Customer FAQ: Turf Seats

Introducing our latest blog category – Customer FAQ. When talking to customers, questions come up about the different product lines. We decided if they are asking there might be others of you out there that are also curious. Sticking with the theme of this month, check out the top three questions about Turf Seats:

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Can you upgrade to a suspension seat when having just a pan or non suspension seat?
With the new low profile compact suspension seats most customers can upgrade to an air or mechanical suspension seat.  You can upgrade to a suspension seat with 1,2 or 3 inch suspension strokes while only raising the SIP point by a couple of inches.  The major advantage while having a suspension seat is saving your back.  The suspension will take most of the hard shots your back will encounter while bouncing around on a mower or skid steer.  The suspension seat will increase productivity and allow you to operate the machine with more relaxation.

Does the seat have an Operator Presence switch?
Some turf mowers and skid steers require a presence switch to run the machines.  When a operator sits in the suspension seat it allows the machine to run.  When the operator stands up the engine will shut off.  This is a safety feature a lot of machines will have.  Most of our seats will come with this feature.

What color vinyl do your seats come in?
Black vinyl can become very hot in the summer.  Gray or yellow have become the popular colors when choosing a seat.

Have another question about turf seats? Curious about another product line? Let us know below!

Industry News: Bigger Shovels Coming for Mining

From time to time we will be using this space to share interesting industry news we come across. As a follow-up to MINExpo, check out excerpts below from the Wall Street Journal article that ran in the weekend edition (September 29-30, 2012):

Supersizing Mine Shovels
Caterpillar, Joy Global Building Ever-Larger Scoops to Fill Giant Dump Trucks
By: James R. Hagerty & John W. Miller

A Joy Global shovel with a capacity of about 120 tons loads a dump truck with copper ore at a mine in Utah.

LAS VEGAS—Budgets at mining companies may be shrinking as demand for commodities cools, but their suppliers keep touting bigger and pricier equipment.

A Joy Global shovel with a capacity of about 120 tons loads a dump truck with copper ore at a mine in Utah.

At the MINExpo International trade show, Caterpillar Inc. boasted of new mining shovels able to hoist 120 short tons of ore, equivalent of about 50 pickup trucks. Joy Global Inc. one-upped Caterpillar the next day by promising a 135-ton shovel, expected to cost about $40 million.

The idea: let mining companies more quickly fill their biggest trucks—behemoths about the size of two-story houses. Joy’s shovel would do the job with just three scoops of material instead of four needed with today’s largest shovels. As trucks get bigger, shovels need to get bigger too, said Mike Sutherlin, chief executive officer of the Milwaukee-based company.

“Our [new] shovel will be good till they build a bigger truck,” Mr. Sutherlin said. Mining companies need big equipment especially when operating big surface mines. Rio Tinto averages some 700,000 tons of iron ore production a day in the Pilbara region in Western Australia, including over 100,000 tons a day at a single mine, Yandicoogina.

In the short term, miners may prefer to pinch pennies because profits are being squeezed by sluggish demand, weaker prices for some commodities and rising costs. Capital spending by mining companies is likely to fall between 5% and 10% next year if commodity prices stay near current levels, Mr. Sutherlin said. But he and others insist longer-term demand for mining equipment is strong because global population growth implies more need for roads, schools, airports and other infrastructure.

Mining executives say bigger shovels may be more efficient but Joy and Caterpillar must demonstrate that the new tools will work well enough to justify their added cost. One concern: If miners rely on fewer and larger pieces of equipment, the breakdown of one machine will be more disruptive.

Caterpillar and Joy are the biggest makers of the largest types of mining shovels, used in surface mining of coal, copper, gold and other commodities.

Joy’s new 135-ton electric-powered shovel, expected to be available about a year from now, is 22 meters (72 feet) tall. At present, Joy’s biggest shovel can lift 120 tons and costs about $30 million, or $10 million less than the new one. Caterpillar already has an electric shovel that can lift 120 tons and is promising a hydraulic model with that capacity.

Meanwhile, trucks may get bigger, too. The biggest ones in widespread use today can hold 400 tons of material. But BelAZ, a state-owned truck maker based in Belarus, has promised it would have a prototype for the world’s largest mining truck, able to haul nearly 500 tons, by next year.

Credit: Wall Street Journal, B4 Saturday/Sunday, September 29-30, 2012

Feature of the Month: Tractor Seats

As the season changes and the winterizing process begins, some of you may be thinking about equipment repairs and replacement projects to tackle over the next few months. Is a replacement seat on that list? Over the next few months we will feature a product line each month of different seats out there that will improve your ride next spring. First up, Tractor Seats.

Our replacement tractor seats are ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and support. These seats are perfect all types of agricultural equipment including combines, cotton pickers and sprayers. Sears, Grammer and KAB products are fitted as original equipment by many major manufactures in the tractor world including CAT, Deere and Case. Below is a breakdown of seven seats of their seats to consider for your next replacement.

  1. Sears Semi Active Seat – is higher end seat which is the OEM option in many tractors. When a farmer wants the best of the best the Semi Active is the seat we go to. It reduces about 40% of the vibration and is the smoothest aftermarket suspension in the market
    Sears Semi Active Tractor Seat
  2. Sears 5045 and 5056 – Both models feature heavy duty air suspension with 12V compressor. These seats are available with or without swivel and include armrests. Ergonomic comfort cushions and mechanically adjustable lumbar provide the support you need.
    Sears 5056 Tractor Seat
  3. Grammer MSG95/741– This seat boasts a seat pan that can extend in and out for different sized operators. It also features armrests and headrests for maximum comfort.
    Grammer MSG95/741
  4. Grammer MSG93 and MSG83 – This narrow suspension seats are designed for specific applications. The 93 is air, and the 83 is mechanical. In some specific Deere tractors the seat will have to sit in a recessed spot. The MSG 83 and 93 are the only narrow suspension seats that will fit the tractor with our specifically designed installation bracket.
    Grammer MSG83 Tractor Seat
  5. Grammer MSG 85 – This is a durable mechanical suspension seat that is OEM in many types of tractors.
    Grammer MSG85 Tractor Seat
  6. KAB 85/K6 Invictus – This low frequency air suspension seat features include a fore/aft isolator, swivel, headrest and armrest all for a very good price.
    KAB 85/86 Invictus
  7. KAB 85/E6 – This air suspension low back seat features ergonomic contoured cushions and is an economical option
    . KAB 85/E6 Tractor Seat