Yanmar’s first electric prototype: The SV17e compact excavator

Yanmar’s first electric prototype: The SV17e compact excavator

Is it too soon to talk about Bauma, the big European equipment show held every three years in Munich?

We think not, especially when the previews demonstrate what is arguably the biggest and most significant trend in heavy equipment — electrification.

In this particular case, Yanmar gave the press a preshow preview of its first electric mini excavator prototype: the new SV17e. The company positions this machine as an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment and indicative of the direction of the company.

“Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative-fuel technologies,” says Giuliano Parodi, CEO of Yanmar. “The SV17e prototype is a demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.”


Without a diesel engine the overall size and weight of this excavator can be greatly reduced.YanmarThe SV17e mini excavator is aimed at customers in the European market and plays in the 1.5- to 2-metric-ton segment. It is powered by an electric drive with 48-volt batteries and fast charging capability. At zero emissions it not only passes the greenhouse gas test but is also quiet and suitable for indoor and confined-space operations where diesel exhaust emissions pose health hazards to workers.

“The operator is at the heart of this machine, and we have challenged ourselves to deliver the comfort, power, control and precision which we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators,” says Cedric Durand, director product management.

In preparation for its sales start atBauma 2022(October 24 – 30), the prototype SV17e is currently undergoing a product testing regime including field tests.

If you don’t want to wait until Bauma to see the new SV17e in action, Yanmar Compact Equipment has prepared a short film.Watch the SV17e video here: 

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Bobcat reimagines the UTV with its new UW53, UW56 Toolcats

Bobcat reimagines the UTV with its new UW53, UW56 Toolcats

Bobcat has redefined what a utility terrain vehicle is and does with the release of the new UW53 and UW56 Toolcats.

The pair have been engineered to combine the abilities of several machines and accept more than 45 attachments, turning them into haulers, lifters, mowers, towers and loaders.

LED illumination

The new UTV models include redesigned LED lighting that gives broader illumination and uses less power. The road lights are embedded in the front fenders providing good protection and visibility in all directions.

Rear work lights also use LED bulbs to help you see better. And a new optional rearview camera gives you visibility into blind spots for tasks that require regular machine maneuvering. The rear-frame location of the camera provides an unobstructed view when connecting a ball hitch (UW56 model only).

Smooth ride, traction for work

Bobcat updated its dual-drive response system for smoother acceleration and deceleration, and it also recalls drive response settings. The first setting gives you a smooth response for driving between tasks.

The second setting changes the system to a more aggressive response when operating in low to maintain hydraulic and traction power for uninterrupted work. This allows you to adjust your travel speed independently from your engine speed for optimal attachment performance and precise acceleration.

Tight space turns

With all-wheel steer, the Toolcats easily move around tight spaces with minimal ground disturbance. Hydraulic power makes steering easy, even in soft dirt or boggy conditions. The standard HVAC system forces air distribution where it’s needed most with the help of newly positioned 360-degree adjustable vents.

Operators will also enjoy several comfort upgrades. The redesigned interior has an integrated 5-inch display and storage spots within easy access. Controls are ergonomically placed for ease of operation.

A larger fuel filter and extended oil-drain intervals, plus increased corrosion resistance, boost uptime and reduce maintenance. The standard Bob-Tach mounting system makes it easy to attach your work tools. 

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RC Mowers showcases new customer stories highlighting capabilities of robotic mowing

RC Mowers showcases new customer stories highlighting capabilities of robotic mowing

RC Mowers, makers of remote-operated robotic mowers, has put together some stories from new customers who are using its industrial mowers for everything from minimizing safety risks to expanding the capabilities of their firms and hiring better employees. The company’s remote-operated robotic mowers are best known for mowing steep slopes, hazardous terrain, around retention ponds and levees, and through thick brush.

“Our customers tell our story better than we do,” said Tim Kubista, VP of sales and marketing for RC Mowers. “It has been a fabulous year for our business thanks to these companies, as well as the many others, who have seen the tremendous value of adding a remote-operated robotic mower from RC Mowers to their fleet.” 

One person with an RC Mowers Remote does the work of four people

Landscape Workshop has 10 branches across the southeast United States and purchased a RC Mowers TK-60XP in February of 2021. The company has several contracts with HOAs (homeowners associations) to mow steep slopes that are often overgrown to 2’ or 3’ high brush. They also work with retail shopping centers to maintain both their steep slopes and their retention ponds (for run-off from the parking lots).

“In the past, when we had to tell our employees that they would be using string trimmers for two weeks, or that they would have to run mowers on hillsides for two weeks straight, they would dread it,” said  Jeremy Comer, Enhancements Manager/Account Manager for Landscape Workshop in central Alabama. “It only takes one person with the RC Mowers remote to do the work of four people. Not only is it more fun for the operator, but they also avoid the snakes and getting twisted ankles or other injuries.” 

Comer added that the retention ponds can be breeding grounds for snakes such as “Water Moccasins,” whose bites can be fatal. 

RC Mowers TK-52XP enables work at reservoirs with steep embankments

Ryan Aldridge, owner of Servant Specialty Mowing in Brandon, Mississippi, recently decided to pivot his mowing business to specialty mowing, including mowing on steep slopes and wet grass, and he bought a RC Mowers TK-52XP.  He quickly landed a job mowing around retention ponds at a local HOA and then at a major reservoir nearby. The reservoir had traditionally been mowed using bush hogs, but Ryan said that the bush hogs tended to slide on the wet grass when the slopes got too steep and often damaged the grass. Tractors often couldn’t get into some of the fenced areas around the dam.

“Because the RC Mower TK-52XP has tracks, it is better for the slopes, which average 30 degrees, and it could easily get into the fenced areas,” said Aldridge.

Aldridge worked his way into some jobs at the reservoir and they called him back on several occasions.

“The RC Mowers TK-52XP has opened many doors because there are not many companies like mine that can mow steep slopes, wet areas, pipelines and more,” he explained. “I expect to generate more than $150k in revenue from the mower in 2022.”

ttracting better employees, improving safety, and boosting efficiency

Mighty Mouse Services, LLC, based in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, is in the business of vegetation management, stormwater control, and related maintenance of drainage areas such as dry and wet retention ponds and bio cells.  Tim Cowder, CEO of Mighty Mouse Services, says one of his biggest challenges is finding good employees because “the days of people wanting to do manual labor are ending.” By providing “fun stuff” like a remote-operated mower, Tim said that he could attract better employees.

He also wanted to make sure his employees stayed safe.

“If an employee is trying to mow a steep slope with a traditional mower and slips, he or she could lose an arm or a leg, or even worse, his life,” said Cowder. “We can replace a machine, but we can’t replace those things.” 

Cowder adds, “On a steep slope about half an acre in size, my competitor will have 4-5 people using string trimmers and take eight hours to do the job. With the remote-operated robotic mower from RC Mowers we can do that same job with one person and get the job done in four hours, or half the time.”

RC Mowers offers three tracked mowers, and they work in sun, rain, and snow, as well as in wet and muddy conditions A rugged and water-resistant commercial-grade remote control is included with each robotic mower and most operators can learn how to use it in minutes.  The mowers have several integrated safety features, are tested regularly, and comply with, or exceed, ISO and ANSI standards.  

 

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Aftermarket grade control now available for Cat Mini Excavators

Aftermarket grade control now available for Cat Mini Excavators

Contractors can now equip their 6- to 10-ton Cat mini excavators with Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D. The aftermarket option available through Cat and Sitech dealers is quick to install and integrates into the Cat next-generation electronics infrastructure.

“Now we’ve got all the benefits of Cat grade control and autos, making our machines easier, simpler and more efficient to use,” says Greg Worley, Cat product expert. “Move it once. Move it right.”

The system automates machine functions to help operators of all experience levels improve grade accuracy and consistency. Automatics allow for simple, single joystick control over the stick and bucket to maintain grade and avoid overcutting and undercutting.

“Just be aware that boom swing is not supported,” says Worley. “As far as everything else, like on a fixed and large excavator, it is supported.”

System options:

Cat Grade with Advanced 2D uses onboard processors and fast-response sensors to deliver real-time bucket tip and elevation guidance on the touchscreen monitor. This technology gives operators the ability to create and work to basic site designs, while grade design edits can be made from the operator’s seat. Field installation of the technology includes the hardware, sensors and dedicated monitor for grade plan creation, editing and viewing.Cat Grade with 3D uses GPS and GLONASS systems to pinpoint the excavator’s exact location, allowing multiple machines to grade to complex jobsite designs. The monitor shows bucket position throughout the full range of the digging motion, while height and depth audio alerts indicate when desired grade has been reached to protect from overcutting or undercutting.

Both systems require a separate 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen monitor.  The monitor allows operators to view, create and work site designs inside the cab.

Beyond the hardware and sensors, including monitor, required for Grade with Advanced 2D, installation of Grade with 3D also requires GNSS receivers and antennas. 

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How to Get More Value from Landscaping Trade Shows

How to Get More Value from Landscaping Trade Shows

It’s a brave new world of landscaping trade shows in the post-pandemic era. After a brief hiatus, some of the most prominent landscaping trade shows are making a come back. However, is your landscaping business ready with a strategy to get more out of your trade show investments? The GoMaterials marketing team synced up with the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, organizers of the biggest industry trade shows in Florida, for tips on how to maximize ROI from events.

Read our full conversation below with Billy Deal, Director of Associations Services at FNGLA.

 

Thank you for meeting us Billy, can you tell us about your professional background and role with the FNGLA?

FNGLA Billy Deal

I’ve been within the industry since 1990. I’ve studied horticulture and marketing. Along the course of the journey, I worked for a very large grower of trees and shrubs based here in Florida and predominantly sold them and brokered them in the central Florida market. Eventually I came aboard the FNGLA, and I’ve been here for about 7 years. My role is that I put together all the puzzle pieces to make sure that the association becomes that bridge that connects buyers, suppliers, and everyone who is a part of the industry.

 

Since events are so crucial for bringing the industry together, can you tell us how the pandemic changed it?

When the pandemic hit, of course that was a major bomb. Even though it was possible to technically have a show here in Florida, we knew that it wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. It also wouldn’t have had the look, the feel, or anything we’d normally expect with FNGLA landscape shows and events – it just wasn’t the right thing to do for FNGLA’s attendees and exhibitors. So, we had to pivot and make adjustments because the events also play a large part in funding our other initiatives. We chose to do a few things online to keep revenues going. I think overall, the industry has been extremely strong, and our members were deemed essential, so they were able to keep supporting FNGLA through the pandemic.

 

s businesses reopen, what advice would you offer to landscapers still trying to decide about attending events this year?

We are seeing a lot of anticipation from the industry to get together and put themselves in front of a big show. Speaking about just The Landscape Show, we are observing a greater number of registrations this year compared to 2019. So, if somebody hasn’t been to the event before or is still unsure, this is the year to try it. I think you’re going to see a lot of people attend events, especially, because they haven’t been able to do so for some time.

 

With more people attending, does the event strategy need to change for landscapers?

No, I don’t think so, if you consider a couple of recent industry trends. There was already pressure within the industry back in 2019 as far as locating and finding plant supplies was concerned. The pandemic compounded the situation with supply chain disruptions across multiple areas such as fertilizers, pots, and of course plant materials. Landscapers planning to attend events should consider it their top priority to gain knowledge and understanding about how all these different forces are hitting each other all at one time. It’s different when you talk to suppliers in person – some of the nuances are hard to capture on phone or email.

 

This brings us to an important question. How should the attendees prepare for the event?

As a business you always want to focus on the pain points of your customers, but it’s also important to keep an open mind about other factors. It might be a little off track but try to look at the events’ interactive floorplan to see with whom you might be interacting. I also recommend looking at the event website to see which topics/sessions are planned to get a sense of the chatter.

Your plan needs to account for small but important things like business cards. It’s interesting because business cards aren’t carried as much today with the younger demographics as before.

 

 

Workforce shortage issues are the next big pain point for the industry right now, how do the events help with that?

Well, we have a job board online, but perhaps attending a landscaping career fair can be a better option if that is your objective. It is mostly geared towards bringing in high school students and groups to come in and look at potential jobs within the industry. For example, FNGLA now has an apprentice program where we are literally taking new people wanting to get into the industry and connecting them with different businesses and employment and careers.

 

What tips can you offer to landscapers hoping for a better ROI from the event?

Before we come to ROI, it’s important to ask yourself about your objectives. Consider questions like:

What are you trying to do?

Why are you coming?

Are you coming just to walk around the floor and look at pretty plants?

If you are bringing multiple people, think about what a good “plan of attack” would be as a team. You can set individual objectives and then measure results as per that.

Let’s not forget the personal growth opportunities as well. For example, we have education programs, some of them cost only a little bit more than the ticket cost of the event. One to two hours of paid sessions in areas such as business management or pesticides and diseases can get you your CEUs.

There is another thing to consider which is ROR – return on relationship. Look at the relationships built at these events year after year and think “hey it cost me $20 to get in this show, what did I get in return?”. Chances are your strengthened relationships are well worth the attendance costs.

 

Specific to FNGLA and The Landscape Show, what support do you offer to the attendees?

The big one is knowledge. Within the event itself you have plenty of opportunities to update your knowledge on many diverse subjects. Another is the sense of being together as an industry. This ties in with our theme of being “together again” –  we haven’t been together as a full group for a couple years now. The peer-to-peer and the business-to-business connections are very much what we try to facilitate.

 

Is there anything you want to add about The Landscape Show?

This year’s event is going to be very special. We are planning a “forest-bathing” area inside the show floor. The best part is, all the materials will be contributed by exhibitors, to form this green centerpiece. We also have a big lineup of events on Wednesday and Thursday evenings apart from The Landscape Show’s opening night reception, and the FNGLA tapped-in for young professionals etc.

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Dig in tight spots with Komatsu’s new PC78US-11 compact excavator

Dig in tight spots with Komatsu’s new PC78US-11 compact excavator

Komatsu has introduced a new “tight tail swing” excavator well-suited for urban environments, confined spaces and crowded jobsites.

With its 68-horsepower engine, six work modes and swing radius under 5 feet, the PC78US-11 can handle precise digging, as well as large excavation tasks.

The 12-foot 2-inch boom has a greater raising angle and a short implement swing radius (6 feet 9 inches minimum), giving the PC78US-11 the ability to dig efficiently in a crowded space. At the rear, the tail swing radius measures just 4 feet 7 inches. Viewed from above, both the front and the rear corners of the superstructure are rounded, with the maximum cab extension over the tracks at just 9 inches.

For fast digging


Komatsu’s newest tight tail swing excavator is ideal for urban environments and confined spaces.Komatsu

Good operators like a quick machine, and Komastu’s faster boom up and swing speed increases productivity by 9%. To better match machine performance to the application, Komatsu arms the PC78US-11 with six work modes: power, economy, lifting, breaker, attachment-power, and attachment-economy.

For operators who prefer backhoe-style controls, a pattern change selector valve comes standard. The grading blade has a new moldboard profile to improve backfilling and grading efficiency. The PC78US-11 accepts buckets from 0.10 to 0.26 cubic yards.

Low maintenance demands

A new high-output 2.4-liter, Tier 4 Final engine gives you ground-level access to service points. The heavy-duty, high-pressure common rail fuel injection system and cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) achieve near complete combustion in cylinder to reduce emissions.

A Komatsu diesel oxidation catalyst removes exhaust soot and enables 100% passive regeneration without a diesel particulate filter or regular refills of diesel exhaust fluid. The no-DPF, no-DEF design translates into lower owning and operating costs, reduced maintenance and one less component to replace or worry about.

Komatsu’s compact engine makes room for a fan clutch system, allowing engine and hydraulic system tuning to reduce noise by a full decibel. Typical in-cab noise levels measure 71 decibels — about the same as a household vacuum cleaner. When engine cooling is not required, the viscous fan clutch reduces parasitic horsepower draw. Overall engine improvements boost fuel efficiency as much as 13%.

Cab comfort

The air-suspension seat has deep side supports and an adjustable backrest angle to support operators of all sizes. The cab comes with AM/FM radio with USB and Bluetooth technology.

Komatsu improved cab dampening by incorporating a spring and a longer stroke on the viscous cab mounts. This, plus a beefed up deck, reduces vibration to the operator to keep him or her more comfortable and focused throughout the day. The sealed and pressurized cab keeps dust out and automatically maintains temperatures to the level set on the monitor.

A sliding cab door makes access easier, especially when you’re entering or exiting the excavator up against a wall or in confined spaces. The cab is ROPS certified and satisfies the requirements of ISO OPG Top Guard Level 1 for falling objects.

Crowded jobsites often restrict sight lines, so Komatsu added a 7-inch LCD display to the PC78US-11 with a standard rearview camera image. LED lights provide nighttime illumination of the jobsite.

The variable displacement/axial piston hydraulics for the boom, arm, bucket, swing and travel circuits offer a maximum flow of 44.4 gallons per minute. Relief-valve settings for implement circuits are rated at 4,264 psi. The auxiliary circuits put out 36.5 gpm/3,830 psi (two way) and 21.1 gpm/2,490 psi (one way).

For travel and trailer considerations, the PC78US-11 has an operating weight of 17,747 pounds.

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Landscaping Plant Procurement Checklist to Reduce Last-minute Surprises

Landscaping Plant Procurement Checklist to Reduce Last-minute Surprises

After a year of the unexpected, landscaping jobs are back in full swing. Forecasts are confident that the landscaping industry will be growing by 2.5% each year until 2026. As cities, businesses, and homeowners all look to improve their green spaces, workloads for landscapers will be increasing. As a result, wholesale plant sourcing can be a challenge this summer, but with this landscaping checklist, your business can overcome any surprises.

 

Landscaping Procurement Checklist to Beat the Plant Shortages

GoMaterials CEO recently wrote in ProLandscaper USA about the plant shortages. Whether it was due to home gardeners, pandemic closures, or inclement weather, the effects of plant shortages have made many plants and trees scarce. Add the points below to your checklist to ensure you always have adequate materials.

☑(Over) Communicate Frequently

There’s no such thing as overcommunication when the industry is going through shortages. Relying on just one mode of communication for confirming availability can often derail your jobs with unexpected no shows.

Communicate with the nurseries in the weeks before your landscaping job and confirm that the material is still available and being saved for you. This gives you a head start to source the plants from elsewhere if need be.

☑ Don’t Forget Equipment Conditions

With the expected boom in the landscaping industry, you might not find accessible equipment at the last minute. Demand is expected to increase by 6% in 2021. Industry experts are expecting inventory to fly off the shelves this summer. The cause for this scarcity is two-fold.

During the pandemic, landscaping businesses stretched the life of their equipment to keep costs low and are now planning to purchase much-needed upgrades. Homeowners are also gearing up for another year of DIY landscaping, and this new demographic of hobbyists are expected to stay around for some time. We’re predicting homeowners will be investing in the right equipment.

Supply chain issues caused by the pandemic also add to the sudden increase in equipment demand. People will want new landscaping equipment, but will any be available, or will manufacturing struggle to maintain a steady supply?

Take an honest look at your landscaping equipment and see whether you need any extra accessories or if anything needs to be replaced. If you cannot afford replacements this year, consider renting or short-term leasing the necessary equipment well ahead of time.

 

Wholesale Plant Checklist for Quality or Spec

You can’t be at every pick-up, and drop to pay closer attention. Here are some tips to make sure the correct plant material is delivered to a job every time.

Wholesale_nursery_checklist

 

☑ Written Confirmation

Communication is key. Follow up every phone call to your nurseries with a text or email confirming the species of plant material and the specs you discussed. Landscapers are not the only ones working overtime right now, so are nurseries. Written documentation will help make sure everyone is on the same page every step of the way. Many email services such as Gmail also trigger automated reminders- another reason to send confirmations.

☑ Picture Validation

Do they really have the ‘Variegated’ or ‘Fastigiated’ variety of the species you need? Ask for a quick picture to be sent your way! Doing so guarantees there are no mistakes and that the quality of the plant will be accepted by the end-client.

☑Work with Sourcing Experts

Sourcing plant materials is time consuming. The challenge is made worse when you have to branch out to nurseries and wholesalers you’re not used to working with. Companies like GoMaterials offer a wider reach for your plant sourcing needs so that you can focus on management and project execution.

 

Landscaping Supervisor’s Checklist for a Busy Season

Every landscaping business needs solid business organization at its core. This is especially important during the busy season. The industry isn’t entirely outdoors, plant sourcing magic happens inside and behind a desk as well. The checklist below can help you track the activity better.

☑ Make Routine Tasks More Efficient with the Right Software

Think about the way in which you source your plants. If you find yourself building lists on excel or just emailing nurseries, maybe it’s time to reconsider. The right software will cut down on administrative time, or time spent on multiple platforms, so you can work on the hands-on aspects of your landscaping business.

Almost all project management software centralizes information. When you build a quote, you’ll be able to send the plant inventory requests to your nurseries. They’ll see a clear outline of quantity, plant type, spec, etc. If job details change at the last minute, your entire team will instantly access the information through the software, and you can update your wholesale plant suppliers in seconds as well. Everyone will be on the same page every step of the way.

☑ Manage Overflow of Work with Third-Party Services

It’s not easy to find an extra set of hands for specialized tasks. There are, however, online services that fit the bill. One example is Takeoff Monkey. Their service provides accurate landscaping takeoffs in 48 hours or less, saving you precious time in the busy season. 

Don’t shy away from third-party services because you feel like you need to commit to them long term. Many of them offer an unlimited variety of plans. You can work with them for a single last minute job that comes your way, or just during a month that will be particularly busy.

Ultimately, a successful busy season will influence the growth of your landscaping business in 2021. The investment boom in our industry means it’s a good time to be landscaping, provided you have your ginkgos in a row!

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How Takeoff Monkey Lets You Double Your Landscaping Bids

How Takeoff Monkey Lets You Double Your Landscaping Bids

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could double up the number of landscaping bids you submit? It can be the easiest way to grow your business. The time it takes to translate plans into estimates and estimates into proposals can limit the number of bids you can submit. Now there’s a solution! TakeOff Monkey is offering landscapers a professional takeoff service that dramatically reduces the time it takes to prepare bids while increasing the accuracy of the estimate.

GoMaterials sat down with Takeoff Monkey CEO Tommy Lather to understand how professional takeoffs can help you improve your landscaping bid rate. Read the full interview below.

 

Welcome Tommy. Would you like to introduce yourself to the GoMaterials community?

Tommy: I have worked in the green industry since 2006 for various facets of the industry, including estimating, purchasing and project management. Most of my career has been in estimating for commercial construction. In the early days of my career, I worked for a landscape construction company that earned revenues of $35 million in construction annually.

Takeoff Monkey CEO

“I have always been that one guy in the office who is always, always, always trying to use the latest and greatest technology.”

–       Tommy Lather, CEO, Takeoff Monkey

I was always trying to explore what was out there in terms of technology that could improve my workflow. I was always going to be the first to adopt and experiment. That’s kind of how I ended up here with Takeoff Monkey.

 

What inspired you to launch a platform like Takeoff Monkey for landscapers?

Tommy: In my time as a Senior Estimator, I watched the whole game of construction, estimating etc. get more complex. Estimating is already a chaotic, stressful activity. Which is obviously not a very pleasant experience. I just knew that there was a better way.

So, I teamed up with my partners and we launched this service to save landscapers as much time as possible on their estimating. The idea is that with a more efficient way to estimate the client can increase their bid volume and increase their win rate.

Our goal is to make our customers’ life immensely easier. Takeoff Monkey is simply the more efficient, and cost-effective way for companies to operate. We become part of the clients’ team.

 

Was there an ‘Aha moment’ led to Takeoff Monkey?

Tommy: I don’t know if there was one particular moment, it just came together over time. The takeoff process is usually very mundane, repetitive, and just mind-numbing but vital at the same time. The quantities that you generate from the takeoff, are used for bidding all the way to scheduling and billing. So, if those quantities are wrong, you can be in some serious financial trouble. Naturally, the person doing it has to know what they’re doing. They need to know landscaping, construction, it’s got to be right. So, we decided to become those people who can get it right.

“Takeoffs take about 50% to 80% of the estimating time for a new project. And it has to be perfect, every time.”

 

How does Takeoff Monkey benefit landscape professionals with landscaping bids?

Tommy: The biggest benefit is time savings. As I mentioned, the takeoff process represents at least 50% of the total time spent estimating the project. So, if you’re spending 40 hours a week bidding, just putting estimates together, we can cut that down to 20 hours. With that time, you can then double the amount of projects that you bid, you can work on your cost, on your labor, any other aspects of the business. We cut the work in half for our customers by taking on the takeoff for them.

“At an absolute bare minimum, you can double your bidding rate with Takeoff Monkey.”

The other thing is accuracy. We have many customers who go by the quantities in the plan. But the truth is, those quantities tend to be right only about 5% of the time. Using or relying solely on the numbers given by the architect is like taking a gamble. This is where we can help – we go and do point counts. We do area measurements, linear measurements, whatever it is, we get it exactly right every time.

Last but not the least, this is a team of experts. I have been working with this team since 2008, we have bid on billions of dollars of work together. We trust each other emphatically.

 

nd what kind of technology are you using?

Tommy: We have a diverse repertoire of solutions that we use – it’s really up to the customer and their projects to determine the best fit. Some of these solutions come with a hefty price tag for a single license. Save that cost by letting us put the right solution to work for you.

 

That sounds great! So what makes Takeoff Monkey unique?

Tommy: We do it in 48 hours or less. And we are deadly accurate. I would wager that we are the most accurate in the industry by a wide margin. Everyone in our team has a background or education in architecture. This ensures that our takeoffs are done by highly qualified individuals and not just fly by night operators.

“The best part about us is the quality of service. We just smother you with customer service. We are a human process, so we have human flexibility. If you can think of a format or a specific process for takeoffs, we can probably do it.”

 

What’s your vision for the future of Takeoffs?

Tommy: We believe that the future of takeoffs is a machine. Imagine simply feeding plans to the machine to automatically generate a final, error-free estimate. That’s what we are building.

Right now, we offer a quantity worksheet, which offers many functionalities. You can build your estimate off of it, you can purchase off of it, you can do submittals. You can even get pricing with it. But we are building a tool that’s far more robust, where we’ll calculate labor, it will collect accurate wholesale plant and other material pricing for you, and you’ll be able to build your proposal right inside our tool.

I’m hoping that our tool will be live by spring of 2022. But we don’t want to stop at landscaping, we want to cover all construction trades. Other trades experience the same pains associated with the lengthy takeoff process after all.

Thanks! What’s your sign-off message for the GoMaterials community?

Tommy: We believe this is a newer, and better way for takeoffs. I invite the GoMaterials community to try it out. Your first one is on us, free of charge! It’s the perfect way to show everyone what we can do. Visit https://www.takeoffmonkey.com/ for more information.

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These 14 skid steer, CTL attachments go beyond mere material handling

These 14 skid steer, CTL attachments go beyond mere material handling

As the number and popularity of compact construction equipment continue to grow, so do the outpourings of attachments for performing a wide range of tasks beyond moving material.

You can turn you skid steer or compact track loader into a snowblower, landclearer, earthmover and even a demolition machine.

So if you want to expand the range of your skid steer or CTL beyond loading and unloading material, check out these 14 attachments:

Earthmoving

The Dual Dozer laser grading system (pictured at the top of this story) from HitchDoc for finish grading features a dual-sided cutting edge so you can push or pull material and grade in any direction. Rear-mounted wheels let you bring more material to low spots, make tight corners and place material closer to edges. The Dual Dozer can be ordered with a standard quick-tach plate, three-point mount or both. It is compatible with Trimble, Topcon and Leica 3D or GPS mapping systems. The blade attachment can self-articulate up to 8 inches on either side. It comes with in-cab monitors and fingertip switches.


Danuser Stump Auger with EP Auger SystemDanuserDanuser’s new EP Auger System, which is compatible with the company’s new Stump Auger, is now available for mini skid-steers, also known as compact utility loaders, with a planetary gear drive that is up to 42% stronger with greater torque for drilling through hard-compacted surfaces. Models range from 6 to 35 gallons per minute of hydraulic flow and from 1,500 to 3,500 psi. The Stump Auger is available in 10- or 16-inch diameters. A threaded pilot digs into the stump, and large cutting blades shave it away. The blades are reversible. 

DIG-R-TACH skid steer auger attachment
General Equipment’s 471 DIG-R-TACHGeneral EquipmentGeneral Equipment Company’s 471 DIG-R-TACH hydraulically powered earth drilling attachment system is designed for use with machines with lower auxiliary hydraulic flow rates. It comes with a universal mounting bracket that matches a variety of bucket configurations. It can be mounted quickly and easily on the loader’s bucket by one person without special tools, drilling or welding because of positive-locking bracket grips. Augers are available in diameters of 2 to 24 inches to produce a clean 4-foot-deep hole. Auger extensions are also available

Landclearing

Fecon RK6015 standard-flow skid steer mulcher
Fecon RK6015 standard-flow skid steer mulcherEquipment WorldFecon’s new RK6015 mulcher is designed for standard-flow skid steers and CTLs of 50 to 75 horsepower and can chew through brush and trees up to 5 inches in diameter. The RK6015 has a working width of 60 inches and includes a split-ring design to limit the bite and maintain production.  Features include a variable displacement 45cc hydraulic motor and adjustable bolt-on push bar with serrated ears for directing material. Flow ranges are 17 to 27 gallons per minute, and max pressure of 4,000 psi.

Takeuchi TUML forestry mulcher compact track loader
Takeuchi TUML forestry mulcherTakeuchiTakeuchi’s TUML series Forestry Mulchers come standard or with bite-limiter drums, which limit tooth engagement to maintain motor speed while reducing stalling. The mulchers feature a low-profile frame design for better visibility and an enclosed door drive that prevents dirt from entering the machine’s service areas. Heavy-duty adjustable skids and reinforced side panels deliver durability and frame strength to handle the force of the carrier. The mulchers’ design with a protruding rotor allows more material to be processed quicker.

Loftness Bad Ax on compact track loader clearing land
Loftness Bad AxLoftnessLoftnessBad Ax disc mulcher is designed for landclearing and vegetation control and cutting through trees up to 14 inches in diameter. The 60-inch-diameter disc contains no welds, so there are no areas subject to stress cracking. The disc is driven directly by the machine’s hydraulic motor. A recutter bar and counter teeth hold material in place while it is being mulched, enabling the mulcher to cut the material into fine particles and avoid jams in the chamber. The front of the housing is angled, allowing the teeth to mulch at ground level.

Snow clearing

Bobcat Snowblower on skid steer clearing snow
Bobcat’s new snowblowerBobcatBobcat’s new snowblower attachment features increased intake height and a bigger auger to draw more snow into the blower for faster clearing and fewer passes. A direct-drive, sprocket-style chute rotation enables operators to point snow within 270 degrees for precise placement, even in hard-to-reach places such as ditches or inside wooded areas. It can break through ice buildup and does not use chains, which can rust, loosen or break. The chute’s rounded, smooth intake minimizes clogging and reduces resistance. A truck-loading chute is optional.

Fisher HDX snowplow for skid steers
Fisher HDX snowplowFisherThe HDX straight-blade snowplow from Fisher is designed for fast, easy hookup. Its adjustable blade attack angle lets you customize your setup to plowing surfaces, weather conditions and plowing preferences. The blade angle is powered by the host machine’s hydraulic components. Relief valves protect the operator and the equipment when encountering hidden obstacles. The HDX can be used to clear large parking lots and can maneuver between cars and parking islands.

SnowEx Power TE steel trip-edge pusher
SnowEx Power TE steel trip-edge pusherSnowExThe SnowEx Power TE steel trip-edge pushers are designed to attack all types of surfaces and provide cleanly scraped, “down to black” pavement. The box plows attach quickly and easily to compact equipment and offer large carrying capacities. Built to handle heavy-duty loads and stresses, the trip-edge uses four extension springs along with two outer double ribs at the trip springs. The box comes in widths of 8 or 10 inches and a 63-degree angle of attack.

Western Prodigy skid steer snowplow
Western Prodigy snowplowWesternThe Western Prodigy skid steer snowplow features wings that move automatically with no additional wiring or controls. The universal skid-steer mounting plate makes hook-up fast and easy. Simply align the mounting plate with the skid-steer u-plate, engage the pins, and you’re ready to plow. The plow uses the skid steer’s hydraulic system to lift and lower the blade. It’s also available with an optional oscillating mount that provides 6 degrees of total side-to-side oscillation, helping to improve scrape and cutting-edge wear while reducing damage to the terrain.

Demolition

NPK demolition shear skid steer
NPK demolition shearNPKNPK Demolition Shears are sized for skid steers ranging in the 5,000- to 6,500-pound class for demolition and steel-processing operations. The arm pin is designed to prevent distortion of the main frame and diminishes jaw deflection, which prevents material from jamming between the cutter blades. The shears features 360-degree rotation, low weight with large jaw opening and a slim design for better visibility. The cutting blades are wave shaped for better grip and control of material. The shears can also be used on compact excavators of 7,000 to 20,000 pounds.

RJB Hydraulic Hammer
RJB Hydraulic HammerRJBRJB Hydraulic Hammers’ new Skid Steer/Mini Combo Bracket works with both skid steers and compact excavators of 3.5 to 6 metric tons. The bracket allows the company’s HK45 hydraulic hammer to be used on both a skid steer and a compact excavator. The HK45 is in the 1,000-foot-pound impact class for work on larger concrete jobs. It comes with a tool diameter of almost 3 inches. The combo bracket enables the operator to simply detach the skid steer plate by pulling out the pin set, which takes less than 5 minutes. Re-installing the skid steer plate is just as easy, the company says.

Sweeping

Virnig’s Internal Water Tank Broom for skid steers
Virnig’s Internal Water Tank BroomVirnigWhen it comes time to clean up your jobsite, Virnig’s Internal Water Tank Broom for skid steers controls dust as you sweep. The protected 55-gallon tank behind the bucket provides 35 minutes of continuous runtime. The translucent tank has capacity indicators so water level can be viewed by the operator while in the cab. The guarded adjustable valve regulates water pressure to the nozzles. The broom is available in 72 or 84 inches. Features on the broom include a recessed and guarded direct drive motor, heavy-duty bucket with wear bars, bolt-on edge, oversized 2-inch bearing, poly/wire bristles and pin adjustment system.

Quick attach

Artillian Tractor Mini Skid Steer Quick Attach Frame
Artillian Tractor quick attach frame for mini skid steersArtillian TractorArtillian Tractor has a new Mini Skid Steer Quick Attach Frame for compact utility loaders. The frame can handle loads up to 3,000 pounds and can be used with Artillian pallet forks, grapples, stump buckets, hydraulic plow and other tools. The frame uses the Common Industry Interface loader quick attach and fits major CUL brands, including Bobcat, Boxer, Cormidi, Ditch Witch, Kanga, Ramrod, Toro and Vermeer. The Artillian frame features metal inert gas welded construction, baked on powder coat and high-strength North American steel.

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Going where big machines can’t – Bobcat’s new E32, E35 compact excavators

Going where big machines can’t – Bobcat’s new E32, E35 compact excavators

Tight lot lines and crowded job sites render many excavators unsuitable, but Bobcat has three new solutions.

The company just introduced a new series of compact excavators sized for landscape and residential construction or anybody who needs to work in tight spaces or minimize site disturbances. The series includes two 25-horsepower models and one 33-horsepower model. All three machines weigh under 8,000 pounds, which means they can be trailered with a half-ton pickup truck.

Redesigned Bobcat engines power the trio and feature simplified maintenance and improved cold-weather operation. Low-effort joysticks and new hydraulic control valves deliver smooth, precise control. Advanced hydraulic controls enable you to simultaneously swing the boom and operate an attachment without sacrificing power. An optional clamp diverter improves your ability to run attachments without having to disconnect the clamp. Auxiliary hydraulics come with arm-mounted couplers and selectable flow rates.

Additional standard features include auto-idle and auto-shift, two-speed travel, LED work lights, keyless start with password protection, and fingertip hydraulic and boom swing control. Optional features include a 7-inch touchscreen monitor, rearview cameras, heated seat with headrest, temperature-controlled cab, angle blade (on the 25-  and 33-horsepower E35s), add-on counterweight, and a machine IQ health and security package.

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