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Russians Win the Cold War with Heavy Equipment

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

If anyone knows about cold, it’s the Russians. Humans and animals have waged war with vast stretches of frozen tundra for millennial, but what could those warm-blooded mammals possibly have in common with modern heavy equipment? … The answer is starting up on a frigid morning.

An article published by phys.org on January 31, 2017 unveils an innovative technology developed by a consortium of Russian scientists and techno-bureaucracies that can start heavy equipment and aviation engines at temperatures down to -60° C (-76° F). Read More

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Heavy Equipment: big, Bigger, BIGGEST!

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 04:00 PM

Whether buying or selling job-site machinery, ever wonder which piece of heavy equipment:

  • Weighs the most?
  • Costs the most?
  • Has the most horsepower? 
  • Goes the fastest?
  • Is the BIGGEST and performs which specific function?

Stop wondering and start reading this great infographic about Mighty Machines courtesy of Fuel Fighter.

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Heavy Equipment Heads Up: Crane Operator Hand Signals

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Every once in a while, someone invents a better handle, better mousetrap, or in this case, a better way of training construction crews. Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico commissioned ProspectMX of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to generate what must be the definitive infographic about crane operator hand signals.

The Crane Operator Hand Signal Guide uses simple animation to demonstrate the proper way of assisting crane operators from the ground in the heavy equipment industry.

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MachineryLink Revolutionizes Heavy Equipment Industry with Sharing

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

In a world where technology is reshaping personal and business relationships, MachineryLink has joined the sharing economy while revolutionizing heavy equipment rentals for agricultural dealers, retailers and farmers. Redefining community, the company is bringing farmers and dealers together from across the US, expanding the range of what one might consider their neighbor while maintaining small town values.

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Inside Heavy Equipment: Buying a Forklift Made Easy

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

There is good news and bad news for anyone purchasing a forklift. First, the good news: there are dozens of web sites providing advice about purchasing new and used forklifts. Now, the bad news: there are dozens of web sites providing advice about purchasing new and used forklifts. The breadth and depth of online information is truly overwhelming.

Researching a forklift purchase is different than researching most other goods. If one searches for “top rated cars,” Google returns 16M results. On the other hand, entering “top rated forklifts” is about as fruitful as looking for “top rated vacuums” — 648,000 and 729,000, respectively. There is also a huge contrast in the types of informational sources.

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Five Industries You Never Knew Used Heavy Equipment

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 08:50 AM

Heavy equipment is probably not the first thing that comes to mind while considering tourism, sports or groceries, but that equipment certainly plays an active role in each of those verticals. From Snowcats and ice skating rinks to luxury liners and baseball parks, heavy equipment saves time and energy while providing an irreplaceable resource to modern business.

The use of heavy equipment is so ubiquitous in America today that it frequently blends into everyday life unless it becomes weird like dinosaur-shaped sugar cane harvesters or immeasurable like mammoth coal mining cranes. Furthermore, other industries use it in ways that surprise and delight those having a penchant for popular culture.

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Winter Checklist for Increasing Heavy Equipment Sales

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

The current warm, dry weather in many parts of the country strikes a stark contrast to the record cold and snow of the 2014–15 winter, giving heavy equipment operators in those areas extra time to finish projects before the inevitable. Here in Sonoma County, however, the predicted precipitation from El Niño has parked big machinery until spring. Whether one is a heavy equipment dealer in an area that is presently undergoing wet or dry conditions, now is the time to prepare for next year’s busy season.

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Tags: Heavy Equipment, Check Guarantee, Joe Gargiulo

Heavy Equipment Dealers and the Federal Reserve

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When trying to polish their crystal ball to divine how the Federal Reserve's meeting next week might affect the heavy equipment industry, most pundits focus on the capitalization rate in real estate. Since it's a basic ratio measuring the yield on a real estate investment, it changes constantly with market forces.

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Heavy Equipment: Why Caterpillar Considers Google a Major Competitor

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

The heavy equipment industry seems to be working feverishly to overcome an economic recovery that keeps hitting snags:

  • China devalued the yuan to pump up demand for her exports, hoping the move would arrest a stock market slide that’s hammering regular workers and international investors alike.
  • In July, OPEC increased its oil production to the highest level in three years, driving the price down to a six-year low.
  • The dollar just keeps getting stronger (too much of a good thing), shrinking our Federal deficit  to what it was before the taxpayers bailed out Wall Street but also making global sales harder.
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Tags: Heavy Equipment, Tom Lombardo

Two Out of Three: Heavy Equipment Demand in 2015

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Now that the construction industry has finally regained its footing, heavy equipment dealership owners and managers face the difficult task of trying to foresee what their contractors will need and how they’ll want to pay to for it.

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Tags: Heavy Equipment, Check Guarantee, Tom Lombardo, Construction

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