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Farm Transition Planning Can Never Start Too Early

Farm Transition Planning Can Never Start Too Early

As farm operators continue to age and the next generation prepares to take on the family legacy, farm transition planning is becoming one of the most important challenges farm families will face. The planning process covers several areas including asset distribution, operation assessment and successor development, all of which can prove to be difficult and complicated.

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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

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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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Improving Productivity in Agriculture with Versatile Attachments BarnCat

Improving Productivity in Agriculture with Versatile Attachments

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Certain attachments are particularly useful in agriculture applications, and with performance abilities continuously improving, it is helpful to stay on top of the latest advancements when considering your next attachment purchase.

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Year Round Contributor

Year Round Contributor

After working for a landscaper in his teens, Greg Cote knew early on that he wanted to work for himself. In 2007, at the age of 21, Cote broke off and formed his own lawn care service in Newington, Conn.  Starting out with a small pickup truck, a trailer and a lawn mower, Cote went to work.

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Utilizing Technology for Compact Machines on Construction Jobsites RoyBrookhart

Utilizing Technology for Compact Machines on Construction Jobsites

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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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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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Building A Legacy: Farm Transitions BarnCat

Building A Legacy: Farm Transitions

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Think about the last farmer you interacted with – chances are, you were the younger person involved in that conversation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American farmer is 57 years old. In fact, over 60 percent of farmers in our country are 55 years old or older. Since more than 87 percent of farms are family owned, farm transition planning is becoming an important topic. 

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Rearview Camera on Cat® D Series Skid Steer Loaders, Multi Terrain Loaders and Compact Track Loaders

The integrated rearview camera on the Cat D Series Skid Steer Loaders, Multi Terrain Loaders and Compact Track Loaders gives you even greater visibility around the machine to help you work more safely and confidently.

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