2018 Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Updates

dollar-943737_1920With the passage and signing into law of H.R.1, also know as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on January 2nd, the deduction limit for Section 179 increases to $1,000,000 for 2018. The limit on equipment purchases has increased to $2.5 million. Also, the bonus depreciation is 100% and is retroactive to 9/27/2017. The bonus depreciation also now includes used equipment. Continue reading

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau Visits Martin Implement

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau was in for a visit with Martin Implement’s ownership group this afternoon. Prior to winning the mayoral election in April of last year, Keith was well acquainted with Martin Implement through his business, GroundsKeeper Lawncare. Mayor Pekau was kind enough to acknowledge our company’s 73-year tenure with the village and to ask what resources would benefit the business community. He shared an exciting vision for Orland Park of the future! Continue reading

Come Join Martin Implement at the 2018 iLandscape Show!

The 5th annual iLandscape Show  put together by the ILCA kicks off at the end of this month. As always, a stellar lineup of speakers, education and industry fun is in store, and we look forward to connecting with you.

We’ll be in attendance each of the three days, Wednesday, January 31st through Friday, February 3rd. The show starts at 9 am on Wednesday through Friday until 4:30 pm (ending earlier on Friday) with special scheduled events to follow. Continue reading

5 Key Review Platforms for Landscape Businesses

Positive online reviews are vital for landscape businesses, as they are for any small business. Why? Recent stats indicate people trust online reviews as much as a recommendation from someone they know, and reviews can impact the trust of possible new customers that intend to buy. There’s a guide that’ll go over the top 5 review sites you’ll want to consider if you’re in the landscaping industry and bonus: tips on how to succeed leveraging the platform. Earning positive reviews in the right places can bring customers your way, so you’ll want check out this guide.

Section 179 & Bonus Depreciation Tax Savings for 2017!

dollar-943737_1920The PATH Act, which reinstated bonus depreciation, allows Sec. 179 expensing and more.

  • The updated Section 179 expense provision allows up
 to $510,000, with a $2,030,000 cap on
 expenditures for new and used equipment purchases
  • 50% bonus depreciation on new equipment purchases

Consider investing money in YOUR company and reducing your taxable income. The Section 179 expense allowance is something every business owner should know about since it’s the difference between a capital investment in your business and paying that money as taxes. Continue reading

Our New Holland Presidents Club Award!

We’re pleased to announce that Martin Implement Sales has been selected for New Holland’s President’s Club Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a dealership. This places us among an exclusive group of dealers who have shown outstanding dedication to customer service and keen business management. We’d like to thank all our customers for making this possible and for their continued support as we celebrate our 72nd year in business! Continue reading

Looking to Measure the Skill Set of Your Equipment Technicians or Service Job Candidate?

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) has technical assessments that will assist you in measuring the skills of existing service techs or job applicants. The assessments are tailored to meet the needs of the equipment industry. We use the assessments up front in the hiring process to help us make the right hire.

The questions on the assessment evaluate technicians’ knowledge in subject areas such as diesel engine, power trains, hydraulics/hydrostatics, and more. They were created by a team of technical experts broadly representing, manufacturers, dealers and technical colleges with equipment programs and are aligned with AED National Construction Equipment Technical Standards. AED has created an informational video on their technical assessments program that was filmed at Martin Implement’s dealership. Click here to view.

FINN LF120 HydroSeeder Tackles Landfill Jobsite Challenges

LF120 HydroSeeder applying hydromulch

The LF120 from FINN Landfill Solutions works to control some of the challenges on a landfill job site. Municipal solid waste landfill designers and operators use daily cover on the area where waste is dumped and compacted, called the cell, to tackle issues that challenge the integrity of the landfill.

Traditionally the cover has been a 6-inch layer of soil, from onsite or hauled in by dump trucks. Alternative materials for daily cover are allowed in some states as long as they perform to the same standard as the soil solution does. These materials often save airspace, money, and time. Continue reading

Is There Something Therapeutic About Watching Grass Grow?

People have a love of plush green grass and, as a turf equipment supplier, we’re all about providing you the equipment you need to prep and maintain it. Watching-Grass-Grow.com is a site where web users do just that: watch grass grow. Is there something therapeutic about watching grass grow? For the thousands who follow Mr. Grass and his grass-cam or binge on slow TV, the answer might be yes.

Next Week’s UCA Spring Showcase

UCA members: we’re proud to be a Grand Prize Sponsor for this year’s Underground Contractors Association of Illinois Spring Showcase. Drop by and visit with us at the exhibit, or during the later festivities. Remember the event is on a Wednesday this year: April 19th at Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquets in Addison. And best of luck in taking home that grand prize!