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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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Extend Oil and Filter Lifecycles

Machine owners and operators who follow the recommended oil and filter change intervals can better protect their equipment and reduce owning and operating costs.

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SITECH | Construction Technology for Contractors

Site Technology (SITECH) is the industry leading distributor of reliable construction jobsite technology. SITECH® offers a complete portfolio of technology systems including Trimble® and Cat® machine control systems designed to help you minimize rework, maximize jobsite efficiency and complete projects faster. The available technology can provide equipment managers with progress and data reports, wirelessly for a seamless communication flow to the office. 

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Three Ways to Improve Machine Productivity

Properly operating your Cat® equipment helps maximize the machine productivity on your jobsite. Caterpillar's Roy Brookhart offers three tips for ensuring your equipment and work tools are operating efficiently and productively in his blog, "Three Ways to Get More Machine Productivity.

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Tips to Help Prevent Equipment Theft

Equipment theft is a growing problem throughout the United States because scrap metal and commodities prices are high. Working together with local community members and your employees will help reduce the risk of equipment theft. There are a multitude of ways in which you can help secure your jobsite and equipment. Review the list of best practices below as a reference guide to help you ensure your equipment is safe from theft.

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Video | Cat Spin On Filter Maintenance

Caterpillar’s Jeff Payne discusses Cat® spin on filter maintenance in his video, “Spin On Filters.” Cat spin on filters can be maintained easily, but not all spin on filters have the same tightening sequence. Jeff reminds viewers to review the diagram on the filter’s exterior for tightening instructions. Cat spin on filters have numbers or lines to guide you to avoid over and under tightening. 

Watch the video to learn more. Contact the Hawthorne Cat Parts and Service Team to purchase Cat filters.

Limited Time Offer | Now through July 31, 2014, Hawaii customers can save 25% on their next purchase of select Cat Filters. Learn more.

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