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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 Electrical systems can quickly become outdated and obsolete over time.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• Outdated switchgear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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Hawthorne Cat is Built For It

When you choose Cat products and services, you get what you pay for – durable and reliable equipment, and long-lasting relationships. Together, Caterpillar and Cat dealers have built a world-class brand that is recognized and valued around the world. Caterpillar is one of the "Top 100 Brands" according to Interbrand's most recent list. 

Click here to see how Hawthorne Cat and Caterpillar are "Built For It" by providing the best equipment, service, repairs and customer support to make your vision a lasting reality. Our machines are built to do it all. Our people are here to ensure you don't have to.

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Cat Marine Tips & Advice Part II

Caterpillar Marine Manager, David O. Ahrens of the Cat Marine Resource Center has answered ten common questions. In part two of Q and A series, David will provide you with preventive maintenance tips ranging from reducing white smoke at start-up to preventing galvanic and stray current corrosion.

Q: What causes pitting in cylinder liners?

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Cat Marine Tips & Advice Part I

The Cat Marine Resource Center is a great resource for helping you maintain your Cat marine equipment. Caterpillar Marine Manager, David O. Ahrens has answered ten common questions. In this two part Q and A series, David will provide you with preventive maintenance tips ranging from reducing white smoke at start-up to preventing galvanic and stray current corrosion.

Q: When should I use antifreeze?

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Republic Services | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

The Cat D7E Track-Type Tractor features a first-of-its-kind electric drive system. The electric drive system improves productivity and efficiency while lowering operating costs and dramitically reducing fuel consumption. This machine is ideal for operating in a landfill.

According to the latest issue of Infrastructure Magazine, Republic Services found that the D7E's diesel electric powertrain proved to be the most efficient way to process 3,200 tons of waste. Electric features like the power module, propulsion module, and electric generator keep power flowing and the machine running longer. The D7E meets Tier 4 Interim Emission Standards and burns half the fuel as previous models of large track-type tractors. Machine operators prefer the D7E over other track-type tractors. The cab is more comfortable, it operates quietly, and you can set the hydraulic feed to their desired specifications.

Advantages of owning a Cat D7E Track-Type Tractor:

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Reduced owning and operating costs
  • Resourceful
  • Increased overall efficiency
  • Versatility
  • Meets Tier 4 Interim Emission Standards

Read the full article.

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