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Jun

Modernize or Replace? Upgrading Your Crane

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Proper efficiency planning is vital for companies if they are to remain competitive in local and global markets. It is an ongoing process, usually done as often as the Operations team deems necessary. Planning extends to the financials, equipment and to any areas that keep the industry running its best. Reliable Equipment Equipment is the lifeblood of manufacturing and industrial businesses. Amongst the major equipment that is needed is a durable crane. It is not uncommon for crane equipment to be pushed beyond its normal working capacity. Normal is generally considered 25 years of working condition when bought new. Anything beyond those operational years needs to be re-evaluated. Either your crane equipment needs to be replaced or it needs modernization. Correcting a poor performing crane helps make your operations run smoother and protects the safety and security of your workers. Therefore, once it has reached 25 years to a maximum…

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12
Sep

Before Applying For A Heavy Equipment Loan

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When your construction company needs capital, getting a heavy equipment loan may be the answer. The process can be a lot smoother when you’re working with the right lender. Here are some things lenders will want to know: Name of your company; Company address; Business owner contact information; Gross annual income; and Monthly credit card purchases. Be prepared for your potential lender to look at your credit history with a fine-toothed comb. They’ll figure out what you can afford and how they might be able to help you. What you should know beforehand Know your choices. What is it that you’re really after in a loan? Think about that before approaching a lender. Figure out what you think you can afford and what kind of terms you can live with. If you go in prepared, you’re more apt to get the amount and terms you were hoping for. Preparation is…

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5
Sep

Facts To Consider When Purchasing Heavy Equipment Insurance

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Contractors work hard, and so the insurance they have on their heavy equipment should also work hard when it needs to. Your business uses heavy machinery like excavators, front loaders, lift trucks and bulldozers, and like any other machinery, breakdowns happen. The last thing you want is your operations stalled because of equipment woes. After all, a big chunk of your assets are in the equipment, so protecting it from damage or loss is more than likely a high priority for you. Make sure construction equipment insurance will: Ensure any damage caused by your equipment while in operation is also insured and that you’ll be insured if the equipment has to be driven on roads; Provide you with no hassle claims processing; Allow you to add additional coverage as needed; and Cover equipment against fire, spontaneous combustion, explosion, lightning strikes, theft, fraud and misappropriation. You will also want to look…

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22
Aug

What Are The Common Health Risks Of Driving For A Living?

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All jobs have their own particular occupational hazards, but some have more than others. While driving for a living usually pays decent money and gives you the great sense of freedom of the road while you work, the flip side of it is that health-wise the risks for drivers — especially long-haul drivers — are higher than for those in regular 9 to 5 jobs. What do stats tell us about the overall health of drivers? A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, entitled “Obesity and Other Risk Factors: The National Survey of U.S. Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury”, showed a “constellation of chronic disease risk factors” in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and insufficient sleep. The study showed that truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese…

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15
Aug

Awesome Apps For Finding Great Music On The Road

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Other than very strong black coffee, music is the best way to keep your energy up while you’re out to ride. But, of course, not just any music. You want music that’s in sync with you — whether it’s the artists and bands you love, lyrics that speak to your mood or situation, or a bad ass beat that just keeps you up and truckin’. So, here are some apps that will let you play exactly what you want to listen to, and what’s best — most of them are free! Spotify. You can search for any artist, track or album, and listen for free with ads, or get Spotify Premium to skip the ads. Spotify is a great way to listen to music on a tablet or mobile device. Songza. This streaming service plays original playlists created by music experts. You can browse a curated playlist library by activity,…

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8
Aug

Your Complete Guide To Choosing A Truck

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Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to replace an old truck in your company’s fleet, buying a commercial truck — new or used — is a serious investment. It’s certainly not what you’d call impulse buying — or at least it never should be. This important purchase needs a thoroughly thought-out plan. Here’s a suggested plan with two stages: pre-purchase considerations and purchase steps: Pre-Purchase Considerations First things, first: set the budget. Before you even start fantasizing about what kind of features you want in your truck, you need to know how much money you’re able to spend on it. Your price will set much-needed parameters for your search. Define the truck’s primary function. What will be your new truck’s main task? Understanding the needs that must be met by your new truck will help you determine which standard and special features should be included in the body.…

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