Equipment Trader

It’s crazy how fast time flies. Twenty years ago, a movie ticket cost under $5, the average price for a new car was $16,000, boxer Mike Tyson was in the ring biting ears, and, at 21 years old, Tiger Woods had just become the youngest golfer to ever win the Masters. Equipment Trader – formerly Equipment Trader Online – has also come a long way in the past 20 years and continues to lead the industry in buying, selling, renting, and researching equipment. Read More

When someone says “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” I can’t help but think that they’ve never journeyed on a crowded airplane next to that over-sharing stranger who insists on popping personal bubbles, or in front that kid who never stops kicking the seat. Or I figure that they’ve never basked in the sun at a destination beach, sipping on a rum & Coke out of a coconut. A lot of times, it’s the destination that makes the journey worth it. Read More

As he became the first person to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the now-famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” While NASA was busy designing new technology for the space race, they were inadvertently creating many products that are now common here on Earth – solar energy, water filters, even invisible braces! Branch Rickey, a Hall of Fame baseball manager, would often say “luck is the residue of design.” Sometimes, groundbreaking innovations happen by mere accident, but more often, they are the product of problem-solving and hard work. Here are a few cool breakthroughs in equipment and construction: Read More

Every job has lemons. Subcontractors don’t show up, deliveries go wrong, or a piece of equipment breaks down in the final hour. Some days it feels like you’re standing in a field of lemon trees! And we’ve all heard the phrase “When life give you lemons, make lemonade.” But without sugar, ice, and a pitcher, putting this phrase into literal action would produce nothing more than sour, warm, and sticky liquid spilt across your table. What does this mean for you and your business? Read More

What happens when you’re put under a lot of stress? Do you bend or break? Here are 3 easy tips to develop your resilience for the times when immense pressure bears down on you: Read More

Don’t expect this blogpost to be reminiscent of an inspirational meme that includes clouds and flowers and ridiculous idioms about obstacles related to boxes of chocolate. Nope. Not here. Not today. Read More

To build a 2,400 square foot house, you would need at least 5,226 standard bricks. Abiding by the industry standard for residential construction, you would also include one 2×4 board every 16 inches. Then you need to add at least one concrete pump truck, excavation equipment, several rolls of blueprints, and numerous hours of manual labor. Clearly, building a house requires lots of material, lots of equipment, and lots of hard work. Read More

Sometimes on my walk to work, I stop to stare up at the buildings around me. I’m always struck by the beauty of the architecture. Of course, standing there looking up, you have to be careful to not be struck by bird poop, but thankfully that’s seldom. But seriously, it’s amazing to think about how, even though we design and construct buildings, so often Our Buildings Shape Us. Read More

“Social media is here; It’s not going away; it’s not a passing fad.”

Lori Ruff, social media influencer.

According to Hootsuite, there are over 3 billion internet users and 2 billion of them actively use social media. So why is there hesitation from some businesses to embrace it? Lindsey Wreggelsworth, Product Marketing Manager for Commercial Web Services says businesses’ resistance to developing a social presence is due to 3 common misconceptions: Read More

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence B. Kelland

This quote resonates with many in the construction industry who were “born to build.” Chris Fowler, owner of Artistic Pools, says “I remember sitting on my father’s lap, in a machine that’s 1,000 times bigger than me, and holding the joysticks hand-in-hand with him. To me, these are what my best memories look like.” For Chris, and so many others, an inherited, generational passion for construction overlaps into all aspects of life and family. Read More

Regardless of trade – whether you’re a general laborer, project manager, or engineer – we all started from somewhere. You may have heard it said, “What you do today determines who you’ll be tomorrow.” Our opportunities for future success often spring from our past behavior. This is why it is important to start strong, and to continue to learn from every experience along the way. You never know which moment might lead to future opportunity, so give every job, every client, every task your very best. That has been our philosophy at Equipment Trader since the beginning. Read More