Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

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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Page 26 of 59 27 "Skid steer and compact track loader customers using their machines in applications where corrosive substanc- es are present are often looking for rust control to protect the machine investment and its components," explains Kevin Coleman, product expert for skid steers and track loaders with Caterpillar. "These customers can now take advantage of factory treatment of a corrosion inhibiting coating called EquipCoat. EquipCoat is a clear, coating with anti-corrosion additives that encapsulate machine surfaces to shield against the damaging effects of corro- sive substances such as manure, fertilizer, salt and min- ing fluids. The coating will withstand power washing and soft brush cleaning with non-solvent based cleaners for long-term corrosion resistance. While EquipCoat will not eliminate corrosion completely, it will extend the useful life and appearance of equipment. Properly maintained, EquipCoat can last for several years protecting machine and components and may increase resale value." WORKING IN CORROSIVE APPLICATIONS? discuss the aftertreatment technologies on these engines, including emissions-reducing exhaust filters known as diesel particulate filters, or DPFs, which require periodic cleaning (regeneration) and selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, tech- nology on loaders over 75 hp that requires the use of an extra liquid called diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, at about one-third the ratio of fuel. Then, buyers should move onto understanding applications and specifications. Major spec categories include operating weight, tip load, bucket breakout force, engine horsepower, ground pressure, hydraulic flow and lift height and orientation. Consider the types of surfaces the machine will be operating on and the major applications planned. Operating a variety of machines is always smart, and rental is a great place to do that. "In general, the rental market consistently makes up approximately 30 percent of the total market," says Boulds. "The smaller units lend themselves to a larger rental customer population of homeowners and small contractors due the ease of transport, while the larger units are often rented by larger contractors for an extra helping hand." Keith Gribbins is publisher of Compact Equipment .

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