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Caterpillar 235 Hydraulic Excavator/Front Shovel

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The Caterpillar 235 hydraulic excavator was introduced in 1973 in the USA. Production began in Belgium in 1974.

[edit] Features

The 235 has a 3306 turbocharged, six-cylinder engine producing 195 flywheel horsepower (FWHP). It comes standard with a variable flow hydraulic system, hydrostatic drive, and oil disc brakes.

The 235 was manufactured in the USA, with a 32K serial number prefix, and in Belgium, with a 64R prefix.

[edit] Modifications

In 1975 Caterpillar added a long carriage and two-piece boom option to the American unit, beginning with 32K00651.

In 1976 track-guarding guides were added to the Belgian unit, beginning with 64R00468.

Cat introduced a new 235 unit in 1977, with a 62X prefix.

In 1977 a D7-size undercarriage was added, beginning with 64R00596 and 32K01301.

In 1978 Caterpillar introduced two 235 front shovel units: one in the USA, with an 81X prefix, and the other in Belgium, with an 83X prefix.

The 235 front shovel has an electric hour meter, a three-cubic yard (2.2-m3) front dump, and 2.38-cubic yard (1.8-m3) bottom dump.

In 1979 the front shovels got stronger carbodies, beginning with 83X00364 and 81X00364. At the same time the 83X unit received a D7-size undercarriage.

In 1980 and 1983 Cat added 3306 direct injection turbocharged engines, beginning with 32K02679, 62X00289, 83X00444, and 81X00404.

In 1982 the American front shovel received a D7-size undercarriage, beginning with 81X00496.

In 1982 and 1983 modifications were made to the boom and stick, beginning with 81X00492, 64R01535, 83X00512, and 32K03474.

In 1984 Cat modified the operator station, beginning with 32K03578 and 62X00291.

In 1985 the hydraulic horsepower was increased on the Belgian units, beginning with 64R02014 and 83X00665. The line relief valves were modified on the American units, beginning with 32K03966 and 81X00499.

Production ended in the USA in 1985, and Belgium in 1986.

The 235 was replaced by the Caterpillar 235B.

Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 8,000 Caterpillar 235 hydraulic excavators/front shovels have been produced.

Highest Serial #
64R 02338
83X 00713
32K 04185
62X 00285
81X 00526
Total = 8,047