19'4") reach boom, 2.95 m (9'8") reach stick, long undercarriage (Long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
    • 5.9 m (19'4") reach boom, 2.5 m (8'2") reach stick, long undercarriage (Long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
    • 2.8 m + 3.3 m (9'2" + 10'10") VA boom, 2.95 m (9'8") reach stick, long undercarriage (Europe only.) (Long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
    • 2.8 m + 3.3 m (9'2" + 10'10") VA boom, 2.5 m (8'2") reach stick, long undercarriage (Europe only.) (Long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
    • 10.2 m (33'6") SLR boom, 7.85 m (25'9") SLR stick, long undercarriage (Long narrow undercarriage also available in Europe only)
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • 600 mm (24") triple grouser shoes
    • 700 mm (28") triple grouser shoes
    • 790 mm (31") triple grouser shoes
    • 900 mm (35") triple grouser shoes
    • 6700 kg (14,771 lb) counterweight
  • Electrical System
    • 360° lighting
    • Premium surround lighting package
  • Service And Maintenance
    • Electric refueling pump with auto shut off
  • Safety And Security
    • 360° visibility (Requires 254 mm [10 in] monitor)

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Net Power - ISO 9249
201 HP
Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Engine Power - ISO 14396
202 HP
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