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Jason Hurdis

 

Jason Hurdis

Global Market Professional, Construction Materials

Ask Jason about loading and hauling, payload technology, machine selection, productivity, UAVs/drones, and fuel efficiency.

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Lonnie Fritz

 

Lonnie Fritz

Senior Market Professional, Construction Industries

Ask Lonnie about road building and paving, intelligent compaction, contractor challenges, technology, jobsite efficiency, and fleet management.
 

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Scott Hagemann

Senior Market Professional, Grade Technology

Ask Scott about grade control, grade technology selection, GNSS, on board technology, and grade technology applications.

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Improve your overall jobsite performance with expert tips that boost productivity, increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Sometimes it pays to be on the bench.
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Cat Grade: Operators get jobs done faster.
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Settings save 5-10 seconds per load.
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Electric drive train increases fuel efficiency.
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What's a 20% reduction in idle time worth? $1200 savings per year, per machine.
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No more overloading or underloading.
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Optimum truck placement: 45 degree angle to pile
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Reach compaction spec in fewer passes.
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Use Eco Mode
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No more uncompacted areas.
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Cat® Grade: Operators reach grade in one pass.
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Cat Payload Measurement and Tip Off feature
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Sometimes it pays to be on the bench.
Cat Grade: Operators get jobs done faster.
Settings save 5-10 seconds per load.
Electric drive train increases fuel efficiency.
What's a 20% reduction in idle time worth? $1200 savings per year, per machine.
No more overloading or underloading.
Optimum truck placement: 45 degree angle to pile
Reach compaction spec in fewer passes.
Use Eco Mode
No more uncompacted areas.
Cat® Grade: Operators reach grade in one pass.
Cat Payload Measurement and Tip Off feature

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Get expert answers to general questions about applications, machine features, technology and tools.

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Dozers

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Command Technology: Operating in conditions where you want to get your operator out of the cab for safety reasons? Cat® Command for dozing makes it easy. Plug-and-play installation lets you turn your large dozer into a remote-control machine when necessary. Then just flip a switch in the cab to return to normal, manual operation.

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Electric Drive Exclusive: There’s only one manufacturer offering an electric drive dozer today, and that’s Caterpillar. We put years of R&D into this innovative machine, and that pays off for you in terms of productivity, efficiency and lower owning and operating costs.

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3D Grade Control: Novice operators, expert operators and everyone in between can benefit from 3D grade control on new Cat dozers. It guides blade control for those new to the job, so they can keep an eye on the rest of the jobsite. And for old pros, it reduces arm movement for a less fatiguing shift.

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New Platform, New Benefits: With Next Generation Cat Dozers, you get a whole new platform that delivers improved performance and efficiency, along with lower fuel burn and owning and operating costs. Plus, the new D5, D6 and D7 come with a host of technology options, too.

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Technology Options: Next Generation Cat Dozers come with a wide variety of technology options — from basic slope indicate and stable blade, to 2D slope assist, all the way to 3D grade control. And the new D5 and D7 include blade load monitor and traction control technology, too.

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Blade Load Monitor: New on Cat D5 and D7 dozers is blade load monitor. It shows operators how much material is on the blade as the dozer is pushing, encouraging them to get maximum blade loads and maximum productivity.

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Versatile Command Technology: Command for dozing technology on Cat dozers is more versatile than ever, with a universal operator station and controls you can use across multiple machines.

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Command for Dozing: Command for dozing technology on Cat dozers takes operators out of the cab, so they can run the machine remotely — and safely — with an over-the-shoulder console or from a remote operator station. It opens up more training opportunities, too.

Dozer Command Technology
Dozer Electric Drive Exclusive
Dozer 3D Grade Control
New Platform, New Benefits
Technology Options
Blade Load Monitor
Versatile Command Technology
Command for Dozing

Excavators

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Technology & Safety: Work safer and smarter with Next Generation Cat Excavators. Technology onboard includes Cab Avoidance, which prevents the bucket from getting into the cab, and E-Swing, which keeps the operator from swinging too far right or left. E-Ceiling is another handy feature when working around power lines or in areas with overhead obstructions. Find out more about the technology and safety features on new Cat excavators and take a look at the full lineup.

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Grade Control Technology: Do you employ new or inexperienced operators? They’ll feel confident digging to grade right away in a Next Generation Cat Excavator. Cat Grade with Assist technology gives operators a helping hand when it comes to maintaining grade, preventing over- and under-digging and increasing productivity. Find out more about grade control technology and the Cat excavator lineup.

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All-New Cab: A Next Generation Cat Excavator cab is 100% new and 100% built for the operator with Bluetooth capability, ventilated seats, adjustable controls and much more.

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In the Cab: There’s a lot for operators to love about Next Generation Cat Excavators. Customizable control buttons. Easy entry and exit. A wider, adjustable seat. Bluetooth capability. And more glass and visibility around the machine. It adds up to a safer, more comfortable, more productive shift.

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Payload Technology: Worried about fines? Prevent over- and under-loading of trucks with Payload technology onboard Next Generation Cat Excavators. It’s the smart way to achieve optimum payload and a more efficient, productive day.

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Fuel Efficiency: Next Generation Cat Excavators give you three levels of fuel efficiency with Smart, Economy and Power modes.

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Brand-New 374 and 395: Next Generation Cat 374 and 395 Excavators are brand-new and completely redesigned, with dedicated swing pumps and reinforced booms, sticks and frames.

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Next Generation M318: Why do operators love the Next Generation Cat M318 Wheeled Excavator? It starts with a completely redesigned cab. Joysticks and controls are ergonomic and easy to reach. Controls are programmable so you can save settings and time at the start of every shift. And better visibility out the righthand side makes the job easier and safer. Check out all the features of the new M318 and your other Cat wheel excavator options.

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The Multi-Tool of Your Fleet: There’s really nothing Cat wheeled excavators can’t do. Their versatility starts with the wheeled undercarriage, which lets you get on the road and get to work on your next job — no waiting for a haul truck or trailer. And with high-pressure, medium-pressure and coupler hydraulics standard, you can use your Cat wheel excavator to run a variety of work tools. No wonder operators call it the “multi-tool” of their fleets.

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Next Generation Cab: What makes the cab in new Cat wheel excavators “next generation”? Think enhanced comfort, improved visibility and customizable controls — and that’s just the start. Take a look at the Next Generation Cat Wheeled Excavator lineup and explore all your excavator choices.

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A Multi-Tool Machine: Is there a work tool a Cat wheeled excavator can’t operate? Not really. With high-pressure, medium-pressure and coupler hydraulics, Cat wheel excavators give you plenty of flow and pressure to run everything from a multiprocessor to a shear to a mulcher — whatever your job demands. Want to know more? Check out the Cat excavator lineup.

Excavators Technology & Safety
Excavators Grade Control Technology
Excavators All-New Cab
In the Cab
Payload Technology
Fuel Efficiency
Brand-New 374 and 395
Wheeled Excavators Next Generation M318
Wheeled Excavators Multi-Tool of Your Fleet
Wheeled Excavators Next Generation Cab
Wheeled Excavators Multi-Tool Machine

Motor Graders

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Choice of Controls: With Cat motor graders, you choose the controls that work best for your operators and your business: steering wheel and lever controls for familiar operation or joystick controls for a big reduction in hand and wrist movements.

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Stable Blade: Stable blade technology on Cat motor graders decreases bounce, reduces rework and speeds up the job, making your machine and operator more efficient.

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GET Options: Cat motor graders come with an array of ground engaging tools (GET) for your moldboard. Choose what’s best for your application and control owning and operating costs over the life of your machine.

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Simple to Use: What makes the Cat 140 GC so easy to operate? Four main reasons: The familiar steering wheel lever configuration. An all-wheel drive system with a simple on-off switch. A lock-up rear differential that makes tight turns easy. Plus a two-pedal design that lets you ride the brake and cut grade to get the job done. Get more details on the 140 GC and the entire Cat motor grader lineup here.

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Motor grader technology made easy: Cat Grade with 3D is fully integrated into our 140, 150 and 160 joystick models. Find out more and check out the entire Cat motor grader lineup here.

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The New 140 GC: Want a simple motor grader that’s easy to operate and lowers your owning and operating costs? You got it. Check out the newest addition to the Cat motor grader lineup, the 140 GC. Find the details here plus a look at all your Cat motor grader choices.

Choice of Controls
Stable Blade
GET Options
Simple to Use
Motor Graders Integrated Technology
Motor Graders The New 140 GC

Wheel Loaders

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Aggregate Handler: If you want to maximize bucket and payload size for your rehandling applications, consider an aggregate handler package. It adds counterweight to the back of your Cat wheel loader so you can upsize the bucket. Add low-profile tires for a wider stance, increased stability, better flotation and even more weight.

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Low-Profile Tires: There’s a lot to like about low-profile tires on your Cat wheel loader: A wider stance provides more stability. A bigger footprint improves flotation. And additional counterweight gives you more confidence.

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Payload Technology: Stop guessing about exactly what’s in your wheel loader bucket. With Cat Payload technology, your operators will know exactly how much they’re moving in real time, and features like low-level weigh and tip-off make hitting exact targets quick and easy. Find out how Cat Payload pays you back fast and check out all your Cat wheel loader choices here.

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Benefit of XE: Cat medium wheel loaders with XE technology are known for their industry-leading fuel efficiency, but there are plenty of operational advantages as well. Features like hill hold, creep mode and rimpull adjustment make Cat XE loaders easier and safer to operate. They’re quieter, too. Get more details on Cat XE wheel loaders and our full loader lineup here.

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950 GC: Do you or your crew sometimes get overwhelmed by machine technology? With the Cat 950 GC, you get the great reliability and fuel efficiency you want in a wheel loader — in a simple design that’s easy to use. Check out the 950 GC and all your Cat wheel loader choices here.

Aggregate Handler
Low-Profile Tires
Wheel Loaders payload technology
Wheel Loaders Benefit of XE
Wheel Loaders 950 GC

Track Loaders

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Versatility: Load. Doze. Grade. Rip. Clear land. You can do it all — and more — with a track loader. Equipped with a loader on the front and controls similar to a wheel loader or a skid steer, track loaders are versatile, easy to use and productive.

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Quick Coupler: How do you make a versatile machine even more of a multi-tasker? Add quick couplers to your Cat track loader. You’ll be able to swap out attachments in just a few seconds.

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Attachment Options: Get more versatility with Cat® track loaders equipped with a Fusion™ Coupler. You can swap tools back and forth — buckets for digging and spreading, forks for carrying, rakes for land clearing and much more.

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Fusion Couplers: Couplers aren’t new to track loaders, but the Fusion™ Coupler on Cat® track loaders is — and it can lead to big time savings on the job. You’ll find it easy to swap out attachments on your track loader and to switch tools back and forth with other Cat machines also equipped with the Fusion Coupler.

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New 10" Color Monitor: New Cat® track loaders come with all kinds of standout features, including a 10-inch color touchscreen monitor that gives you easy access to settings and diagnostics. It also becomes your full-screen backup camera whenever you put the machine into reverse.

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Slope Indicate: New Cat® track loaders help you grade and doze more accurately and efficiently, thanks to Slope Indicate technology. A simple sensor gives operators a reading for mainfall and cross slope right in the cab.

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Versatility on the Jobsite: Versatility is the hallmark of Cat® track loaders. Dig, load, doze, grade, you name it — these machines can do it all. And because you only need to haul, maintain and operate one machine, you save money.

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Choice of Controls for Your Operator: Cat track loaders let you tailor controls to your operator for the most efficiency on the job. Choose either a joystick or a v-lever and foot pedals for speed and steering control; pick from joystick or two-lever implement controls.

Versatility
Quick Coupler
Attachment Options
Fusion Couplers
New 10" Color Monitor
Slope Indicate
Versatility on the Jobsite
Choice of Controls for Your Operator


 

 

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