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Caterpillar 349E LME Excavator

Caterpillar 349E LME Excavator
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The Caterpillar 349E LME in 1:48th scale was in 2015 released by CCM.

This die-cast scale model Caterpillar 349E LME Hydraulic Excavator is made in a limited edition of only 750 pieces in 2015 by CCM in scale 1:48 The scale model is packaged in a deluxe gift box and comes with a signed certificate. I'm the happy collector with in possession #212.

Classic Construction Models produced two die-cast model versions of the Caterpillar 349E Excavator: the Caterpillar 349E LME with mass excavator boom, stick and bucket and the Caterpillar 349E L quick coupler with HD (Heavy Duty) boom and stick which includes two different sized detachable work buckets.

Each version also features functioning variable gauge long undercarriage systems, allowing the track assemblies to be posed at full width or narrowed for transport. All aspects of the Caterpillar 349E LME are modeled to the usual level of CCM's exacting detail, including hydraulic lines, opening cab, and access to full engine compartment. Retail Price: $269.95 and shipping cost.

My first impression: Unique hand-built and very complete scale model and together with his "brother a nice addition in my Caterpillar 345/349 series. More than well worth the wait! This is a must have for every Caterpillar collector. Both versions are standing side a side in my cabinet.

Soon I will add the complete review with more pictures from the model, machine in 1:1 and background information. So stay tuned for more!

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Caterpillar 349E LME Hydraulic Excavator

The Caterpillar 349E Hydraulic Excavator, introduced in 2011 and replacing the Caterpillar 345D, continues the industry standards for general, quarry, and heavy construction applications set by the 300 Series family of excavators since the 1990's.

The operator's station has everything needed to meet the needs for comfort and productivity. All systems can be monitored easily on the large LCD display. The Caterpillar C13 ACERT diesel engine delivers up to 425 horsepower, powering an extensive range of Caterpillar Work Tools for the Caterpillar 349E including buckets, compactors, grapples, thumbs, rakes, rippers, and shears. Quick couplers allow one person to change work tools in seconds for maximum performance and flexibility on a job site.

The Caterpillar 349E (LME) Hydraulic Excavator was the replacement for the Caterpillar 345D and 349D. It was manufactured in the USA, Japan and Belgium

The 349E (LME) was given an KCN or TFG (USA), FJB or RGH (Japan), S3P, JAE or MZW (Belgium) serial number prefix. Production of the 349E (LME) ended in 2014. The Caterpillar 349E (LME) was replaced by the Caterpillar 349F.

Specification highlights:

  • Caterpillar C13 Acert Engine
  • Net Power – SAE J1349: 404hp
  • Bucket Capacity: 1.15-5.00yd3
  • Bore: 5.2 in
  • Maximum Drawbar Pull: 75,300 lbf
  • Maximum Travel Speed: 2.9mph

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