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326 Hydraulic Excavator

The Cat® 326 Excavator brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies like Cat Grade with 2D, Grade Assist, and Payload – all standard equipment from the factory to boost your operator efficiencies up to 45%. Combine these features with an ergonomic cab, longer maintenance intervals that lower your maintenance costs up to 20%, and a power system that reduces fuel consumption by up to 10% and you have a low-cost-per-unit-of-production excavator that’s perfect for medium- to heavy-duty applications.
Not all features are available in all regions. Consult your Cat dealer for specific configurations available in your region.


Net Power - ISO 9249


Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)

204hp (metric)

Engine Model

Cat C7.1

Engine Power - ISO 14396


Engine Power - ISO 14396 (DIN)

205hp (metric)







Biodiesel Capability

Up to B20¹


Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, and Japan 2014 emission standards.

Note (1)

Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air intake system, exhaust system and alternator with engine speed at 2,200 rpm. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at the time

Note (2)

¹Cat diesel engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels** up to: 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)* or 100% renewable diesel, HVO


Operating Weight



Long undercarriage, Reach boom, R2.95 m (9'7") stick, 1.54 m³ (2.01 yd³) Heavy Duty (HD) bucket, 600 mm (24") triple grouser shoes and 4600 kg (10,140 lb) counterweight.

Working Ranges & Forces

Maximum Digging Depth



Reach 5.9 m (19'4")


Reach 2.95 m (9'8")


HD 1.54 m³ (2.01 yd³)

Maximum Reach at Ground Level


Maximum Cutting Height


Maximum Loading Height


Minimum Loading Height


Maximum Depth Cut for 2440 mm (8 ft) Level Bottom


Maximum Vertical Wall Digging Depth


Bucket Digging Force - ISO


Stick Digging Force - ISO


Hydraulic System

Main System - Maximum Flow

481 l/min (127 gal/min)

Maximum Pressure - Equipment


Maximum Pressure - Equipment - Lift Mode


Maximum Pressure - Travel


Maximum Pressure - Swing


Swing Mechanism

Swing Speed


Maximum Swing Torque


Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity

125.2gal (US)

Cooling System

6.6gal (US)

Engine Oil

6.6gal (US)

Swing Drive

3gal (US)

Final Drive - Each

1.2gal (US)

Hydraulic System - Including Tank

81.9gal (US)

Hydraulic Tank

38.8gal (US)

DEF Tank

10.8gal (US)



Reach 5.9 m (19'4")


Reach 2.95 m (9'8")


HD 1.54 m³ (2.01 yd³)

Shipping Height - Top of Cab


Handrail Height


Shipping Length


Tail Swing Radius


Counterweight Clearance


Ground Clearance


Track Length


Length to Center of Rollers


Track Gauge


Transport Width


Air Conditioning System

Note (1)

The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 0.85 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.216 metric tonnes.




Standard Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Cab
    • Rollover protective structure (ROPS)
  • Cat Technologies
    • VisionLink®
    • Remote Flash
    • Remote Troubleshoot
    • Cat Grade 2D
    • Cat Assist
    • Cat Payload
  • Electrical System
    • Maintenance free 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
    • One-touch low idle with automatic
    • engine speed control
    • 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
    • Right-side-view camera
    • Lift assist
    • 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
    • Long undercarriage
    • Tie-down points on base frame
    • 4600 kg (10,141 lb) counterweight

Optional Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Booms And Sticks
    • 5.9 m (19'4") Reach boom
    • 5.9 m (19'4") HD Reach boom
    • 2.8 m + 3.3 m (9'2" + 10'10") Variable Angle boom
    • 10.2 m (33'6") Super Long Reach boom
    • 3.6 m (11'10") Reach stick
    • 2.95 m (9'8") Reach stick
    • 2.95 m (9'8") HD Reach stick
    • 2.5 m (8'2") Reach stick
    • 7.85 m (25'9") Super Long Reach stick
  • Cab
    • Mechanical-suspension seat (Comfort only)
    • Air-adjustable seat with heat (Deluxe only)
    • Auto adjustable seat with heat and air ventilation (Premium only)
    • High-resolution 203 mm (8 in) LCD touchscreen monitor
    • High-resolution 254 mm (10 in) LCD touchscreen monitor
    • Cat Stick Steer
    • Auxiliary relay
  • Cat Technologies
    • VisionLink Productivity
    • Cat Grade Connectivity
    • Cat Grade 2D with Attachment Ready Option (ARO)
    • Cat Grade 3D single GNSS
    • Cat Grade 3D dual GNSS
    • Cat Tilt Rotator (TRS) Integration
    • Operator Coaching
  • Electrical System
    • 360° lighting
  • Engine
    • –32° C (–25° F) cold start capability
  • Hydraulic System
    • SmartBoom (Europe only)
    • Hydraulic efficiency monitoring
  • Safety And Security
    • Cat Command (remote control)
    • 360° visibility
    • Swing alarm
    • Inspection lighting
  • Service And Maintenance
    • Electric refueling pump with auto shutoff
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • Long narrow undercarriage
    • 600 mm (24") triple grouser shoes
    • 600 mm (24") double grouser shoes
    • 600 mm (24") single grouser shoes
    • 700 mm (28") triple grouser shoes
    • 790 mm (31") triple grouser shoes
    • 900 mm (35") triple grouser track shoes
    • 7400 kg (16,300 lb) counterweight for Super Long Reach

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