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We have discussed the advantages of centralizing the fleet and placing all of the organization’s equipment assets under the direct control of a knowledgeable and experienced equipment manager. The concept works, and many companies have significantly improved equipment operations by creating what is…
It’s been a wild ride since June 1977 when the Apple II was released and VisiCalc launched the spreadsheet revolution. Business information, from accounting to job costing and estimating, is no longer produced by hand. Maintenance work orders are automatically generated right on schedule, and data…
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Every equipment manager I know has some kind of financial report that tells him or her about their fleet costs. These reports typically include owning cost items such as depreciation, interest, insurance, property taxes, and some overhead and administrative costs associated with managing the…

It is third and goal on the 5-yard line with two minutes to go, and you are four points behind. You say to your coach, “Give me the ball, Coach. I can get the job done.” Do you have the confidence to make the play and win the game?

Seldom in our business do you come across someone who…

Few questions have concerned me more than: “I want to lower my bid, so why must I include depreciation for machines that are fully written off?” It is a tough question because it combines semi-valid short-term logic with a mindset that has dangerous long-term implications.

When faced with…

The singer Bob Dylan had it right. The times, they are a-changin’. I recently was preparing a presentation for a group of equipment managers and listed the major changes we are encountering. It’s scary how many significant changes are happening simultaneously. Sure, most of the changes are good…

As an equipment manager in 2011, you’re probably faced with managing an older fleet than ever before. Your organization and owners aren’t spending the usual dollars to replace old iron, and this economic picture will probably continue in one form or another for many years. Asset managers will…

Owning costs make up between 25 and 30 percent of the total cost of owning and operating a fleet. It is a big portion and, fortunately, a manageable portion. Most of the costs are defined when you ink the deal, and most of the money is spent up front when you take possession of the asset and put…

Many large-fleet equipment managers are proud of the fact that they own most or all of their fleet. But, to quote a friend, “Profits accrue through the successful use of equipment; not its ownership.” With a shaky economy and uncertain construction future, rentals make more sense than ever.…

When asked, “Do you use work orders?”, equipment managers respond in frustration and talk about systems that are “too complicated,” “unnecessary,” or “just paperwork.” It is time to think seriously about work orders, define the essentials of a good system, and then make sure that it works for us…

Your selection of suppliers, support organizations, and information sources will probably be one of the most important sets of decisions you will make. Think of these work relationships as any other management tool: They must be carefully chosen and developed.

Excellent relationships don’…

Many folk accuse me of spending too much time on trick plays and forgetting the basics of the business. Trick plays are fun, but they only work if your blocking and tackling are excellent; you have to know the basics. 

Let’s look at three things you have to have to attack the causes of…

The companies that seriously manage their spare parts are likely to be the ones that survive in the long run. Parts costs for most construction equipment, especially dirt fleets, run about two-thirds (yes, 67 percent) of all repair costs. That’s way too important to mismanage or manage casually…

I frequently hear talk about comparative shop labor rates and outsourcing. A lot of it makes sense, and it certainly is important to constantly check that the services you deliver are competitive with those you can buy from dealers and other outside sources. Deciding on how much to do in-house…

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