Four new models in the Cat mini hydraulic excavator lineup, engineered and manufactured by Caterpillar, are designed to provide users the best performance, versatility, safety, operator convenience — and affordability — in the smallest possible packages for 1-to-2-ton class machines, according to the manufacturer. This customer-centered approach to engineering results in the new models incorporating new standard features, such as joystick steering (stick steer) and a tilt-up canopy or cab, as well as new options, including air conditioning and expandable undercarriages across the range. The new model range allows customers expanded choices for matching machine capabilities and machine features to the applications: 301.5 (1.5-ton class, standard tail swing, with canopy); 301.7 CR (1.7-ton class, compact radius, with canopy); 301.8 (1.8-ton class, standard tail swing, with either canopy or cab); 302 CR (2.0-ton class, compact radius, with either canopy or cab). Minimum operating weights (approximate) for the new models range from 3,500 to 4,500 lbs. (1 5,75 to 2,045 kg), with weights increasing to 3,900 to 4,900 lbs. (1,760 to 2,200 kg), depending on specific machine configuration...