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​"Heavy equipment rental is no different than any other part of your business; get yourself educated on how it works and it will make you money." - Tyler Nickolson, Bobcat of Regina Sales and Rentals.

June 11, 2018 - 4 Habits Of Highly Successful Contractors

Operating a construction business can be demanding and stressful, but there are some business management insights that can help reduce anxiety. These four habits from the collective experiences of successful Doosan customers can help you consult your customers as they grow their construction businesses into more productive and profitable companies.


1. Prioritize Safety

Running a successful business starts with proper employee training to minimize risks on jobsites and maintain employees’ safety.

- Understand the instructions described in the Operation & Maintenance Manual that comes with your machine.

- Make sure operators review safety and instructional decals, which are strategically placed on the interior and exterior of most construction equipment, The decals alert equipment operators about potential hazards, the consequences of injury and instructions on how to avoid the hazards. 

- The rearview and sideview cameras, travel alarms, mirrors and horns are all important features needed for any specific application. Machine lighting is another important safety feature for operators who work early in the morning and into the evening hours.


2. Follow Routine Maintenance

Unexpected maintenance can cause unplanned downtime and place a financial strain on companies directly impacting their profitability.

-  By completing regular service checks, such as checking the fluids and filters you minimize any major issues. Request that your dealership keep the basics, like filters and fluids, on hand for when you complete routine maintenance inspections. This should keep your machines repair free!



3. Monitor Equipment Remotely

Telematics has significantly changed how construction tasks are performed and how machines are monitored.

- Contractors monitor their Doosan excavators and wheel loaders with the Doosan Telematics package. The system’s website allows a contractor to monitor his equipment from a computer or smart phone. Hours worked, hours idled, fuel levels and maintenance hours are some of the things that can be checked!

- Other items that you can keep tabs on include: Fleet status, location, operating hours, fuel usage, engine idle versus work time, error codes, engine/hydraulic oil temperature, loads and tonnage hauled.


4.  Rent To Supplement Your Fleets

- Benefits to renting equipment to improve productivity include taking on short-term projects, accessing new revenue sources, using the newest and most advanced equipment, reducing operating costs, minimizing downtime and eliminating storage requirements.

- Contractors should always follow the concept that when someone calls them, they never want to be in the position of turning them down because you don’t have the right equipment available. That is why renting a machine can benefit you! Always have the right equipment readily available.

- Renting an attachment, such as a hydraulic breaker or plate compactor is also beneficial if your customers are looking to expand their company’s services. A well-paired attachment can enhance a project, delay purchasing a dedicated piece of equipment and open up new revenue sources!

June 4, 2018 - How a Tilt and Rotating Coupler can work for you!!

What are the advantages of using Tilt and Rotating Couplers with buckets and attachments versus a traditional coupler set up?

One of the biggest advantages is the machine’s increased range of motion.  Doosan excavator operators have up to 180 degrees of tilt on our two mini excavators  - DX63-3 and DX85R-3 – or 134 total degrees of tilt from the larger DX140LC-5 to the DX255LC-5 crawler models. The increased range of motion helps operators work more efficiently around underground utilities and minimize machine repositioning. Another benefit to using tilting couplers with buckets is the additional dig depth – as much as 18 inches of additional depth – depending on the size of the machine and the size of the tilting coupler. Also, tilting couplers can eliminate having a worker in the trench if an operator is digging around or under buried utilities.


Are there certain classes of excavators that benefit most from a rotating and tilting coupler?

The most common use of tilting couplers is between the 14 – metric-ton and 25-metric-ton crawler class size.


Is there a significant weight penalty with tilting and rotating couplers, or a durability concern due to more moving parts?

When construction companies add a tilting coupler to the end of the arm, depending on the size of the machine, the coupler will add additional weight. The trade-off is the operator will lose some lift capacity for the excavator.


Do rotating and tilting couplers have a significant impact on the geometry of the carrier and the resulting breakout forces?

The work group and tilting coupler will have different geometry than a standard pin on bucket or hydraulic quick coupler connected to a bucket. The tilting coupler adds up to 18 inches of length away from the excavator, so the operator will likely experience less breakout force.


What differentiates the available tilting and rotating couplers?

The major feature that differentiates tilting couplers for excavators is the range of motion.


What power requirements are necessary to runt a tilt and rotating coupler?

Tilting couplers are powered by the machine’s auxiliary hydraulics. The excavator needs to have two sets of auxiliary hydraulics to operate additional hydraulic attachments, such as breakers, with tilting couplers. Excavator operators can use the tilting coupler with a hydraulic breaker to get a desired angle when demolishing a structure.


What are the key criteria a contractor can use to determine whether a tilting and rotating coupler would be a financial benefit on the jobsite?

A contractor should consider how frequently the company will be working around utilities and how often the machine needs to be repositioned. Another criterion to be carefully considered is giving up the rated operating capacity and breakout force.


Doosan offers an angle-tilt bucket if contractors have an occasional need to tilt a bucket but don’t need to purchase a tilting coupler. Angle tilt buckets are a versatile, cost-effective grading and land-clearing attachment that can tilt 45 degrees in either direction. Doosan angle tilt buckets can be easily attached to the machine with standard hydraulic connections. Contact Tyler at 306.529.1444 for more information on Doosan tilt and rotating couplers!

May 14, 2018 – Extreme Fire Risk in Saskatchewan!

According to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System, most of Southern Saskatchewan is now in a “Extreme Fire Warning”. When operating heavy equipment in extremely dry conditions, follow these important tips!


There are two basic contributing factors to any fire, a source of ignition and a source of fuel. Ignition can be a spark or a flame or just high heat, but in today’s complex heavy equipment there can be multiple sources.


IGNITION

Turbochargers. Although the turbocharger sits high up on the engine it is a constant source of high heat. On an excavator the main hydraulic valve sits right behind the turret in a bank behind the engine. Most manufacturers put a good firewall there, but if you get a 3,000-psi mist of hydraulic fluid you are going to get a combustible mix of hydraulic fluid and air. Depending on the fuel-air mixture you can get something pretty bad happening; not explosive, but it will track back to the source of the leak very quickly. And turbos get hot enough to ignite just about any type of fuel, including debris. The most important thing people can do is to keep that engine clean!

Overheated components. There are other sources of high heat that can catch you unawares. On heavy equipment overheated exhaust manifolds, seized bearings or locked brakes can generate enough heat to ignite many different sources of fuel.


Frayed wiring. Another source of ignition that shows up frequently in forensic investigations is frayed or damaged wiring especially having to do with the addition of aftermarket equipment. Incorrectly installed wires can chafe against other components or the frame of the machine or rub against the articulating piece of a machine. Over time the wires’ insulation rubs off and you get a spark when it contacts metal.


Tires. The rubber used in today’s heavy equipment tires is not a source of ignition, but, tire vendors have told us that poor maintenance and tire changing practices sometimes leave small shards of metal inside of a tire. If the air inside the tire becomes overheated due to under inflation, too much load or too much speed it can cause these small bits of metal to catch fire and in turn the burning metal can start the rubber burning. And once a tire starts to burn, it is almost impossible to extinguish. It has to burn itself out and in most cases it’s going to take the rest of the machine with it.


Batteries. Although vehicle batteries are not often the source of ignition in fires, they should not be ignored by technicians, either. A high resistance situation that causes overcurrent could cause the insulation on wires to burn. Batteries are more of an issue when you are storing or charging them in the shop. Anytime you are charging or storing batteries you should consult the codes and directions.


Hot work. Grinding, welding, brazing, soldering, any work or tool that generates sparks or heat, should be kept well away from any source of fuel. All fire codes require this and some are strict than others so be sure to check with local code officials. Be especially vigilant when welding or grinding on equipment that may have fuel or oil leaks or debris that could catch fire. Clean first, then work.

FUEL

Diesel fuel has a flash point of between 52.2 degrees and 96.1 degrees Celsius. The flash point is the temperature an ignition source has to reach before the fuel catches fire. Diesel also has an auto-ignition point of about 343.3 degrees, meaning at this temperature it spontaneously burst into flames without a source of ignition.  The sources of fire producing diesel fuel are fairly obvious: leaky injectors, fittings, spills and fuel lines. Poor maintenance practices and chafing of hoses can contribute to leaks.


Hydraulic fluid is slightly less flammable, with a flash point of 204.4 degrees Celsius and an auto-ignition point of about 343.3 degrees Celsius. The sources of hydraulic leaks are likewise poor maintenance, fittings, spills and worn hydraulic lines and it is certainly no less a threat than diesel.  


Debris is high on everybody’s list of fire hazards. Land clearing and forestry applications throw huge amounts of flammable material onto and into heavy equipment, says Olson. In landfills there are paper and plastic bags getting torn and shredded and those can get sucked up by the cooling fan or wrapped up under the machine. It is essential that you keep this debris cleaned out of the machine. If debris is a constant issue, look for equipment that has reversible cooling fans that clean out trapped debris. These are also available aftermarket. And you may want to look into installing an aftermarket fire suppression system on jobsites where the fire risk is high.


CLEAN MACHINES

The best place to put your first efforts in creating a machine and shop environment that reduces the risk of fire is to clean your machines on a regular basis. Removal of debris and pressure washing are fundamental. That way you reduce the chance of igniting accumulated debris and you get a better view to all your lines and cabling so you can tell more easily if something is starting to rub, or you’re starting to get a puddle of something accumulating. With regular inspections of fluid and electrical lines you’re going to catch abrasion before it gets to something more serious.


Courtesy of http://www.procongroup.net/proconsafe-share/prevent-heavy-equipment-fires/

May 7, 2018 – Bring in Spring! Preparing for a productive spring with heavy equipment rentals.

Productivity is always an important factor in both the construction industry as well as the farming industry. No matter what business sector you run, having the right tools for a productive job environment is paramount.

Which is where equipment rentals come into the picture. Because bettering your productivity should not come at the expense of high-priced machinery that will take years to pay off – rather it needs to be balanced by a realistic budget, while still offering you the ability to maximize on a productive season or job site opportunity.


How To Decide on the Right Equipment for the Job

By taking stock of what your machinery is currently producing, will better help you understand if you simply need to add similar equipment to get the job done, or add in new equipment to diversify your project management.

Also, don’t forget to take into consideration who will be manning the machinery. If you need to train someone on new equipment, that will also factor into deciding on the right heavy duty equipment for the job.


Replace Old-School Methods with Improvement Objectives

Often times “business as usual may seem good enough, but what if you could save a lot of time by renting additional machinery, resulting in less man hours but more production – resulting in increased revenue?

Nobody can really afford to lose out to the competition who may be offering “better” service simply because they have the machinery to do so.

Small improvements go a long way, and by adding rental equipment to your fleet you can stay competitive without undertaking massive new equipment purchase costs. Outsourcing to an equipment rental company – such as ours – is an excellent way to improve business without draining your financial resources.


Courtesy of https://www.douglaslakeequipment.com/news/preparing-productive-spring-equipment-rentals/

April 23, 2018 - Make the most of the available attachments for your heavy equipment!

Attachments make a difference. Heavy equipment costs are rising, that’s no secret and keeping ahead of your competition is getting tougher.  Lowering your cost of production with the right attachment is a way to step ahead of the crowd.  The right size bucket can make all the difference in a trench job, to the point you can save 50% on time and cost.  Another example is digging at a small amount of cement instead of using a breaker, it just doesn’t make financial sense. Attachment rental has always been an option, and the Doosan side of our business is no different.  Hydraulic hammers, buckets, rig matts, grapples and crusher buckets are just a sample of what we carry. Attachments do make a difference and you don’t have to own them to see the difference.

April 18, 2018 - Humboldt Strong

An unimaginable and unfathomable motor vehicle accident between a charter bus carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos hockey team, and a semi-truck occurred on April 6, 2018 just outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. The team was on their way to Nipawin to play game 5 of the SJHL playoffs for the Canalta Cup. All of us here in Saskatchewan and Canada experienced the sudden loss of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos. Ten hockey players, both the head and assistant coaches, the trainer/athletic therapist, the statistician, the play by play announcer for the team, and the bus driver all perished when the accident occurred. 14 others were badly injured and are still in hospital.  It has been truly extraordinary to see the outpouring of love, condolences, financial help, and emotional and spiritual help from our fellow Saskatchewanians, Canadians, other world citizens, sports teams of all kinds, businesses of all kinds and governments from all over the globe! 


What does one say when so much life and love has been lost in one fell swoop? Well, we have found out that here in Saskatchewan and around the world people have said and done so much! It has been so amazing to watch the fundraising (over $13 million dollars to date), the tributes from the NHL, NBA, NASCAR and other sport organizations, acknowledgements from overseas hockey organizations, salutes from businesses and various governments of the world. This small-town Saskatchewan team has brought the whole world together for one tragic moment in time. As a small-town Saskatchewan boy, I am in awe and so proud to be from Saskatchewan, and Canada, of not only the global hockey community but the loving response from our global family!

April 2, 2018 Dollars and Sense!

Eexcavator dig control systems are slowly making their way into the market.  Each manufacturer has a version of a GPS system that monitors the machine and all the components, but that’s where it ends. To get a system that monitors and controls grade is where an owner gains significantly in the market place.  I Dig Best is a system that can be mounted on any manufacturer’s excavator and is plumbed in to the hydraulics to control both grade and slope.  Now that I have your attention, check out I Dig Best!!  Eliminate a grade man, over digging a trench or basement, dig under water and dig a slope or flat without a laser level.  I Dig Best available at Bobcat of Regina -  it will make you Dollars and Cents and Sense!

March 26, 2018 SARM Convention/Trade Show 2018

  

The month of March is when SARM (Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities) holds their annual Convention and Trade Show.  The show alternates between Regina and Saskatoon and brings together over 1600 delegates that represent rural municipalities from across Saskatchewan.  2018's show was in Regina’s new International Trade Center at Evraz place.  Beautiful facility, fresh foot of snow and a chance for the country to come to the city made for a great show! 


Positive conversation towards the Saskatchewan economy was discussed in our trade show space.  New ideas, new machines, accepting and learning about the new technologies was all part of a great experience at our booth!  I do appreciate all the people that let their names stand across this province to work on any municipal councils, sometimes a thankless job but a great way to give back to your community. Thanks for stopping by our booth!  SARM convention is a highlight of my year.  I will be at SARM 2019 in Saskatoon.  Hope to see you there!

Bobcat of Regina Booth!

Morsky Construction Booth!

Video - 2018 SARM Convention/Trade Show Regina

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March 19, 2018 - S.T.A.R.S.

Bobcat of Regina is a major sponsor of  STARS. The helicopter in Regina needs to be pulled in and out of the hanger with something. In 2012 STARS asked if Bobcat of Regina would be interested in providing this important service, there was no question. They provided a Tool Cat, that lives in the hangar in Regina! That is fantastic community support!  Well done, Bobcat of Regina!

March 12, 2018 - 6 Tips To Avoid Costly Excavator Downtime!

The undercarriage of tracked heavy equipment, such as crawler  excavators, consists of numerous moving components that must be  maintained to function properly. If the undercarriage is not routinely  inspected and maintained, it may lead to downtime and lost money, as  well as a potential decrease in the track’s lifespan.


By following these six undercarriage care tips, outlined by Doosan  marketing manager Aaron Kleingartner, you can improve performance and life out of your crawler excavator’s steel track undercarriage when working in construction applications.


1.  Keep the undercarriage clean.

 At the end of the workday, excavator  operators should take time to remove dirt and other debris that may  lead to undercarriage buildup. Regardless of the application, if the undercarriage is dirty, it needs to be cleaned. If the undercarriage is not routinely cleaned, it will lead to premature wear on components. This is especially true in colder climates.


“If operators neglect to clean the undercarriage and are working in a colder climate, the mud, dirt and debris will freeze,” Kleingartner said. “Once that material freezes, it can start to rub on the bolts, loosen the guiding and seize up the rollers, leading to potential wear later on. Cleaning the undercarriage helps prevent unnecessary downtime.”


In addition, debris adds additional weight to the undercarriage, therefore reducing fuel economy. Use shovels and pressure washers to help clean the undercarriage.  Many manufacturers offer undercarriages that are designed for easier track carriage clean-out, which helps debris fall to the ground rather than getting packed in the undercarriage.


2.   Routinely inspect the undercarriage.

 It is important to complete a full  undercarriage inspection for excessive or uneven wear, as well as look for damaged or missing components. According to Kleingartner, if the  machine is being used in harsh applications or other challenging conditions, the undercarriage may need to be inspected more frequently.

The following items should be inspected on a routine basis:


  • Drive motor
  • Drive sprockets
  • Main idlers and rollers
  • Rock guards
  • Track bolts
  • Track chains
  • Track shoes
  • Track tension

During a routine walk-around inspection, operators should check the tracks to see if any components look out of place. If so, this could  indicate a loose track pad or even a broken track pin. As well, they  should inspect the rollers, idlers and drives for oil leakage. These oil leaks could indicate a failed seal that may lead to a major failure in the rollers, idlers or the machine’s track drive motors.


Always follow your manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manual for proper undercarriage maintenance.

3.  Follow basic practices.

Certain construction jobsite tasks  can create more wear on excavator tracks and undercarriages than other applications, so it is important that operators adhere to the  manufacturer’s recommended operating procedures.


According to Kleingartner, some tips that can help minimize track and undercarriage wear include:


  • Make wider turns: Sharp turns or pivoting the machine can lead to accelerated wear and increase the potential for de-tracking.
  • Minimize time on slopes: Constant operation on a slope or hill in one direction can accelerate wear. However, many  applications require slope or hillside work. So, when moving the machine up or down a hill, make sure the drive motor is in the correct position to reduce track wear. According to Kleingartner, the drive motor should  be facing the back of the machine for easy maneuverability up a slope or hill.
  • Avoid harsh environments: Rough asphalt, concrete or other rough materials may cause damage to tracks.
  • Minimize unnecessary spinning: Train your operators to make less aggressive turns. Track spinning can lead to wear and decrease productivity.
  • Select the right shoe width: Choose the proper shoe width by considering the weight of the machine and application. For  instance, narrower excavator shoes are better suited for hard soil and rocky conditions because they have better soil penetration and grip. Wide excavator shoes typically work well in soft underfoot conditions  because they have more flotation with lower ground pressure.
  • Pick the correct grouser: Consider the application before choosing the number of grouser per shoe. A single or double  grouser may work well when laying pipe, but may not work well in other applications. Typically, the higher number of grousers the track has, the more contact the track will have with the ground, vibration is  reduced and the longer it will last when working in more abrasive  conditions.

4.  Maintain proper track tension.

 Incorrect track tension may lead to  increased  wear, so it is important to adhere to the proper tension. As a  general rule, when your operators are working in soft, muddy  conditions, it is recommended to run the tracks slightly looser.

“If steel tracks are too tight or too loose, it can quickly accelerate  wear,” Kleingartner said. “A loose track could cause the tracks to  de-track.”


5.  Consider rubber tracks for sensitive surfaces.

   

Rubber tracks are available on smaller excavators and these models excel in a variety of applications.


Most  noticeably, rubber tracks provide good flotation, allowing excavators  to travel across and work on soft ground conditions. The rubber tracks have minimal ground disturbance on finished surfaces, such as concrete,  grass or asphalt.


6.  Adhere to proper digging procedures.

Your crawler excavator operators  should follow basic operating procedures – outlined in your  manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manual – to minimize excessive  wear and track degradation.


The undercarriage makes up a large  portion of track replacement costs. They consist of expensive  components, so adhering to these six undercarriage maintenance tips, as  well as proper track maintenance outlined in your manufacturer’s  Operation & Maintenance Manual, may help keep your overall cost of  ownership down and extend the life of your tracks.




March 5, 2018 - Bobcat of Regina is Special!

If you are following me you know I love my job.  The people that I work for make it special.  The community interest and support they show, the fact they are in their 36th plus years of business, and being family owned make this company extra special to work for.  The historic Regina Beach Pier was smashed in an ice/wind storm in 2011. Dave Barber, the owner of Bobcat of Regina, took it upon himself to raise the funds to rebuild the pier.  Dave coordinated it all from start to finish.  He relied on his contacts in the construction industry, his family, the staff at Bobcat of Regina and his friends to help with this momentous task. The pier turned out amazing, complete with a "Barber" pole and lights that outline a sailboat!  It will definitely withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it for years to come.  If you are in the area it is worth your time to stop and check out the Pier!

February 26, 2018 - Customer References

Good news travels, and as a customer you can save yourself some delivery costs and make me some money if you have a neighbor,friend or acquaintance that needs the same machine you do. This happens a lot and we credit good customers that set us up with other customers that rent equipment.  Word of mouth is the best advertising.  This web site shows multiple rentals in all corners of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Call me and ask if you need a machine, I will quote you, and then I will go to work seeing if anyone else in the area needs the same unit.  Social media is a great place to spread the word.  This will cut your delivery and pickup costs incredibly. I have had machines in the Southey area for 2 months, Yorkton for 3 months, Weyburn for 4 months and all these machines with multiple renters!  Customer references works great.


Delivery doesn't have to be scary!!

Delivery is a worry in any industry, but in the heavy equipment rental business it doesn’t have to be.  Bobcat of Regina has a fleet of delivery rigs. The Bobcats are generally delivered on a 5 ton unit with a ground load system, no ramp needed.  The Doosan units are delivered with our 2016 Kenworth tri-drive and tri-axle low bow. The trailer has a hydraulic removable deck, so it is a ground load.  Our drivers are very experienced and professional and I am very proud of them.  They do not need any assistance from you the customer and are very knowledgeable on the machine they are delivering.  The rental manager dispatches these units and is constantly working for you the customer, to lower your costs by back hauls or timely deliveries that meet your needs.  Deliveries take a lot of coordination.  It can include customer needs, costs, coordination with our service department and weather and road conditions. This is all taken care of by the team at Bobcat of Regina.  

As a customer you can help yourself help us; give us ample notice of your need, discuss your needs and timeline well in advance of the job.  Then give us multiple day windows for delivery so the machine can be available for you to start the job.  If we can deliver ahead of the job we won’t start the rental until you are ready and we are willing to work together on this. Then as the job ends communicate with us again with a multiple day window for pick up; we won’t bill for days after job ends if we know the details and it helps us coordinate the pick up.  See delivery is not scary, just communicate with us and we will make you money!      

We also rent to agriculture customers, we have several attachments and we deliver. 


February 19, 2018 - I will not say, “No.”

When I get a call from an interested customer I refuse to say things like, “no I can’t", “sorry I don’t have it", or “I can’t supply it”.  Through my connections in the heavy equipment industry,” I can", “I will“, and "let me work on it,” are my responses! This is how it works. Heavy equipment rental companies know each other and value their customers very highly.  Customers like building relationships with one company, one guy, so I have made a point to get to know the other rental managers and have built up these relationships so I can supply my customers with machines and in turn my equipment gets used to supply their customers.  We are competitors on some deals and partners on others.  The rate is set by you the customer and depending on the piece of equipment and situation, you as a customer have all of the control.  My examples, it's March, you have a pending dugout to dig when frost is out.  You can call any heavy rental company and get rates for April 15 delivery.  All companies will have a machine and be able to deliver; rates will vary but generally will be within $1000.  Same customer calls same group of rental companies in October and wants a machine in less than a week.  Pretty good chance only one machine available, delivery will depend on other customers getting done, trucking availability, machine mechanical availability.  The price will be full rate no discount because there are 10 other guys looking for the same thing.  As a supplier I will call all other rental managers and ask for you, if I find a machine it may come from another dealer, but you will pay Bobcat of Regina and I will supply.    

For instance, a Cat D7 not in my inventory -  I can quote it, arrange delivery and service it on your site, just one call I will take care of all your equipment needs and I will not say, "No.” 

February 12, 2018 - Rental vs. Ownership

Renting heavy equipment makes sense in a lot of situations and there is nothing better than a hand shake at the end of a job and the customer telling me, “wow that worked so good and only cost me $8500.” He had rented a DX255LC and completed several little jobs, an old yard clean up, bin of spoiled grain dismantled and the steel recycled, and then two water storage ponds for filling the sprayer and less water hauling.  The customer had been looking at spending $50,000 on his own excavator and with his trusty pencil and his accountant he realized investing $25,000 for rent over the next 4 years made him more money. The rent was 100% tax deductible!  The work he was doing were one time jobs, once the yard was cleaned up and crop was growing where the old farm house was, there was no need for the excavator.  The cost of ownership of a high hour used excavator also runs the risk for high repair bills. He explained that only putting on 200 hours a year does not warrant ownership In this case of rental vs. ownership, rental wins.

February 5, 2018 - Pattern Changers on Excavators

Yes, we have pattern changers on every excavator! And they are very easy to change; just a valve that you turn a ¼ of a turn and BAM!, you have your pattern.  We call it ISO or BHL, you can call it whatever you like! You will look like a rock star with the correct control pattern as opposed to, “clumsy as a new born calf on the frozen crick,” as my late friend Marlon would say.  I get asked this question on every excavator rental quote or machine sale quote I put together, and I am very proud to say that Doosan has pattern control changer options! You are thinking about that "new born calf on the crick", aren’t you??  Give me a shout!

January 29, 2018 - Renting Mats

We rent mats!

In order to stay in this game as a dealership, diversification has to be front and center.  Bobcat of Regina Ltd. is very proud of being a 36 year old family owned operation with the ability to adapt and diversify along the way and maintain a "customer needs come first" attitude!  Big changes happened at Bobcat of Regina with adding the Doosan line of heavy equipment; the shop was renovated, the yard expanded, rental fleet expanded, and our staff expanded.  Ammann was added, because it’s an important piece of the puzzle with heavy construction equipment needs.  When customers ask, “where can I get mats?” we saw a need to supply.  We have the space, the delivery trucks and the rental department able to manage, and supply heavy equipment mats.  Rig mats, crane mats and swamp mats can be delivered to your site.  We can supply to any industry including municipalities, oil & gas, road construction, pipeline and power transmission.  Give me a call for a quote! -  Tyler 306-529-1444.

January 24, 2018 - 5 Tips before renting heavy equipment!

"Heavy equipment rental is no different than any other part of your business; get yourself educated on how it works and it will make you money." -   Tyler Nickolson, Bobcat of Regina Sales and Rentals.   


Whether you're a contractor or a business owner, you might find yourself in a situation in which you need a specialized piece of construction equipment.  However, buying a particular piece of equipment is expensive or impractical.  In this case, your best option is to rent it.  But there are some things you need to consider before you rent any construction equipment.

Know How Long You Need the Equipment:

One of the biggest benefits of renting construction equipment is the cost savings it provides. You only pay for the equipment when you need to use it, and then you send it back when you're done. Very simple! However, it's helpful to know the price range and fees associated with renting.  Most rental companies have different renting options, including charging by the hour, day, week, or month.  Therefore, it's helpful to know how long you'll need the equipment so you can make sure the rental costs stay within your budget.

Enjoy the Latest Equipment:

Since rental companies want to offer machines that are reliable and efficient, they typically have some of the latest models available.  This means you'll enjoy the benefits of up-to-date technology that can help you get the job done faster and better.  It also means you'll be in compliance with any new emissions regulations.  However, if it's been a few years since you operated this type of equipment, keep in mind that you might need to brush up on the newest features and controls.

Take Advantage of Simple Logistics:

If your company is located in Nova Scotia but your project is in Saskatchewan, you're suddenly faced with trying to get every piece of equipment you need to the other side of the country.  Luckily, when you rent construction equipment, this is no longer an issue for you.  You get the pieces you need for the job and you don't have to worry about losing a portion of your profits to transportation or storage costs.

Know What You Need:

While rental offices will have professionals who can help you select the right piece of construction equipment for the job, it always helps to go in with a firm understanding of exactly what you need.  For example, if you go in thinking you need a boom lift to get the job done but you actually need to rent a telehandler, you'll have to deal with the frustration, expense, and delay of switching out to the correct piece of equipment.

Ask the Right Questions:

When you're trying to select the right construction equipment rental company, it helps to know the right questions to ask.  Before signing the contract, make sure you have the answers to these important questions:

 

  • What are your delivery and pickup times?
  • What happens if the equipment isn't working?
  • What is your maintenance schedule for the equipment?
  • Do you provide training?
  • Is there someone available after hours if there's a       problem?

If you're planning on renting construction equipment, these tips can help you make sure you will have an easy and successful process.


Article courtesy of tgdaily.com

January 1, 2018 - Renting Heavy Equipment

"Heavy equipment rental is no different than any other part of your business; get yourself educated on how it works and it will make you money." -   Tyler Nickolson, Bobcat of Regina Sales and Rentals. 


January is Quote Month!


January is the month to get your machine availability under control. You have finished up your year end, had your winter vacation (or at least it’s planned and you can’t wait!) and now is a great time to start thinking of acquiring a new unit, a used unit or finding a rental to  have a head start on all those jobs you have lined up.  Rental quoting can be a huge help in setting up your yearly budget. You might not even have the work yet, but you CAN BE ahead of the game!  I can help you with rental quoting including machine sizes, attachment sizes,  options and delivery.  This is a real opportunity to teach me about your jobs and what challenges are tough to overcome in your line of business.  With renting equipment across multiple industries for example; oil and gas, agriculture and recycling we see a lot  of differences and a lot of similarities including high hour and low hour  usage issues, experienced and non-experienced operators, etc.   January is the month to get a quote on a machine, so let me ask the questions and let’s make you money in  2018!