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Weight: 5,185kg
Height: 2,550mm
Width: 1,980mm
Length: 2,585mm
Net Power (ISO 9249) 33.6kW
Max digging depth 3,670mm
Max reach 5,990mm
Zero tail swing
Max travel speed 5.0km/h

Hire a Cat 305 CR (Next Generation) (Zero Tail Swing) Mini Digger

Hire a Cat 305 CR excavator. This Next Generation mini digger is new into the UK and builds on the positives of the Cat 305E2, cleverly combining them with next generation design to make a class-leading 5t digger.

This 5t mini digger with compact radius delivers all-day comfort and enviable power.  The strong lift and dig performance allows you to work effectively in a wide range of environments and applications.

Our mini diggers are used for business hire only and separate short term hired-in plant insurance is available.

Key Features of the Cat 305 CR (Next Generation) excavator

  • 1,980mm wide
  • Operating weight of 5,185kg
  • Long Stick
  • Zero tail swing (compact radius)
  • Swing Boom
  • Dozer float features
  • Cat C1.7T Diesel Engine (U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/ EU Stage V)
  • Automatic engine idle
  • Automatic engine shut off
  • Automatic two speed travel
  • Power on demand hydraulics
  • Automatic Swing Brake
  • Load sensing/ flow sharing hydraulics
  • Cab with heater
  • Tool storage area
  • Straight-forward and easy to use controls, allowing the operator to get on with the job
  • Stick steer mode
  • Travel cruise control
  • Rubber tracks
  • LED lights
  • 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

As you’d expect from a Cat design the new 305 CR Next Generation excavators are straightforward to use with easy-to-use controls and an intuitive Next Generation LCD monitor. This provides quick access to vital machine information.

The ASHBROOK 5t excavators come with a heated cab, perfect for work on those cold days and in the inclement British weather.

In addition, stick steer mode, travel cruise control, and rubber tracks allow the digger to move around the site easily. Team this with the strong lift and dig performance and you have a very efficient machine.

What’s more, the compact radius design lets the operator access and work in the tightest spots on-site and the dozer float will aid clean-up at the end of the job.

Excavator efficiency

Reduce your operating costs with the Cat 305 CR Next Generation digger. This next-level machine comes equipped with features such as auto idle, auto engine shutdown, and load sensing hydraulics. Not to mention the engine which is EU Stage 5 compliant and will therefore help you meet your on-site emission targets.

The hydraulics are second to none as they are fitted with Proportional Control 1st Auxiliary and 2nd Auxiliary Hydraulic Lines. This enables the machine to be fitted easily with work tools. Check out our attachments on offer.

In fact, when tested versus earlier models the Cat 305 CR excavator performed 20% more efficiently due to improvements in lift, swing, travel, and multifunction.


For Cat the operator’s safety is number one when it comes to designing their machinery, therefore the Cat 305 CR Next Generation digger is as safe as they come. Safety features include work lights and a fluorescent retractable seat belt alongside a ROPS protected cab.

What do CAT say about their CAT305 CR excavator…?

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

How to hire?

Hire a CAT 305 CR (Next Generation) excavator by contacting our hire desks today or click the ‘Get a Quote’ button to receive an online quotation.

Looking for a smaller option? We have 1t to 8t mini diggers available too.