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CASE SV340 Skid Steer Earns Top 50 Award from Equipment Today Magazine

The SV340 skid steer from CASE Construction Equipment earned a slot on Equipment Today magazine’s 2017 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products list. The editorial teams from Equipment Today and ForConstructionPros.com compiled product inquiries and web page views, and inquiries from new products featured in Equipment Today over a 12-month period from May 2016 to April 2017. The result is the 2017 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products, a listing of the industry’s favored products.

With a rated operating capacity of 3,400-pounds and bucket breakout force of 9,531-pounds, the 90-horsepower SV340 is CASE’s most powerful skid steer ever built. The SV340 offers optional high-flow (38.7 gpm at 3,450 psi) and enhanced high-flow (35 gpm at 4,000 psi) auxiliary hydraulics for operating a broad range of high capacity attachments such as cold planers and mulching heads. Heavy-duty 14 x 17.5 tires, additional counterweights and a long wheelbase provide a stable platform for work in all terrains.

Backhoe Maintenance 101

While backhoes are a staple in many large fleets where they are cared for by a full-time fleet manager, they are equally – if not more so – widespread among owner/operators and smaller businesses where the person operating the machine is also the one performing maintenance on it, hauling it, site foreman, lunch gofer, etc.

Even in those large fleets, where they may have “a guy” who performs all the maintenance, there are actions that operators can take in their day-to-day activities that will have a long-term effect on the health and performance of the machine.

Semper Fi Land Services: Tips for Growing a Successful Business

Robert Velazquez —founder of Semper Fi Land Services in Aurora, Ill.—is not your average business owner. He started his landscaping business in 2004 when he was still a teenager, fresh out of Marine Corp. training. Like many, his first landscaping jobs involved doing most, if not all, of the work himself while rounding up borrowed trucks and equipment, but today he runs a flourishing business with a large fleet of equipment and 35 employees.

Starting a business like Semper Fi wasn’t without its challenges. After building his customer base throughout 2004 and 2005, Velazquez got news that he was being deployed. “I was in the Marine Corps reserves, and we got notified that we were being deployed to Iraq,” Velazquez explains. “So all the customers I had built up from 2004 and 2005, I just sent them a letter saying, ‘Hey, I have an obligation. I’m going to Iraq, I’ll be back in a year.’ Didn’t really close the business, but put it on hold. Came back, sent them a letter and said, ‘Hey, I’m back, and I’m going to start my business again.’ Many of those customers I have still today.”

CASE to Launch Two New Products at GIE+EXPO 2017

CASE Construction Equipment will introduce two all-new products to the landscaping industry at GIE+EXPO 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, October 18-20, 2017. The company will exhibit in both an indoor booth (7216) and an outdoor demo booth (7546-D) where landscape contractors can operate the latest equipment and talk to product experts. Additional product offerings will include the recently introduced C Series mini excavators, G Series wheel loaders with CASE sectional snow push, and the SV340 skid steer loader – the company’s most powerful skid steer ever built.

The company will also sponsor, in partnership with PAVE TECH, the annual Hardscape Contractor Party on Thursday, October 19 at the Executive Strike & Spare Bowling alley (located outside the entrance to the exposition center at 911 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky). The event – which is free to all GIE+EXPO attendees – kicks off at 5:00 PM and includes door prizes, bowling, and free food and drinks.

Intelligent Business Growth: A Scalable Approach to Adopting Telematics Solutions

Advanced technologies such as telematics continue to proliferate in today’s construction market, and these systems have become more accessible than ever before to contractors of all sizes. Many new machines now come right from the factory with integrated systems that make it easy for business owners to start using this advanced technology, but like anything that is new, it can be a challenge to decide how and when to take advantage of the benefits.

The truth is that these technologies are as simple or as complex as contractors want them to be. The technology itself is simple—what it comes down to is engagement. Adopters of these new technologies won’t see tremendous opportunities by just flipping a switch or ordering a telematics subscription. The real benefits of these systems are seen in how the data is leveraged.

Site Intelligence Takes Flight

Editor’s Note: This informational article was developed in conjunction with CASE technology partner Leica Geosystems. For more information on Leica Geosystems drone solutions for the construction industry, visit leica-geosystems.com.

One of the hottest topics right now in the construction industry – or at least the one that sparks the most imagination – is the use of drones on jobsites. While the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may inspire some big thinking for future use, the practical uses of the technology today are already having an impact on the construction industry. Here are three ways that drones are impacting jobsites today, along with a word on certification/legality.

CASE and CNH Industrial Donate Equipment for 2017 Victory Garden Blitz in Milwaukee, Wis.

CASE Construction Equipment and CNH Industrial donated the use of a skid steer to the 9th Annual Victory Garden Blitz, located in the Greater Milwaukee area. This year, over 300 volunteers installed 514 gardens – achieving a grand total of more than 3,500 gardens for communities throughout Milwaukee since the project’s inception.

Beginning with a group of friends in 2009—who installed 35 raised-bed gardens in a single day—Victory Garden Initiative’s mission focuses on empowering communities to grow their own food and re-establish the relationship between human and food ecology. In 2016, the Initiative built a record-breaking 555 gardens in fifteen days.

Shifting Equipment Acquisition Strategy Improves Total Operation for Britton Industries

Britton Industries is a leading producer of natural and dyed mulches, screened topsoil, leaf compost and aggregate products. Servicing the landscaping and construction markets of Central New Jersey and South Pennsylvania, the family-owned and operated company has been in business for over 28 years.

The company operates a full wood product recycling center as well as a concrete recycling center—making crushed concrete for fill, as well as decorative stones and other products. They also produce and distribute a variety of custom soil blends for contractors and serve as a convenient disposal center for area businesses and homeowners.

Equipment Acquisition Strategies – Making the Right Choice for your Growing Business*

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the March 2017 issue of Construction Business Owner magazine. Visit constructionbusinessowner.com to read more.

There are a variety of options when it comes to equipment acquisition, but there is no one right answer—no silver bullet—that will work for every contractor. The decision to purchase, lease or rent equipment is a challenge that businesses of all sizes must face, and there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to make the best choice for your business.

On Working with Homeowners

Working for private homeowners requires a different level of one-on-one attention than working for other contractors or on larger commercial/industrial projects.

The homeowner (or prospective homeowner for residential contractors) has an intense personal connection to the project, the property, and how their money is being spent to complete the work. There’s also a level of communication and detail that needs to be maintained throughout the entire process – some of the things that a contractor may take for granted when working for another contractor or industrial developer are not always given or understood by a homeowner.

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