Last month, Caterpillar published a blog detailing how CTL users can perform their own maintenance, helping to keep their machines in top condition. These checks are fairly standard and can be done in the garage, on the job site, or wherever the machine happens to be sitting.
The guide covers the undercarriage, track inspections, sprockets, fluid checks, and greasing points, among other things.
If you have a CTL and want to perform your own maintenance, head on over to Cat’s blog and read the full article today.
According to equipmentworld.com, Caterpillar is extending their standard full-machine warranty from 1 year, unlimited hours, to 2 years or 2,000 hours on select new compact equipment. The affected equipment includes:
- Skid steer loaders
- Compact track loaders
- Multi-terrain loaders
- Compact excavators
This announcement by Caterpillar mirrors similar actions taken by Case Construction Equipment, who extended warranties on their skid steers and CTL’s this past November from 1 year, 1000 hours to 2 years, 2000 hours. John Deere also announced a similar warranty extension in 2016 on its compact track loaders, skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact excavators.
Cat’s extended warranty announcement did not mention compact wheel loaders, such as the 903C2, 906M, 907M, and 908M.
According to a new white paper from Caterpillar published on ForConstructionPros.com, idle time for equipment is costing owners thousands of dollars. They report that machines idle for 20% of time while running costs over $1,500 per year in fuel alone.
Additional effects include reduced component life, accelerated wear of Tier 4 technologies, decreased warranty hours, and hurts your machine’s resale value.
To reduce idle time, it is recommended that you:
- Minimize idle time at shut off
- Turn off machines waiting more than 5 minutes
- Restrict morning warm-ups to 3-5 minutes
- Take advantage of the automatic shutoff feature
See the full white paper, How Much Is Idle Time Costing You?