Here’s our advice to you, Ed Martin; Take some time to enjoy your retirement!

When you grow up in a farm family with ten siblings, you learn rather quickly how to become highly resourceful. Whether that means putting in sweat equity out in the fields or competing for your fair share at the dinner table. If the farm tractor breaks down, you get a quick course in Mechanics 101. So when Ed Martin first stepped foot into Martin Implement some 40 years ago, a year removed from high school, his learning curve towards becoming a seasoned equipment mechanic was more truncated than most peers his age. Continue reading

Please Welcome Dan Tippett to our Service Team!

Dan came aboard at our Orland Park location in June and replaced Ed Martin as Service Manager, who retired on July 7th. Dan began his career working for his father’s landscaping and excavation businesses as a Crew Supervisor and Heavy Equipment Operator. He’s likely already familiar to some of our customer base, having served as Foreman and Equipment Manager with Wadsworth Golf Construction before moving on to the Yard/Equipment Manager role at Reyes Group. He recently completed a stint with Howell Tractor and Equipment, and is poised to take the reins of our service department. We believe that Dan’s passion for equipment and his relentless enthusiasm will serve our company and customers well. He’s looking forward to assisting you with your repair needs and ensuring that your equipment remains reliable and productive. He can be reached at (708) 326-9534 or by email at dant@martinimplement.com. Continue reading

Martin Implement by Drone

We have a multitude of equipment and attachments available that we sell, service and rent, with convenient and accessible Chicagoland locations to serve you at Orland Park, South Elgin, and Wauconda.

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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

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

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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