Building a Reputation with Cat® Technology

For more than a decade, Tatum Excavating Company (TEC, Inc.) has been building a reputation as a precision earthmover. Headquartered in Texas, this firm is known for getting the job done right—working to spec, finishing on time, controlling the budget. But as business has grown more competitive, TEC, Inc. has turned to Cat® technology for help.

The contractor runs several machines equipped with Cat technology. A new Cat motor grader, for example, features an automated blade control system that helps operators get to spec faster with fewer passes and less fuel and materials.

Ross Sarine, a TEC, Inc. vice president, says this technology makes it easier for the company to meet demanding specifications—efficiently and economically.

“We were able to run .02 grade tolerance on a one-mile road,” he explains. “A paver came in right behind the motor grader. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Two Cat dozers in the TEC, Inc. fleet are also equipped with GPS-based grade control systems. Ideal for site prep, they get high marks for speed, accuracy and precision. Even the company’s less experienced operators can do quality work, faster and more efficiently, with these dozers.

Technology is driving big productivity gains at TEC, Inc. It’s also helping them control costs. As disciplined recordkeepers, this is a company with in-depth knowledge of each machine’s operating costs. They’ll tell you with certainty that the Cat units in the fleet cost less to own and operate per hour than any other brand.

“Historically, Cat machines perform much better in long-term operating costs,” says Sarine. “They have fewer repairs and better uptime … the best parts network and 24/7 support.”

It’s a winning combination. Everything TEC, Inc. needs to cement its reputation for quality workmanship and on-time completion at a competitive price.

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