The Caterpillar 345C LME – a large hydraulic excavator manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. (USA)

The Caterpillar 345C L is a large hydraulic excavator manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. The 345C L, with 345 hp (257 kW) of net flywheel power, is classified as a large excavator by Caterpillar. In Caterpillar’s naming conventions, the last two digits indicate the excavator’s weight in metric tonnes. The 345C L is not named after its horsepower. Rather, it is a coincidence that both use the number 345. Caterpillar currently produces the 300 series, including the 345C L.



Engine Model: Caterpillar C13 ACERT
Net Flywheel Power: 345 hp (257 kW)
Net Power (ISO 9249): 345 hp (257 kW)
Net Power (SAE J1349): 349 hp (257 kW)
Net Power (EEC 80/1269): 345 hp (257 kW)
Cylinders: 6


Operating Weight: 99,150 lb (44,970 kg)
Operating Weight (long undercarriage): 99,150 lb (44,970 kg)

Operating Specifications

Max Reach at Ground Level: 42.5 ft (13.0 m)
Max Digging Depth: 29.3 ft (8.9 m)
Max Bucket Capacity: 5 yd³ (3.8 m³)
Nominal bucket weight: 3,880 lb (1,760 kg)
Bucket digging force (Normal): 39,300 lbf (175 kN)

Caterpillar Inc. is an American construction equipment manufacturer. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of construction equipment. In 2018, Caterpillar was ranked number 73 on the Fortune 500 list and number 265 on the Global Fortune 500 list. Caterpillar stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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