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The Benefits of a Cat® Customer Value Agreement 

The Benefits of a Cat Customer Value Agreement

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Every piece of Cat® equipment is engineered to deliver reliability and maximum productivity throughout its working life. The addition of a Customer Value Agreement (CVA) can help construction workers and site managers extend the lifetime of their heavy equipment through planned maintenance, all while minimizing downtime and reducing production costs. CVAs also lessen the burden of fleet maintenance and hand the management of your heavy machinery over to your Cat dealer. 

A CVA is an excellent solution if you're looking for ways to maximize your investment in your next equipment purchase or fleet upgrade. Learn more about Customer Value Agreements from Caterpillar and why you should consider adding one the next time you upgrade your heavy machinery. 

What Is a Cat Customer Value Agreement? 

A Customer Value Agreement with Caterpillar is an ownership and maintenance agreement between the owner and dealer that provides a tailor-made services package and enables hassle-free ownership. A CVA lets you benefit from additional maintenance services to maximize your equipment investment. Owners can sign a CVA on new or used equipment, giving them access to beneficial services, whatever their business goals.

By utilizing a CVA, equipment owners can prevent premature component failure and reduce unexpected maintenance costs to maximize uptime and increase the fleet's productivity. These ownership plans fit your business needs by helping you reduce the cost of ownership and avoid expensive machine breakdowns. 

A CVA can include a range of services, depending on the industry and type of product. Keeping construction equipment in top shape is a good move whatever your industry, and the services included in a CVA can help. A CVA might consist of: 

  • Preventive maintenance kits 
  • General machine inspections 
  • Fluid and oil changes
  • Total cost performance guarantees 
  • Fluid analysis 
  • Remote monitoring 
  • Proactive equipment repair 

The Benefits of a Customer Value Agreement 

The Benefits of a Customer Value Agreement

A lot goes into owning a construction business, from supervising your crew to managing your fleet. Having a CVA can reduce that strain and provide several other advantages. Consider some of the top Customer Value Agreement benefits: 

1. Greater Flexibility 

Every CVA is customizable and scalable to each equipment owner's business needs. You may choose to receive simple preventive maintenance kits or go all-in for the total cost performance guarantee. Whatever your preferences, you can adjust your CVA to provide the services you need. Equipment owners can customize their CVA with several options, including the: 

  • Number of machines covered
  • Length of the CVA 
  • Range of services provided 

You can also modify your CVA at any time if the agreement no longer serves your changing needs. Since a CVA is a voluntary agreement rather than a long-term contract, giving equipment owners greater flexibility in meeting their business needs. You can also cancel your CVA at any time if you wish. The only requirement is that you provide your dealer with a 30-day notice. 

2. Budget Control 

The preventive maintenance services in a Cat CVA empower equipment owners to control their budgets better. Business owners want to avoid damaged components and unexpected production delays, which can be costly. A regular planned maintenance schedule reduces or eliminates these surprises and can save businesses time. 

Business owners and project managers can also benefit from the flexible CVA payment options Cat dealers offer. You can select from paid-in-dull, financed or flat rate options, plus various payment plans like monthly, quarterly, semiannual and annual payments. You may also pay for your CVA based on actual production hours. Your Cat dealer team will help you create the best payment plan for your business. 

3. Less Downtime 

Being proactive with machine maintenance can improve productivity on the job site and decrease downtime. Catching and repairing damage before a component fails can save your business a considerable amount. Knowing which repairs are coming up beforehand lets you maximize your available fleet and schedule downtime to make your business more efficient. 

With planned maintenance and regular machine servicing, your fleet's components can run more efficiently over time. Machine engines can operate longer, and construction equipment attachments can work without excessive parts damage.

4. Better Planning 

Advanced machine diagnostics from your Cat dealer help identify issues before they worsen and give you a clear roadmap for repairs. You can schedule repairs before components fail and stick to a tight maintenance schedule to give each machine the attention it needs. 

With a CVA, your fleet can also experience fewer unplanned repairs. Ultimately, a CVA improves efficiency and saves time managing equipment breakdown. 

5. Improved Resale Value 

Performing routine planned maintenance on a piece of heavy machinery is an excellent strategy for improving its resale value. Over time, operating a machine with poor quality fluids, minor damage and other seemingly small issues can cause problems to escalate and result in costly repairs. Planned maintenance reduces these types of repairs to keep your machines running smoothly throughout their operating life. 

When you decide to sell, keeping your machines in good condition will provide a better return on your investment. You'll also have extensive maintenance records to track ownership costs. 

When you add a CVA to the purchase of any Cat equipment, you also gain the expert service of our professionally trained technicians. Our technicians are certified to maintain Cat equipment and provide various services, including: 

  • Oil analysis and oil change
  • Machine inspections
  • Guaranteed service intervals 
  • Remote monitoring
  • More extensive repairs 

6. Expert Dealer Support 

When you add a CVA to your Cat machine, you benefit from advanced dealer support, including everything from technician repair services to dealer advice: 

  • Professional technicians: Caterpillar technicians are trained with specialist knowledge to understand the technology in your machines and perform expert repairs. 
  • CVA advice: Your local Cat dealer offers advice concerning setting up and optimizing your Cat machine and will help you make any modifications to your agreement. 
  • Parts acquisition: Cat dealers will coordinate parts acquisition to ensure you get the parts you need on time and at the correct location. 
  • Operator training: Your Cat dealer may also offer operator training with your CVA, so you can ensure your operators are making the best use of their equipment's features. 

Set Up Your Fleet With a CVA From Holt of California 

Set Up Your Fleet With a CVA From Holt of California. Learn more!

Proactively maintaining your heavy equipment fleet is vital to minimizing downtime and costs. With a Customer Value Agreement from Holt of California, you can protect your machinery by sharing its management with an experienced team of trained Caterpillar technicians. Holt of Calfornia offers customizable CVAs with maintenance services that help ensure you get the most out of your machines. 

When you partner with Holt of California, you get more than high-quality equipment — you also get access to expert dealer support that provides the parts, service and information you need. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help with your heavy equipment needs, whatever your industry. 

With 16 convenient locations throughout California, Holt of California is your source for Cat construction equipment, parts and service. Learn more about Holt of California CVAs or contact us to speak with our team about your CVA options. 

Guide to Construction Equipment Attachments

Guide to Construction Equipment Attachments

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When it comes to heavy construction equipment, some of the greatest innovations from manufacturers have come in the form of the utility of attachments. Construction equipment attachment manufacturers continue to produce multi-purpose and specialty work tools that transform machines into highly applicable solutions for virtually any type of project. 

Demand for compact equipment attachments continues to grow as more owner-operators invest in their own tools to help expand their offerings and scale their businesses.

This guide to construction equipment attachments covers the types of work tools available for earthmoving, landscaping, roadwork, demolition and various other applications, and some of the benefits of choosing Cat® attachments for your heavy equipment needs.

Earthmoving Attachments

Earthmoving is an essential stage in the construction process where heavy equipment moves soil, rock and other material in preparation for construction or other industrial activities. Whether it’s moving material for construction, mining or roadbuilding, earthmovers like excavators and loaders rely on a variety of attachments to get the job done.

Below are some of the top earthmoving work tools needed on-site:

  • Augers: Drill precise and even holes through compacted earth with auger attachments. Whether you’re installing foundation footings, fence posts or trees, augers and auger bits are capable of penetrating tough earthen materials to create a variety of sizes and depths of holes. Augers are hydraulically powered and built to withstand repetitive, heavy use thanks to their spiral design and durable materials.
  • Buckets: Buckets are standard attachments on earthmoving equipment, whether it’s an excavator, a wheel loader or a compact machine like a skid steer. You’ll find many bucket designs available for specific tasks, from multi-purpose material buckets with a straight edge to toothed buckets for grappling uneven materials.
  • Grapples: When handling bulky, uneven and loose materials during site preparation, equipment operators use grapples to help secure loads and transport more material with greater efficiency. Compared to open buckets, grapples help operators pick up and hold large materials, like rock and tree debris for easier transportation.
  • Rippers: When working with highly compacted earth or material, rippers offer high-impact digging capabilities. A ripper is essentially a heavy-duty steel-toothed claw used to penetrate hard material, like compacted or frozen soil, tearing it apart to make it easier for digging, trenching or installations. Choose rippers for demanding rip-and-load jobs.
  • Thumbs: Increase load control on earthmoving projects with thumb attachments for excavator buckets. A thumb is an extra appendage added to the opposing side of the excavator bucket to clamp down on the loaded material and hold it in place while the machine or boom is in motion.
  • Trenchers: When you need to cut through soil in a smooth and even slice, a trencher attachment will help you accomplish the job. Trenchers contain a series of heavy-duty teeth rotating from a chain, similar to a large chainsaw. Earthmoving projects that involve laying utility pipes, irrigation lines, power systems or drainage ditches need powerful trenchers to help cut through soil evenly.

Landscaping Attachments

From removing trees and brush to hauling landscape materials, landscapers need the right attachments for construction equipment.

Landscaping contractors come up against many unexpected challenges as they attempt to work, clean and organize landscapes. Having a selection of tools allows contractors to tackle projects with efficiency and productivity, maximizing their time spent working. From removing trees and brush to hauling landscape materials, landscapers need the right attachments for construction equipment.

Below are some of the top types of landscaping attachments:

  • Brushcutters: Clear brush and overgrowth quickly with brushcutting attachments for compact loaders. Use a brushcutter to tackle trees up to 8 inches in diameter or clean up tall overgrowth that extends beyond property lines. Brushcutters use a rotary blade to slice through thick and uneven brush, providing a precise way to contour around structures.
  • Mulchers: Mulch is a useful and valuable material for landscaping, providing a nourishing ground covering for vegetation, trees and plantings. Mulchers allow landscape contractors to chop up unwanted brush and vegetative debris into fine, even material for repurposing. Mulchers contain multiple layers of heavy-duty teeth that rip and shred material evenly.
  • Rakes: In landscape finishing, you need the right tools to help you smooth and level out soil. Rake attachments comb through topsoil, breaking up large chunks of dirt and debris, leaving an even layer of surface material in their wake. Rakes can also be used on other ground coverings, including gravel, mulch or sand.
  • Stump grinders: Whether you’re clearing a lot for new construction or cleaning up an existing landscape, you may come across the need to remove tree stumps. Stump grinding attachments give contractors a powerful sawing tool that grinds down stubborn tree stumps into mulch. A stump grinder is a rotary saw blade that moves back and forth and up and down to reduce tree stumps to below surface level.
  • Tillers: One of the most useful work tool attachments in the landscaping arsenal is the tiller attachment. Tillers are used to break up and churn soil to aerate it ahead of planting seedbeds or laying down turf. Tillers can also be used to mix and add materials to soil, including fertilizer or compost. Use tillers when fallow earth has been untouched and hardened over time and needs extra force to break it apart.

Roadwork Attachments

Road construction relies on heavy-duty equipment that’s powerful enough to rip up old pavement, reclaim road materials, grade out new roadways and lay down new asphalt or concrete. Leveraging a combination of loaders, dozers, moto graders and pavers, road workers benefit from machines and tools to build solid, long-lasting roads and highways. With various attachments available, crews can maximize their machines' productivity with the right work tools.

Below are the top equipment attachments for road construction:

  • Blades: Blade attachments are essential dozing, land clearing and debris removal tools used in road construction. Attaching to bulldozers, wheel loaders and compact loaders, blades come in numerous configurations. Angle blades allow for precise maneuvering of material, while box blades are applied for grading and leveling ground in preparation for paving. Work with your trusted Cat dealer to choose the right type of blade attachment for your heavy construction equipment.
  • Brooms: Road construction and maintenance require an efficient cleanup stage with broom attachments that help clear away debris and dirt. Caterpillar is one of the top construction equipment attachment manufacturers, offering three types of broom tools. Angle brooms offer precision attachments for clearing roadways and parking lots, while pick-up brooms provide a way to contain and dispose of debris. Utility brooms are an everyday attachment for ongoing light cleanup and debris containment.

Delivering a high-impact drum application, cold planers are used for milling road material, smoothing out asphalt and stripping paint.

  • Cold planers: Cold planers are work tool attachments that are vital to the road resurfacing and paving process. Delivering a high-impact drum application, cold planers are used for milling road material, smoothing out asphalt and stripping paint. Cold planers are compatible with compact loaders like skid steers and full-size equipment, including wheel loaders.
  • Compactors: Successful road construction requires heavy-duty tools to compact earth and create a solid foundation for a durable roadway. Compactor attachments compress road materials to remove air pockets and strengthen the layers beneath the road surface to ensure maximum durability and longevity. Compactors are also used for backfilling embankments and slopes or pipeline construction.

Demolition Attachments

Demolition is a fact of development, offering a way to remove, reuse, recycle and dispose of old structures and products that can make way for new purposes.

Primary demolition and processing consist of breaking down decommissioned structures, buildings or bridges that are no longer needed or safe to use. Secondary demolition is the act of processing previously demolished materials for salvaging, recycling or reuse. Whether you’re involved in primary or secondary demolition, you need powerful attachments that are compatible with heavy-duty construction equipment that can withstand this tough work.

Below are some of the most useful heavy equipment attachments for demolition work:

  • Hammers: When you need to break up hard surfaces like concrete, pavement or rock, a hammer attachment for your excavator, loader or skid steer is an essential demolition tool. Hammers are hydraulically powered, delivering the vertical impact force and performance needed to cut through hard surfaces. Hammers come in different sizes depending on the type and size of the project at hand.
  • Multi-processors: Multi-processors are powerful demolition and concrete cutting tools capable of tackling the toughest jobs. Acting as heavy-duty cutting jaws, multi-processors can reduce even the toughest materials, like steel beams and iron pipes, to ruin. Multi-processors are versatile and useful work tools for excavators running on construction projects, industrial sites, junkyards and more. As the name suggests, multi-processors perform the jobs of several tools combined, including shearing, crushing and pulverizing.
  • Pulverizers: For heavy-duty crushing power, employ a pulverizer attachment for your excavator or loader. Built like a jaw, pulverizers have a fixed jaw and a moving one, allowing operators to crush material and move it easily into piles, making it useful in demolition settings where you need to separate material types, such as removing metal scraps from concrete rubble.
  • Shears: Shears are high-performance demolition attachments used in steel processing and recycling. Whether you’re dismantling buildings, automobiles or aircraft, shears are a necessary attachment to help cut through and sort solid metals. Shears are also used in secondary capacities, allowing operators to cut metal scraps down to specific sizes for transportation and reuse.

Miscellaneous Attachments

The following miscellaneous attachments for construction equipment are useful tools to help increase worksite productivity and tackle specific duties on the job.

Equipment manufacturers are constantly inventing and refining the types of work tools available for specialty applications and scenarios. The following miscellaneous attachments for construction equipment are useful tools to help increase worksite productivity and tackle specific duties on the job:

  • Backhoes: When you want to turn your existing equipment into a multi-purpose unit, choose a backhoe attachment for your loader. Backhoes are one of the most convenient compact construction equipment attachments, allowing you to transform your skid steer into a powerful digging machine. Backhoe attachments allow you to perform tasks like digging foundations, trenching irrigation lines and backfilling and material moving.
  • Couplers: When you want to leverage the diverse suite of attachments for construction equipment, you need a coupler attachment to act as the bridge between your existing equipment and the desired work tool. Couplers are available for backhoesexcavators and loaders, allowing you to quickly change between different work tools to save time and maximize productivity.
  • Material handling arms: Run a smooth and organized worksite with material handling arm attachments for your heavy construction equipment. Material handling arms come in several lengths and load ratings suitable for different applications. Whether you’re moving building supplies in a lumber yard, lowering pipes into the ground or moving steel beams, material handling arms give you the lifting and carrying capacity you need to operate a productive job site.
  • Skid steer adapters: Skid steers are often referred to as the Swiss army knife of construction equipment, as they're compatible with many tools. A skid steer adapter allows these machines to further leverage additional tools that are designed for other types of equipment.

About Cat® Construction Equipment Attachments

Caterpillar is an industry-leading construction equipment attachment manufacturer, providing total system solutions that enhance existing machines’ capabilities. With the right Cat work tools, contractors can expand their service offerings, take on projects year-round and get more work done in less time.

Cat construction equipment attachments offer the following advantages:

  • Maximizing existing equipment’s hydraulic systems
  • Improving job site safety with the right tools for the task at hand
  • Increasing return on investment in heavy equipment
  • Optimizing productivity and minimizing downtime

Whether you own Cat equipment or equipment from another manufacturer, you’ll find that Cat attachments are compatible with most machines. For example, Cat attachments designed for compact equipment will perform no matter which machine you use.

When selecting the right Cat attachments, consider the machine size and the size of the work tool. For instance, compact equipment performs best when equipped with smaller attachments to maintain the maneuverability and speed that’s desirable from a smaller machine.

As an owner of equipment attachments, it’s important to know how to adequately store and maintain your tools to maximize their longevity and performance:

  1. Keep your attachments out of the elements while not in use, securing them in a dry or covered location to prevent corrosion and damage.
  2. Conduct routine inspections of your attachments, and invest in regular servicing and repairs as needed.
  3. Perform a pre- and post-operating checklist before and after each use to help ensure safety and protect your investment in your equipment.

Choose Holt of California for Construction Equipment Attachments

Choose Holt of California for Construction Equipment Attachments

When you need reliable, durable and high-performing construction equipment attachments, choose Caterpillar as your trusted manufacturer. Holt of California is a leading provider of new and used Cat equipment attachments. Browse our inventory of work tools to learn more, and discover our wide range of Cat construction equipment for sale.

Get help selecting the right construction equipment attachment for your application. Contact Holt of California today to speak with an equipment representative who can help you choose the right type and size of attachment for your needs. Call us today at 800-452-5888 or visit one of our convenient locations throughout California.

Guide to Telehandlers

Guide to Telehandlers

A job well done starts with the right equipment. When you're in need of some heavy lifting, telehandlers have what it takes to help your project reach new heights. These versatile machines combine the best features of both forklifts and cranes. Telehandlers come in a variety of types with several attachments, so you can customize your machines to fit the bill for any projects that come your way. 

Equipping your crew with the right telehandlers will maximize your time and increase productivity. Different telehandler types offer various benefits and have specific features to choose from, and knowing all of your options can help you make the best machine decision for your projects and industries. 

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What Is a Telehandler?

Telescopic handlers, or telehandlers, are defined as a type of boom lift, which uses a long arm to raise materials or people on a platform or other attachment. Telehandlers are the machines to use for jobs requiring high lifting and handling of materials. Their sturdy bodies and thick, treaded tires allow you to stay stable while driving over uneven terrain at off-road sites. 

Telehandlers combine the most useful and durable features of several other machines for applications in all types of work, from construction to agriculture and beyond. 

Telehandlers can typically lift to heights between 17 and 56 feet and have lifting capacities between 4,850 and 12,000 pounds. With many feature combinations on the market, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a lift that suits your project needs. 

How Do Telehandlers Work?

Telehandlers are most commonly used to lift and lower objects, although in some cases, they're also useful for dumping or scooping with the right attachments. 

Telehandlers are most commonly used to lift and lower objects, although in some cases, they're also useful for dumping or scooping with the right attachments. 

Most telehandlers consist of a chassis with the cab mounted on one side and the telescoping boom on the other side. During lift operations, the boom reaches upward and forward at a consistent diagonal angle. Since forklifts can only reach upward, telehandlers offer more versatility and can reach confined places at hard-to-reach heights by maneuvering the boom lift to the exact spot your crew needs to access. 

Telehandlers are different from other types of boom lifts in that, rather than articulating a series of folded joints, they extend out in a straight line, much like extending a telescope. The boom extends because of hydraulic power, which is the conversion of pressurized fluids into power sources.

Pressurized fluids are stored in the vehicle's accumulator, where the motor and hydraulic cylinders convert the fluids' pressure into mechanical motion. Hydraulic fluids are incompressible, so when pressure is applied, it distributes evenly across the fluid and creates an equal force of movement, which is then distributed through several valves to power different sections of the machine.

How to Use a Telehandler 

Telehandlers are useful, versatile and rugged, but they're also a major responsibility to take on. Safe operation of these machines ensures workplaces are free from injury and mistakes, which allows for efficient and proper completion of projects and machine longevity. Some of the most important factors for using telehandlers include: 

  • Inspection: Before each use, inspect the telehandler for any leaks or defects. Refrain from using machines that exhibit issues before or during use.
  • Safety features: Always wear the provided seatbelts and harnesses. 
  • Securing doors: Close all cab doors, or secure them in an open position if necessary and possible. 
  • Area obstacles: Check the ground you'll be driving on and remove any obstacles. Check for and remove any overhead obstacles. Wait for all pedestrians and other vehicles to exit your travel path. 
  • Stabilizers: When parked and preparing to lift a load, deploy the telehandler's stabilizers if it has them. Stabilizers protrude from the vehicle to the ground to provide additional vehicle stability and increase the lifting capacity. 
  • Lifting capacity: Only lift loads within the specific telehandler model's lift capacity. Lifting heavier loads than the machine is designed to handle can cause tipping and other vehicle damage. Always check the operator's manual to make sure the specific telehandler you're using will be able to lift the load. 
  • Center of gravity: Lifting a load changes the center of gravity of the entire machine. As the heaviest part of the telehandler — the load and boom lift — extends upward, the center of gravity also travels up and out. Only lift the boom when parked on flat ground, as lifting while on a slope could cause the telehandler to tilt. 
  • Lowering the boom: Always drive with the boom lowered. A low center of gravity allows for maximum stability. Visibility is obstructed by the telescoping arm when the boom is raised. 
  • Balanced weight: Keep the load weight balanced. For any lift truck, the weight of the load must be comparable to the weight of the rest of the truck to prevent tipping. You can find the maximum weight for a specific telehandler model in its operator's manual. Center all loads on the lift attachment to prevent uneven distribution of weight. 
  • Parking: After each use, properly park the telehandler on flat, non-graded ground and set the emergency brake. 

Each situation involving heavy machinery is unique, and different machines come with different instructions and specs to be aware of. Know your machines, and always use your best judgment to keep your crew safe wherever you're working. 

What Is a Telehandler Used For? 

What Is a Telehandler Used For? The versatility of telehandlers is a large part of their appeal. Telehandlers can move several types of materials and have load capacities, reach heights and maneuvering capabilities that surpass other machines, making them a common all-purpose choice for a variety of industries.

The versatility of telehandlers is a large part of their appeal. Telehandlers can move several types of materials and have load capacities, reach heights and maneuvering capabilities that surpass other machines, making them a common all-purpose choice for a variety of industries.

Forklifts are also good for lifting and carrying loads, but their reach heights are limited. Telehandlers extend the range of traditional forklifts, combining the lift capabilities of a crane with the multi-faceted material carrying options of forklifts to go beyond the scope of other machines. 

Telehandlers' comparably high load capacities make them ideal for use with industrial projects such as construction, logging and distribution. Crews can efficiently move materials such as concrete blocks, industrial pipes, pallets, packaged goods, snow, water, timber and steel bars. These machines are also useful for outdoor maintenance on buildings and docks, as well as moving other materials to and from high, hard-to-reach places.

In agricultural settings, telehandlers and their various functions can replace several other machines, such as wheeled loaders and backhoe loaders. Use them to move materials across farmland or scoop loads from hard-to-reach trailers. 

What Are the Different Types of Telehandlers?

Depending on what you need them for, telehandler makes and models offer a wide array of features. Each telehandler you'll find ultimately falls into one of two categories — fixed or rotating. 

With fixed telehandlers, the telescopic boom and operator's cab are mounted on the chassis in a fixed position. If your crew wants to shift the position or facing direction of a fixed telehandler, they must move the entire machine on its wheels, which involves lowering the boom back to its starting position. Although fixed telehandlers have a slightly impaired range of motion, they come in several makes and models that can fit your reach and lift capacity requirements.

With rotating telehandlers, the telescopic boom and operator's cab can fully rotate on the chassis while the rest of the machine body remains stationary. This functionality allows crews to easily maneuver loads where they need to go or reach particularly tough places without moving the rest of the vehicle. 

What Are the Types of Telehandler Attachments?

Although manufacturers often describe telehandlers as a type of forklift, the functions of telehandlers actually extend far beyond that of the traditional forklift. Part of what makes telehandlers so versatile is their capacity for several different attachments. 

Changing out the features at the end of the boom gives telehandlers a range of unique capabilities. Your crew can use the same telehandler for many different applications just by changing the attachment. You'll save money by buying fewer machines but reaping the benefits of several applications. You'll also minimize the amount of equipment you bring to work sites. 

To get the most out of your machine during any project or operating environment, consider adding attachments such as:

  • Buckets: Telehandler buckets come in a variety of different forms and are ideal for cleaning up sites, loading, carrying, dumping, moving bulky objects, moving loosely packed materials, clamping, dozing, grading and leveling. Some bucket types are also designed to lift workers so they can work on projects at great heights. Buckets are often designed to carry specific materials, such as waste, grass or even water. 
  • Carriages: Telehandler forks mount onto carriages to perform additional functions, such as precise load placement. Common carriage types include standard tilt, side shift, dual fork positioning, swing, standard rotate, wide rotate and wide tilt.
  • Forks: Telehandler forks are ideal for transporting pallets or lumber, with tines purposefully designed for lifting and carrying specified loads at high heights. 
  • Platforms: Telehandler platforms are safe for lifting people so they can work at great heights. Some platforms include controls so workers can move the chassis from above, while others depend on the telehandler operator down below.
  • Lifting jibs: Telehandlers can also suspend loads from a hook or a chain for efficient movement of materials. 

Telehandler forks are ideal for transporting pallets or lumber, with tines purposefully designed for lifting and carrying specified loads at high heights. 

Attachments help maximize your telehandler use, but each one also changes the dynamics of the machine. The specs for the vehicle in its original form change once you add a new attachment. Always account for how each attachment will affect the telehandler's stability and functionality. 

All attachments also reduce the lift capacity of the telehandler. Consult your machine's manufacturer or supplier to know what the new capacity will be with each attachment you want to use. Make sure the attachment you're planning to use is designed to work with your telehandler's make and model. 

Telehandler attachments are quick and easy to add to your machines. Many attachments use a quick hitch method or another simple attachment requirement. Be sure to add each attachment according to its specifications, and always check that your crew has attached all parts securely before use. 

How to Know What Type of Telehandler to Use

The different types of telehandlers are designed for specific uses. Depending on what you want to lift and what height you want to lift it to, different telehandlers are capable of lifting to a range of heights and maneuvering in many ways. For best results, think about the type of work you'll be doing, and choose a lift based on those specifications. Consider:

  • The type, size and weight of the loads you'll be lifting 
  • The height you'll need to be able to reach
  • How far the loads need to be carried, and what terrain you'll be driving on
  • The space available at the site
  • Whether you'll need to rotate your loads or can raise and lower them from a fixed position
  • What roads you'll be driving on
  • The job location, thinking about visibility, slopes and terrain 

You may need a smaller telehandler to get into tighter spaces or one that can fit in the required space even with the stabilizers deployed. Or you may need machinery that can drive on public roads. Additionally, consider any potential attachments you're planning to use:

  • Is the make and model of your telehandler compatible with the attachment you want to use?
  • What type of work do you need the attachment for?
  • What will change about the telehandler's load capabilities with the addition of this new attachment? 
  • Can your telehandler still accommodate the load weight and boom height with this added initial weight?
  • Does the job location permit the type of work this attachment can do?

Telehandler Operation Training and Certification 

Like many other heavy machines, to operate a telehandler, everyone must have proper training and receive official certification. Training ensures you and your crew know how to operate these vehicles correctly and can create a safe environment for those around. Training includes lessons on how to operate the telehandlers, the specifications of different models, how to conduct vehicle inspections, operating limitations and more. 

Learning how to establish and maintain a safe workplace environment is another important aspect of telehandler training. Working with this equipment invites potential hazards, such as dropping materials from high in the air and accidentally extending the telescoping boom into other vehicles or structures. You must be aware of how to safely operate around pedestrians, how to load and unload specific materials and how to navigate narrow spaces and sloped surfaces. 

Your crew may need additional training for the use of certain telehandler attachments. Since these attachments change the capabilities and functions of the machine, it's important to check with the manufacturer for updated information regarding who can operate telehandlers with attachments and under what circumstances. 

As with the operation of any heavy machinery, consider the risks and follow a plan to minimize opportunities for injury or damage. Always check your surroundings and the machine's operating specs to make sure you can carry out your job safely. 

Explore Telehandler Options With Holt of California

Explore Telehandler Options With Holt of California. Browse Equipment.

The right piece of equipment can make all the difference. Telehandlers and their attachments come in many varieties to satisfy your every need. 

Holt of California has over 85 years of experience helping businesses find exactly what they need to get the job done safely and efficiently. Browse our extensive collection of telehandlers from Caterpillar to see what machines work best for you. To learn more about the equipment we offer or to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives, fill out our contact form, and we'll be in touch!

How to Improve Construction Site Productivity

How to Improve Construction Site Productivity

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The construction industry is currently facing a skilled labor shortage. Companies must maximize their current crews and resources to compensate for the lack of workers. In a perfect world, employees and equipment alike would always work in harmony to meet production quotas and deadlines.

But in the real world, things go wrong.

Inefficient practices and malfunctioning equipment hinder productivity and frustrate crews. Plus, lost time decreases your reputation and costs your company money. 

Effective management is critical for improving site productivity in the construction industry. For example, keeping proper fleet maintenance records will keep equipment from breaking down. Beyond investing in your equipment, you should focus on your team to demonstrate your appreciation to employees, streamline communications and maximize safety. 

Keep reading to discover how to improve productivity on a construction site through best management practices and modern technology. 

Be Proactive With Maintenance 

If your equipment has failed during a job, you know how frustrating — and unproductive — a lack of preventive maintenance can be. When machines malfunction, jobs may become delayed, discouraging your team. The more time repairs take, the less time your crews can spend working.

Recognizing when you need to replace or repair equipment is crucial to managing a productive workforce. However, waiting for reactive maintenance after something goes wrong leads to unplanned downtime. In contrast, preventive maintenance helps fight regular wear and tear. Preventing minor issues from snowballing into more substantial problems keeps equipment in top condition to increase construction site efficiency. 

Be Proactive With Maintenance. Preventing problems keeps equipment in top condition to increase construction site efficiency.

You should consistently inspect your equipment to ensure it's properly working, monitoring: 

  • Grease and grease filters 
  • Clean air filters 
  • Oil filters and levels 
  • Coolant and hydraulic fuel levels 
  • Roadworthiness

When surveilling equipment, you should understand what to look for. Keep an eye out for the signs it might be time to repair a machine: 

  • Cracks on the frame and along welds 
  • Wear on the tracks, treads and tires 
  • Windshield cracks, chips and dents
  • Wear on the bucket 

Appropriately maintaining your equipment maximizes your return on investment, which you can calculate by comparing a fleet's value with its operating costs.

You can maintain a fleet portfolio virtually to eliminate the need to keep track of paperwork, while collecting more data about your equipment, such as operating costs and hours. Apps like Cat App: Fleet Management from Caterpillar optimize fleet management. Access fleet location, service meter units, instructional videos and fleet operation and maintenance manuals all in one place. Plus, you can contact our service team right from a job site. 

When you first buy or rent a piece of equipment, ask your dealer about their service options. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule with your dealer will increase your fleets' lifespan. Plus, you can get the best equipment upgrades for your company when it's time to replace your fleets. After all, who knows your machines better than the dealer? Reputable dealers can provide the most reliable Cat parts made for your equipment. 

Services like S.O.S. Fluid Analysis monitor fleets so you can keep them safely running and extend their lifetime. You'll optimize inspection and oil change intervals and decrease maintenance time through regular monitoring. Tracking wear and tear informs you when vehicles require maintenance. Then, a certified service technician can directly and immediately target the problem before a minor problem becomes significant. 

Maintain a Strong Communication Culture 

If something goes wrong on a job site, it's instrumental your team can quickly communicate with management. Creating a robust communication culture is crucial for maximizing construction site productivity, as employees will immediately know who to contact, even before accidents happen. Delays and material shortages hinder productivity on construction sites. If team members know how to reach the right person, incidents will take less time, and your team will have fewer frustrations. 

Creating a robust communication culture is crucial for maximizing construction site productivity.

Typically, the people in the field are the first ones to encounter a problem on a job site. Check in with employees to ensure they know who their primary and secondary contacts are. You'll also want to keep their contacts updated when your company brings on new hires.

Work with your team to create and implement an airtight communication plan. Everyone at your company should use a consistent communication platform to report minor incidents promptly. If possible, company phones — furnished with sturdy cases — can provide team members on-the-go access to each other. You'll increase productivity, as employees will spend more time on site instead of in the office. 

Part of a communication plan should be keeping your teams versed on future projects. Allow your teams access to information about their work schedules in the future. That way, you'll avoid paying employees unexpected overtime. 

Further, you should get to know your employees to build a culture based on trust. They'll feel valued, and you'll understand how to best manage, assign and motivate different parts of your team. Maintaining a relationship with your employees will also alleviate your stress. You'll be able to direct your energy where it's most necessary, rather than spending resources on constant re-hiring. And if you are hiring, being an outstanding employer makes you more likely to attract the top talent you need. 

Invest in Your Team

Your employees are one of your company's most valuable assets. One of the best ways to make your construction site more efficient is motivating your team and identifying weak spots. Assess where your employees require the most support. Do they need more supervision, or do they struggle to communicate with the rest of the team? By recognizing where your team is performing well and areas for improvement, you can maximize your resources. 

By recognizing where your team is performing well and areas for improvement, you can maximize your resources.

Getting to know your employees will boost productivity. However, your employees will also feel more valued as humans rather than laborers. When people are more satisfied in their jobs, they're typically more productive. Maintaining a positive relationship with crews also reduces employee turnover, minimizing the need to retrain new hires. 

Hire well-trained team members, then implement regular retraining programs, especially when you purchase new equipment. When your team doesn't understand how to use your fleets, it leads to a disorganized work site. Proper training protects your workers from workplace accidents and prevents costly equipment damage. Plus, your team will spend less time trying to figure out how to operate your equipment. 

You can also claim tax deductions and apply for tax credits that support professional development. Construction companies can claim trade school tuition costs, subscriptions to trade publications, industry association memberships and licensing fees. Further, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit can help with education costs — up to $2,500 and $2,000 per year, respectively, for each student. Investing in your team's professional development and growing their skills can help improve productivity at construction sites. 

Pushing equipment for long hours might seem necessary to meet quotas. However, overworking equipment can cause malfunctions and make your team fatigued. Appropriate scheduling makes your employees feel valued and safer, increasing productivity on construction sites. Getting to know employees and recognizing stress signals will help you plan for potential setbacks. You can identify and prevent problems before they happen, and your employees will feel more comfortable. 

Prioritize Safety

You should also plan for emergencies and account for risk during the project planning phase. Unexpected malfunctions lead to unplanned downtime and could even shut down a smaller or less stable company. If you take time to create a safety and emergency protocol, you can improve construction site efficiency — even when problems happen. 

Construction is a dangerous job, with one in five deaths in private industry happening in construction in 2019. Take time to determine how your staff will manage and respond to emergencies when they happen. Because nearly all emergencies result from unsafe behavior, you should train employees in workplace best practices to maximize safety. Establish clear safety protocols and ensure all members of your team understand procedures. 

Though accidents delay or could even halt a job, downtime is the least of your worries if a severe accident happens. Plan how you'll provide counseling in case of severe injury or death. Some team members may require more flexibility with scheduling after an incident. Employees could also run out of tasks if a major project gets canceled. Limit downtime by scheduling backup projects.

Prioritize Safety with a robust safety plan.

A robust safety plan includes the following elements. 

  • Training employees: Train all workers in safety protocols and how to operate equipment. Workers should know to keep 10 feet of clearance between equipment and power lines. They should also acknowledge load limits and which attachments are appropriate for which machines. For example, an operator could get hurt if they stand in a location other than a footrest or fail to safely enter and exit equipment. Training will help employees feel more confident if an accident does happen. 
  • Scheduling regular maintenance: Regular maintenance will keep your fleets running smoothly, preventing unexpected equipment failure. However, malfunctions can also hurt your employees. Protect employees with preventive maintenance and regular inspections. Check both normal functioning of different equipment and safety mechanisms like seat belts, reverse alarms and the rollover structure. 
  • Having the right equipment: Personal protective equipment prevents injury, ultimately making your workers feel safer and reducing the risk of downtime. Depending on the task at hand, team members on site will need hard hats, eye protection, gloves, face shields or even respirators. Train employees on how to use PPE and enforce regulations while on site. 
  • Recognizing signs of fatigue: Burnout leads to decreased productivity, hurting your bottom line. What's more, your workers could become injured if they're fatigued. Set appropriate overtime hours and recognize when your employees are becoming tired. Working in intense climate conditions like extreme heat or cold can pose a risk to workers. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, heatstroke and hypothermia so you can protect your team members. Practices like taking breaks to cool down or warm up will increase productivity in the long run. 
  • Follow OSHA standards: Employees operating heavy machinery and equipment must have the appropriate training. Employees can hurt themselves and others or break expensive equipment if they misuse machinery. Following OSHA standards prevents workers from injury and keeps your company from facing legal fees. 

Attract Top Talent 

The U.S. is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled construction labor. The recession that happened in the late 2000s first hindered the industry. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the problem. Baby boomers, who compose a significant percentage of the workforce, are also reaching retirement age. Because of the fallout from the recession and pandemic, the industry will need 2 million new workers over the next three years to fill the labor shortage. 

Though it may currently be challenging to find skilled labor, you can take the following steps to attract top talent.

Referrals from families and friends are an ideal way to find skilled workers.

  • Referrals: Referrals from families and friends are an ideal way to find skilled workers. You can partner with local high schools, trade and vocational schools and colleges. Your company can also work with recruiting agencies specifically for construction companies.
  • Salary: Offering a high starting salary and good benefits gives your company a competitive advantage. Accidents happen in the construction industry, so employees need benefits. Providing a generous starting salary and extensive benefits package will attract and keep highly qualified candidates. Discuss with your team which benefits are most attractive. For example, you might decide to offer 401(k) contributions. 
  • Flexible schedules: Allowing employees to flexibly schedule is a valuable workplace perk that will persuade skilled workers to stay loyal to your company for longer. Technology makes communication — and ultimately, flexible scheduling — much more accessible than in the past. Workers will feel valued as individuals rather than for their labor alone. 
  • Robust training and onboarding: Consider offering free — or maybe even paid — training opportunities. Because many construction workers are nearing retirement age, establish a mentorship culture at your company. Workers who have amassed more years of industry experience can pass their knowledge onto new generations. Further, you should offer professional development opportunities so your employees can stay up to date on industry trends.
  • Reach out: Consider searching for talent in other demographics from what your business reached out to historically. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women only account for about 11% of the workforce — more than recent years. Further, nearly the entire industry is white, with Black workers accounting for 6% and Asians representing a slim 2% of workers. You could consider recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds to grow your company. 
  • Practice safety: Construction job sites come with various hazards. Minimize the chance of accidents for your team through a strong safety program. Implementing a robust safety program will give potential team members peace of mind. Offer OSHA-certified training courses, so your employees know how to operate machines properly. Further, make your team feel appreciated through wellness initiatives. Providing mental health services and health education will contribute to more healthy, happy and productive employees. 

Minimize the chance of accidents for your team through a strong safety program.

Minimize Downtime With the Right Equipment and Technology 

Before heading to a job site, ensure you have the appropriate equipment. You can maximize your machinery and only get what you need by only buying fleets you use frequently. By renting specialty equipment for particular jobs, you can cut costs and have fewer permanent fleets to manage. Improved productivity on construction sites and across your entire company will result in a higher ROI. 

By renting specialty equipment for particular jobs, you can cut costs and have fewer permanent fleets to manage.

When choosing fleets for a job, consider the specific tasks you need to accomplish. Then, decide which equipment will most efficiently and effectively solve the challenge at hand. For example, oversized fleets waste money, while too-small fleets may put your teams behind schedule. If you select the right equipment from the start, crews will more efficiently complete their work. 

Beyond picking the correct equipment, you'll want to leverage modern technology to ensure fleets complete the required tasks in the right locations. Apps like VisionLink are one of the best ways to make your construction site more efficient. You'll be able to see when machines are running, their locations and unsafe driving practices from one place. 

VisionLink includes four major applications to increase productivity while cutting costs.

  1. Unified Fleet: This app houses data for fleet management, including equipment location, fuel use, inefficient practices like idling and general operation. Proper fleet management allows for more efficient scheduling and fleet use. 
  2. Unified Service: You can view maintenance data in the Unified Service application, which stores inspection data. Monitoring data from all fleets in one interface streamlines the equipment maintenance and replacement process. Plus, this data will help you identify unsafe practices, so you can quickly remedy them. 
  3. Unified Productivity: As its name suggests, this app tracks efficiency data like machine use, payload, product productivity, volume and cycles. Unified Productivity is also ideal for identifying training and incentive opportunities. 
  4. Administrator: The Administrator app streamlines administrative tasks. Office staff will manage asset settings, notifications, users, groups, projects and reports. 

The Cat Productivity app is another excellent option for boosting management and productivity at construction sites. One of the most notable benefits of this app is that it's cloud-based. That means multiple users can view and manage equipment and job data from any location and device with an internet connection. 

The Cat Productivity app is another excellent option for boosting management and productivity at construction sites.

The app improves productivity in ways like these. 

  • Maximizing efficiency: Cat Productivity can track individual assets, allowing you to see which fleets are less productive. Further, metrics like hourly fleet performance streamline daily operations. Data helps managers optimize shift changes, breaks and refueling. The app also tracks hours working and idle, fuel burn and map view to increase fuel efficiency by 23%
  • Setting production targets: Develop and reach production targets more efficiently with Cat Productivity. The app displays the number of loads made in a day and weekly load counts. Machine activity data like load times, fill levels, cycle segments and positioning will also improve cycle time by 20%. 
  • Managing multiple job sites: You can manage several jobs and even view a summary and relevant metrics about all jobs from a single screen.
  • Locating fleets: GPS trackers locate all your fleets and how long it takes them to arrive at a location. You can set up geofences, or virtual borders, to see when vehicles leave approved areas. 
  • Tracking costs: The most productive construction sites are also cost-efficient. Cat Productivity breaks down different costs, including fuel costs and consumption, trends and total site costs. Daily cost breakdowns will help you analyze where you can cut spending without sacrificing productivity. 

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Guide to Choosing the Right Commercial Generator

Guide to Choosing the Right Commercial Generator

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The right commercial generator can be a major asset to any business. A generator can provide the electricity you need to keep the lights on, power industrial machinery, and more — even when the power grid fails.

If you're shopping for a generator to power your commercial operations, we're here to help you through the process with our guide to picking a commercial generator. We'll look at some of the key factors for understanding how to buy an industrial generator so you can make an informed decision that helps you keep your operations running smoothly at all times. 

Before you start shopping, the first step is to understand your company's needs. The main consideration is what type of power you need from your generator.

How to Choose a Commercial Generator — Assessing Your Needs

Before you start shopping, the first step is to understand your company's needs. The main consideration is what type of power you need from your generator. Are you looking for a primary source of power or a backup option in case of power outages? If you want a backup option, do you need that power to kick on automatically to minimize the disruption in power? Or maybe you want some supplementary power to help you meet peak demands.

You also want to understand how much power you need to support your operations. Beyond these basic needs, you should consider what sort of setup and features you would prefer in a generator. You can learn more about the options that are available as you compare models.

Finally, you also need to consider your budget. Generators come in a wide range of price points. Keep in mind that a higher upfront price for a generator that requires less maintenance and lasts longer may give you a better return on your investment over time than one with a lower price tag.

Generator Fuel Types

Generator Fuel Types

One of the primary ways of categorizing generators is by the fuel they run on. After all, buying a commercial generator involves more than the upfront cost of the unit — it also includes the ongoing cost of fuel. Each fuel type comes with its own advantages and potential disadvantages. Let's take a look at five different types of generators so you can be one step closer to choosing the right commercial generator for your needs.

1. Diesel

Diesel is an especially popular option for commercial generators. While the price of diesel is generally higher than natural gas or gasoline, diesel offers exceptional fuel efficiency. In other words, you can expect a diesel generator to run longer and generate more electricity than another generator could using the same amount of alternative fuel. Diesel generators are also valued for their ability to fire up quickly, provide dependable performance and offer high power outputs. 

Some companies may forego diesel generators because of the emissions they produce. Diesel generators can also struggle in extreme temperatures. However, diesel generators are reliable and efficient overall, making them a great option to consider.

2. Natural Gas

Natural gas has more recently become a popular option for powering generators. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the availability of natural gas is even more reliable than diesel fuel. Plus, the price tends to fluctuate far less than diesel and gasoline prices. Natural gas is also a more eco-friendly option since it burns cleaner than diesel. Unlike diesel and gasoline, natural gas is not a fuel you store on-site. Instead, you need to hook into a natural gas line.

If your company doesn't have easy access to a natural gas line, it could be a possible downside to owning a natural gas generator. Another downside is that these generators can take a bit longer to start up. If you're using your generator for standby power, this can mean a short gap between losing power and regaining power from your generator.

3. Gasoline

Gasoline generators are another popular option. Similar to natural gas, gasoline prices tend to be lower than diesel, which can be appealing. Gasoline is also relatively clean burning and offers good fuel economy. Gas-powered generators can operate well in extreme temperatures.

While gasoline generators offer some advantages, they may not offer the power output you need for commercial applications. Additionally, gasoline prices have been known to fluctuate dramatically at times. For this reason, you may opt to stock up on gasoline when prices are low. This can be a good strategy, but gasoline is highly flammable, so you must store it carefully. Gasoline also has a limited shelf life, even if you store it properly and use additives.

4. Propane

A less common fuel option for generators is propane. Typically, propane generators are small, so you aren't likely to find propane options when buying a commercial generator. Propane has an unlimited shelf life and is relatively clean burning. Plus, propane generators tend to run quietly. 

Why is propane not a popular option for industrial generators? The answer mainly comes down to cost. Propane is more costly than other fuel options, and it's not as energy efficient as diesel. This poses more of a problem if you're using a generator to meet ongoing needs for electricity rather than using it on occasion when your primary source of power fails.

5. Dual Fuel

Some generators are designed to run on two types of fuel. The two types could be diesel and natural gas or gasoline and propane, for example. The generator will use one fuel type, and if that fuel runs out, it will begin using the other fuel so the generator can stay on. These generators can give you more flexibility since you can choose the fuel type that's more affordable or accessible at a given time. 

These generators can be appealing for their flexibility, but they aren't as common as generators designed specifically for one fuel type. Some prominent generator manufacturers don't produce dual fuel generators.

Generator Sizing

If you know what type of generator you want, your next question is likely, "What size commercial generator do I need?" Let's look at how to size a commercial generator. The word "size" may make you think of the physical footprint of a generator. While physical size is a factor that will matter to some companies with limited space, generally, generator sizing refers to a generator's output. You want to choose a generator that produces the right amount of electrical power to meet your needs. 

There are a few terms related to sizing that are helpful to understand as you compare generators:

  • Maximum power: Generators are capable of a certain maximum power output. It's important to understand the difference in this number and the rated power, which we'll look at next. The key thing to note here is that you should not plan on operating a generator at its maximum power output long term. A generator can only generate that much power for short periods of time when needed. 
  • Rated power: A generator's rated power will be a bit lower than the maximum power output. This rating is also called the "constant load" or "continuous load." It's the amount of power you can actually count on your generator to produce over long periods of time, so it's the better number to pay attention to compared to maximum power.
  • Wattage: Whether maximum or rated power, a generator's output is measured in watts. Manufacturers multiply the generator's voltage by its load capacity in amperage to determine its wattage. In other words, volts multiplied by amps equals watts. The devices you power should indicate on the packaging or in the owner's manual how many watts of electricity they need to operate.
  • Single-phase system: All generators produce electrical power in waves. Single-phase systems produce one wave at a time. The wave swells to peak power and then falls down to zero before starting again. In reality, these dips in power happen so rapidly that they are virtually undetectable. However, single-phase systems are limited in the amount of power they can provide, which makes them less common options for commercial generators.
  • Three-phase system: With a three-phase system, you get a more consistent stream of power because there are three waves going at once. When one wave is falling, another is at its peak, so you never experience a dip in power. These systems are more complex and are capable of a higher power output. Most businesses will need a three-phase system for commercial applications.

So, how can you know how to size a generator for your industrial facility? One method is to create a detailed list of all the devices you need to power along with the starting wattage and running wattage each device requires. Then, you can add these devices' power needs together to determine how much electricity you need for your operations. 

An easier option if you've already been operating in your facility for some time is to look at your past electric bills. Look at bills from the past 12 months, if you can. See if the utility company notes your peak demand, measured in watts, on each month's bill. Find the month with the highest peak demand and use this as an indicator of your power needs. 

It's smart to get a generator that can handle a bit more than your peak demand or the total you came up with so you have some leeway in case your power demands increase.

Stationary vs. Mobile Setups

As we discussed earlier, buying an industrial generator starts with assessing your needs. Do you plan to use the generator for backup power or as a constant power supply? The answer to this question can help you determine whether to choose a stationary generator or a portable one.

If you have a generator on-hand to provide power in emergency situations when your main power source fails, you may be able to get by with a mobile setup. However, even if you're using a generator for standby power, you may still want to choose a stationary generator so it can remain at the ready and automatically switch on as soon as you need it. 

Control Systems and Features

Choosing the right industrial generator also comes down to understanding the specific features you want. There are plenty of features that can distinguish one generator from another, even if they share the same power capacity and fuel type. Various types of control systems, digital features and more can add selling points for different generator brands and models.

For example, some generators allow you to start them remotely. You can also look for generators with remote monitoring, where you can track your generator's performance through software online or through an app and receive notifications when the fuel gets low or there is an issue. You can also look for a generator with an LCD or LED display with a navigable menu or one with an automatic shut-off safety feature.

If there are certain features you're looking for, keep these in mind when picking a commercial generator. 

Sound Levels: For commercial facilities that want to keep noise levels down, a generator stationed outside may not cause much disturbance inside.

Sound Levels

Another factor to consider when you're comparing generators is how noisy they are. Industrial facilities can be noisy places anyway, so it may seem inconsequential if you're getting a generator for your manufacturing facility. For commercial facilities that want to keep noise levels down, a generator stationed outside may not cause much disturbance inside.

However, some facilities may have noise ordinances to contend with. If you're located within a jurisdiction where there are limits on the noise you can legally produce, you'll need to make sure you choose a generator that won't exceed these limits. Fortunately, there are generator models that offer quieter operation.

New, Used and Rental Options

When you start shopping for a generator, you'll find you can buy new or used models, or you can rent generators to meet a temporary need. Even if you're planning to purchase a generator, renting at first can be a good idea so you can test out a particular model and see how you like it before making a purchase.

If you plan to use a generator long term or want to have one hooked up at all times for standby power, you should purchase a model that meets your needs. Recent models may come with better fuel efficiency and more state-of-the-art features than older models, but you may be able to purchase a used generator that is a fairly recent model. Buying a used generator can save you money if you're working within a tight budget. Many companies prefer to purchase a new generator, however, if their budget allows.

Choose Generators From Holt of California

Choose Generators From Holt of California

Hopefully, you have a more solid understanding of how to buy a commercial generator that will deliver on your needs and expectations. At Holt of California, we carry a wide selection of Cat® power systems to help businesses like yours power operations and avoid downtime in a blackout. Caterpillar designs and manufactures generators that can perform consistently in heavy-duty applications. 

We also offer used and rental options for power systems, and our team can even configure a custom solution to meet your specific needs. Contact us online or call 800-452-5888 to speak to our knowledgeable staff today.