Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Your new equipment is arriving!

The Vermeer location equipment showed up along with a host of other items.

While half of it still hasn’t arrived, we have received a new Kubota tractor with backhoe attachment, a Vermeer diesel stand on skid steer, 3 new Kubota excavators and a couple of new drain snakes. By the end of this week we should see another excavator, a powered dump tracked mud buggy, and another tall grass ride on mower. 

Later this month or early next month we should see 2 Barreto trenchers, a wood splitter, 2 Haulotte Bil-Jax rough terrain scissor lifts, and a 60’ stick boom.

To help you in tight work area’s the new Kubota U17 at 4000 lbs. is a low tail swing machine with tracks that slide out for more stability or in for a narrower overall width to get through smaller gates and such. For the Roseburg store we’re bringing you a 12,000 lb. excavator too, that’s a pretty heavy machine so most folks would need to have that one delivered. 

The Vermeer stand on skid steer is quite a bit heavier than the Toro Dingo so it is able to help you lift almost twice as much weight. All of our attachments like the post hole auger, trencher, and forks are interchangeable from the Dingo so you can use any of those as well. 

I’ll let you know when the rest arrives.

Have you been able to enjoy the nicer weather? I finally got my grass all knocked down and was able to enjoy a much needed afternoon outside. 

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

A 2% change is coming.

Nobody likes taxes, well I guess those that get to spend it may be an exception…

HB 4139 was just signed by the Governor and it is going to effect equipment rental in Oregon. Starting next year heavy equipment rental companies will begin adding a 2% tax to every rental contract. So far it appears party and event rentals will be excluded. 

Something you may not know is that the owners of the equipment you rent currently pay property tax on that equipment similar to what you may be paying on your home. 

Think about that tax bill for a minute, how many dollars of equipment are in the average rental stores inventory? Each piece of equipment is assessed a value each year by the County Tax Assessor too. Just our inventory has several hundred items that have to have a depreciation schedule created and updated annually as well as removing items that are sold, lost, damaged beyond repair and the new replacement items. It is a complex mess for them and us. 

HB 4139 cleans all of this up and makes the tax transparent. 

So, while you may not appreciate seeing that tax line item, it has already been a piece of the transaction, now you’ll just see it. 

I’d prefer Oregon were like most States that treat the equipment as inventory for sale (most of it is sold eventually anyway) and the massive capital investment in rental inventory weren’t taxed at all. Knowing we’ll never see that out of our current leaders in Salem, this will at least make our job little easier. 

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

Monday, April 30, 2018

Could this be why it is so hard to get anywhere when you are younger?

I was talking with a friend this evening when the topic turned to some of the challenges we’ve had to work through to get where we’re at. 

Being female in the male dominated world of construction, she mentioned the laughs, recommendations to get out, and outright ridicule she faced early on. After hearing her talk, I asked if she ever thought about the connections she would make along the way. 

She’s well networked with some pretty influential people these days. 

I talked about some of the challenges I faced early on as well as recently and how I’d grown to appreciate them. 

Even like them.

Looking back, those same challenges are what now keep us from facing more competition. “If it were easy everyone would be doing it”. 

Youth comes with lots of energy obviously, so these challenges are what separates the youthful dreamers from the experienced and successful. 

We face many of these challenges alongside others, growing our network along the way. Others still are watching from the sidelines re-living their own challenges as they see you work your way through. You may not see it, but you’re building a bond and trust with some of them and don’t even know it. 

It is as it is meant to be.

Next time you’re faced with a challenge, keep that in mind, it might help make it a little less stressful.

One of the things I have enjoyed most is watching those who take on new challenges, renting equipment to do a job they don’t have a lot of experience with or the equipment to do it. The real wins are when they do well at it, stick with it, and grow that business.

We may eventually lose the customer for that piece of equipment as they grow enough to justify owning what they have been renting, but that’s ok too. Another person is just starting off on the same journey.

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

Did someone just tell you to pound sand?

This is another of those life lessons I should have recognized sooner. 

We were up in Washington for the Northwest Rental Conference when the lightbulb finally went off. In a class about compaction, the question was being discussed which type of equipment for which job?

For years I’d heard the jumping jack called a trench compactor, the vibra plate referred to as a “nervous turtle” and other useless terms. When the light went off I recognized I had to unlearn everything I thought I knew about compaction. 

How well does pounding sand really work? It doesn’t, you can pound it all day and it won’t compact correctly. 

How do you know which tool for which job? If it crumbles or falls apart in your hands, use vibration. If it sticks together and doesn’t crumble, pound it. Not what I had been led to believe, but when the company that builds the stuff is telling you this kind of thing you should probably listen. 

Compaction is another area we’ve really built up our inventory. Drum attachment for the Bobcat ride in skid steer, double drum roller, reversible and standard plates, and of course jumping jacks are all available now. 

And we won’t tell you to pound sand!

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

Friday, April 13, 2018

The step beyond networking where real value comes from.

Networking is worthless, its like studying all year but never taking action. I don’t care what you do, until value is created through action, nothing is gained. 

Why then are there all of these networking events, training, etc.?

Somewhere along the way I developed a reputation for being a good “networker”, well connected, blah, blah. It isn’t the networking, it is the partnerships that come out of it that hold value. You can network until your blue in the face, but if you aren’t willing to put in the work to partner with others, helping them succeed, your wasting time. 

One example of a great partnership we have going is with the best local agriculture and tractor equipment dealer in town Umpqua Valley Tractor, and this weekend they are having a “field day” you should look into if your able. 

When we need a part or service advice, these guys provide stellar service. That helps us keep our customers happy. In return, we buy most of our tractors, excavators and skid-steers from them. 

Wondering if a certain tractor would work in your application? You can prove it by renting one first instead of investing in the purchase of something that may not work out. Job too big for one excavator, but can’t justify owning two? If you run Kubota equipment, you can put your employee’s into an excavator they are already familiar with. 

It shouldn’t be too hard to read between the lines here… If you want to move beyond networking, this is how. 

Want to know more about that event this weekend? Hope on over to this Facebook page >

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tall grass leaving you short tempered?

Not long ago we talked about our walk behind tall grass brush cutters. What if you didn’t have to walk at all?

Do you ever run a weedeater on slopes that take all day to knock down and leaves your hands tingling for the next few hours?

How about a walk behind or even riding mower that plugs up in the grass chute every 2 minute’s or burns the belts off of the deck?

Welcome the Canycom ride on brush cutter.

With features more like a high end 4 wheel drive tractor, but with a very low center of gravity, you can now drive in many places you used to have to walk. Not only is it much easier, but you’ll be done and firing up the BBQ before your neighbor refills his weedeater for the 3rd time of many more. 

We know you like it when our competitors are calling up asking about it. To date no one else in the area has been willing to brunt the expense to bring in an equivalent, our second should be showing up any day. 

That being said, with two stores now and a much bigger geographical foot print we are responsible for, there will be many times when these won’t be available for walk in requests. Make a reservation. 

For a video demonstration check out this link where I demo’d it for the first time on a 20 degree sloped riverbank. I’m starting out pretty cautious, but after running it for a while and building trust in it, that thing was right at home even on that steep of a slope. 

If details like locking differential, four wheel drive, two speed transfer case are your thing, its got all of them. For everyone else, just know when the levers are in the right place this thing gets around like a goat. 

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385

Monday, April 9, 2018

Want a map that guides your life?

How often have you wished there was such a thing? For many the Bible works pretty well, but for quite a few even that leaves a lot of time in the day that is unfocused. 

My Dad used to say “busy little hands are happy little hands”, well I figured out later in life that his saying wasn’t necessarily true. Busy doesn’t necessarily equal happy, busy just equals busy.

Ever feel like you’re just running circles? You probably are.

What’s the big secret? 

Pareto’s Principle, or the 80/20 rule.

This one rule has simplified untold area’s in my life, and de-stressed just as many. Basically it states that every output is the result of 20% of the input. I’m sharing a link to describe this further, but here are a few area’s in my life that this really helped. 

Number one was understanding ROI, or return on investment. If you’ve ever spent time trying to perfect something, you know a lot happens in the beginning of a project, but as things get closer to perfection it becomes exceedingly more difficult to improve the end result. At some point your return on investment diminishes to the point you are now using far more resources to gain ground than at any other part of the project. You can quickly go broke trying to perfect anything. Putting out a nearly perfect project is far better than not putting out something because you went broke trying to create perfection. 

80% of your revenue probably comes from 20% of your customers, now you know who to focus your advertising on.

You may enjoy only 20% of the time you spend with certain people, stop putting time into those (family is an exception for most) and put that time into finding others you enjoy being around more. 

Time you spend after hours with your family may only be 20% productive enjoyable time. What are you doing during that 20% that you could do more of with that 80% that is currently wasted?

Figure out how to apply this principle to your time, your relationships, your money, your work, your hobbies, and all of the sudden the map starts to appear. 

My goal here isn’t to give you full understanding, but to just get you interested enough to learn more about this. Whether a Google search, books, or table talk, experiment with this. Its been pretty amazing for me, and I think it could be for you too.

How does this apply to equipment rental? Well you could dig that ditch by hand, or buy a piece of equipment you seldom use but end up having to maintain. A better choice might be to rent, complete your project, return and move on. 

Have a tool or equipment need coming up? We’d appreciate your business

Roseburg 541-492-7368

Myrtle Creek 541-863-4385