Drone Use Skyrockets in Construction

Earlier this month CBS News reported that “…drone use in construction has skyrocketed by 239 percent year over year, according to a May report on commercial drone trends by DroneDeploy”.

Affordability has made them more accessible and high quality mapping data has made them almost indispensable for some large scale construction companies. In fact, drones are quickly replacing expensive airplanes that have done a similar job in the past, and with drones you get the added benefit of real-time analytic data.

Now drones are moving down market to small and midsized construction companies. So the question is, how can you best utilize this new hypermobile technology on your job site?

According to drone manufacturer, Precision Hawk,  drones along with the right software and analytics can help optimize jobsite reporting,  track jobsite progress and productivity, measure elevation, survey jobsites, and help with security and monitoring. So it’s not just about getting photos, it’s about optimizing your time, safety, and efficiency.

However, if you’re considering investing in a drone you’ll not only need commercial grade equipment, software, training, and licensing, you’ll also need insurance and adhere to compliance regulations.

If you’re a smaller company that could use the benefits of drones, you may want to consider hiring a professional FAA certified drone pilot. We found pilots on Droners.IO with hourly rates that start at $85 per hour.

Here’s to your success!

 

 

 

 

 

3D Modeling for JLG Machines is Here!

Technology can help mitigate worker shortages, improve on the job safety, and let’s face it, some of the new tech just makes life more interesting. This includes JLG entering in the BIM market with their downloadable BIM library for some of their Boom Lifts, Scissor Lifts, and Vertical Lifts.  Currently they offer two types of ISO compliant 3D BIM files (.rfa and .ifc formats).

BIM (building information modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that will help you to efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Here’s an example of the BIM content library for Boom Lifts from the PDF instruction guide that comes with the downloadable file:

  • All JLG­® Boom Lifts components have been created to allow the height and horizontal reach of the platform; the swing angle, platform rotation, and job rotation to be changed.
  • Visibility control: The visibility of the platform working area and turning radius can be toggled on or off. 
  • Modify the platform height and reach. Within the height and reach combinations, you can select a ‘Transport Condition/Stowed Position.’ If selected the machine will move to its smallest and most suitable position for transportation.

To learn more visit https://www.jlg.com/en/resources/bim-library/bim-files

Featured Employee of the Month

Meet Tony Cerone

Tony is an expert in parts, service, product support, and equipment sales. He is also a JLG certified AWP and Telehandler operator trainer. He is hardworking, helpful, conscientious and always puts the customer needs first.

There’s no competition when it comes to having a great team of dedicated professionals here at West Coast Equipment. Great employees have given us a competitive advantage since we opened in 1984.

Service Specials for June and July

We’re on a National Account. Call us first!

  1. Bulk Tanks of Mobile 424 & 1540. We are on a national account and get great pricing. So call Many, our parts specialist first. You’ll be glad you did! Call direct at 951-256-2040.

 

 

 

 

2. Save big when you repower your older machine with a Tier 3 or 4 Engine. John Robidoux and his team of experts at West Coast Equipment will help your older JLG, Skytrak, or Gradall machine look and run like new. Meet the new CARB requirements and call today for a quote.

 

 

3. Extend the life of your machine and replace your conventional tires with JLG preferred Continental Solid Tires.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

Merger with D&D Lift, Inc.

Contact:
Shaun Flanagan
WestCoastEquipment.us
951-256-2040
Shaun@westcoastequipment.us

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIER JLG DEALER, WEST COAST EQUIPMENT LLC. ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH D&D LIFT INC.

Now providing service, sales, rentals and parts for JLG, Skytrak, and Gradall telehandlers, boomlifts, and scissor lifts statewide.

Corona, California (June 22, 2018) –Established in 1984, West Coast Equipment, LLC. is one of the only independently owned, full service JLG dealers in Southern California. As a forward-thinking organization, business partners Dave Robidoux, Shaun Flanagan, and Jeff Davis decided to combine their resources and industry knowledge with D&D Lift Inc. and provide service to the commercial construction industry throughout the state of California.

As part of the merger, each company will retain their name, logo, and unique brand identity. According to West Coast Equipment president Shaun Flanagan, “We decided to merge with D&D because we want to expand our footprint throughout the state while remaining competitive. Our customers will benefit from the merger by having more options with the same great service and depth of knowledge that they’ve grown accustomed too.”

West Coast Equipment was founded by the current vice president of sales Dave Robidoux in 1984. He partnered with Shaun Flanagan founder/owner of Horizon High Reach and Jeff Davis also from Horizon High Reach in 2006. When asked about the merger Mr. Robidoux says, “I see our merger with D&D Lift as part of the continuing evolution of our company. It’s a very positive development.”

To learn more about West Coast Equipment, LLC., please visit https://www.westcoastequipment.us

About West Coast Equipment, LLC

West Coast Equipment, LLC is an independently owed, factory authorized dealer of JLG, Gradall, Skytrak and Princeton machines. Established in 1984, they owe their longevity to a combination of great customer service and industry expertise.
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Now Carrying the Full Line of Princeton PiggyBack® Forklifts­

Contact:
Dave Robidoux
WestCoastEquipment.us
951-256-2040
Dave@westcoastequipment.us

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIER TELEHANDLER DEALER EXPANDS THEIR INVENTORY TO INCLUDE THE FULL LINE OF PRINCETON PIGGYBACK® FORKLIFTS.

West Coast Equipment LLC. is now providing service, sales, rentals and parts for the Princeton line of PiggyBack® forklifts

Corona, California (June 22, 2018) –Established in 1984, West Coast Equipment, LLC. is one of the only independently owned, full service JLG, Skytrak, Gradall, and now Princeton dealers in Southern California.

Having been exclusively in the heavy construction market, they are now expanding to providing service to the housing construction market. According to founder and vice president of sales Dave Robidoux, “We’ve done our research and decided that the Princeton line of PiggyBack® forklifts was the best fit for our business and for our customers. We’ll be able to provide service, sales, parts, rentals, and warranty, to customers from San Diego to Sonoma Counties.”

Princeton has nearly 30 years of truck-mounted forklift experience. The PiggyBack® forklifts are class 7, low-profile, forklifts that can be easily mounted to a truck or trailer. Perfect for off-loading in tight quarters like a parking structure, the Princeton brand allows West Coast Equipment to grow with their customers diverse equipment needs.

On the heels of their recent merger with D&D Lift, president Shaun Flanagan says, “Both the merger with D&D and the Princeton line will allow us to fulfill the needs our clients throughout the state of California. Our customers have more product options than ever and will still get the great service they’ve grown accustomed too.”

West Coast Equipment was founded by the current vice president of sales Dave Robidoux in 1984. He partnered with Shaun Flanagan founder/owner of Horizon High Reach and Jeff Davis also from Horizon High Reach in 2006.

To learn more about West Coast Equipment, LLC., please visit https://www.westcoastequipment.us

About West Coast Equipment, LLC

West Coast Equipment, LLC is an independently owed, factory authorized dealer of JLG, Gradall, Skytrak and Princeton machines. Established in 1984, they owe their longevity to a combination of great customer service and industry expertise.
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Is Prefabrication the Wave of the Future?

The USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (CCI) for Q1 is in for Q1 2018.

The CCI is a quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry. For Q1 the CCI measured the use of prefabricated components to address the employee shortage. Since 65% of small contractors have difficulty in finding skilled workers, they are looking to find ways to do more with less employees and it looks as if prefabrication could be the answer.

According to the CCI, 62% of contractors are using prefabricated components, 89% felt that prefabrications increased onsite efficiency, 85% felt that it improved labor productivity, and 78% felt that it reduced risk.

Other news reported CCI is that most contractors believe that they will see revenue growth in the next year, a slight increase of Q4 2017. And there’s also high confidence in new business growth for the next twelve months, up from Q4 2017.

Click here to read the full report

How to Succeed in the Construction Business, Part 1

For 30 years we’ve been one of the few independently owned, full-service dealers in California. Over the years, we’ve developed and maintained sales, customer service, and operations systems that have helped us to retain customers for decades and grow our business to include the entire state of California (more about that next month). Over the coming weeks and months we’d like to share with you, in a series of articles, how we’ve maintained our growth.

This month we’re exploring listening to what your customers want versus what you think they want. This means that you not only listen to their questions, but you listen for the question(s) underneath the questions. Once learned, this is a marketable skill you can take to the bank. It’s also one of the keys to maintaining a successful, growth oriented, and profit driven business.

For example, one of our long-time customers asked if we had an operator’s manual in Spanish. If you’re a skilled listener, you’ll notice that there are three parts to this question:

The first part is obvious, do we have a manual in Spanish. We didn’t at the time, so we invested in having one created (call us if you want one or three). However, if we just gave them the manuals and nothing more, then we would have missed an opportunity to provide added value and maintain our position as industry experts.

So the second part of the question centered around their need to provide adequate training to their team.  Taking this into consideration, we now have an opportunity to help our customer with his primary concerns… good training, efficiency, profitability, and safety. To address these issues we are considering creating operator orientation videos in Spanish. Stay tuned for this one.

The third part to their initial question is about employee retention. Many construction companies, especially the smaller ones,  are having a difficult time finding qualified labor. By addressing their employee’s frustrations they position themselves as caring employers, which in turn creates loyalty and helps to increase retention. By providing our customer with the tools they asked for and offering them additional solutions to help them with their business we become a trusted and indispensable partner in their business.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Managing Cash Flow.

JLG X1000AJ Compact Crawler Boom

Coming soon to West Coast Equipment the JLG X1000AJ Compact Crawler Boom. Previewed at The Rental Show in New Orleans, the X1000AJ has over 54 feet of horizontal outreach, plus a best-in-class 105-foot work height. This new machine is perfect for indoor/outdoor applications in atriums, gymnasiums, arenas, auditoriums, airports, schools, and universities.

Key Specs

  • Machine Width: 3 ft 3 in. / 0.99 m
  • Platform Capacity: 500 lb / 226.80 kg

Key Features

  • Drive speed control for smooth operation on a variety of terrains
  • 500 lb unrestricted platform capacity
  • Regenerative valve on telescopic cylinder resulting 50% increase in speed
  • Fits through a standard doorway
  • Auto levels on uneven surfaces