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Thompson Tractor Hosts National ’Get In Get Real’ Event

Wed June 26, 2013 - Southeast Edition
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(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
(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
(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 Matt Arrington (L) of Arrington Curb & Excavation in Flomaton, Ala., operates the new Cat 140M2 motorgrader under the direction of Clayton Walley of Thompson Tractor. (L-R): Robert Gregory, Frank Dicks, Harry Lambert and Brett Armstrong of Wiregrass Construction Co. in Montgomery, Ala., and Hardy Traylor and Lin Roberts of Thompson Tractor await the event activities. Attendees examine the machines including the Cat 320E LRR. (L-R): Matt Arrington of Arrington Curb & Excavation in Flomaton, Ala.; Billy Roberson of Roberson Excavation Inc. in Milton, Fla.; Jonathan Dunlap of Sitech Southeast, Atlanta, Ga.; and Jeffery Elkins of Gunner-Reilly Corporation in Birmingham, Ala., par There were close to 250 total attendees at this demo. Eric Hutcheson, compact construction equipment specialist of Thompson Tractor, demos the new Cat mulcher and Cat compact track loader combo. (L-R): David Morris and Thad Perkins of Moody Contracting in Opp, Ala., listen to Alex Messick of Sitech southeast in Atlanta, Ga., talk about the Trimble CB460 control unit in the cab of a Cat D6K2 LGP dozer. The operator demos the Cat 299D compact track loader with XPS hydraulic fluid system. (L-R): Curtis Chisenhall, T. Jay Smith Construction in Fort Payne, Ala.; J.D. Miles, sales representative of Thompson Tractor in Attalla, Ala.; and T. Jay Smith of T. Jay Smith Construction talk about the new Cat forestry package. David Esfeller of Esfeller Construction Co. in Mobile, Ala., tests the new Cat 420F backhoe loader under the direction of Hamilton Moody, sales representative of Thompson Tractor in Spanish Fort, Ala. Kyle Smith of Five Star Construction in Montgomery, Ala., stands in front of his customized EZ-GO golf cart. (L-R): Tanner Dahlke, BCP representative of Caterpillar in Raleigh, N.C.; Jerry Woods of Jerry & John Woods Construction Co. in Selma, Ala.; and Charlie Stevens of Thompson Tractor in Birmingham, Ala., talk about the Cat D5K2 XL, tier IV interim track typ (L-R): Craig Sims and Keith Newell of W.S. Newell; Hardy Traylor, sales representative of Thompson Tractor; and James Lee of W.S. Newell came for the event. Steve Creamer (L) of Creamer Dozer Service in Brewton, Ala., sits in the Cat 304ECR and listens to Joel Byram of Thompson Tractor in Pensacola, Fla., talk about the machine.

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.