Category: Landscaping

What Kind of Skid Steer/Compact Track Loader Owner Are You?

A skid steer or compact track loader may be the most important machine in your fleet – but are you in the right machine?

Whether as support equipment in a larger fleet or the main workhorse for an owner/operator, a skid steer and compact track loader are two of the most versatile machines a contractor can own. But what is the right loader arm and platform for each application? Contractors can follow this quick guide to set them on the right path.

Precision Landscaping Standardizes on CASE TR310s for Expanding Production, Hardscaping Work

Chapin, South Carolina is going through significant growth — as a suburb to the capital city of Columbia, and as an attractive destination for growing businesses and tech companies, the region is expanding to build home sites and commercial properties in previously undeveloped areas.

It’s a great opportunity for enterprising business owners like Kody Duke of Precision Landscaping. The evolving new home and commercial construction markets have helped push his business to new capabilities and heavier work. As many of the new developments in the area are moving to more secluded and varied terrain — and as more homeowners are placing value on outdoor living spaces — the demand for skilled hardscaping has increased significantly.

Handshakes & Foot Controls: Willow Lane Combines Safety and Efficiency with Beautiful Landscapes

Marshall Postin and his team at Willow Lane Landscaping in suburban Atlanta have a passion for transforming raw earth into beauty. Specializing in landscaping for residential new construction, Willow Lane provides customers with services that take a blank residential site, grade it, prep it for other tradesmen, and add all finishing landscapes and hardscapes.

Postin grew up as a farmer in the Midwest before life brought him to Georgia. After doing some urban agriculture, he quickly realized the opportunity he had to make a living with dirt in the landscaping business.

CASE Celebrates 50 Years of Skid Steer Manufacturing

CASE Construction Equipment celebrated 50 years of skid steer manufacturing with a ceremony on Wednesday, April 3rd at its Wichita, Kansas plant. CASE first built skid steers in 1969 at its Burlington, Iowa facility, before eventually moving production to Wichita.

“Skid steers completely transformed the construction equipment landscape, and CASE has played a leading role in the evolution and development of this product category throughout the last 50 years,” says Michel Marchand, vice president — North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “These machines reflect every bit of our heritage from construction to agriculture, and we are committed to helping our customers build strong communities and businesses with the help of CASE skid steers built here in the U.S.A.”     

The Best Of: 2019 Kickstart Business Advice

During the course of CASE Construction Equipment’s 2019 Kickstart Contest, there were more than 300 submissions from across North America. One of the questions we love to ask is: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Between the contest winner,  Jeff Rausch of Daybreaker Landscapes, and many other contestants, much wisdom was shared. And now, we’re bringing that intelligence to you with a compiled list of the top 25 best pieces of business advice from the 2019 CASE Kickstart Contest entries.

CASE Announces 2019 Kickstart Landscape Business Development Winner

CASE Construction Equipment has announced the grand prize winner of the 2019 Kickstart Landscape Business Development contest: Daybreaker Landscapes of Union, Illinois. CASE Kickstart is a business development contest in which landscaping contractors throughout North America can win a suite of prizes aimed at improving both their technical work and their business practices.

Jeff Rausch of Daybreaker Landscapes was selected for his drive, his clear vision for his business’ future, his ability to persevere through challenges, and his eagerness to further learn and grow each aspect of his business. The company specializes in full landscape and hardscape installation, lawncare and snow removal in Northern Illinois. As part of the package, Rausch will get: 

Creative, Customized Financing Plans Provide Operators With Cash Flow Flexibility

The construction market has rebounded in recent years, with continued strength projected through 2019 (as highlighted in the 2019 Annual Report & Forecast). Many fleet owners and managers have re-invested in their fleets to make up for previous years of extending life cycles as long as they could. Many others remain in a position today where their fleet requires upgrading/modernization — and we’re at an inflection point with technology where newer/current machines provide significant operational and cost savings advantages over machines that may be five or 10 years older.

On top of having equipment with leading technology, however, is the ability to maintain cash flow that allows for investment and re-investment into other areas of an operation. Whether that’s in people, marketing, or strategy development, those factors have an impact on whether companies thrive.

Reduce Downtime and Maximize Productivity with Daily Maintenance of your CTL

Today’s high-performance compact track loaders (CTLs) can provide several productivity advantages on nearly any jobsite. However, these competitive advantages can be lost if a CTL isn’t running at peak performance, and there are several things that equipment owners can do to improve productivity and extend service life.

By taking the following steps each day pre- and post-operation, equipment owners and operators can help to prevent bad things from happening before they turn into costly downtime events, and will ensure that fleet managers can address concerns in equipment health and upkeep at times throughout the day with the least impact on productivity.

CASE Sponsors NALP Regional Workshop

CASE Construction Equipment is a sponsor of the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ regional Account Manager Excellence Workshop scheduled for February 5-6 in St. Louis, Missouri. CASE’s support of the event is the company’s latest initiative to give back to the landscaping industry and small business owners throughout the trade.

The workshop will focus on helping landscape account managers develop skills that will lead to closer, stronger relationships with clients of all types and sizes, teach them how to sell services, how to manage crews and how to manage their time and work.

2019 Annual Report & Forecast Provides Optimism

CASE partners each year with Construction Equipment magazine to produce the Annual Report & Forecast, a quick recap of the year before and an in-depth look into industry confidence and intention heading into the new year. As Construction Equipment Editorial Director Rod Sutton comments in his opening article of the 2019 report, the industry anticipates positive movement in the new year.

“Transportation, nonresidential, and fleet managers scored last year as “very good,” and each forecast the same for 2019. The momentum begun in 2017 appears to be sustainable in these vocations. Home building and water infrastructure also expect 2019 to perform better, after each fell short of expectations in 2018. Respondents in the home building arena expect to move into “very good” territory this year; those in the water industry expect to move from an “average” 2018 to a “good” 2019.”

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