The Biggest Mistakes in Equipment Handling

September 22, 2016

Avoiding Mistakes to Invest in Your Fleet’s Future

The initial cost of purchasing or renting equipment for your fleet is one of the biggest investments a new construction firm will make. With the wide range of machines available on the market today, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by choice. Here are three common mistakes inexperienced fleet managers make when expanding or planning for the future of their operation:


Mistake #1: Underpowering Your Fleet

Any heavy equipment you purchase or rent must be tough enough to get the job done. Failing to properly anticipate the needs of a job will lead to cost and time overruns, high maintenance and repair expenses, and a number of other profit- and productivity-killing downsides.

The only way to avoid these issues is to choose the best machine for the job. Whether you’re in the market for a dozer, skid steer loader, excavator or any other type of equipment, it’s worth it to invest in quality. If you want to stretch your budget, consider buying used — used equipment from a reliable manufacturer such as Cat® will often deliver better performance, fuel efficiency and reliability than a comparably priced new machine.

Mistake #2: Buying Too Much Equipment

On the other hand, there’s also a downside to overestimating your equipment needs — after all, you wouldn’t use a sledgehammer to do a screwdriver’s job. Compact construction equipment has the advantage of a smaller footprint, lower operating costs and greater maneuverability in tight job sites. When it comes to equipment such as generators and air conditioners, choosing an overpowered machine will deliver significantly compromised efficiency, driving up your fuel and maintenance expenses.

The best way to make a smart choice is to speak with a sales representative you can trust. Fabick Cat has a number of tools that can help you accurately estimate your power needs and choose the right machine for the task.

Mistake #3: Ignoring Maintenance Requirements

Heavy machinery should be thought of as a long-term investment, one that requires periodic care to stay running its best. That goes beyond just routine lubrication and filter changes, however — today’s equipment is highly sophisticated and supports diagnostic programs that can help prevent problems before they start.

Speak with a Fabick Cat service representative to learn more about diagnostic programs and other preventative maintenance. We offer a number of equipment management solutions that work with you to identify your internal capabilities and coordinate with a maintenance plan that ensures all your key assets are in peak operating condition at all times.

As your authorized Cat dealer in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well as portions of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma, Fabick Cat is your partner for smart, forward-thinking fleet management. Let us match you with the new or used sales, rental or maintenance solutions you need to thrive.

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