The Essential Compact Utility Loader Maintenance Guide

You know what they say: Happy Compact Utility Loader…happy life!

A NEW SERIES
This is the first entry in a new Fully Equipped Series, where we’ll review and share (details) on maintenance recommendations for specific types of machines. User Manuals sometimes get filed away where they’re tough to retrieve, but you know as well as we do, that maintenance on these big machines is much more than just changing the oil every 100 hours of use.  So we thought it might be helpful to do a series on these machines and, over time, build up a handy archive here on the pages of Fully Equipped. There’s even a full video on this one (below), and a full checklist you can download at your leisure.

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New Service: Hose Repair While You Wait!

Parkrimp hose repair: now IN-HOUSE at Martin Implement!

WHEN DUCT TAPE WON’T DO…
Nothing pokes a hole in an otherwise productive day like a leaky hydraulic hose. And whatever miracles the stuff might perform throughout the rest of the universe, you know Duct Tape just isn’t going to cut it.  (Hey, leave that stuff for the family car!) …Of course, we kid, BUT: for the machines you use to run your business and serve your customers, there’s just no substitute for a full-length crimp, total-pro hose repair.  At Martin Implement, we’re happy to let you know, we’re now doing those repairs in-house. 

WHILE YOU WAIT, WE REPAIR 
We’ve recently procured a state of the art, Parkrimp hose repair machine. This beauty enables us to restore almost any hose to like-new look and capability.  Most repairs can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less. So if your skid steer, wheel loader, or excavator needs a perfectly crimped new hose, bring it on in to Martin Implement — and scan our magazine table! — while your hose is remade to perfection.

Note that there are a few specialty hoses we’ll still need to send out, but the Parkrimp will very likely be the answer for your leaky hose. (If you have a unique hose, just call us and we’ll let you know if we can handle it.) 

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Cold Weather Best Practices Checklist

WHEN THE POLAR VORTEX IS BACK, AND EVERYONE’S CLOSED BUT YOU…At Martin Implement, We’re Prepared To Help 

The Midwest and the greater Chicago area has always been a great place to live if you like a REAL WINTER: snow, sleet, ice — and now and then, a truly epic cold-front.  Since so many of our customers are the folks everyone else turns to when the cold gets Arctic, we make sure at Martin Implement that we’re ready to serve our customers who are out on the front lines.

In that spirit, we thought it would be timely to share a few reminders as another Polar Express rolls into town:

FIRST AND FOREMOST: CALL US IF YOU NEED HELP. We’re open here at Martin Implement, and like the furnace repairman, we know that THIS is our customers’ hour of need. If we can be of help, remember that we have on-site service available 24/7.

KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT: A blizzard is a good time to catch up on a little reading, so it may make sense to review the cold-weather capabilities and precautions that will keep your equipment in service without unnecessary wear or damage. Our handy cold weather best practices checklist is right here — it also has our phone numbers.  

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At Martin Implement, We’re Thankful…For You

Thanksgiving Reflections On Service As A Way Of Life
As most of our customers know, Martin Implement is a family business. And we’ve always meant that in the broadest possible way.

…Because our customers are part of our family too.
As we prepare this week for a big Thanksgiving feast and a relaxing & joyful Holiday Season, we wanted to bring our customer-family together, right here on Fully Equipped, and share our gratitude. Continue reading

Ask The Experts: How Do I Determine When I Need To Replace My Skid Steer Tires?

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.

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Introducing Brent Shrader

Brent was appointed Parts Manager for our South Elgin dealership in mid-June. You may already be familiar with him over the course of his 30 year tenure in the equipment industry. Brent got a jump start on his career while still in high school by working the parts counter at DeKane Equipment, where his father was a business partner. It wasn’t long before he worked his way up to become both Parts and Service Manager for the dealership; experiencing the progression of the equipment industry over the span of three decades. Brent held the same title at Russo Power Equipment before joining our team at Martin Implement. Continue reading

My Dealer Access – a Self-Service Site for our Full-Service Dealership

24/7 Document Access

View the latest dealership promotions

CDK MyDealer is our integrated e-business application that offers you as a customer the around-the-clock ability to electronically access your account and equipment information, order parts, and view the latest dealership promotions. Much like the convenience offered by online banking, our MyDealer portal means that your purchase records are available to you at any time via mobile device or computer. There’s no need to pick up the phone to request an invoice and no reason to take up space maintaining paper files. That’s one step closer to a paperless office! Continue reading

Please Welcome Jim Johnson to our Parts Team!

Jim came aboard as a Parts Associate at our Orland Park location just as February was coming to a close. When he first began working in parts back in 2011, Jim will readily admit that he had a considerable learning curve to familiarize himself with the industry. Fortunately, he jumped at the chance wholeheartedly and was able to quickly earn the trust on his employer, who promoted him to a regional sales rep, and later as store manager.

With a background in automotive parts, Jim embraces the opportunity to move over to equipment industry. He’s eager to meet our customers and to deliver on the exceptional service that they’ve come to expect from Martin Implement. He can be reached at (708) 326-9525 or by email at jimj@martinimplement.com.

Cold Weather Starting Tips for Construction Equipment

It’s common for the Chicagoland area to experience periods of arctic weather each winter, so 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

Introducing George Willer

George came aboard as Parts Manager for our Orland Park dealership in November. His tenure in the parts business spans over thirty years with managerial and sales positions in both the automotive and truck industries. Additionally, his family operated a small farm where he became familiar working with tractors and production equipment. George is well versed in having the right inventory on hand and understands the sense of urgency required to meet pressing demands.

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