Tech Tip: Hydraulic Maintenance for Skid and Compact Track Loaders

We can’t say it enough: skid steers and compact track loaders are some of the most versatile pieces of equipment on a job site. That versatility comes from the heart of these machines — their hydraulic systems. The hydraulic system drives the machine, powers the loader and the many attachment options, gives dynamic braking, lubricates components and cools them. Because a reasonable amount of maintenance cost concentrates on the hydraulic system, proper maintenance and care of a machine’s hydraulic system is crucial for the longevity of it, and for keeping costs and downtime to a minimum. Continue reading

Parts Special: Bulk Savings on New Holland Oil and Lithium Grease

We’ve got specials this June on essential tools for the ongoing maintenance of your machines. We’re taking 15% OFF cases of grease and 15% OFF New Holland brand engine and hydraulic oil when you buy at least 10 gallons.

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

DEF in the DEF Tank, YES; DEF in the Diesel Tank, NO.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a vital component of a Select Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. It’s a clear solution made of Urea and water that’s colorless but has the smell of ammonia. When added to the system, it enters the exhaust stream, where it breaks down Nitrogen Oxide emissions into Nitrogen gas and water vapor – two basic components of the air we breathe. Your machine has a separate DEF tank that varies in size depending on what model you’re running, and it usually has a blue cap for easy identification.

 The DEF tank is for DEF, not diesel. The diesel tank is for diesel, not DEF. Continue reading

Honda Extends Warranty Up to SIX YEARS on Select Lawnmowers for Homeowners!

The Honda HRX mower.

6 Year Manufacturers Warranty when you buy a Honda mower? Yes, it’s happening now during the spring One Year Extended Warranty event! This gives you a chance to have your non-commercial Honda lawnmower under warranty for up to six years!

The Honda HRS and HRR-Series mowers come with a 3-year warranty plan plus an additional year of extended coverage. The popular HRX-Series mower comes with a 5-year warranty plus the extra year. Pretty nice deal, right? All you have to do is purchase your mower before May 31st, 2017 and register your new mower within 30 days. After that, we’ve got you covered!  Continue reading

Adieu Monsieur Guimond!

It’s likely not a coincidence that a person with French ancestry, like Greg Guimond, would wind up settling in the town of Bourbonnais. And so perhaps it was also preordained that Greg’s travels would lead him to a long and prosperous career at Martin Implement Sales. Greg found his calling in equipment parts, not long out of high school. After cutting his teeth in the business with local Massey Ferguson and Ford dealers, Greg came north to Orland Park in 1984 to be part of the Martin Implement team. Within six years, he was running the show as Parts Manager for the dealership. Continue reading

Big News About Our Online Parts Inventory!

Did you know that we maintain an extensive inventory of critical use parts that allow us to complete most orders within 24 hours? Yes, and our dedicated team has vast experience in sourcing parts. We’re familiar with almost any type of equipment—from vintage machines to the latest models and their digital controls. We pride ourselves in the ability identify the right part, right away, so we can have you up and running as quickly as possible. Continue reading

Ask The Experts: How to Properly Shutdown Machines That Utilize DEF Fluid (Video)

Ask the Experts is a recurring segment where we share expert advice from our professional staff. We’ve covered an overview of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) before in our blog. In our latest Ask the Experts segment, we touch on how to properly shut down machines that utilize DEF, which we sell in our parts department:

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Free Cooler – Open a CNH Industrial Capital Productivity Plus Account

Do you have a  CNH Industrial Capital Productivity Plus Account? The Productivity Plus Account provides a separate line of credit for all your parts, service, attachment and accessory needs at our shops. It’s easy, the application form is right here AND upon returning your new application to us, you’ll receive a free six-pack can cooler! Benefits include: Continue reading

Ask The Experts: How to Properly Load & Secure Equipment for Transport

Ask the Experts is a recurring segment where we share expert advice from our professional staff. In our latest Ask the Experts segment, we go over how to properly load & secure equipment for transport:

  • Strategies for loading onto a trailer
  • Positioning equipment for proper load distribution
  • Selecting the correct gear for securing the load

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Meet The Martins: Andy Gustafson, Driver/Shop Assistant

Meet the Martins is a chance for our friends and customers to get to know our company a little better. It serves as a means of putting a face to our organization. In this segment, we’ll head over to our service department and meet Andy Gustafson.

Chances are you’ve seen Andy behind the wheel of our delivery truck since he’s been traversing the roads for us since 1994. In addition to knowing our service area like the back of his hand, Andy’s maintained an exemplary safety record; ensuring that equipment is not only delivered in a timely fashion, but also without incident. When he’s not making deliveries, Andy can be found in our service shop performing equipment maintenance, set-up and basic repairs. Because of his focus and versatility, Andy is a significant contributor to our Martin team, and another reason why the company stays pointed in the right direction, so to speak! Continue reading