Our Latest Master Tech Certification News

Our certified technicians receive extensive training from our manufacturers, and that allows them to work on any equipment we sell. Steve Karsten, a certified technician at our South Elgin branch, recently nailed the rigorous New Holland Master Tech training, adding to his already deep range of technical skills. He’s now earned the Master Tech title in the areas of heavy equipment and wheel loaders. Give a shout out to Steve and our esteemed service team for this accomplishment!

Just In: Kubota SVL Series Compact Track Loader Model SVL95-2s (Video)

Recently we said hello to our first shipment of SVL95-2s model Kubota compact track loaders, the newest in the Kubota compact track loader lineup. SVL95-2s machines are powered by a dependable and durable Kubota engine.

Top features are:

  • Rugged loader arm design with long reach and high bucket hinge pin placed for maximum height clearance
  • Roomy wide cab
  • Easy access for maintenance checks and greasing
  • Standard two-speed travel

Essential SVL95-2s specs:

  • 96.4 engine gross horsepower Kubota engine
  • 3200 lbs. rated operating capacity (35% of tipping load)
  • 7961 lb. bucket breakout force
  • 11299 lb. operating weight
  • High-flow hydraulics

View the comprehensive SVL Series brochure here. We took the SVL95-2s out for you to see:

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Kubota $0 Down 0% Financing Sales Event Happening Now!

Get Set To Save SocialExpand your fleet and save during Kubota’s Get Set to Save sales event, which is going on now. During this event, select lines of Kubota tractors and the new Kubota skid steer can be financed for up to 0% for 60 months and no down payment!*
Many select models of Kubota RTV’s, excavators, compact wheel loaders, backhoes and the newest SVL compact track loaders are part of this event, with $0 down and 0% financing for 48 months. OR you can choose instant rebates for up to $3000, and for some models, the rebate is on top the low rate financing. These offers give you lots of time to be making money with one of the many eligible models, so you’ll have no trouble paying the machine off.

We’ve talked about Kubota many, many times before in this blog, including a recent post on the newest SVL95-2. If you want to learn more about why Kubota is a great long term investment, please give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you take advantage of this great offer.

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Parts Special: Save When You Buy Machine Grease in Bulk!

Case of New Holland Ambra high temperature grease tube

Grease is extremely vital to your machine. Give it the good stuff.

By popular demand, it’s back! For February, we’re taking up to 15% OFF cases of grease. Grease is one of the most crucial tools for maintenance on your machine, and it’s what keeps all those joints and wear spots running smoothly. Unnecessary wear will lead to real damage over time and could lead you to an expensive repair bill if you’re not careful. Continue reading

5 Most Commonly Ignored Wheel Loader and Excavator Maintenance Tips

To do list socialWe like lists. They’re quick reads and the information in them is organized so it’s easy to process and remember. This list of five most commonly ignored wheel loader and excavator maintenance tips is excellent. Consider including these on your contractor list of maintenance tips right away. The consequences of ignoring them can hit you in a number of ways—like downtime, lost productivity, lost revenue and unexpected costs.


Wheel Loader Maintenance Tips

  1. Tires and wheels — Checking tire air pressure and missing lug nuts should be part of your wheel loader operator’s daily routine. Check the angle of wheels compared to axles, as excessive lean can be an indication of worn or 
damaged wheel bearings.
  2. Drive shaft —Check the drive shaft U-joint straps and retaining bolts, along with any carrier bearings, for 
misalignment or lack of lubrication. Poorly maintained driveline 
components can lead to costly repairs.
  3. Radiator —Make sure the radiator is clean of buildup to avoid engine 
overheating in warmer months. Any coolant leak or hydraulic/transmission leak near the radiator can lead to excessive buildup of dirt on the radiator fins, which restricts or blocks airflow, causing an overheat condition that can damage the engine and other components.
  4. Transmission oil levels —Check levels regularly and be careful not to 
overfill. Overfilling the transmission can 
actually cause it to overheat during heavy-use conditions.
  5. Bucket  —Make sure to regularly check bucket edges and flip when needed. Not only will this extend the life of the bucket cutting edge, but it will reduce the effort needed as the machine drives into material to fill the bucket.

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Save the Dates for the 2016 iLandscape Show

iLandscape_socialThe third annual iLandscape Show put together by the ILCA and WGIF folks kicks off early in February this year at the Schaumburg Convention Center. This conference brings together people from the Illinois and Wisconsin landscaping communities to help in education and collaboration on new ideas, innovations and trends. An impressive list of events and speakers is in store for you, and we’re thrilled to be there to connect with you.

We’ll be in attendance all three days, Wednesday, February 3rd through Friday the 5th. The show starts at 9 am on Wednesday through Friday until 4 pm (ending earlier on Friday) with special scheduled events to follow. The first two days will run with keynote speakers and educational seminars, including sessions in the Spanish-language. The Wednesday keynote speaker is Liza Hausman from Houzz.com, who’ll be covering how technology is transforming outdoor renovation. ILCA found Houzz to be a great tech platform for driving business, so you’ll want to make it to this session.

Catch us at booth number 708, right near the entrance of the main artery of the exhibition floor on the right, where we’ll be showing the latest, and greatest landscaping equipment. Stick around on Wednesday because we’re hosting a Happy Hour Beer Garden in our booth to get you and your friends and colleagues in the afternoon groove.

If you haven’t registered for the iLandscape show yet don’t worry – you can still do it! You can find the registration form on the show’s website, or you can just head over HERE.

Used Equipment Spotlight: 2014 Hyundai HL757-9A Wheel Loader (Video)

The Used Equipment Spotlight is a recurring segment where we
highlight featured items from our used inventory.
Our 2014 Hyundai HL757-9A Wheel Loader available for sale:

For photos and pricing click here

Specs on the Excavator:

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Product Spotlight: Hyundai R160LC-9A Excavator (Video)

The first Product Spotlight of 2016 is here. Ready? It’s the Hyundai R160LC-9A excavator. These machines are known for their strength and efficiency in completing tough projects. This Hyundai R160LC-9A is shown on a pipeline project in the Chicagoland area.

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Just In: Kubota SSV Series Skid Steer Loader Model SSV65 (Video)

It’s a brand new year, and we’re excited because last week we received the first of our Kubota skid steer loaders, and it’s an SSV65. The SSV Series skid loaders are new for Kubota and new to us. They’re powered by a dependable and durable Kubota engine.

Top features are:

  • Rugged loader arm design with long reach and high bucket hinge pin placed for maximum height clearance
  • Roomy wide cab
  • Standard two-speed travel
  • Easy access for maintenance checks and greasing

Essential SSV65 specs:

  • 64.0 engine gross horsepower Kubota engine
  • 1950 lbs. rated operating capacity (50% of tipping load)
  • 4839 lb. bucket breakout force
  • 6790 lb. operating weight

View the comprehensive SSV Series brochure here. We took it for a spin:

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Cold Weather Starting Tips for Construction Equipment

Many Midwest cities had record-breaking mild temps in December,
but forecasts show a widespread arctic blast is on its way, and it’s uncertain how long the blast of cold air may last. We’ll need to remember and take precautions to protect ourselves and our equipment from these elements. Just as you need an extra layer and hot coffee to get you started, a few easy steps will keep your equipment running smooth and happy even when the temps are crazy. Continue reading