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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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Scroll down to find your machine family and watch these short videos from our product experts. They’ll walk you through what makes Cat machines unique in the industry and right for your business.

Dozers

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Electric drive dozers aren’t new. They’ve been around for more than a decade. But the Cat® D6 XE totally changes the game. Find out what makes this technology different and better — and how it can make a difference for your operation.

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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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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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Ready to convert your large dozer into a remote-control machine? It’s easy with Cat® Command for dozing. Cat dozers are all set up to take on this technology and ready to make your operation safer and more efficient.

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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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There’s a lot to like about 3D grade control on new Cat® dozers, but here are three areas where you might not have thought about the savings: cost of materials, time and manpower on the jobsite.

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What’s the coolest thing to hit the dozer world in a generation? Electric drive. Find out more about the technology behind Cat® electric drive dozers and take a look at all your dozer choices.

Dozer D6 XE Electric Drive
Dozer 3D Grade Control
Dozer Command Technology
Dozer Command
Dozer Electric Drive Exclusive
Dozer Grade Control Benefits
Dozer Electric Drive

Excavators

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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. Get the details on all that’s new in the Cat excavator lineup.

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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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We kept the operator’s needs top of mind in the design of our next generation excavators. Extra visibility, more seat adjustments, greater control over the joysticks and a new touchscreen monitor are just a few examples. Find out more about Cat® excavators and their operator-first design.

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How do you help operators get to grade and stay on grade all shift long? Put them in a Next Generation Cat® Excavator equipped with Cat Grade with 2D. Get more details on Cat grade control technology and the full excavator lineup.

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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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Safety was top of mind in the design of Next Generation Cat® Excavators, and it shows. Safety-oriented E-Fence technologies create a protective bubble around the machine, keeping operators and others on the jobsite out of harm’s way. Get more details on these safety technologies and your Cat excavator choices.

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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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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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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.

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Governmental agencies are constantly being asked to do more with less. What’s the solution? Diversify your fleet with the addition of a Cat® wheeled excavator. These versatile machines give you the flexibility to react to any situation in your municipality. Find out more about the Cat wheel excavator lineup and all the benefits here.

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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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What can a Next Generation Cat® Wheeled Excavator do for your operation? If enhanced comfort, improved productivity and lower operating costs sound good to you, check out all your Cat wheel excavator choices.

Excavators In the Cab
Excavators Technology & Safety
Excavators Operator-First Design
Excavators Grade with 2D
Excavators Grade Control Technology
Excavators A Protective “Bubble”
Wheeled Excavators Next Generation M318
Wheeled Excavators Multi-Tool of Your Fleet
Wheeled Excavators Multi-Tool Machine
Wheeled Excavators Do More With Less
Wheeled Excavators Next Generation Cab
Wheeled Excavators The Next Generation

Motor Graders

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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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Are you or your operators tired of dealing with masts on your 3D GNSS or GPS systems? Good news: Mastless Cat® Grade with 3D is now available for motor graders. Find out more about the technology and the full lineup of Cat motor graders 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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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.

Motor Graders Simple to Use
Motor Grader Mastless Grading
Motor Graders Integrated Technology
Motor Graders The New 140 GC

Wheel Loaders

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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.

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Industry-leading fuel efficiency isn’t the only reason to choose a Cat® XE medium wheel loader. You and your operators will love the many operational advantages as well. See how you benefit from XE technology and take a look at the entire Cat wheel loader lineup here.

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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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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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Here’s a wheel loader technology that pays you back fast. Cat® Payload provides real-time information on an in-cab display so your operators know exactly what they’re moving in the bucket. Learn more about Cat Payload technology and the full lineup of Cat wheel loaders here.

Wheel Loaders 950 GC
Wheel Loaders XE Technology
Wheel Loaders Benefit of XE
Wheel Loaders payload technology
Wheel Loaders Payback with Payload

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