The Heart of West Coast Equipment

Our in house service department is the heart of West Coast Equipment, LLC.

From full boom replacements, steer axle assemblies and more, our indoor repair facility can handle any job brought in.

Refurbish Your Old Machine: Add years to the life of your machine by having our experienced team of service professions provide a complete refurbish. We’ll repower the engine, detail, and repaint. Contact our service manager John Robidoux today at JRobidoux@WestCoastEquipment.us for a quote.

Carb Compliance: Our current in-house project moves equipment owners into the future. Retrofitting older telehandlers/ reach forklifts with new Tier 3 & 4 emissions-compliant engines is the standard for Southern California. Many new job sites mandate that all diesel powered off-road construction equipment meet AQMD requirements. West Coast Equipment is the leader in this movement for re-powering telehandlers/ reach forklifts.

If you fail to register and comply with all State requirements, you are subject to fines of up to $10,000/day per machine. Your equipment must have a visible E.I.N. on both sides of the equipment.

• Sample of Equipment Identification Number (E.I.N.)
• West Coast Equipment is your one stop CARB compliance center
• Initial reporting, E.I.N. decals
• Fleet analysis
• Telehandlers
• On highway truck
• Gas LP forklifts
• Portable equipment
• Yearly updates and reporting
• TIER 3 & 4 re-power
• Complete overhaul / rebuild

Important: New Regulations that Impact YOU and Your Business

While the global outlook for heavy construction is expected to reach $180.66 billion by 2021 , a growth rate of 7%, here at home there are key regulatory changes that you must be aware of to capitalize on any of this industry expansion.

 

First, are the new CARB regulations for small fleets. By March 2018 all fleets, including small fleets are required to complete their annual reporting requirement and submit a Responsible Official Affirmation of Reporting (ROAR) form. We can help with these forms, but you must sign them. Click here to learn more

 

Second, are the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Associations (CSA) updated guidelines regarding aerial work platforms across North America. The Canadian standards were published in May and the U.S. standards will be out soon.

 

According to JLG, the changes that will affect the owners and operators of these machines will be:

• The need to make changes in the areas of training

• Changes to job site safety such as performing site risk assessments for all MEWP operations, including training

• Machine selection to accommodate the new standards

 

The good news is that your old machines won’t need to be retrofitted to meet the new standards.

 

Under the new CSA and ANSI standards, aerial work platforms will now be called mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), and MEWPs will also be classified differently.

 

At West Coast Equipment we are on top of these change, and will guide you as to the best way you can stay compliant as these new standards become implemented.

 

If you have any questions, please call us. Our customer service reps are standing by.

Don’t Get Fined!

There are some new important CARB deadlines that you need to be aware of, including an important one for small fleets.

January 2018 Deadline
1. Large fleets (over 5,000hp) and medium fleets (2,501-5,000 hp) must meet the emission performance requirements.

2. Large and medium fleets can no longer add any tier 2 engine vehicles to their fleets.

3. Small fleets (under 2,500 hp) no longer receive double credit for installing a highest level PM Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (VDECS) to reduce NOx.

March 2018 Deadline
1. All fleets, including small fleets, are required to complete their annual reporting requirements and submit a Responsible Official Affirmation of Reporting (ROAR) form. Click here for details

At West Coast Equipment, we can fill out the forms for you but you must sign them. For more information call us at 951.256.2040

4 Things Every Contractor Must Know About Surviving Stressful Economic Times

We started West Coast Equipment in 1984. Three years later was the crash of 1987 or as some refer to it as “Black Monday”. (Reuters)

Then there were the crashes of 1997, 2001, and the infamous housing crash of 2008. There’s been other up’s and down’s as well, but not only has West Coast Equipment survived, we’ve thrived.

What’s our secret? 4 Things Every Contractor Must Know

1. Learn from other companies outside of your industry. As independent business owners, we watch both the short-term and long-term market trends. We study why companies like Toy’s R Us, go out of business, and learn from their mistakes (hint: lack of innovation and listening to customer needs). We also watch what others are doing well and reverse engineer their successes.

2. Innovate by listening to your customer’s needs. One of the most important aspects to keeping your business running through uncertain times, is listening to and responding to your customer’s needs in innovative ways. For example, we know our customers wanted to be able to track their rental equipment, billing cycles, and other account data, so we installed a customer portal that they can access through the website.

3. In depth product knowledge. You should always know more about your products and services then your customers do. Education and decades of experience make the team at West Coast Equipment one of the industry’s go-to authorities. Last month, Dave Rubidoux was interviewed for Lift and Access magazine for his insight on the increase use of 12,000lb telehandler.

4. First-in-class customer service. We know that our customers have a lot of choices when it comes renting and purchasing telehandlers, forklifts, etc… Which is why for over thirty years we’ve been providing quality customer service.

When you call West Coast Equipment for a rental, you speak to an employee at West Coast not someone at a call center.

If you need service, we can be at the job site within hours to service your vehicle. We constantly invest in new equipment and training because it’s what our customers want and need to keep their business in the black.

Call West Coast Equipment first for parts, service, rentals, and sales. Here’s to another 30 years!

 

The 12,000 lb. Industry Trend

In this month’s July/August issue of Lift and Access magazine, Dave Robidoux was asked about the growing trend toward the increase use of the 12,000 lb. class of telehandlers over vertical-masted rough-terrain forklifts and small cranes..

“Typically, a 10,000-lb. capacity telehandler and a 12,000-lb. model have about the same footprint, and both weigh in the low 30,000-lb. range, with the 12k rig weighing about 2,4000 lbs. more,” he says. “So the 12,0000-lb. capacity telehander gives you an extra ton of close-in lifting capacity plus extra lifting height from virtually the same chassis.” (Lift and Access, July/August 2017).

At West Coast Equipment we’re proud to be a go-to resource for our industry and our customers.

Commercial Construction Index Points to High Revenue and Profit Margins for 2017

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in partnership with USG Corporation just released the Commercial Construction Index (CCI) for Q2 and according to this survey, the outlook for the rest of this year is higher revenues and profit margins.

The CCI surveys contractors across the country to understand industry trends and top-of-mind concerns. Leading indicators used to determine confidence are backlog levels, new business opportunities, and revenue forecasts. The confidence index for Q2 was at 76 out of 100 points which indicates a positive contractor outlook.

Many contractors have high confidence that there are emerging business opportunities at 77 points, optimistic that revenue will increase at 71 points, and the backlog on average was at 9.9 months which is close to the ideal of 12 months, giving this indicator 81 points.

 

Across the board, however, 61% of contractors surveyed reported difficulty finding the right talent to fill key positions.

79% of contractors reported an increase in green building activity. Large contractors reported that 44% of their projects were green, midsized companies reported 31%, and small companies reported 21%.

Even with the difficulty in finding skilled workers, most contractions (95%) expect profit margins to grow or stay the same over the next 12 months, and 96% expect revenues to grow or remain stable.
Overall, the index points to high confidence and a positive outlook across the country.

However, if you are a little more conservative on the length of this growth spurt, call us about our custom tailored 36 month leases where you can return the new JLG machines at the end of the lease term.
If you are currently renting, we can show you how you can save at least $10,000.00 over the length of the lease and still own the machine if you want.

Click here to read the full report.

Don’t Get Fined!

It has come to our attention that for the past two weeks enforcement committees have been going on job sites handing out citations to owners of vehicles who do not have their Equipment Identification Number (EIN) decal posted on both sides of their vehicle. 

According to the CARB, “…the labeling provisions of the Off-Road regulation were amended in December 2010 to require labels on both sides of the each vehicle. dditionally, fleets reported as ‘captive attainment area fleets’ must have labels with a green background instead of red.”

Please note that this requirement includes all engine-powered boomlifts and telehandlers and fines have been upwards of $500 per vehicle.

You can read the updated overview of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Fueled Fleets Regulation here CARB Fact Sheet and Overview

Also, please remember that you have until June 30th to have your LSI (Large Spark Ignition) Labeling and Reporting completed. Please contact us right away for assistance.

Old Equipment Need a Face Lift?

We can help with City Restore, a 4-step, environmentally friendly, chemical process that will clean, rejuvenate, and restore your machines.

We use it on our rental fleets and on client vehicles with terrific results.

Contact John Rubidoux today for more information and a direct quote at 951.256.2040

Large Spark Ignition (LSI) Reporting Due June, 2017

Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) labeling and reporting is due June 30, 2017. Are you ready?

This regulation applies to operators of forklifts, sweeper/scrubbers, industrial tow tractors, and airport ground support equipment (GSE) with LSI engines of 25 horsepower (19 kilowatt) or greater, and greater than 1.0 liter displacement, including electric equipment are subject to the regulation. LSI engines are fueled with gasoline, propane, and compressed natural gas. (citation)

If you have 4 or more of the vehicles listed above, then you’ll need to report and label your equipment using CARBS online DOORS reporting system.

DOORS is an on-line reporting system that has been used for many years by fleets that own and operate diesel off-road equipment. ARB has expanded DOORS to include a portal for LSI equipment which may be accessed at: https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/ssldoors/doors_reporting/doors_login.html (citation)

Fleet Average Emission Level Standards

How We Can Help

If you need to replace or upgrade your equipment, or if you have questions, then call us immediately at 951.256.2040