• March 25, 2019
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Equipment Focus: Cat 320EL Excavator

Equipment Focus: Cat 320EL Excavator

As a part of the 300 Series family, Cat 320EL excavators bring reliable performance, increased productivity and superior safety to any worksite. The Caterpillar 320EL excavator will perform above and beyond your expectations—while being comfortable to boot!

Considered the industry standard for many general, quarry or heavy construction applications, 300 Series excavators—and the new E series in particular—are a favourite for those who want to get the job done fast and within (or sometimes even under) budget.

320EL Overview

The Cat 320EL is a part of the newer E series, designed by Cat to be more fuel and energy efficient. It features a state-of-the-art Cat C6.6 ACERT engine that provides increased performance while using less fuel. To improve its efficiency even more, the 320EL comes with 3 different power modes—high power, standard power and economy power. This gives you total control over power and fuel consumption throughout your project.

But there’s more to the 320EL than fuel-efficiency; with increased power and a huge working range, this excavator is perfect for every big project.

Cat 320EL Specifications


Engine Cat C6.6 ACERT
Net Power 153hp
Gross Power 164hp
Minimum Operating Weight 21.5t
Maximum Operating Weight 24.73t
Maximum Travel Speed 5.6km/h
Maximum Drawbar Pull 205kN


Digging depth, lifting capacities and other specifics will vary depending on the boom, attachments and other accessories you’re using. Download this specalog to find out more.

Cat 320EL

Operator Comfort

Efficiency and long hours are always top-of-mind on the construction site. Knowing this, Cat has designed the 320EL as standard with a range of built-in features that will make it an absolute breeze to work in on those hot Aussie days. Just some of the cab features include:

  • Seats with reclining backs, upper & lower seat slide adjustments, height & tilt angle adjustments
  • Fully adjustable left & right joysticks with one-touch idle options
  • A programmable 7” LCD with keyboard, review camera & a choice of 42 languages
  • 2x12v power supplies to charge electronic devices
  • Drink holders
  • Shelf behind the driver’s seat for storage
  • Specifically designed storage for MP3s and mobile phones

Of course, no excavator would be complete without automatic climate control. The Cat 320EL includes 5 air outlets to make working in extreme heat or cold more comfortable.

Tools & Accessories

Let’s be honest, a big job requires many tools, which is why Cat have created a great selection of attachments to fit the 300 Series. From general duty, heavy duty and severe duty buckets, to stiff link thumbs, hydraulic thumbs and even hydraulic hammers, there’s an attachment or tool for almost every job imaginable.

Safety & Security

The most important aspect of any worksite is the safety and security of employees, site visitors and equipment. For security, the Cat 320EL comes with a one-key security system, door locks, cap locks on fuel and hydraulic tanks, and a lockable external tool/storage box. This range of security features will give you peace of mind, whether you’re the operator or the manager locking up the worksite for the night.

The Caterpillar 320EL also uses modern technology to maximise safety throughout the worksite, these safety features include:

  • Signalling/warning horns
  • Secondary engine shutoff switch
  • Removable lower windshield
  • Rearview camera
  • Travel alarm


To make servicing and maintaining your 320EL simpler, every compartment is easily accessible, with ample space to get in and replace, repair and service components. This includes the priming pump, radiator, air cleaner compartments, fuel and oil filters, air filters, drain cock, engine oil gauge and hydraulic lash adjusters (which adjust automatically to help reduce maintenance costs).

Customer Care

While this isn’t exclusive to their 320EL excavators, Cat provides some of the best after-sales support in the industry. Hundreds of dealers across Australia have access to a worldwide network of OEM parts which will make it easier for you to replace old and worn parts.

Cat also has a complete library of user guides, tutorials, videos and more to help you boost your productivity and feel confident about operating, servicing and using your excavator to its fullest potential.

Used Caterpillar 320EL

Caterpillar 320EL Price

All said and done, if equipment doesn’t end with a positive ROI then all the features become irrelevant. Caterpillar has been creating the 320EL excavator range for a few years now, so there is a good selection of new and used models available on the market. Depending on attachments, age and condition, you can get a Cat 320EL excavator anywhere from $160,000 to $300,000*.

Interested in a new or used 320EL? Head over to our excavator listings or check out excavators up for auction to see what Caterpillar excavators are available for sale near you.

*Prices are based on Machines4U listing data provided by sellers/advertisers and are an approximation only. Data is correct up to and at time of publishing. Prices may change and need to be verified with individual sellers

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