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Buyer's Source Book

Twenty years ago, Construction Equipment launched a new directory of machine specifications called Construction Equipment's Specifications Guide. We moved it online when we launched our website about 10 years ago, and it has resided there ever since. Keeping those specifications up to date, however, was a chore that eventually outgrew our ability to maintain the high standards for which Constru...

August 01, 2006

Rod Sutton, Editor in Chief
Rod Sutton, Editor in Chief

Twenty years ago, Construction Equipment launched a new directory of machine specifications called Construction Equipment's Specifications Guide. We moved it online when we launched our website about 10 years ago, and it has resided there ever since.

Keeping those specifications up to date, however, was a chore that eventually outgrew our ability to maintain the high standards for which Construction Equipment is known. We contracted with Spec Check for some years, and to quote a famous shaver commercial, "we liked them so much we bought the company."

After six months of working alongside Mac Wilcox and Bill Borthwick, the heart and soul of Spec Check, there is no doubt in our minds why the quality of those machine specifications ranks so high. They devote all their time to tracking down, normalizing and analyzing construction-equipment specifications. Their expertise is acute.

Later this month, we'll be back in the print arena with a guide to equipment specifications. But we have again improved upon what has always been a great idea for equipment buyers and specifiers. We are combining our Specifications Guide with our industry-leading Buyer's Guide, a compilation of manufacturers and their dealers, along with a listing of rental chains, industry associations and service providers.

Online, ConstructionEquipment.com provides real-time resources for equipment buyers, providing specifications, manufacturer and dealer listings, and our editorial archives of machine evaluations and management information. The beauty of the website is its ability to renew itself. Mac and Bill update the specifications database monthly, and the editorial database grows after each issue of the magazine.

And our new print resource, aptly titled Buyer's Source Book, is the natural complement to that web-based resource. The need to acquire a machine, and the subsequent need to do some research on that acquisition, doesn't always occur near a desktop with Internet access. Sometimes your resource has to be in print.

Watch for the new Buyer's Source Book to come at the end of August. If you want to order an extra copy, please call 1-800-446-6551. And find a safe place to keep it; there's a ton of useful information between its covers.

630-288-8130, rsutton@reedbusiness.com

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