BLOG: On The Level

CATBC57103-border-image.jpgFuel is one of the largest operating costs for small wheel loaders. However, many contractors and/or operators are unaware of the amount of fuel their machines are using on each job and throughout the year. By monitoring the amount of fuel and other resources your small wheel loader is consuming to do certain jobs, you can help maximize your operating profits.

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blog-border-image.jpgHow can you do more in less time? That's the universal dilemma facing all construction contractors. With an industry-wide labor shortage, this issue has become an even larger obstacle. Your projects are becoming larger and more complex, regulatory restrictions are increasing, and yet your construction schedules are only being shortened. These constraints are resulting in longer workdays and more fatigue, which also increases your challenge to maintain a safe working environment for you and your employees

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blog-border-image.jpgOver the years, skid steer loaders have become an absolutely essential piece of equipment on modern day farms and ranches. Today’s skid steer loaders are fast, powerful and, most importantly, versatile—which means significant improvements in efficiency. Fortunately, as skid steer performance capabilities continue to advance, so do the safety features available for them.

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CATBC56533_blogimg.jpgA common concern with track machines is the cost of the undercarriage. However, a majority of undercarriage expenses can be controlled with proper maintenance and operator handling. Costs can also be reduced by choosing the right tracks for your application and underfoot conditions.

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Speed Up Landscaping Jobs with the Right Machines and Couplers

by Visitor GregWorley on ‎04-06-2016 02:30 PM - last edited on ‎05-19-2016 11:05 AM by New member idigcat


CATBC56261-april-blog-image.jpgIt’s officially busy season for landscapers. While it is exciting to see job requests pour in, many landscaping companies are faced with the challenge of planning how to get all of the work done —especially when facing an industry-wide labor shortage. This is when mini excavators and the latest in coupler technology can become a landscaper’s best friend.

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C841555.jpgSpring is here, and many landscaping companies are already gearing up for a busy season. In order to run a successful operation, landscaping industry professionals must rely on the dependability and versatility of their machines. Fortunately, advancements in attachments are helping customers do more with their machine to help them gain more business.

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blog-border-image.jpgOwners invest a lot in their businesses. Just as it is important to insure your health, residence and personal vehicle, it is wise to insure your compact equipment to reduce the risk of financial loss, as well as protect your machine.

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Increase Uptime with Your Next Compact Track Loader

by New member BarnCat ‎02-01-2016 03:00 PM - edited ‎02-10-2016 04:18 PM

CTL-Ag-mini_NC_2015_227_retouched.jpgModern-day dairy farms, cattle ranches and feed lots have countless moving parts working simultaneously to keep operations at maximum production. For this reason, equipment uptime is an especially important factor to consider when spec’ing a new machine. Equipment breakdowns and lengthy service timeuickly equate to lost production and revenue.

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CATBC53366-blog.jpgToday’s small wheel loaders are fast, powerful and, most importantly, versatile—which translates to significant improvements in efficiency and production. Fortunately, as small wheel loader performance capabilities continue to advance, so do the safety features available for them. Our January blog discusses the latest safety features and advancements available for small wheel loaders that are significantly decreasing accident and injury risk, as well as supporting a strong safety culture on job sites.

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blog-border-image.jpgWe are excited about the volume of great feedback and questions we have received since the introduction of Caterpillar’s optional Hand and Foot Controls on select D series models. In this month’s On The Level blog, we want to take the opportunity to address the most frequent questions we have been hearing.

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Q4 Ag Blog Image.jpgThe trend is evident; modern day farmers and ranchers are diversifying their equipment, and many are replacing their tractors with machines that are commonly found on construction sites. A big push for this shift is the variety of attachments that can be utilized with machines such as skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and small wheel loaders to significantly improve production on the farm.

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November Blog image.JPGThe end of the year is a good time to buy new machines for many reasons. For one, dealers are often running special promotions to make room for new model year equipment. In addition to a good price, there could also be considerable tax advantages. If you’ve saved up profits over the past year, put those savings to good use. Execute a new equipment purchase in 2015 to better prepare for 2016.

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Sm Dozer_C10315540_InsideCab_Octblog.jpgFrom site prep to project completion, faster is almost always better in the construction industry. Many new machines offer built-in features to enhance operator performance and increase output. Learn how new technologies can improve productivity to help you get the most out of your machines and crew.

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September Blog Image.jpgYou need to consider your current needs, anticipated workload and financial situation when deciding how to add new equipment to your operation. With so many options available, it’s crucial to build a relationship with a local dealer you can trust to help find the right solution.

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Ag Q3 Blog_CTL_Snow.jpgWith ice, snow and freezing temperatures just around the corner, now is the time to prepare your agriculture equipment for cold-weather operations. You can remain productive throughout the winter months by preparing your machines in advance of harsh conditions and adding a few extra steps to your maintenance routine.

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301.7MHEX_Augst Blog.jpgMini hydraulic excavators pack a big punch when it comes to performance, yet are small enough to maneuver through the tightest of spaces. Consider versatile attachments to optimize performance in landscaping, construction and agriculture applications.

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U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final Industry Update

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎07-16-2015 04:04 PM - edited ‎07-27-2015 05:14 PM

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Tier 4 Final emissions standards are now in effect for all power categories of new non-road diesel engines. These standards are meant to further reduce emissions generated from small wheel loaders, excavators and other types of construction equipment. But not every manufacturer provided equal solutions to Tier 4 requirements.


There are important matters for equipment owners like you to consider before upgrading your fleet. In order to improve performance and productivity, it’s better to select a manufacturer who has gone beyond simply meeting emissions standards on the new machines they are offering.

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Utilizing Construction Machines for Farm Work

by New member BarnCat ‎06-24-2015 01:27 PM - edited ‎06-24-2015 01:30 PM

CATBC51662_CTL259D_Ag.jpgMoving away from a segmented equipment approach, farmers are beginning to experience the value in using one machine to accomplish many tasks. Known for their versatility but traditionally used in the construction industry, skid steer loaders and compact track loaders are gaining popularity as they help farmers increase safety, efficiency and profit.

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Improve Grading Accuracy for Dozers

by New member TrackFan on ‎06-09-2015 04:47 PM - last edited on ‎06-15-2015 04:06 PM by Administrator

CATBC51662.jpgSometimes, smaller is smarter. While motor graders can’t be beat in larger spaces, utilizing dozers for small-scale grading applications can help project managers save time and costs. Today’s blog is focused on the benefits of dozer grading and differences in dozer grading technology.

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How to Avoid Machine Theft

by Visitor GregWorley ‎05-05-2015 07:24 PM - edited ‎06-09-2015 04:12 PM

resize theft blog 430F2_NC2014_026.jpgTheft is one of the top concerns for small and compact equipment owners. While machine designers and engineers are creating new technologies to combat theft, not everyone is in a position to buy new machines or upgrade their fleets. Our latest blog includes a discussion on theft prevention strategies and how to apply these without a major overhaul.

 

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Boost Jobsite Versatility and Productivity with Telehandlers

by New member MPeterson ‎04-10-2015 11:22 AM - edited ‎04-10-2015 11:28 AM

TH407C_C773865_teaser2.jpgWhether you’re building a road, carrying bricks or stacking pallets, crews are continuously tasked with getting the job done more efficiently. Selecting the right machine can play a big role in increasing productivity. Telehandlers are multi-application machines that can save a lot of time, effort and money by accomplishing a wide range of tasks that might otherwise require several different pieces of equipment.

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Building a Legacy: Farm Transitions

by New member BarnCat ‎04-08-2015 04:47 PM - edited ‎04-09-2015 09:40 AM

BenRiceFarm_lores.jpgAs the next farming generation prepares to take on the family legacy, transition planning is becoming one of the most important challenges for farm families. Transition planning covers several areas including asset distribution, operation assessment and successor development, all of which can be difficult to manage. Our latest blog explores the farm transition process and provides insight on where to get started.

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Drums Outside_march.jpgNo matter your industry or application, all machines share a need for fluids. If these fluids are improperly handled, their effectiveness can be compromised causing premature system and component damage. Inadequate handling practices can also result in failed compliance with environmental regulations. Today’s blog features a few simple considerations for improving fluid handling and storage procedures that can ultimately help avoid fines and reduce lifecycle costs.

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Pre-Purchase Maintenance Considerations for Compact Machines

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎02-24-2015 02:43 PM - edited ‎02-24-2015 02:44 PM

CATBC50813-whiteborder_march.jpgWhen it comes to buying a machine, there are many factors to consider before finalizing the decision. Beyond reviewing the spec sheet and completing a demo, scheduling a mock maintenance walk-around can help provide clearer expectations on managing machines, so owners and operators can make more informed purchase decisions. Our latest blog features a discussion on the advantages of a thorough machine evaluation in regards to maintenance requirements.

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Maintain Competitive Edge with Hydraulic System Diagnostics

by New member Estela Estrada (Estraem) on ‎01-22-2015 02:11 PM - last edited on ‎02-10-2015 12:55 PM by Administrator

jan_blog.jpgYou can lower your bid costs and get more jobs done by utilizing a healthy machine, so implementing a strong maintenance strategy is critical. It’s easy to overlook the hydraulic system when completing machine workarounds as it’s not always visible from checkpoint areas. That doesn’t mean it’s any less important. A machine’s hydraulic system determines how much material you move and how fast you move it.

 

 

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Cat_Safety.jpgSafety precautions and walk-around procedures may differ by application, machine and company culture. Some compact machines are fast and highly maneuverable, so they require a more specific process to ensure safe operation. Implementing clear safety procedures can help improve operation efficiency, protect equipment from damage and reduce the chance for unscheduled downtime.

 

Our latest blog includes a discussion on the importance of safety and offers tips for operating skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and multi terrain loaders safely.

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Tire Selection Strategy for Compact Machine Owners

by New member KSheehan ‎11-24-2014 03:29 PM - edited ‎11-24-2014 03:33 PM

Compact Machine Tire SelectionMachine owners and operators can get more from their tires by implementing regular rotations, load limit adherence and work area maintenance. However, developing a tire selection strategy from the very beginning can help ensure optimum machine performance before anyone steps in the cab.

 

Our latest blog features tips for building a customized tire selection process to help avoid costly repairs or unexpected downtime.

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CATBC47766.jpgAs technology continues to evolve, small and compact machines will continue to work more efficiently. Not only are construction machine designs becoming more effective and user-friendly, but technology solutions with utilization reporting and data analysis are helping machine owners and operators get more from their equipment.

 

Our latest blog features a discussion on how technology can be implemented to adapt business strategies for increased productivity and reduced operating costs.

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JN1_9287.jpgMachine ownership comes with an array of financial responsibilities that can be challenging. However, taking the time to identify which factors affect the bottom line can help outline all the costs associated with the equipment allowing machine owners to identify room for improvement.

 

Our latest blog features a discussion on how the total cost of ownership can be used strategically to reduce overall expenses.

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Operator Tips for Higher Productivity

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎08-22-2014 01:34 PM - edited ‎08-22-2014 01:36 PM

CATBC46820.jpgMachine owners and operators are always looking for ways to optimize their equipment. Maintenance, operator training and job environment are all areas that have a huge impact on productivity, but what about the little things? Overloading a bucket here, driving through snow on dirt tracks there. These are small instances that can add up over time and reduce efficiency leading to increased costs.

Our latest blog features three considerations for application practices that machine owners and operators can use to boost overall productivity.

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About the Author
  • I am a Pre-Field Agriculture/Product Application Representative for Caterpillar. I recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a dual degree in Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Science, concentrating in Leadership and Environmental Technologies. I focus primarily on the relationships between customers, dealers, and the product specialists for the Building Construction Products division. Growing up on a beef cattle farm, I have several years of machine operation experience and agricultural knowledge. Thomas Jefferson said it best in that, "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."
  • I am a Marketing Communications Specialist for Caterpillar with over twelve years of experience marketing the Cat brand to customers in Latin and North America. My goal is to arm customers with the information needed to make well informed purchase decisions; to maximize the value of Cat machines by using an array of Cat Work Tool attachments; and to minimize the total cost of ownership by using Cat parts and Cat Dealer service.
  • I am an expert Operator and Application Specialist for Caterpillar concentrating on products used in the construction trades industry. I operate, evaluate and train on Cat machines and Work Tool Attachments worldwide. I have a Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Craftsman Certified and was named Apprentice of the Year 1981 at the University of East Anglia, UK.
  • I am the National Association Manager for Caterpillar and have responsibility for customer associations and partnerships in multiple industries for Caterpillar. I have 12 years of experience at Caterpillar, and have spent most of those years in the field with dealers and customers around North America. I have always had a passion for equipment and find myself fortunate to be able to work with dealers and customers almost every day.
  • I am a Product Application Specialist with 16 years of experience in the industry. As a Building Construction Products Global Trainer, I focus on training dealers and customers on machines, attachments and applications as it relates to the construction, agriculture and landscaping segments.
  • I have been with Caterpillar for more than eight years, working in various roles including a materials engineer, a filters product manager and my current position as a parts consultant. My job allows me the opportunity to work with Cat dealers and customers providing insight on how the use of quality filters and fluids results in better equipment performance and lower owning and operating costs.
  • I am the commercial/market consulting expert for all Caterpillar tires and rims with 14 years of experience. I provide guidance in the harsher work environments of mining and industrial/waste applications. Our goal is to turn our dealers and customers into knowledgeable and trusted resources with respect to tires and rims. Our group offers training, technical support and resources to develop a level of expertise within the Caterpillar value stream that is ordinarily reserved for tire companies and local tire service providers. Ultimately, we want to provide our customers with a total Cat solution from the ground up.
  • I am a Sales Support Manager for Cat Financial and have responsibility for ensuring that the right financial products are available to Cat customers who purchase, lease or rent to own. 8 of my 10 years with Caterpillar Financial have allowed customer and/or dealer interaction as part of my daily responsibilities including over 3.5 years as a Territory Manager. I take personal satisfaction in finding financial solutions that work for our customers and CAT dealers.
  • I’m a Telehandler Product Application Specialist for Caterpillar in North and South America. I have 13 years of experience, including roles in the field as a dealer service operations and technical support representative, and as a distributor business model consultant. My telehandler passion and focus is working with dealers and customers to maximize the versatility of the product through machine and operator training.
  • I am a Product and Application Specialist with over 35 years experience at Caterpillar. I focus on helping you to determine the best Cat machines, work tool attachments, and services for you to use in the building and general construction, landscaping, specialty trades, and agricultural industries.
  • I am a Senior Regional Insurance Marketing Manager with 16 years’ experience at Caterpillar Financial Insurance Services. I have the opportunity to work with 18 North American dealers providing risk management products and services that helps the Caterpillar Enterprise ( Caterpillar, Dealers and Customers) manage their business risk. Caterpillar Financial Insurance Services offers Extended Protection Plans for machines and engines, Physical Damage Insurance, Inventory Protection Plans, Dealer Property and Casualty, Risk Management, Marine Transit Insurance and Dealer Bonds.
  • Jeff Brown is a marketing professional for Caterpillar Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loaders. Over Jeff's 12 years in the industry, he has visited with and studied the needs of customers across landscaping, construction, and agriculture segments. Delivering innovative solutions that solve customer's problems is Jeff's main focus.
  • I am a North American Product and Application Specialist for Caterpillar. In this role, I have had the opportunity to represent Caterpillar at various trade shows and train customers on new Small Wheel Loader content. I graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and have spent the past 15 years with Caterpillar in various engineering roles. Growing up in the Mid-West, I have always loved the cold and the unique activities winter enables. Unfortunately, I had to give those up when I moved to North Carolina. I don't care what people say, you never get used to a hot climate.
  • I am a Filter and Fluid Marketing Consultant with over 14 years experience working at Caterpillar. My focus is to ensure customers understand the importance of using superior filtration and lubrication products in their equipment.
  • I am a Sales Support Manager with over nine years of experience in a variety of roles with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to gain experience in matching financial products and tailoring funding strategies to the specific needs of customers. This includes more than three years as a Territory Manager in Seattle partnered with N C Machinery, an authorized Cat dealer covering the states of Washington and Alaska.
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