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  •   In the 21st Century, technology is changing at the speed of light - its sometimes interesting to take a step away from our iPads and see how technological innovations have impacted our society over time - the construction industry is no exception! Here is a collection of vintage construction photos found on Pinterest from major US landmarks - its very easy to see that technological advances and safety practices have come a long way since then! Construction of the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle, WA - Circa 1953: Empire State Building Construction - (Safety Standards!) - Circa 1930: Empire State Building Construction - Circa 1930: Manhattan Bridge Construction - Circa 1909: White House Re-Construction - This bulldozer was disassembled and reassembled inside to avoid . . . Read more
  • With a wrench and a little elbow grease – almost anybody can install a set of rubber tracks by themselves. Remember to use proper safety precautions when doing any sort of maintenance or adjustments to your machine. This job requires two people to perform safely, so make sure the fridge is stocked with a few cold ones to bait a friend to help you! Make sure that both you and your friend are wearing proper safety gear: high-visibility vests, safety glasses and steel-toed boots. Also, ensure your work area is free of obstacles, debris or people close-by.  Step 1: Remove grease fitting with a wrench.  Step down on the bottom side of the track to collapse the idler, releasing the track tension. This is a good time to inspect the grease fitting to determine whether or not . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 3 weeks ago Tags: diy, how to, mini ex, mini excavator, rubber tracks, tracks
  •   1. You can’t remember the last time that you checked your track tension.    If your track tension is loose and you haven’t adjusted it, your track is at a much greater risk to slip. This greatly increases your risk of track tears.  If your track tension is too tight – it puts unnecessary strain on your tracks and wears them out faster. Your tracks may also stretch out and lose proper fitment which also contributes to tearing over time.    2. Your tracks are really dirty and you keep them that way most of the time.    The cleaner you keep your rubber tracks, the longer they will last. Tracks that are full of dirt, debris and rocks are much more prone to mostly preventable premature wear as well as . . . Read more
  •   Exciting update! At the end of last week we had a photoshoot scheduled for some of our newest stock of tires - which very soon you will be able to purchase here from our online store.  The running joke of the day was that we felt like we were doing a high-fashion photoshoot and we even snapped a picture to prove it...what do you think?   Who says heavy equipment tires can't be glamorous? Stay tuned - we will update our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ page when these new tires hit our online store!
    Published: 9 years 2 months ago Tags: Coming Soon, fashion shoot, pneumatic tires, tires
  •   Is your machine riding around on undercarriage that was replaced...who knows when? A lot of times the saying 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' applies perfectly...but when it comes to worn out undercarriage parts - it really isn't worth the risk. Here are the 5 top reasons to replace your undercarriage:    1. Replacing Worn Undercarriage Prolongs Track Life.   Worn sprockets or seized rollers will put unnecessary drag and wear on your tracks. Although it might seem cost effective in the short run to ignore your worn undercarriage components - they may be causing deterioration of other parts of your machine that are more costly to replace.    2. Replacing Worn Parts Prolongs The Life of the Entire Undercarriage System.   . . . Read more
  •            According to data from the OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration / U.S. Dept of Labor) – 17.5% of workplace fatalities in private industry during 2011 were from the Construction industry. Safety is paramount in any industry, but is especially important in construction – and should be a top priority for everyone from management to employee. In addition to hazards such as falls or electrocution due to site related hazards; danger levels increase exponentially when heavy equipment operation is a part of the mix.  Although nowhere near an exhaustive list – here are some important safety tips to remember when working with heavy equipment.   Wear the right gear: Visibility clothing, safety glasses, a hard hat . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 3 months ago Tags: construction, heavy equipment, safety
  •   The dark mornings of winter are gradually getting lighter and the temperature is starting to warm up outside. Whatever the weather is like right now in your neck of the woods – the first day of Spring is slotted for March 20th! Chances are – if you are an equipment owner – your machines have been parked over the winter and would greatly benefit from some simple preventative maintenance. With Spring arriving – and perennial busy season soon to follow – there are a few maintenance checks for your machinery that will help ensure that you get the most out of your season without worrying about preventable machine downtime. 1. Check all fluid levels of your machine, especially oil and coolant. 2. Inspect filters and replace any that appear clogged . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 3 months ago Tags: maintenance, tips
  • Here at the National 1 office we were doing our morning twitter rounds and came across this very interesting piece of 'upcycled' jewelry that was commissioned by Ford Motor Company and made exclusively from Ford Focus Parts:  Referred from Twitter from @RigginsConst - Found on Pinterest here, Original Credit to Beadinggem.com It got us thinking, I wonder if there are any examples out there of creative ways to recycle or upcycle rubber tires and tracks - turns out that there are lots out there! We came across a company called Renew Purpose that makes iPhone cases and wallets out of recycled tires:  There's an Etsy shop we found called rubberpieces that makes all sorts of interesting items from rubber tires as well: . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 3 months ago Tags: recycling
  • Skid steer loaders are well known for their agility and versatility in terms of service applications– but many don’t know how they have evolved over the last 50 years to become the indispensable piece of machinery that they are today. According to Wikipedia & skidsteerhistory.com the first skid steer prototype was a three-wheeled loader invented in 1957 by Louis and Cyril Keller in Rothsay, Minnesota. The brothers owned a small manufacturing and fabricating business – and were responding to a local farmer’s request to build something that could better maneuver his burgeoning turkey farm. Photo Credit: skidsteerhistory.com After producing a few initial prototype models, the Keller loaders were growing in demand. In order to continue producing the equipment . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 4 months ago Tags: skid steers
  • Today’s post is to discuss some of the differences between pneumatic and solid skid steer tires. Both have their respective advantages and disadvantages – as well as applications that they are best suited for. Pneumatic Tires Pneumatic tires are a very popular choice for things like construction road work and agricultural applications. They are the lowest up-front cost option for equipping your machine and also provide the operator with the most ride comfort. An obvious downside to pneumatic tires is that you will inevitably get a flat – and predicting when and where that flat is going to happen is next to impossible. Getting a flat while working on a job not only sets you back the replacement tire & labor installation costs – you have to factor your . . . Read more
    Published: 9 years 4 months ago Tags: skid steer solid tires, skid steer tires

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