Thompson Tractor Hosts Demo Day

Tue May 01, 2012 - Southeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Thompson Tractor logo proudly displayed on the front of the Cat race car.
The Thompson Tractor logo proudly displayed on the front of the Cat race car.
The Thompson Tractor logo proudly displayed on the front of the Cat race car. From the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area, (L-R) J.R. Matzke, and Rodney Woodham, both of RaCon Inc., and John Waldrop of Thompson Tractor go under the hood of a Cat 420F backhoe loader. Checking out the new Cat 259B Series 3 skid steer loader are (L-R) Steve Creamer, Creamer Dozer, Brewton, Ala; Rucker Brown, Thompson Tractor-Pensacola, Fla; and Matt Arrington, Arrington Curb & Excavation, Flomaton, Ala. Caterpillar’s Joel Fritts shows the easy removability of the Accugrade display on the new Cat D5K2 track type tractor. Tristan McCulloch (L), Archer Western Contractors, Birmingham, Ala., gets a brief demo of the Cat D5K2 LGP from Caterpillar’s Joel Fritts. Deep in discussion of the new Cat 930K wheel loader are (L-R) Kirk Kelly, Thompson Tractor; Fred Odom and Josh Karr, SDR, Millport, Ala.; and Andy Cruickshank, Caterpillar product specialist. One of the Talladega Official Pace Trucks pulled the “people mover” trailer to shuttle guests from the track infield to an off-site demo area for trying out a Cat K series wheel loader and crawler tractor. Long time NASCAR fan, Dell McDonald, McDonald Brothers Construction, Huntsville, Ala., takes his first laps in a race car at Talladega. After a few laps around the track, Ron James, Stone Building Company, Birmingham, Ala., stops for a photo session beside the #31 Cat car. The Amlong family (L-R), Stephanie, Bryan, Ivey and Wyatt, Amsher General Contractors,  Enterprise, Ala., talk to their south Alabama representative, Walt Hewett, Thompson Tractor-Dothan, Ala. Liking what they saw in the new Cat CT660 vocational truck are Dave Sides (L) and Justin Taylor of B&G Equipment & Supply, Birmingham, Ala. (L-R): Caterpillar’s Michel Bastin talks to David Strain, Buddy Glisson and Stephen Strain, Strain Asphalt and Paving, Woodland, Ala., about the new Cat 938K wheel loader.

Called “Dega Demo Day,” Thompson Tractor hosted an event at Talladega Superspeedway on April 4 to showcase Caterpillar’s newest Tier IV BCP products. It was a picture perfect day for attendees to view and/or demo the new K-Series wheel loaders, F-Series backhoes, K2-Series dozers, E-Series mini-excavators, D-Series CTL’s and MTL’s and B3-Series skid steer loaders. Guests saw an incredible array of Cat machine displays in the infield of Talladega Superspeedway and then enjoyed a barbecue lunch in the garage area with other service and supply vendors displaying their products. And most of the crowd took the ultimate opportunity of putting on a fire suit, strapping on a helmet (and HANS device of course) and jumping into the passengers seat of a race car for some fast-paced laps around the track as a part of the Dale Jarrett Ride Along Experience.

In the equipment demo area just outside the track, Cat representatives went over the features and attendees got a hands-on demo of the new Cat 930K wheel loader and D5K2 track type tractor.

After running the Cat D5K2 track type tractor, Tristan McCulloch of Archer Western Contractors, Birmingham, Ala., said, “It ran smooth and I like the pitch control, makes a big difference. On other machines, once you get a full blade, if it starts to slow down, you need to pick the blade up a little bit. But on this you just angle the blade and keep going. I like it, I want one.”

Fred Odom of SDR, based in Millport, Ala., demoed the new Cat 930K wheel loader and was quite impressed with the machine. “We buy a new loader at least every six months and this 930K is a nice advancement on the 928H’s we bought last year.”

Meanwhile at the track, after his first ride along in a race car on Talladega’s 2.66 mi. superspeedway, Dell McDonald, of McDonald Brothers Construction, Huntsville, Ala., said, “It’s just incredible, phenomenal! I’ve been coming to Talladega for 15 years and actually being in a car going about 175 mph gives you a whole new perspective of the track.”

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