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The “DIY” Compact Track Loader Maintenance Guide

by New member SkidSteerJeff on ‎03-16-2018 02:18 PM - last edited on ‎03-16-2018 02:20 PM by Administrator

CTL Maintenance_GeneralBlog_March2018_image_whiteborder.jpgOwn or operate a compact track loader? Are you the “do-it-yourself” type? Hey, maybe you’re considering purchasing a loader or interested in easy steps to help extend the life of your machine. Well, this month’s “On The Level” blog is right up your alley! We’re sharing a compact track loader maintenance checklist and tons of tips. Ready… set… D-I-Y.


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There’s no room for equipment breakdowns and lengthy service times on busy jobsites. When you’re working hard to get the job done right and still have time to spend with family at the end of the day, you need your machine to work just as hard. In this month’s On The Level blog, we offer useful tips to help you maximize compact track loader uptime and hopefully shave a few hours off the work week while you’re at it.


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.


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 Lithium Technologies 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.




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.


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 Lithium Technologies ‎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.


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.


About the Author
  • I’m an Attachments Product Application & Sales Support Specialist for Caterpillar in North America. I have been with Caterpillar for five years including roles in the field as a dealer sales support representative and marketing support in the skid steer and small wheel loader product groups. I graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Agricultural Business and Economics. Our goal is to provide a full portfolio of attachments for our customers to be more productive and versatile with their machines.
  • I am an Industry and Application Rep for Caterpillar. I graduated from NC State 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 tobacco and 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."
  • My passion is in storytelling and thought leadership, helping people connect with the brands they love and helping brands connect with their audiences. At Caterpillar, I get to work with a variety of industries and customer solutions, supporting our customers who are making huge impacts in our world every day. It's not just about the yellow iron - it's about understanding the problems our customers face, and being a part of the total solution.
  • 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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