Caterpillar Introduces 308E2 Mini Excavator

For Release in Europe, North America, Australia: April 2013

Release Number: 194PR13

The new compact radius Cat® 308E2 CR SB hydraulic excavator delivers high performance with the versatility of a swing boom front linkage. It is ideally suited to working in restricted work areas and is the first machine in the Mini Hydraulic Excavator (MHE) line-up to meet the United States EPA Tier 4 Final and European Union Stage IIIB emission standards.

The new load sensing and flow sharing High Definition hydraulic system provides improved controllability. It uses the machine's power more efficiently during the digging cycle to deliver greater productivity and up to 10 percent fuel efficiency improvement.

The Cat® 308E2 offers a spacious operator environment with ample ingress and egress room and generous leg room. All the E Series models are equipped with a digital control panel that is specially designed for Cat mini excavators - COMPASS - Complete Operation, Maintenance, Performance, and Security System. Built into the COMPASS monitor are an anti-theft system, which requires a five-digit alphanumeric password to start the machine, and an Economy Mode feature that can lower fuel use by up to 20 percent. An automatic engine-idle system drops engine rpm to idle after 4 seconds of inactivity.

The COMPASS control panel promotes ease of operation and a comprehensive view of maintenance levels and requirements. The cab layout is fitted with ergonomic joysticks and a heated air suspension seat is available as an option.

A wide range of Cat Work Tools such as buckets, hammers, and compactors help maximize performance and efficiency.

Machine Specifications





Cat C3.3B


Net Power, kW (hp)

48.5 (65)


Op. Wt, kg (lb)           

8,400 kg (18,518 lb)


Dig Depth, mm (in)         

4150 mm (13'7")


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