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Sneak Peek at the New Tier 4 Cat Articulated Trucks

Caterpillar recently redesigned its articulated trucks to meet Tier 4 emissions requirements. The new more powerful and fuel efficient trucks will be introduced beginning in January 2014.

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Caterpillar Introduces New E-Series Hammers

Caterpillar introduces 10 new Cat E-Series Hammers for mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and backhoe loaders. The hammers are now available in silenced and side-plate versions and come in four sizes - H35, H45, H55 and H65. The two mounting configurations allow the hammers to be used on Cat equipment and other brands. The E-Series hammers contain 47 percent less parts than the previous series.

Premium features of the new Cat E-Series Hammers

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Cat D Series Compact Track Loaders and Multi Terrain Loaders

Caterpillar recently introduced three new Cat® D Series Compact Track Loaders, three new Cat D Series Multi Terrain Loaders, and two upgraded D Series Compact Track Loaders

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Cat 336E H Hybrid Excavator Receives Top 50 New Products Award

The Cat 336E H Hybrid Excavator was recently awarded 'Contractor's Top 50 New Products' in the Earthmoving category by Equipment Today magazine and ForContstructionPros.com.

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When a Switchgear Retrofit Makes Sense

A switchgear retrofit can help improve your facility's performance and power system. Electrical systems can quickly become outdated and obsolete over time. A switchgear retrofit can include a software update, hardware retrofit, or a complete overhaul of your electrical power system. Hawthorne Cat technicians can retrofit Cat and non-Cat branded paralleling switchgear to improve overall performance.

Unsure if you are in the market for a switchgear retrofit? It's time for a retrofit if you meet any of these requirements:

• Outdated switchgear
• Decreased system performance
• Sequence of operations not working as designed
• Changes to site configurations

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S&B Engineering | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

S&B Engineering is a loyal Hawthorne Cat customer. The company may only be a few years old, but Co-Founders George Spirz and Josh Bridwell have decades of experience. Their combined experience has enabled the duo to gain valuable insight on how to efficiently run their earthmoving contracting business.

In the latest edition of On the Job magazine, Spirz explains how S&B's team is limited to just 10 employees. Together, they only work on small jobs within a 100-mile radius of San Diego County. Adopting the micro approach has enabled S&B to maintain control while maximizing their profits. Last year, S&B surpassed their projected profit by 20 percent and are expected to double revenue this year. Spirz and Bridwell maintain control by taking on a variety of administrative office tasks such as accounting and payroll. Their experience and extensive skill set have also enabled S&B to keep projects in-house instead of depending on subcontractors. Their fleet of Cat equipment keeps them on the job longer and able to complete projects in expected time.

Read more about S&B Engineering in the full article.

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Caterpillar Upgrades the TH514C Telehandler's Engine

The Cat TH514 is the ideal piece of equipment you need to lift and place, load and carry any load you need to move. The upgraded TH514C Telehandler is now equipped with a powerful 101-horsepower Cat C3.4B engine. The improved engine meets the U.S. EPA Tier 4-Interim emissions regulations and is available in a variety of machine configurations based on your needs. Machine operators will also enjoy the upgraded cab that now includes a brand new, interactive LCD display.

View the full product specifications. 

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Smaller is Smarter | Compact Equipment Taking On Big Jobs

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to construction jobs. Work tool attachments have enabled compact machines to become more versatile than ever before. According to the Caterpillar blog, When Smaller is Smarter :: Compact Equipment Handling Big Jobs by Roy Brookhart "compact machines are better at construction and renovation tasks when working inside of buildings or on bridge and parking decks because they’re designed to work in confined areas and weigh less."

Smaller machines can't replace larger machines like excavators. However, some smaller machines like a skid steer loader can reach materials during a road resurfacing project that large machines can't.

Advantages of using compact equipment

  • Easier transportation
  • Easy rental
  • Ability to fit in small spaces like elevators and ships
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and move around obstructions and between structures
  • Comparable operation and application to larger machines
     

Read more about the advantages of optimizing your compact equipment. 

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