326 – Tier 3

326 Hydraulic Excavator

The Cat® 326 Excavator brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies to boost your operator efficiencies. Combine these features with an ergonomic cab, longer maintenance intervals, and a power system that reduces fuel and you have a low-cost-per-unit-of-production excavator that’s perfect for medium to heavy-duty applications.

LATEST FEATURES

        

  • Cab Monitor Improvements.
        

  1. Continuously improved user interface allows for intuitive navigation, minimizing performance interruption with the easy-to-use touchscreen menu.
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  3. Identify apps quickly with a grid list view, abbreviated app names, and categorized menu options.
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  5. A notification center keeps important information visible to the operator, and displays messages without shrinking the camera view.
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  7. Color coded notifications set critical messages apart from the rest.
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  9. Use the in-monitor QR code to learn about machine and technology features through a full suite of “how-to” videos.
        

  • Operator Coaching -Empower Operators. Exceed Targets.  
        

  1. Operator Coaching is an in-cab system that recognizes specific opportunities for operators to be more productive and prevent unnecessary machine wear and tear.  
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  3. After detecting inefficient or restricted actions, the system alerts the operator and provides insight into the inefficiency and steps to improve. 
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  5. Paired with a VisionLink® Productivity subscription, this information and other Operator Coaching insights can be viewed from anywhere.

Not all features are available in all regions. Please check with your local Cat dealer for specific offering availability in your area. Build Number: 07F.

PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY

        

  • Improved controllability over the 326D2.
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  • 5% fuel consumption reduction without productivity loss when using Smart mode.
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  • 12% improved swing torque makes working on slopes easier.
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  • Increase operating efficiency up to 45% with standard Cat Technologies that lower operator fatigue and your operating costs, including fuel consumption and daily maintenance.
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  • The C7.1 engine can run on biodiesel up to B20 and meets Brazil MAR-1 emission standards, equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3 and EU Stage IIIA.
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  • The advanced hydraulic system provides the optimum balance of power and efficiency while giving you the control you need for precise digging requirements.
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  • Match the excavator to the job with power modes; let Smart mode automatically match engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions.
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  • Optional 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.
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  • Auxiliary hydraulic options give you the versatility to use a wide range of Cat attachments.
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  • 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% versus traditional grading with standard Cat Grade with 2D system – includes indicate-only and laser capability.
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  • Cat Payload helps you achieve precise load targets to improve your operating efficiency. Pick up a load of material--with a bucket and thumb combination or grapple and clamshell attachments--and get a real-time weight estimate without swinging.
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  • Combine Payload with VisionLink® and remotely manage your production targets.
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  • Want a 3D system to improve your digging results? Caterpillar's single antenna global navigation satellite system (GNSS) makes it easy by giving you visual and auditory guidance to grade. Plus, you can create and edit designs on the touchscreen monitor while you’re on the job. If your application calls for a dual antenna system, it’s easy to upgrade.
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  • Upgrade to our dual antenna GNSS for maximum grading efficiency. The system lets you create and edit designs on the touchscreen monitor while you’re on the job, or you can have the plan design sent to the excavator to make your work easier. Plus, you get added benefits of avoidance zones, cut and fill mapping, lane guidance, and augmented reality along with advanced positioning capability.
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  • Already invested in another brand’s 3D system? No problem. Standard Cat technology like Grade with 2D can readily integrate with that system to give you the precise results you need.
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  • Standard Grade Assist helps you stay on grade – simply and effortlessly – with single-lever digging.
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  • Set your desired bucket angle and let Bucket Assist automatically maintain the angle in sloping, leveling, fine grading, and trenching applications.
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  • Keep the tracks on ground in lifting and hard digging with Boom Assist.    
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  • 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.
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  • All Cat Grade systems are compatible with radios and base stations from Trimble, Topcon, and Leica. Already invested in a grade infrastructure? You can install grade systems from Trimble, Topcon, and Leica onto the machine.
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  • Operator Coaching is an in-cab system that recognizes specific opportunities for operators to be more productive and prevent unnecessary machine wear and tear.  

TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF MANAGING YOUR EQUIPMENT

        

  • VisionLink® provides actionable data insights for all assets - regardless of fleet size or equipment manufacturer.* Review equipment data from your desktop or mobile device to maximize uptime and optimize assets. Dashboards provide information such as hours, miles, location, idle time, and fuel utilization. Make informed decisions that lower costs, simplify maintenance, and improve safety and security on your jobsite.
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  • VisionLink Productivity gathers and summarizes machine telematics and jobsite data from all your equipment – regardless of the manufacture.* View actionable information such as idle time, fuel burn, location, payload, load counts, total cycles, and more to improve machine efficiency, productivity, and utilization. Access data anywhere via a mobile, tablet, or desktop device - on or off the jobsite.
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  • Cat® Inspect is a mobile application that allows you to easily perform digital preventative maintenance (PM) checks, inspections, and daily walkarounds. Inspections can easily be integrated with other Cat data systems like VisionLink so you can keep a close eye on your fleet.
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  • Remote Troubleshoot is a mobile application that allows your Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing on your connected machine remotely to help ensure that issues are resolved quickly and with less downtime.
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  • Remote Flash is a mobile application that allows you to update onboard software without a technician being present, allowing you to initiate software updates when convenient, increasing your overall operating efficiency.
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  • The Cat PL161 attachment locator allows you to track attachments across all worksites, reduce the number of lost attachments, and plan for attachment maintenance and replacement. The work tool recognition feature automatically adjusts machine settings based on the selected tool.

*Data field availability can vary by equipment manufacturer.
 

WORK IN COMFORT

        

  • Choose between Comfort and Deluxe cabs – both with automatic climate control (consult your local dealer on availability in your region).
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  • The Comfort cab is equipped with a mechanical suspension seat. The Deluxe seat is heated and air adjustable.
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  • Advanced viscous mounts reduce cab vibration up to 50% over previous excavator models.
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  • Control the excavator comfortably with easy-to-reach controls all located in front of you.
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  • Stow your gear with plenty of in-cab storage beneath and behind the seat and in the consoles. A cup holder, bottle holder, and coat hook are also provided.
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  • 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 or the unique Operator ID function.
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  • Program your power mode and joystick preferences using Operator ID; the excavator will remember what you set each time you go to work.
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  • Make operating easier with the touch of a joystick button. Additional auxiliary relays allow you to power on or turn off a CB radio, beacon light, and even a dust suppression watering system without taking your hands off the joysticks (available on the Deluxe cab only).
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  • Navigate quickly on the standard high-resolution 203 mm (8 in) touchscreen monitor, or with the optional 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor (Deluxe cab only), or with the aid of the jog dial control.
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  • 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.
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  • Need more lift during your shift? Turn on Auto Heavy Lift and get 8% more power exactly when you need it for as long as you need it.
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  • Tiltrotator attachments--ours or other brands--work seamlessly with Cat 2D Grade, Assist, Payload, and E-Fence . With no additional hardware required, all you have to do is simply select "Third Party Tiltrotator System Installation" in the monitor, do the calibration, and get to work.

LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS

        

  • Expect up to 20% less maintenance cost than the 326D2 (savings calculated over 12,000 machine hours).
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  • Do all daily maintenance at ground level.
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  • Check engine oil level quickly and safely with the ground-level engine oil dipstick; fill and check engine oil on top of the machine with a conveniently located second dipstick.
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  • S·O·SSM ports with extended sampling intervals are on ground level, simplifying maintenance and allows for quick easy extraction of samples for fluid analysis.
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  • Track your excavator’s filter life and maintenance intervals via the in-cab monitor.
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  • 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.
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  • Expect the latest air intake filter with precleaner to last up to 1,000 hours – a 100% increase over the previous filter.
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  • The latest 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% longer than previous filter designs.
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  • High-efficiency cooling fans run only when needed; you can program intervals so they automatically reverse to keep cores clean without interrupting your work.
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  • Boost productivity with proactive service reminders. The Integrated vehicle health management system alerts the operator with step-by-step service guidance along with parts needed so you don't experience any unnecessary downtime.

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.
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  • Access 100% of daily maintenance points from ground level – no need for you to climb on top of the excavator.
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  • The standard ROPS cab meets ISO 12117-2:2008 requirements.
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  • Cat Detect - People Detection helps protect the most valuable asset on any jobsite – people. The system uses smart cameras with depth sensors to provide the operator with visual and auditory alerts so he or she can take immediate action when a person is too close to the excavator.
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  • 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.
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  • Cat Command remote control enables equipment operators to work safely outside the machine when working in hazardous environments. Command offers the choice of handheld Consoles (line-of-sight) or long-distance virtual Stations (non-line-of-sight). Deep integration with machine systems enables efficiency and productivity by maintaining the use of in-cab technology* features (Grade, Payload, Assist, etc.).
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  • The standard hydraulic lockout lever isolates all hydraulic and travel functions in the lowered position.
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  • Ground-level shut-off switch stops all fuel to the engine when activated and shuts down the machine.
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  • 2D E-Fence prevents the excavator from moving outside of operator-defined set points; the system works with thumb and bucket combinations along with hammer, grapple, and clamshell attachments.
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  • The 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.
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  • Optional boom and stick lowering check valves prevent reverse flow, keeping your front linkage securely in place should the hydraulic system unexpectedly lose power.
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  • Brightly colored seatbelts allow easy recognition of properly utilized safety restraints.
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  • Make service work easier and safer with optional inspection lighting. With the flip of a switch, lights will illuminate the engine, pump, battery, and radiator compartments to enhance visibility.
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  • Enhance jobsite safety. Add a swing alarm to alert people when you're rotating from trench to stockpile and back again.

* Not all technology features are available on the Command Console and vary by model. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

Standard Equipment

NOTE
  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
CAB
  • Rollover protective structure (ROPS)
  • Mechanical-suspension seat (Comfort only)
  • Heated air-suspension seat (Deluxe only)
  • High-resolution 203 mm (8 in) LCD touchscreen monitor
CAT TECHNOLOGIES
  • VisionLink®
  • Remote Flash
  • Remote Troubleshoot
  • Cat Grade 2D
  • Cat Assist
  • Cat Payload
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Maintenance-free 1,000 CCA batteries
  • Programmable time-delay LED working lights
  • LED chassis light, left-hand/right-hand boom lights, cab lights
ENGINE
  • Cat C7.1 single turbo diesel engine
  • Three selectable power modes: Power, Smart, Eco
  • 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
HYDRAULIC SYSTEM
  • Boom and stick regeneration circuits
  • Auto hydraulic warm up
  • Auto two-speed travel
  • Boom and stick drift reduction valve
  • Auto Dig Boost
  • Auto heavy lift
  • Tandem-type electronic main pump
  • Element-type main hydraulic filter
SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • 2D E-Fence
  • Auto hammer stop
  • Rearview camera
  • Ground-level engine shutoff switch
  • Lockable disconnect switch
  • Right-hand handrail and hand hold
  • Signaling/warning horn
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
  • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S℠) ports
  • Ground-level and platform-level engine oil dipsticks
  • Integrated vehicle health management system
UNDERCARRIAGE AND STRUCTURES
  • Tie-down points on base frame
  • 4600 kg (10,141 lb) counterweight

Additional information

Offering Type

Engine - Net Power - ISO 9249

157.8 kW ( 212 HP )

Engine - Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)

215 hp (metric) ( 215 hp (metric) )

Engine Model

Cat C7.1

Engine Power - ISO 14396

159 kW ( 213 HP )

Engine Power - ISO 14396 (DIN)

216 hp (metric) ( 216 hp (metric) )

Engine - Bore

105 mm ( 4 in )

Engine - Stroke

135 mm ( 5 in )

Engine - Displacement

7.01 l ( 428 in³ )

Engine - Biodiesel Capability

Up to B20¹

Engine - Emissions

Cat C7.1 engine emits equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3 and EU Stage IIIA.

Hydraulic System - Main System - Maximum Flow

481 L/min (127 gal/min)

Hydraulic System - Maximum Pressure - Equipment

35000 kPa ( 5075 psi )

Hydraulic System - Maximum Pressure - Equipment - Lift Mode

38000 kPa ( 5510 psi )

Hydraulic System - Maximum Pressure - Travel

35000 kPa ( 5075 psi )

Hydraulic System - Maximum Pressure - Swing

28400 kPa ( 4118 psi )

Swing Mechanism - Swing Speed

9.8 r/min ( 9.8 r/min )

Swing Mechanism - Maximum Swing Torque

106 kN·m ( 78180 ft·lbf )

Weights - Operating Weight

25700 kg ( 56600 lb )

Service Refill Capacities - Fuel Tank Capacity

474 l ( 125.2 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Cooling System

25 l ( 6.6 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Engine Oil

25 l ( 6.6 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Swing Drive

11.5 l ( 3 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Final Drive - Each

4.5 l ( 1.2 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Hydraulic System - Including Tank

310 l ( 81.9 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - Hydraulic Tank

147 l ( 38.8 gal (US) )

Dimensions - Boom

HD Reach 5.9 m (19'4")

Dimensions - Stick

HD Reach 2.95 m (9'8")

Dimensions - Bucket

HD 1.54m³ (2.01 yd³)

Dimensions - Shipping Height - Top of Cab

3000 mm ( 9.8 ft )

Dimensions - Handrail Height

3000 mm ( 9.8 ft )

Dimensions - Shipping Length

10060 mm ( 33 ft )

Dimensions - Tail Swing Radius

3000 mm ( 9.8 ft )

Dimensions - Counterweight Clearance

1060 mm ( 3.5 ft )

Dimensions - Ground Clearance

440 mm ( 1.4 ft )

Dimensions - Track Length

4640 mm ( 15.2 ft )

Dimensions - Length to Center of Rollers

3830 mm ( 12.6 ft )

Dimensions - Track Gauge

2590 mm ( 8.5 ft )

Dimensions - Transport Width

3190 mm ( 10.5 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Digging Depth

6820 mm ( 22.4 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Boom

HD Reach 5.9 m (19'4")

Working Ranges & Forces - Stick

HD Reach 2.95 m (9'8")

Working Ranges & Forces - Bucket

HD 1.54m³ (2.01 yd³)

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Reach at Ground Level

10120 mm ( 33.2 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Cutting Height

9640 mm ( 31.6 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Loading Height

6620 mm ( 21.7 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Minimum Loading Height

2390 mm ( 7.8 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Depth Cut for 2440 mm (8 ft) Level Bottom

6650 mm ( 21.8 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Maximum Vertical Wall Digging Depth

5110 mm ( 16.8 ft )

Working Ranges & Forces - Bucket Digging Force - ISO

166 kN ( 37320 lbf )

Working Ranges & Forces - Stick Digging Force - ISO

121 kN ( 27200 lbf )

Weights - Note

Long undercarriage, Heavy Duty (HD) Reach boom, HD R2.95 m (9'7") stick, 1.54m³ (2.01 yd³) HD bucket, 600 mm (24") triple grouser shoes and 4600 kg (10,141 lb) counterweight.

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