Compact Equipment

SEP 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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GRADE-A ADVICE JOHN BOSS, Product Manager for Compact Machine Solutions in Trimble's Civil Engineering and Construction Division Purchase Pointer: It's easy for those who are just getting started with machine control to feel overwhelmed, and we find that uncer- tainty about how to get started is one of the biggest deterrents for those who haven't adopted machine control yet. But the truth is, these systems aren't as complicated as you may think — and almost all of them are simpler and more user-friendly than they used to be. For those who are looking for the easiest entry point, we suggest a 2D system, which is ideal for compact equipment on projects like leveling parking lots, building pads or sports fields, where every- thing runs on the same slope. 2D machine control platforms are also available at a lower price-point than 3D models, which increas- es their appeal for those just getting started. Although they are a step up from 2D, even beginners should not feel scared off by 3D systems. For example, there are simple, inex- pensive programs on the market that make it easy for novice users to take PDF plans from builders and turn them into 3D models, and 3D systems with "automatics" functionality are particularly easy to learn and use. Navigating the System: A common issue that keeps many con- tractors from adopting grade control is the initial training it takes to become comfortable with these systems. However, as technology is constantly being improved upon, platforms are easier to learn than ever before. During this process, your dealer network is crucial to ensure you get up and running as quickly as possible. Another issue operators experience when using grade control technology for the first time is trusting that the technology will do its job. Many operators feel the urge to take control of the system when they're running their machine in automatics. Although it may feel odd to let the system work by itself at first, once operators get used to it, many say they can't live without it. Grade control systems don't have to be an intimidating experi- ence. Through intuitive interfaces, reliable hardware and compre- hensive support from dealers, it's easier than ever to supercharge your operation through machine control. 41

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