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Weight: 1,835kg
Height: 2,300mm
Width: 990mm
Length: 1,590
Net power (ISO 9249) 14.3kW
Max digging depth 2,350mm
Max reach 3,970mm
Zero tail swing
Max travel speed 4.7km/h

Hire a CAT 301.7 CR (Next Generation) (Zero Tail Swing) Mini Digger

Hire a Cat 301.7 CR excavator, 1.5t mini digger hire. This excavator, while still great for precision work in confined spaces is slightly larger than the Cat300.9D model and retains the benefit of having zero tail swing. Meaning that the operator can concentrate on the digging job in front of them, rather than worry about damage to people or machinery with the tail swing of the machine.

Our mini diggers are available for business hire only.

Key Features of the CAT 301.7 excavator

  • 990mm wide (3ft 2in)
  • Operating weight of 1785kg
  • Zero tail swing (compact radius)
  • Retractable undercarriage
  • Dig-to-blade
  • Dozer float features
  • Work lights
  • Auto Idle
  • Auto engine shutdown
  • Stick Steer options
  • Cat C1.1 Engine (U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V)
  • Easily transportable between sites
  • Straight-forward and easy-to-use controls, allowing the operator to get on with the job
  • Cabbed or canopy versions available
  • Range of attachments available

View pdf product specification sheet for full details or ask our knowledgeable staff if you have a need for a specific function.

Ease of use

Like the Cat 300.9D, this mini digger comes with an extending undercarriage and fold-out dozer blade. The expandable undercarriage narrows to allow the excavator to enter worksites through restricted access points, then extends to provide a stable work platform.

In addition, the dozer blade on the Cat 301.7 CR excavator, further expands the capability of these excavators, allowing the machine to handle backfilling and grading tasks. The blade features ample travel, above and below grade, has a float function, and allows “dig-to-blade” operation for more efficiently handling loose materials.

To continue along the vein of practical use, the controls are minimal and straightforward for any operator to use effectively.

An exclusive feature of these Next Generation models is the standard Stick Steer system, which allows the operator to switch (with the touch of a button) from conventional lever/foot-pedal steering controls to left-hand joystick control.

Stick Steer provides the benefit of less effort with improved operator control. Additionally, automatic two-speed travel is standard.


For the operator’s protection, there are protective ROPS, TOPS, and Top Guard- Level II structures. An excellent set of work lights, ensure that the workspace is illuminated during evening/ night work.

What does Cat say about their Cat 301.7 CR (Next Generation) excavator…?

All pictures are for illustration purposes only. Hence, machines may vary depending on the specification ordered.

How to hire?

Hire a CAT 301.7 CR excavator by contacting our hire desks today or click the ‘Get a Quote’ button to receive an online quotation.

Need something smaller or bigger?  Then we have the Cat 300.9D and the Cat 302.7D CR available too.