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Operate a Cat Machine the Way You Want

Operate a Cat Machine the Way You Want

For the first time, Caterpillar is offering Hand and Foot Controls as an option on 14 Cat® D Series Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loader models.


Designed with extensive input from Hand and Foot Control operators, these controls feature ergonomically positioned foot pedals and single-axis joysticks that provide a feel that operators expect.

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Caterpillar's New Hand and Foot Controls Option SkidSteerJeff

Caterpillar's New Hand and Foot Controls Option

SkidSteerJeff

Caterpillar recently announced that Hand and Foot Controls are now an option on 14 Cat® D Series Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loader models. Since then, questions about the new option have been pouring in. We want to take this opportunity to answer some of the top questions from equipment owners and operators.

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3 Ways to Improve Undercarriage Life

3 Ways to Improve Undercarriage Life

Did you know that undercarriage repair and maintenance can be as much as 50 percent of your machine’s maintenance cost over the life of the machine? While undercarriage maintenance is not complicated, track machines, which have much better flotation than wheel machines, can be managed so that the undercarriage life is optimized and owning and operating costs are reduced.

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Utilizing Technology for Compact Machines on Construction Jobsites RoyBrookhart

Utilizing Technology for Compact Machines on Construction Jobsites

RoyBrookhart

Running a successful construction business takes strategic vision, and advances in technology give machine owners and operators the ability to manage each aspect of the company more effectively. Everything from fleet management and preventative maintenance to jobsite productivity and sustainability standards can be implemented through specialized technology systems. I called on my colleague, Dave Stafford, our Technology Application Specialist, to help me write this post. He provided some extensive input on technology use for small and compact machines, and I’m thankful for his expertise.

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Your Business Needs a Budget

Your Business Needs a Budget

From time to time, we feature experts in a particular field or specialty contracting service. Here, Mike Lysecki of The Landscape Management Network – a member-based suite of software, tools, systems and education to help landscape contractors increase productivity and profits – explains the importance of a budget to your business.

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Tackle Many Jobs with One Machine: Attachments Increase Mini Hydraulic Excavator Versatility GregWorley

Tackle Many Jobs with One Machine: Attachments Increase Mini Hydraulic Excavator Versatility

GregWorley

For digging, lifting and clean-up on job sites with tight quarters, mini hydraulic excavators combine powerful performance with easy maneuverability. Able to go where larger machines can’t, mini hydraulic excavators are ideal for work in backyards, inside buildings and around fences. Their hydraulic systems enable them to quickly move large amounts of material, and attachments make these machines useful in many industries including landscaping, construction and agriculture.

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

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

RoyBrookhart

For at least 20 years, we’ve been told that the backhoe loader is on its way out. Those predicting its demise have argued that the backhoe is not valuable, and that it’s replaceable by newer machines. If that were true, why has the backhoe loader continued to earn a spot in operators’ fleets? Granted, the mini hydraulic excavator has proven a top contender for the same spot, but it’s not always a matter of which is superior to the other—it’s quite the opposite, actually. People are comparing the benefits of mini hydraulic excavators and backhoe loaders side by side to figure out which is better for their individual equipment requirements.

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The Latest Advancements for Small Wheel Loaders RoyBrookhart

The Latest Advancements for Small Wheel Loaders

RoyBrookhart

Machine owners and operators face pressure to complete tasks quickly on a regular basis, and it can create a dangerous situation if deadlines are prioritized over safety. All it takes is one second of distraction to cause operator injury or equipment damage. Fortunately, today’s small wheel loaders are being equipped with safety features that continue to significantly reduce accident and injury risk on the job site.

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How Safe Are Your Jobsites?

How Safe Are Your Jobsites?

Machine owners and operators face pressure to complete tasks quickly on a regular basis, which can create a dangerous situation if deadlines take priority over safety. All it takes is being distracted for a fraction of a second to cause equipment damage or injury to an operator or ground personnel.

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Reduce Your Fuel Burn with Cat Small Wheel Loaders

Reduce Your Fuel Burn with Cat Small Wheel Loaders

Cat® Small Wheel Loaders equipped with hydrostatic power train, low speed and high torque engines, and intelligent power management technology can save up to approx. 7500 litres of fuel a year. And less money spent on fuel quickly translates to lower overhead.

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