(L-R): Steve Power, industry representative of Cat GCI in Atlanta, Ga.; Ashley Self, training manager of Thompson Tractor in Birmingham, Ala.; Laura Hoppe, Cat product support operations in Atlanta, Ga.; Tommy Lee, customer support agreement manager of Th
Caterpillar’s "Get In Get Real" national demo campaign made its stop at Thompson Tractor’s Montgomery, Ala., location on May 16. Just for showing up, every attendee had their name entered into a drawing and three lucky winners won a free three, two or one month rental of any kind of Caterpillar GCI (Global Construction & Infrastructure) division machines. Various other allied machines and attachments, as well as Cat vocational trucks, also were on display.
One product package demoed at this event was a combination Cat 299D compact track loader with steel tracks and a Cat HM315B forestry mulcher. With the XPS system on this particular machine, the capacity of producing 78 hydraulic hp to the cutting head of the mulcher provided demos of forestry clearing. Thompson Tractor representatives stated that this Cat machine works with the Cat mulcher as a combo package, and equates to efficiency for the machinery. According to Thompson Tractor absolutely no modifications are needed to maximize productivity.
The CAT D6K2 dozer was on display, and was demoed for attendees. Features of the dozer include stable blade, traction control and ECO mode to provide fuel efficiency.
Other Cat machines on hand included: 320E LRR and 336EL excavators; D5K2-XL and D6K2 LGP dozers; 140M2 motorgrader; 420F backhoe loader; 304ECR and 308ECR mini-excavators; and the 259D3 compact track loader.
Approximately 15 Caterpillar representatives turned out as well as Sitech Southeast, RoadHog, and various other manufacturer representatives. There were close to 250 total attendees at this demo.