Caterpillar Offers Industry Leading Innovation and Unmatched Versatility in New 304.5E2 XTC Mini Hydraulic Excavator

C10876193The Cat® 304.5E2 XTC mini hydraulic excavator is the first model in the Xtra Tool Carrier (XTC) lineup. Built on the reliable E2 platform, the 304.5E2 XTC offers the same level of quality, performance, and operator comfort expected from a Cat mini hydraulic excavator. In addition, 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, then the standard right hand joystick then becomes your loader.

The 304.5E2 XTC allows operators to achieve improved productivity in material carrying applications, and also allows for reduced backfilling times. Due to the addition of the compact loader coupler interface, multiple applications may be achieved at a single job site with a single machine. This offering also improves efficiency of machine transport.

The 304.5E2 XTC also includes the standard features and benefits of the E2 model lineup. For example, automatic two-speed, 100% pilot controls, superior bucket rotation, blade float and safety are built into every Cat mini excavator. All operator stations are ROPS certified, and the Cat interlock system which prevents hydraulic movement when the safety bar is raised, adds further to operational safety, as do the automatic swing brake, retractable seatbelt and travel alarm (optional in Europe). Also, the COMPASS monitor includes a passcode protected security system, adjustable auxiliary flow control, site reference system all as standard. There is also a rearview camera option.

Finally, to increase the machine versatility even further, a mechanical or hydraulic quick coupler for the excavator front linkage (differentiate between the excavator coupler and loader coupler) is available for accommodating work tools such as augers and hydraulic hammers, and a thumb-ready stick is standard. Caterpillar offers a wide portfolio of performance matched work tools designed specifically to get the best out of your machine and deliver excellent value through high productivity and long life.

For more information about the 304.5E2 XTC mini hydraulic excavator, customers should contact their local Cat dealer.

304.5E2 XTC Product Specifications

Engine
Engine Model Cat 2.4
Rated Net Power (ISO9249) 30.0 kW 40.2 hp
Operating Weights
Canopy, Standard Stick 3925 kg 8655 lb
Canopy, Long Stick 3955 kg 8721 lb
Cab, Standard Stick 4050 kg 8930 lb
Cab, Long Stick 4080 kg 8996 lb
Hydraulic System 
Pump Flow @ 2200 rpm 100 Lpm 26.4 gpm
Digging Force — Stick (Standard) 21.6 kN 4856 lbf
Digging Force — Stick (Long) 19.5 kN 4384 lbf
Digging Force — Bucket 37.8 kN 8498 lbf
Dimensions — Standard Stick
1. Dig Depth 3130 mm 123 in
3. Maximum Reach @ Ground Level 5220 mm 206 in
5. Maximum Dig Height 4980 mm 196 in
Dimensions — Long Stick  
1. Dig Depth 3430 mm 135 in
3. Maximum Reach @ Ground Level 5470 mm 215 in
5. Maximum Dig Height 5070 mm 200 in
Loader Specs
Maximum Height (72″ MP cutting edge) 935 mm 37 in
Reach at Maximum Lift and Dump (72″ MP) 2040 mm 80 in
Rack Back Angle at Maximum Height (72″ MP) 48 °
Maximum Dump Angle (72″ MP) 27 °
Breakout Force, 72 inch MP Bucket (Lift) 720 kg 1588 lb
Breakout Force, 72 inch MP Bucket (Tilt) 850 kg 1874 lb
Lift Capacity – 72 inch MP bucket 525 kg 1158 lb
Lift Capacity – 42″ Forks 600 kg 1323 lb
Rated Operating Capacity (Max Height) – 72 inch MP Bucket 525 kg 1158 lb
Rated Operating Capacity (Ground) – 72 inch MP Bucket 850 kg 1874 lb

* Rated operating capacity based on hydraulic limit (ROC is the smaller of the hydraulic limit or 50% of the static tipping load)

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