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ndia is one of the high growth economies of the world and comes un­der the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of ewly ndus­tri­al­ized Coun­try’ ac­cord­ing to econ­o­mists. t is the sev­enth largest econ­omy and third in terms of pur­chas­ing power par­ity. The coun­try has been achiev­ing a growth rate of around 7 per­cent for over two decades.

t is an­tic­i­pated that the growth mo­men­tum will con­tinue given the govern­ment’ s var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to­wards ease of do­ing busi­ness which will spur growth in var­i­ous seg­ments of in­fra­struc­ture like ports, air­ports, roads and high­ways; and projects such as Swatch Bharat (Clean ndia),

amami Gange (Clean Ganga) and Make in ndia. As the coun­try at­tracts more in­vest­ment, more jobs are be­ing cre­ated in the in­dus­tries and ser­vices sec­tor. There has also been a grow­ing aware­ness to im­prove safety in the work­place. Mech­a­niza­tion is also tak­ing place at a brisk pace to keep costs in check.

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Cater­pil­lar, a renowned man­u­fac­turer of con­struc­tion and min­ing equip­ment, is well po­si­tioned to con­trib­ute to each ini­tia­tive with its Cat equip­ment and ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions.

n re­cent times, de­mand for com­pact ma­chines like skid steer load­ers has been es­ca­lat­ing due to var­i­ous rea­sons. As a very ver­sa­tile util­ity ma­chine, it is be­ing used in gen­eral con­struc­tion works in residential, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial sec­tors, as well as in heavy con­struc­tion works such as metro rail con­struc­tion where the area is con­fined. 7he skid steer loader is also very use­ful in city main­te­nance jobs like solid waste han­dling, and in street and road main­te­nance, though its full po­ten­tial is yet to be tapped. With 6wach %harat as one oI the Àag­ship cam­paigns of the govern­ment, the in­dus­try ex­pects to see ad­di­tional de­mand from this sec­tor in the years to come.

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Cater­pil­lar is a mar­ket leader in the skid steer loader prod­uct range in many coun­tries as its prod­ucts are known for their su­pe­rior qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, de­sign, technology, op­er­a­tor com­fort, and very low own­ing and op­er­at­ing cost. Cat® 16 B3 Skid Steer oad­ers are man­u­fac­tured at Cater­pil­lar ndia fa­cil­ity which is about

kms from Chennai. The fa­cil­ity has been op­er­a­tional since 14 and is also ex­port­ing ma­chines to var­i­ous coun­tries across the world to a wide­spread net­work of deal­ers.

Key Ben­e­fits and )ea­tures er­sa­til­ity :

The 16 B3 is a com­pact ma­chine, ca­pa­ble of counter–ro­tat­ing within its own ma­chine en­ve­lope, en­abling it to work in tight spa­ces. De­spite be­ing an en­try level model, it can han­dle many at­tach­ments, which can Ee cho­sen and fit­ted Eased on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

tation and on­trols:

The model has a spa­cious cabin and a pi­lot op­er­ated joy­stick levers as stan­dard, which makes it very easy for the op­er­a­tor to learn. per­a­tion reTuires very lit­tle ef­fort com­pared to ma­chines with hand levers and foot ped­als, re­sult­ing in less op­er­a­tor fa­tigue. The left lever con­trols the steer­ing and the right lever con­trols the loader/ bucket. Since there are no foot ped­als, there is a lot of leg space and a Àat easy to clean Àoor. A Ioot throt­tle pedal helps the op­er­a­tor to ac­cel­er­ate the speed when needed, with­out hav­ing to take his hands off the lever. This al­lows the op­er­a­tor to run the ma­chine at mid-idle, and us­ing full en­gine RPM only when nec­es­sary, which means less fuel con­sump­tion. ptional door with glass

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