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Equipping Your Fleet Through Financing or Leasing

Having a capable, reliable fleet is at the foundation of any successful business utilizing heavy equipment.

Contractors – both new and well-established ones – need machinery they can depend on to effectively handle the jobs they’re hired to perform. Knowing how to pay for this crucial investment in the business is of the utmost importance.

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Five Things to Consider When Selecting A Skid Steer

Versatility is king on many job sites, with contractors needing machines that perform a variety of tasks on a project.

Enter the skid steer loader – one of the most versatile and maneuverable machines on any site. To maximize the return on your investment, you’ll want to make some important considerations into your business before you make a purchase:

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Providing Power To Get Through Hurricane Dorian Recovery

Now that Hurricane Dorian has come and gone in Virginia, many of us are cleaning up in its wake.

Nearly 50,000 people were without power in southeastern Virginia shortly after the storm, which hit the state with winds up to 83 miles per hour and more than 3.6” of rain near the coast.

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Re-Powering The ‘Pammy’

Carter Machinery knows the grueling nature of the marine environment can make your boat’s engine a shadow of its former self. We take pride in putting new life into your old vessel.

We recently re-powered a 1988 Ocean Yacht Super Sport 48-foot vessel named Pammy located in Fisherman’s Wharf Marina in Virginia Beach.

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A Faster, Cleaner ‘Way of Life’

Looking for quieter, faster and cleaner outings on your boat?

Carter Machinery can do that. We recently repowered an engine on a 1999 Carman Deadrise 40-foot clam boat named Way of Life. The owner was looking for a quieter, stronger performance than it was getting with its 420bhp marine engine.

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The Best Equipment For Demolition or Deconstruction

When it comes to demolishing or deconstructing materials, there are a number of specific pieces of equipment that help get the job done efficiently and effectively.

These machines will typically use the following hydraulic tool attachments: rippers, brushcutters, augers, buckets, trenchers and saws. Selecting the appropriate equipment comes down to three simple steps:

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Next Generation Cat® Equipment Sets New Standard In Productivity

The next generation of Cat® equipment is here, ready to boost job site productivity levels everywhere.

Innovative technology is redefining what you, the customer, should expect from dozers, motor graders, excavators, mini excavators, and more. You should expect technology that provides better fuel efficiency on machines with significantly fewer rotating parts, which results in less wear and longer engine life.

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Be Aware of Repairs Your Equipment Needs

Research shows that almost 90 percent of machine failures could be avoided.

How? By properly maintaining the equipment.

Contractors who address the maintenance needs of a piece of machinery at the first signs of trouble can minimize repair costs while extending the life of supporting components. Waiting until absolute machine failure increases costs significantly.

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Trained Equipment Operators Are Good For Business

Having properly trained equipment operators not only benefits your employees – it benefits your entire company in many respects.

Operators with adequate training on the machinery they operate are not only safer – accounting for more efficient shifts and less time and money lost – they help your bottom line through increased productivity and machine lifecycles. Making safety and training a priority helps your company attract and retain high-quality employees.

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Growing Your Equipment Fleet

Companies looking to expand their equipment fleet must take a number of factors into account when strategizing the best method for growth.

The manner with which you approach fleet growth is directly tied to how you choose to manage your capital. This approach will vary based on your business and industry.

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How Buying Local Equipment Helps Your Business

When it’s time for a construction business owner to update or add to their equipment fleet, they may get the best results by looking in their back yard.

OK, not literally the rear portion of their own property, but choosing to do business with a local equipment dealer can pay off in ways that simply make sense.

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Upgrade Your Existing Generator to the Latest Caterpillar Technology With Our Engineered Control Pan

Technology changes at a rapid pace; your generator controls are no exception.

When it’s time to update your generators’ control system, Carter Machinery’s retrofit program can bring the existing equipment in your emergency power system up to the latest industry standards at a significant cost savings over a new system. 

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Understanding Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)

The continued growth in the use of diesel exhaust fluid (“DEF”) in Tier 4 Final machines means that contractors must familiarize themselves with the special care required for the emissions-compliant engines.

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Powering Through Florence Recovery Effort

Now that Hurricane Florence has left her mark in Virginia, it’s time for many of us to get back to work. With thousands of people still without power after the significant rainfall from the massive storm, Carter Machinery is here to supply you with a wide selection of reliable diesel generators for your power needs –whether you need to run your kitchen or your jobsite. 

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Difference Between Fuel Kits and Fuel Analysis Labs

Business owners have many analysis options to determine the quality of the diesel fuel running through their machines, including lab kits you administer on your own, and sending fuel samples in for complete lab analysis. Understanding the different options for analyzing the quality of your fuel could save you headaches in the future.

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Are You Compliant With Emergency Power Supply Regulations?

Not all construction jobs are created equal, from a legal standpoint. Work for nursing facilities and manufacturing industries requires special planning when it comes to emergency power supply systems (EPSS).

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Be Safe, Not Sorry On Equipment Coverage

In the construction industry, your equipment is your business. You won’t get your work done without it.

That’s why it makes good financial sense to protect your company’s investment in machinery with warranties, protection plans and extended service programs. Insuring your most valuable business assets provides peace of mind in knowing your work won’t come to a screeching halt on the job site.

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How to Avoid Scams When Buying Equipment Online

If you’re looking to buy construction equipment through online classifieds or auctioning websites, there are many precautions to take to protect yourself from being scammed.

Even equipment listings in reputable trade publications may feature “sales” from fraudulent dealers. The publications may not be able to vouch for the legitimacy of the seller and/or the equipment being offered, so it’s best to approach these transactions with caution. 

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Should You Buy or Rent Construction Equipment?

Regardless of your industry, you’re going to have jobs come up where you need a piece of equipment you don’t have in your fleet.

At that point, you will need to decide whether you want to rent or buy construction equipment to help you complete the project. Carter Machinery has the largest, best-maintained equipment inventory of new and rental equipment in Virginia. 

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Maximize Your Machinery’s Life

Since heavy machinery is the largest overhead cost, you’re going to want to maximize its use to get the most bang for your company’s investment buck.

There are several ways you can extend the lifecycles of your equipment. 

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Dig Up The Proper Landscape Equipment

The landscaping industry is taking up a growing segment of the construction market.

Companies, both big and small, can tackle a wide variety of projects if they have the proper equipment.

Having the proper machinery in your fleet can make a huge difference in the success of your landscaping company. 

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How to determine what size generator you need

Choosing the right size industrial generator for your worksite is not only important for making sure there is enough energy, but to also help keep machines and employees safe. Using the wrong size generator can lead to power surges, damaged equipment and even start a fire.

That’s why you should always consult a certified electrician or a Carter Machinery power equipment rental specialist. For our specialist to help you select the generator that is best for your upcoming project or event, you will need to know the following information about your energy needs: 

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Should you rebuild, repair, or replace your heavy equipment?

The toughest decision heavy equipment owners face is whether to replace, repair or rebuild their machines.

There are many things to consider as you examine your options, including: costs, longevity, technology and the time you will be without equipment. All of these items can have an impact on your business and financials, so it’s important to examine them carefully.

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Industrial Generator Safety Tips

Industrial generators are a necessary component for many major construction projects. As with any other piece of construction equipment, it is crucial to follow all safety precautions to avoid injuries and incidents.  

Here are some key safety tips to follow while using an industrial generator at your construction site.

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What’s the difference between an excavator and a backhoe?

Backhoes and excavators are two common pieces of construction equipment, but people often confuse the names of each of these two machines. With the size and design of each being very different, it is important to know the proper name of the equipment you are looking to rent so you have the right machine for your project.

Here are some highlights of what each of these machines can help you accomplish.

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