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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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Oil and Filter Considerations for Machine Owners and Operators

by Visitor TonyMountjoy ‎07-11-2014 12:36 PM - edited ‎08-05-2014 09:47 AM

fluidsWorker.jpgFluids and filters play a critical role in ensuring maximum machine performance and longevity. Prolonging or delaying maintenance intervals can potentially negate any gains realized by pushing out those extra hours. For example, operating with a dirty air filter can cause the machine to derate triggering a severe loss in power and efficiency. Additionally, as machine oil reaches a certain number of run hours, it loses viscosity and cannot protect the system effectively.


Visit our latest blog for a discussion on how machine owners and operators can get more from their fluids and filters.


Three Ways to Get More Machine Productivity

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎06-09-2014 05:07 PM - edited ‎06-09-2014 06:00 PM


Summer is the perfect time to make up for productivity lost during the long winter season. Taking a closer look at which machines are best suited for each jobsite, adding work tools for specialized projects and learning the ins and outs of the equipment can make a big difference in jobsite efficiency.


Visit our latest blog for three tips on how to improve productivity and get more out of your equipment.


Tips for Building an Effective Loss Prevention Strategy

by New member LeeDubya ‎05-06-2014 09:13 AM - edited ‎06-03-2014 03:43 PM

SecuritySystem-May.jpgEquipment loss or damage can happen to anyone at any time, and it comes in many forms—collision, fire, theft, vandalism, overturns and flooding to name a few. Machine owners and operators are taking action by building loss and damage prevention strategies to avoid higher costs and downtime.


Read our latest blog for a discussion on loss prevention planning and how it can be used to protect your equipment.


Tier 4 Regulation Misconceptions Revisited and Exposed

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎04-08-2014 09:33 AM - edited ‎06-26-2014 10:55 AM


Tier 4 regulations have complicated the fleet management process to the point that owners and operators may have stopped asking questions altogether. This means they’re missing out on opportunities for improved technology, increased efficiency and better performance.


In our latest blog, we provide more information about how Caterpillar’s approach to applying Tier 4 solutions can help machine owners and operators achieve improved productivity and reduced downtime in a cost-effective manner.


Three Ways to Improve Undercarriage Lifecycles

by New member Estela Estrada (Estraem) ‎03-04-2014 09:07 AM - edited ‎03-04-2014 11:17 AM

SSL.JPGDid you know undercarriage costs can be 50 percent of your repair and maintenance costs (on average)? Believe it or not, you can make decisions every day that will help extend undercarriage lifecycles. It’s important to protect your investment, and adding a few considerations to your machine management plan can help extend the life of the undercarriage and reduce owning and operating costs.


Today’s blog provides some tips on how to protect your undercarriage system by managing wear, maximizing track life, and minimizing repair and maintenance costs.


Deciding Whether a Backhoe Loader or Mini Hydraulic Excavator is a Better Fit

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎02-10-2014 04:39 PM - edited ‎02-10-2014 04:43 PM

CATBC45606_images.jpgIndustry leaders have been predicting the demise of the backhoe loader for at least 20 years. However, the backhoe is still prevalent in operators’ fleets—but not without competition. Recently, the mini hydraulic excavator has been putting up a good fight for that spot, causing fleet managers to take a step back and compare the benefits of both machines side by side.


Today’s blog will help evaluate both machines to decide which one is a better fit for your business needs.


Lease or Own: Which is the Better Option for You?

by New member LeeDubya ‎01-14-2014 11:30 AM - edited ‎01-14-2014 11:32 AM

45392-3.jpgThe start of a new year also brings the beginning of a new tax season. Tax considerations become important when purchasing equipment to expand your fleet. Does it make more sense to lease or own the equipment? How do you make sure you’ve assessed all of your financial solution options? These are just two of the important questions machine owners should consider when purchasing equipment.


Today’s blog is focused on navigating customized financial solutions and how to choose the best option for your situation.


blog12_winter_work.jpgWinter has arrived—even in parts of the country not necessarily accustomed to winter weather—and operators need to adapt to the changing season by considering which machines can tackle winter projects the most effectively. To complicate the process further, operators must choose the right tools from an array of attachments to take on the challenges brought by colder temperatures and slippery surfaces.


Today’s blog is focused on ways machine owners and operators can get the most out of their equipment during the winter season.


Underground Utilities and Landscape Industries Optimistic at Fall Trade Shows

by Visitor JasonBecker on ‎11-18-2013 12:24 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2013 02:36 PM by Administrator

ICUEE 1.jpgCaterpillar professionals share their observations following the International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo and the Green Industry and Equipment Expo. Both events were highly attended and attendees exhibited optimism for the construction, utility and landscaping industries.


Tips for Machine Operators to Improve Productivity

by Visitor RoyBrookhart on ‎10-15-2013 03:06 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2013 03:44 PM by Administrator

mhex.jpgUnfortunately, no fool-proof equation to improving productivity exists. Machine operators must instead create a constantly-changing strategy to effectively anticipate possible problems. Avoiding shutdowns and reducing project completion times are the best ways to improve efficiency, but it’s not so black and white.


This blog explores the complexity behind achieving improved efficiency by analyzing operation preparation, problem solving strategies and job site effectiveness.


Tier 4 Interim Machine Maintenance and Where to Begin

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎09-20-2013 05:40 PM - edited ‎09-26-2013 02:44 PM

tier4-maintenance.jpgOne aspect of fleet management that doesn’t get a lot of attention is scheduled maintenance. Regular testing, cleaning and maintenance intervals help increase machine efficiency and productivity while reducing downtime. These practices are vital to preserving all machinery, but are even more so when you want to control Tier 4 Interim maintenance costs.


In previous blogs about Tier 4 machinery, we’ve talked about owning and operation costs, machine performance and resale value. We want to continue breaking down the myths surrounding Tier 4 with today’s blog by exploring Tier 4 Interim maintenance.


Technology in Construction: The Benefits of an Integrated System

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎08-13-2013 03:50 PM - edited ‎08-13-2013 03:52 PM

C456481_VLscreens.jpgAs technology continues to develop, the construction industry is seeing improved telematics systems that make day-to-day operations more efficient, reduce overall costs and store all business data in one organized place that can be accessed from anywhere. These developments are expected to advance business strategies for construction professionals.


Learn more about the benefits of integrated technology solutions, mobile options and expectations for implementing construction technology in today’s blog.


Expecting the Unexpected With Snow and Ice

by Visitor JasonBecker ‎07-17-2013 11:06 AM - edited ‎07-17-2013 12:17 PM

GSNT SB0613_Cover.jpgEvery summer, when the last thing on most peoples’ minds is snow, Caterpillar packs up some of its machines, booth materials, and a bunch of hats to give away, and then heads off to the Snow and Ice Symposium & Trade Show hosted by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA).


At this year’s Symposium, SIMA, Caterpillar and Snow Business magazine announced the 2013 winner of the Caterpillar-sponsored Greatest Story Never Told contest. Each winter, contestants are encouraged to share stories about operation challenges and how they overcame those challenges. Finalists are determined by the Snow Business editorial staff and contacted for further detail. It’s my pleasure to share with winning story about an Army Ranger who found a way to run his Iowa snow removal business all the way from Afghanistan.


When Smaller is Smarter: Compact Equipment Handling Big Jobs

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎06-18-2013 01:53 PM - edited ‎06-19-2013 05:22 PM

CATBC41316blogimage.jpgOften, large-scale projects require compact equipment to tackle jobs that bigger machines can’t handle and vice versa. While large machines do most major dirt work or heavy lifting, compact machines come in handy when size, weight and maneuverability are important factors. Also, compact machines are designed to accommodate a wide variety of work tool attachments making them much more versatile. Check out today’s blog to learn how compact equipment can help complete big jobs.


Ways to Increase Machine Versatility for Improved Business

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎05-20-2013 09:00 AM - edited ‎05-20-2013 05:32 PM

skid-steer.jpgThe summer months usually bring more landscaping and construction projects for machine owners and operators. Everybody knows those same machines can be used for snow and ice management in the winter months. As work tool attachments become more popular, owners and operators are finding more jobs for their fleets thus increasing year-round business. Check out today’s blog to learn more about increasing machine versatility by adding specialized equipment and using machines in non-traditional applications.











Better Ways to Manage Your Fleet and Monitor Equipment Conditions

by Visitor GregWorley ‎04-18-2013 04:13 PM - edited ‎04-19-2013 10:16 AM


Unfortunately, there isn’t one right way to efficiently manage a fleet. Everyone’s needs, budgets and experiences are different, which means what may work for one manager may not work for another. The good news is improvements can always be made. Equipment standardization, maintenance schedules and software services are all things that can be modified to help managers boost fleet efficiency. Visit today’s blog to learn more about how to improve fleet management by cutting costs and increasing efficiency.


General Considerations When Purchasing a Tier 4 Machine

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎03-22-2013 03:28 PM - edited ‎03-22-2013 04:00 PM

Tier 4 blog photo.jpgIndustry trends tell us that the Tier 4 upgrade still leaves people confused and frustrated. Roy Brookhart, a aterpillar product and application specialist, has joined the Tier 4 conversation to help clear up some of the turmoil. In today’s blog, he discusses how Tier 4 may affect your business, and what to consider when purchasing a Tier 4 machine.


Industry Insight at Winter Trade Shows

by Visitor GuestBlogger ‎02-19-2013 03:58 PM - edited ‎02-19-2013 04:02 PM

WOC.jpgCaterpillar professionals share their observations following the World of Concrete, the National Cattlemen Beef Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow and the National Farm Machinery Show. Among the top trending concerns discussed at this year’s events are Tier 4 Interim emissions regulations, drought conditions and rising equipment prices.


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  • 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’m a Compact Wheel Loader Product Application Specialist for Caterpillar in North America. I have 11 years of experience, including roles in the field as a dealer technical support representative, and as a distributor business model consultant.  I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and wanted a job where I didn't have to sit in front of a computer all day.  This job allows me to get out and get my hands dirty, with the goal of providing solutions to customers’ machine needs.
  • 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 a marketing and sales support professional for Caterpillar. In this role, I work with our marketing and customer service teams to support or dealers and customers, concentrating on our Small Wheel Loader, Skid Steer Loader, Mini Excavator and Dozer product groups. The exchange of ideas, information and opinions about equipment and how it’s used in various industries on forums such as this blog helps me fulfill my role at Caterpillar to the best of my ability.
  • 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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