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BEFORE YOU BUY A NEW MACHINE, CHECK YOUR APP

No, we’re not talking about that kind of app—one that tracks weather or plays music or maybe even monitors machine location. Those apps are important. But if you’re in the market for heavy equipment, the application you need to be most concerned about is the one in which your new product will work. The jobs you’ll do. The material you’ll move. The ground you’ll cover.

What’s at stake?

If you buy without taking a good hard look at your application, you may end up with the wrong machine for the job. And whether it’s too big or too small, undersized or underutilized, the outcome will be the same: costs will go up and profit down. The key, of course, is matching the machine to the application—selecting the model that best meets your requirements for performance, life, uptime and fuel economy. But that can get complicated.

Weigh your options

You may think you know exactly which machine you need, but sometimes manufacturers offer multiple options, each with a similar model number. For example, you can get a new Cat® 313FL GC with a 70-hp engine. The standard 313FL delivers 92-hp. The two models are alike in a lot of ways, but there are differences, too. So which is right for your application?

Ask the experts

Your best bet is to get your dealer involved—someone who knows your business and the work you do. As you assess your application together, be prepared to answer questions about:

A good application expert will also ask:

These are just some of the factors to consider. Before you buy, work with your Cat dealer to check your app so you end up with a product that’s sized and equipped to meet your specific needs.