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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 requires specific safety precautions.

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One Safe Source | Reference Guide for Parts for Cat Machines

The Hawthorne Cat One Safe Source Catalog is the ultimate reference guide for your Cat equipment. You can browse a wide variety of parts and maintenance options available for keeping your fleet running like new. It's a great search tool for detailed product information and to help you locate the part you need. Reference the One Safe Source Catalog when placing your order so our sales team can better assist you with your order.

Download the 2015 - 2016 edition of the One Safe Source parts catalog.

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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 options for achieving lower costs of ownership and operation.  

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Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership

In an informative article, Scott Sterton, Senior Regional Insurance Marketing Manager for Caterpillar Financial, explains why it's important to apply the total costs 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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Reduce 4 Risks with Good Equipment Management

Day-to-day risk comes with the construction business. Here are four ways good equipment management can help reduce the effects of some the risks.

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