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Demag BL323 in dragline operation

The Demag BL323 was the last universal excavator manufactured by DEMAG in their Duesseldorf construction plant. Originally conceived as B323 in 1954, the later model underwent a series of improvements and enhancements, the most notable of which was the switch from purely mechanical control to a Westinghouse air pressure control system. Over the years the following enhancements were made:

  • The original Modag (Motorenwerke Darmstadt AG) engine was replaced with a 12 cylinder 4 stroke engine manufactured by Deutz.
  • The excavator was finally equipped with a torque converter, manufactured by TwinDisc.

The BL323 was the last true universal excavator manufactured by Demag, i.e. it could be equipped with a face shovel, a back hoe and a boom to work with clam shell, drag line and as a crane.


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