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The New Cat 825K Compactor's Intelligent System and Strength

Operators can consistently achieve compaction specifications with fewer passes for lower operating costs with the new four-drum Cat® 825K Compactor. The exclusive Machine Drive Power (MDP) system lets you add available mapping and data storage and analysis technology, which produces an intelligent compaction system for comprehensive project management. The increased efficiency of the new Cat 825K Compactor reduces time and machine hours, saves fuel, and decreases rework expense.

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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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Optimum Flexibility and Reduced Costs with New Dual-Lock Tilt Coupler

Operators can expect increased machine versatility and efficiency from the new Cat® Dual-Lock Tilt (DLT) pin-grabber-type hydraulic coupler. With the ability to rotate work tools through a 180-degree arc, the DLT coupler's design optimizes the flexibility of 5- and 8-ton Cat Mini Hydraulic Excavators. It also eliminates the need for specialized equipment for applications including finish grading, landscaping, demolition and ditch cleaning.

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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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Caterpillar Unveils Simple Yet Rugged 903C Compact Wheel Loader

Unlike most new machines from Caterpillar, the 903C Compact Wheel Loader is designed to be atypically low-spec. Jeff Brown, Senior Project Engineer, says the Cat 903C Wheel Loader was designed to operate in corrosive environments, minus the onboard electronics that can create issues in the field.

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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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Apollo Pavers | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

San Diego-based Apollo Pavers has completed thousands of projects throughout Southern California, from major commercial projects for general construction contractors to residential walkways. Brian Hoover, Editor of CalContractor Magazine, profiles Apollo Pavers Owner Jose Cuellar in the 2014 Specialty Contractor issue.

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New Multi Terrain Loaders Optimize Performance, Control & Convenience

The new Cat® 297D and 297D XHP Multi Terrain Loaders are designed with features that enhance operator efficiency and control, lower operating costs, improve safety and increase performance. Highlights of these new loaders include: 

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