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The peer-to-peer community will be a space for construction trades and landscape professionals to ask for and receive advice on topics ranging from equipment purchase decisions, repair and maintenance; safety issues; jobsite application and machine operations; and business management. Another element of the community will be bi-monthly On The Level blogs by BCP subject matter experts.

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New Cat D Series Mini Excavators

The new Cat® D Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators—models 303.5D CR, 304D CR, 305D CR and 305.5D CR—are powerful, versatile, compact-radius machines that work comfortably in confined spaces and build on the quality design and reliability of their C Series predecessors—303C CR, 303.5C CR, 304C CR and 305C CR. With model designations that closely reflect their operating weights (3.5 to 5.5 metric tons), the new machines feature enhanced stability for greater productivity, a redesigned work-tool coupler, load-sensing hydraulics, and engines that meet U.S. EPA Tier-4 Interim and E.U. Stage-3A emissions regulations.

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California Crack Down, Part V


Fuzzy Math and Incomplete Science

By Tom Jackson

Over the past decade the California Air Resources Board has engaged in a vast and unprecedented experiment. The aim of the experiment was to force diesel truck and heavy equipment construction operations to drastically cut their exhaust emissions by selling off older machines, or installing expensive new engines and/or exhaust after treatment devices. If construction and trucking did this, goes CARB’s theory, it would significantly reduce California’s smog, and lead to less cancer and improved health for its citizens.

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Only two weeks left to qualify for the ipod drawing!

Need a device to load all of your safety videos on? Maybe you already have an iPod, but need more storage space? Your chance to win a new 80GB iPod Classic is here! SAFETY.CAT.COM™ is giving away two yellow and black iPod Classics with the Cat logo on the back and the SAFETY.CAT.COM™ trade mark on the front. In addition, these Cat branded iPods will come pre-loaded with all of the Safety Basics videos currently featured on SAFETY.CAT.COM.

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New Features abound in Cat B Series 3 Skid Steers

Now, the new B-Series 3 loaders—SSL models 216B3, 226B3, 236B3, 242B3, 252B3 and MTL models 247B3 and 257B3—incorporate design refinements that make them even more capable, more reliable, safer and easier to operate. In addition, a larger engine and more powerful hydraulics for the 242B3 and 257B3 make these models "power-dense" machines that maintain a nimble size and excellent maneuverability.

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