Ask the Experts is a recurring segment where we share expert advice from our professional staff. In our latest segment, we address how to determine when your skid steer tires are in need of replacement.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
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
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
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
There are two types of maintenance repairs in the equipment business – preventative and reactive – and the difference between the two is the difference between a profitable shop and a money drain. According to a Construction Equipment study if your maintenance/repair costs are 15% or more of the replacement value of your fleet you’re losing money! Preventative maintenance helps keep a shop efficient by reducing emergency breakdowns (and the labor costs associated with it) and by giving you the ability to plan ahead for major repairs. Whether you’ve got one machine or one hundred you should be following a maintenance schedule, plain and simple – whether it’s in house or with your local dealer. Here’s are a few key tips we’ve gathered over the years running our own shop: Continue reading