Destroying Burnt Turkeys with Heavy Equipment

There’s nothing worse than burning the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. You’re upset, your spouse yells at you, the in-laws judge you, and all the kids are “hangry.” Wouldn’t it be nice to let off some steam by absolutely obliterating that charred bird? Here are our favorite methods for destroying burnt turkeys with heavy equipment:

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5 Tips for Road Construction Safety

We’re getting closer to Halloween, when we enjoy being a little scared by creepy costumes and horror movies. However, while those thrills are innocent enough, very real dangers can appear at your worksite, especially if you work in road construction. Here are Equipment Trader’s tips for road construction safety: 

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How to Rent a Forklift

Do you need a forklift but don’t currently have one? Maybe you’ve received an unexpected shipment to your business – and it’s too heavy to unload by hand. Perhaps you own a forklift, but it’s down for repairs. Maybe you’re just starting a business and you need a forklift now.

Whatever your situation is, if you’ve never rented a forklift before, you probably have some questions. Fortunately, this post will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision:

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Building Better Jobs: 6 Ways to Boost Recruitment & Retention

Even as the nation continues to struggle with high unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction firms are still grappling with the ongoing labor shortage and recruitment shortfall. Over 80% of construction firms are having difficulty filling salaried and hourly craft positions.1 This leads to firms asking employees to work longer hours, struggling to meet deadlines, facing higher costs for new work, and turning down new projects.2 The stress this puts on overworked employees subsequently harms retention rates. For every 1 worker who enters the workforce, it’s estimated that 5 skilled employees are retiring.3 

It’s clear that construction has both recruitment and retention problems. So what can be done? Equipment Trader has collected 6 ideas for construction firms to improve the worker experience in order to boost retention and recruitment:

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13 Farming Superstitions You Need to Know

Farming is an ancient art. As an occupation that has existed for thousands of years, agricultural folklore has lingered through the centuries and is still followed by many in the industry today. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve collected 13 farming superstitions you need to know:

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Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Infographic)

By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel the negative misconceptions that turn young people off from the work. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this infographic to take readers back to school with an insightful quiz on the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Infographic)”

Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Full Article)

Construction has a labor problem. By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction.1 A big contributing factor to this issue is that kids aren’t all that interested in joining the construction workforce. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction and 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration, regardless of pay.2 

Why aren’t young people interested in construction? Unfortunately, many people have antiquated perceptions about construction work and those who do that labor. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel those myths and misconceptions. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this post to take readers back to school, and teaching them the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Full Article)”

Lead Enrichment 101: The Basics

More than ever, consumers have turned to the Internet to learn about, browse for, and complete transactions. For equipment, this trend feels different than the shopping process of years past. Instead of dealers like you talking with consumers face-to-face while they contemplate their purchase, now, a huge portion of that process has moved online.

As a dealer, accurate inventory listings on our marketplace and up-to-date contact information, helps you provide valuable information and participate in the pre-purchase process.

But what happens when an interested buyer picks up the phone to inquire about one of your units they saw online? How do you have a conversation with the lead naturally, helpfully, and in a way that shows you understand their personal goals and needs? Continue reading “Lead Enrichment 101: The Basics”

5 Tips for Lowering Construction Costs During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted businesses across all sectors. One industry that really felt the impact of the pandemic was the construction industry. Projects across the country were abruptly brought to a halt. Limited work exemptions and mandatory restrictions further created challenges.

These will continue to impact construction for several months until the pandemic comes under control. The following tips can help you overcome the cost challenges that your projects might face. Continue reading “5 Tips for Lowering Construction Costs During COVID-19”

10 Summer Tips for Working in Extreme Heat

Clear summer weather makes this time of year a great opportunity to get work done outdoors, whether you’re working on construction, farming, landscaping, or do-it-yourself home improvement projects. However, the extreme heat that often occurs in the peak of summer can create risks for those working outside. Here are our summer tips for working outside with equipment: Continue reading “10 Summer Tips for Working in Extreme Heat”