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)”

7 Safety Tips For Machinery Operation

In today’s world, heavy equipment is used across multiple industries, yet production machinery can also be dangerous, especially when handled without proper care. Lack of training or improper use can lead to minor or major accidents to people working on the jobsite. Although most new machines are fully integrated with data analytics, smart automation, and safety sensors, everyone should ensure that safety tips are kept in mind and implemented. Below are 7 safety tips for machinery operation: Continue reading “7 Safety Tips For Machinery Operation”

Optimizing the Worksite with Wireless Headsets

“Welcome to the Construction Site, May I Take Your Order?”

They may look like they belong in a fast-food drive-through, but wireless headsets are becoming more and more common on construction sites and other work-zones. Job-sites can be very loud and when messages are missed or misunderstood, safety risks go up and productivity goes down. That’s why, as technological innovations have advanced, wireless headsets have increasingly been seen as a solution to communication issues at work. In recognition of this growing trend, we’re breaking down how you can Optimize Your Worksite with Wireless Headsets!! Continue reading “Optimizing the Worksite with Wireless Headsets”

10 Equipment Dealership Tips for Working Smarter

2018 has so far been a breakthrough year. Our commercial sales training program has had more telephone calls in the last two months from dealerships who suddenly want to get into commercial sales than in the last five years combined. Over the last few years, sales have hit records as an improving economy, rising wages, and low interest rates have driven consumers to invest in new machinery. Continue reading “10 Equipment Dealership Tips for Working Smarter”

The Technology That’s Revolutionizing Construction

News stations were buzzing earlier this week when SpaceX successfully launched its Heavy Falcon rocket into space, marking “the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company,” according to the New York Times. The launch was also notable for its side boosters, which once detached from the rocket, flew back down to the launch pad, instead of falling apart as has been typical in NASA launches. But while reporters fawn over spaceships that might one-day be useful, there is futuristic technology currently on construction job-sites that is altering the industry in innovative and revolutionary ways. In this post, we’re breaking down some of the Technology that is Revolutionizing Construction!! Continue reading “The Technology That’s Revolutionizing Construction”

Equipment Trader’s Top 10 Memes of 2017

Wow. It seems like just yesterday that we were wrapping up 2016, and now here we are marking the end of 2017!! It’s been a big year on the Equipment Trader official Facebook page (which you can visit at www.facebook.com/equipmenttrader). Actually, it’s been far-and-away our biggest year on Facebook ever!!

We went from posting just a few things in 2016, to this year publishing a post every single day, earning hundreds of thousands of views each month!! We cannot thank you enough for contributing to this huge success. We also owe a debt to some very funny memes, most created in-house by our Specialty Content Writer!! Continue reading “Equipment Trader’s Top 10 Memes of 2017”

11 Quick Tips for Renting Equipment

If you keep up with the Equipment Trader blog, then you know that there are some Big Reasons to Rent Equipment and that the Equipment Rental Business is Booming. We’ve even talked about the growing phenomena of Peer-to-Peer Rentals!! But we haven’t yet discussed what it takes to make the best equipment rental decision. Well, that changes today!! Here we’ll be breaking down 11 Quick Tips for Renting Equipment!! There’s no need to beat around the bush; let’s get to it!! Continue reading “11 Quick Tips for Renting Equipment”

What Does the Forklift of the Future Look Like?

Forklifts are typically considered equipment for indoor use, transporting materials from one place to another within a manufacturing or storage facility. However, these machines aren’t just for Amazon or Walmart warehouses. Heavy-duty forklifts are quite often an integral part of construction projects for moving heavier materials and other items on a job site. The far-reaching use of this equipment in both indoor and outdoor environments has led engineers to update the forklift with more modern components for greater efficiency and safety. The result of such futuristic innovation has been the Intelligent Forklift!! Continue reading “What Does the Forklift of the Future Look Like?”

3 Solutions for Combating the Skilled Labor Shortage

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skilled construction labor in our country. Across the U.S. there are approximately 200,000 openings in construction waiting to be filled- an 81% increase over the past 2 years. Yet 27 states lost construction jobs from March to April. The opportunities for construction employment are abundant, but workers are simply not available to take advantage of them. Continue reading “3 Solutions for Combating the Skilled Labor Shortage”

Next Steps

There is a quote we have all heard for years: “If you are not growing, your dying.”  I don’t know if you are dying, but I do know that after having consulted with and trained hundreds of dealerships over the last two decades that if you are not growing, you are creating “non-growing pains.”  Everyone talks about having growing pains, but the worst kind of “pains” you can experience are “complacency” and “stagnation.” Here are some warning signs for the commercial manager and the sales department: Continue reading “Next Steps”