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Maintenance Considerations Before You Purchase Equipment

Expanding your fleet is a large investment to make whether you are purchasing large or small equipment. It’s important to take necessary steps to ensure you are making the right choice about what mode and brand of equipment to buy. Maintenance points should be on your list of research to conduct before you close any deal. Servicing equipment can be extremely costly. So, it's crucial that you have easily accessible maintenace check points so you can perform preventative maintenace walk-arounds.

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Hawthorne Cat GroundBreaker | 2015 Product Focus

The recently released 2015 Product Focus edition of GroundBreaker Magazine is now available to download. The annual reference guide offers a comprehensive overview of the Cat® equipment currently available on the market.

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Choosing the Right Tires for your Cat Machine

Tires are essential for traversing across any jobsite, but not all tires are ideally suited for every application. Analyzing how and where your equipment will be working can help you select the right type of tires for the job. In the article, “Tire Selection Strategy for Compact Machine Owners,” Caterpillar’s Kevin Sheehan, has compiled a helpful reference guide to ensure you have the right tires for you upcoming project

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Compact Machines | Safety Evaluation

Although construction projects are typically on a very tight working schedule, equipment owners and operators should make safety a priority. Help prevent accidents, increase revenue and maximize uptime by following equipment safety guidelines. Caterpillar and Hawthorne Cat educate customers about proper safety techniques for operating equipment. Each category of equipment, such as Compact Machines, requires specific safety precautions.

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Service Maintenance Options Can Lower Costs

Hawthorne Power Systems is dedicated to making sure your generator sets run at maximum efficiency. Hawthorne Power Systems offers maintenance and repair service, management solutions, an extensive parts inventory, skilled service technicians, and the #1 support network in the industry. In addition, there are other service maintenance options for achieving lower costs of ownership and operation.  

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Calculating the Total Cost of Machine Ownership

In an informative article, Scott Sterton, Senior Regional Insurance Marketing Manager for Caterpillar Financial, explains why it's important to apply the total cost of machine ownership to business strategy. By detailing all the costs tied to the equipment, machine owners can focus on where their strategy can be modified to get more out of their machines, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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Rethink the Tank | How Idle Time Racks Up Costs

Idle time can add up to as much as 50% of total running time, according to industry experts. The impact of idling just 30% of the time can produce a five-year cumulative cost of $9,750! Another way to look at it: nonproductive hours of idle time can translate into one or more gallons of wasted fuel, every hour. In addition to driving up fuel costs, nonproductive machine time creates more emissions and threatens component life. Idling can also cause unnecessary fluid and filter changes and lower the resale value of your Cat equipment.

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Improve Productivity | 3 Ways to Get More From Your Equipment

Operators and owners who are seeking tips for higher productivity will find several valuable ideas in an article by Product and Application Specialist Roy Brookhart. He recommends evaluating application practices in three areas in order to increase efficiency, sharpen jobsite strategy, and extend equipment lifecycles. 

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