Seats Inc. Standoff: Legacy Series vs. Heritage Series

So you’re in the market for an on-highway truck seat?  Well that’s great, because we’re going to discuss some of the finest seats in the industry:  The Heritage and Legacy Series by Seats Inc.

What we’re going to run through today are the major differences between the two Series, to help you make an educated decision on which offering will ultimately cater to your needs most effectively.

First things first: I can’t say enough about Seats Inc.  Their seats are remarkable; comfortable, sturdy and user-friendly.  However, there are some differences between the two series that may aid in making an educated choice on which specific seat to purchase.

Let us begin this comparison with one of the major differences

Fully Reclining Backrest vs 15-Degree Recline

The difference here is rather obvious.  Seats Inc. Legacy Series sports a Fully Reclining Backrest while the Heritage Series offers a 15-Degree Recline.  On the surface, this seems like a minimal issue.  But to the end-users that actually utilize the seat itself, this is a major sticking point.  A full recline allows for less pressure to be put on the discs in your back.  This is a serious issue that drivers encounter, especially since they have a job that involves sitting down for the majority of time.   Allowing the driver to recline as far back as needed to achieve optimal comfort seems more like a necessity than a luxury option.

Pressure Mapping

D2 Foam Technology/EVC Cushion Comfort System

I’m sure you’ve all heard of “pressure mapping” by now.  It’s how your body weight is distributed as you are sitting.  The great thing about the Legacy Series is that it was developed using sophisticated pressure mapping equipment.  Meaning that your body weight will be evenly distributed to provide a more comfortable and safe sitting experience. 



Pneumatic (AIR) Lumbars vs 2-Way Adjustable Lumbar

The human spine is a very unique portion of the human body.  Every spine has a different shape and curvature when compared to the next, and the same spine can even take different shapes throughout a given day.

This is why adjustable lumbars are such an important feature.  Now the main difference between the Legacy and Heritage Series in this regard is that the Legacy Series offers Pneumatic (AIR) Lumbars while the Heritage Series comes with a 2-Way Adjustable Lumbar.  Both offer the ability to customize your seat to fit the curvature of your spine, but the Legacy Series allows you to take that customization one step further.

NoContest7-Year Unlimited Mile Warranty vs 5-Year Unlimited Mile Warranty

While self-explanatory, this last key difference can play a huge part in a buyer’s decision.  And it should.  The fact that there are 7 years of unlimited mile warranty should speak wonders for this product on its own merit.   But the added warranty with the other features mentioned?  It’s a no contest as far as I’m concerned.

An estimated 50% of people in the industrialized world suffer from back issues that are related to a poor seat design.  That’s a staggering number.  Both the Heritage and Legacy Series seats by Seats Inc. can help diminish that number, and prevent you from becoming a statistic.

GIE+EXPO 2013 – NEW Turf Seat Options

It’s that time of year, the seasons have begun to change, football is well on its way and The Green Industry & Equipment Expo is nearing.

Yes, GIE+EXPO is all set to begin on October 23, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  There will be 750 exhibits throughout the expo, instructional seminars and bountiful networking opportunities.  It’s all about who you know, right?  Beyond that, it will be a great excuse to debut a new line of industrial seats for the turf industry.

Lucky for you, I’m going to go over what exactly Industrial Seats will be bringing to GIE+EXPO next week.  Just in case you can’t make the trip out to the Bluegrass State.

And NOW, you’re starting lineup for the GIE+EXPO

United Center – Chicago, IL

Grammer is an extremely reliable, well known manufacturer and has two very different but equally effective industrial turf seats being unveiled at the GIE+EXPO.

Grammer B12 Low Profile

Grammer MSG65

Sears Seating has been around since 1855, YES, 1855.  They were founded before aspirin was discovered (1887).  Can you imagine?  What a PAIN that would have been.   They also have two turf seats for us to bring out to Kentucky for the GIE+EXPO.  Including the FLM1715E:

  • Mechanical or 12V Air Suspension
  • Operator Presence Switch
  • 375 lbs Weight Capacity
  • 3.1” Stroke

The ever evolving Seats, Inc. is another Wisconsin rooted manufacturer that Industrial Seats works closely with.  We’ll be making the trek to Kentucky with the I3M in hand, Seats, Inc. new turf seating option:

  • Available in Standard or Deluxe
  • EVC Cushion Support for Vibration
  • 3” Stroke

KAB Seating has an established distribution network, one that has developed world-wide.  They have subsidiaries in Sweden, Belgium, Australia and France. (in addition to their North American offices)  KAB Seating offers a wide range of seating options, and turf seating is no exception.  The COMPACT Air will be on display at the GIE+EXPO:

  • Compact 12V Air Suspension
  • Mid-ride Weight Indicator Gauge
  • Operator Presence Switch

Milsco started as a manufacturer of harnesses, collars and other farm horse accessories in 1924.  Since then they have continually evolved into “The Seating Solution Provider”.  Industrial Seats will be displaying two of their turf seats at the GIE+EXPO, including the V5300:

  • Mechanical or Air Suspension
  • Operator Presence Switch
  • Backrest Adjustment
  • Lumbar
  • 2.36” Stroke

Concentric began making industrial seats in 1995 and haven’t looked back since, even changing their company name in the process.  There will be one Concentric turf seat displayed at GIE+EXPO, the 480055:

  • Waterproof Black Vinyl
  • Backrest Adjustment & Fold Forward
  • Low Profile Suspension
  • Operator Presence Switch

With all of these great partners at our disposal, Industrial Seats is going to be the talk of GIE+EXPO.  Leave us a comment below and let us know if you’ll be in attendance.  Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!  See you at the GIE+EXPO!

Introducing 2 New Excavator Seats (Also A Good Fit for Cranes)

Sears Seating is a leader in the design and manufacture of suspension and non-suspension seating systems for the agricultural, construction, and material handling equipment, and over the road truck markets. Sears is the major seating supplier to John Deere, CNH, Caterpillar, Bobcat, Hyster, Yale, Freightliner, and many others around the world. Since 1855, Sears Seating has built a reputation for highly innovative seating products that offer unparalleled comfort and durability.

Sears Excavator 7030 Air







New for 2013 is the Sears 7008 Mechanical suspension seat and Sears 7030 Air suspension seat.   A key feature that was designed into these seats is the New HD Tilt riser.   It gives the seat 15 degrees of front tilt and 15 degrees of rear tilt.   The tilt function is extremely smooth and the controls are all located up front which allows these seats to be fitted in tight spots such as excavators.   The seat features ergonomically contoured highback fabriform seat with articulating headrest, adjustable armrests, mechanical lumbar and adjustable recline.   The 7008 features a easy adjusting mechanical suspension and the 7030 features a 24V air suspension.   It is a direct replacement for many of the OEM excavator seats on the market.   These Sears Seats work great for cranes seats as well as other lighter duty construction seat applications.

Call and speak with an app lication specialist to find a direct replacement seat to fit your needs.

Sears Excavator Seat 7008 Mechanical

Air Ride Seats For Your Pickup. What You Need To Know….

After purchasing your super duty pickup truck and driving the roads, you have probably realized your truck handles great, engine torque is strong but your back and hips are taking a beating.  While Ford, Dodge and GMC have engineered well built trucks, you may find the seats neither supportive nor helpful at eliminating the bumps from uneven roadways.  Fortunately, there is a seating solution for many current pickup and medium duty trucks.  These seat options, along with air suspension bases, will bolt directly into your current chassis.  National Seating (the OEM producer for Ford, Dodge and GMC) offers an air ride seat for pickup and medium duty trucks.  These seats utilize similar engineering found in the National Class 7/Class 8 semi-truck seating.

So, if you want to change your truck seats to air ride seats, where do you start?  What is involved and how do you do it?  Air ride solutions for pickup trucks are relatively simple and they consist of three components:  an air ride suspension base, a seat upper and an air supply.  United Group, one of National Seating’s best distributors, offers air ride solutions for Ford, Dodge and GMC Topkick/Kodiak pickup trucks.  They have been in the seating business for 25 years and familiar with what it takes to help you with your seating needs.

The suspension base utilizes a mounting bracket, airbag and heavy duty shock absorber.  This is manufactured to bolt directly into your particular make of truck, so it is important to use the correct suspension for your make and year.  While this suspension is the center of your air ride seat, it is meant to be used only with the National Workhorse or Sportster seats.  While it may be tempting to use your current seat, it is neither recommended nor manufactured to operate properly with your current factory seat.  In fact, you may find height and mounting issues by trying to do such.  In addition, the air valves and controls are actually mounted to the Workhorse or Sportster seat uppers.

The seat uppers are well designed and offer a 23 degree recline, forward/backward slides, armrests, air lumbar/bolster and heat options.  The Workhorse and Sportster are offered in a variety trim colors and materials including vinyl, cloth or leather.  Each offer different features and a United Group seat specialist can help assess the best option for you.  Some determining factors would be:  is the truck driven locally with frequent stops or used for longer drives; what are the environmental conditions (will drivers likely have oil or grease on clothing or hands); do the current drivers have current back or hip issues?  Upon knowing these answers, you will be able to choose the proper seat for you.

Finally, you will need an air source to power your seat.  An air supply can easily be obtained from either onboard air (providing source should provide 80-125PSI) or your National Workhorse or Sportster can utilize a compressor kit (containing a 12V compressor, ½ gallon reserve tank with pressure switch and the connection adapters for installation).  This kit is capable of powering two air seats and can be easily connected to your trucks fuse box.  The compressor unit is generally mounted alongside or behind our seat and suspension.

As pickup and medium duty trucks have increased with size; suspension and ride comfort have not improved.  In fact, generally the larger the truck, the harder the ride and the more back and hip issues one will have.  Fortunately, you now have some options to eliminate the jolting ride and will once again be able to enjoy your quality pickup truck.  For additional information about air ride pickup truck seats, please contact a seat specialist at United Group toll free at 800-223-7003.

Strong Economic Momentum Expected to Spill Over to Construction

Following the strongest cement consumption gains in seven years in 2012, cement consumption growth will continue in 2013 with a 6.2 percent increase. According to the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the majority of market recovery will occur in the second half of 2013.

“Recessions correct imbalances generated during boom periods,” Ed Sullivan, PCA chief economist said. “Few economists doubt the generation of a large pent-up demand during the past several years. The question is, when the economy will unleash its potential for strong growth?”

The accelerated consumption predicted during the second half of 2013 should carry into the following year. PCA projects an increase of 9.2 percent for 2014.

With the expected improvement in the construction market, the need for keeping up with equipment maintenance will increase.  Heavy equipment seats is an important part of equipment maintenance.  A heavy equipment suspension seat that is in good working condition will increase productivity and safety for the operator.  If it is time to replace your construction seat and you need to be up and running quickly; contact for your best direct replacement option.

More on Cranes

Last week we broke down the different types of seats for cranes – this week we’ll let the pictures do the talking.



Seats fit for a Crane

Industrial Seats offers many different types of crane seats.  Overhead, tower, truck and oil platform cranes will all take different types of seats.  The adjustment to move the seat angle to look down or up is critical.  KAB seating offers 2.25 in. seat cushion vertical adjustment range, and seat cushion front & back will tilt independently in the same range.

The KAB 414 and Sears 7008 will have the most adjustment for seat angle.  These seats will mainly go into the overhead and tower cranes:

  • Medium Duty mechanical suspension seat (4 in. stroke) with single shock damper
  • 2.25 in. seat cushion vertical adjustment range, and seat cushion front & back will tilt independently in the same range
  • High backrest profile
  • Left hand recliner control
  • Front height riser control
  • Full range backrest recline
  • 5 position lumbar support
  • Double locking sliderails

The truck cranes can take will mainly take truck seats for the driver and operating station like the Sears Elite 80 and National 2000.

Our most popular oil platform crane is the KAB 525P seat with breathable vinyl.  This is a joystick pod seat with a mechanical suspension.  Industrial Seats supplies companies like Sparrows and Seatrax with the 525P Pod seat.  This seat will still have the vertical adjustment range for seat adjustment:

  • Heavy duty mechanical suspension with shock damper
  • Mid-height backrest with full range recline
  • Seat pan height and tilt adjustment
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Double locking sliderails – located above and below suspension
  • Includes LH and RH steel shell control pods
  • Seat belt to anchorage ISO 6683 & SAE J386 (15kN)
  • Weight Range: 110-270 lbs.

Another type of seat is the pedestal seats which can rotate or swivel 360 degrees.  These units will have the following features:

  • Heavy duty bolt-down pedestal base features 5/16” wall thickness tubes. Self lubricating bronze bearing for smooth action.
  • 3.5” height adjustment range. Gas assist.
  • Integral heavy duty turntable locks in 45º increments. Ball bearing race design. Can be customized to lock in customer specified locations.
  • 7″ fore/aft adjustment. Heavy duty double locking sliderails.
  • High backrest design with inflatable air lumbar support insures personal fit for comfortable, prolonged sitting.
  • Robotically welded seat frame construction. 14 gauge steel pan for long term cushion service life.
  • Anatomically contoured foam cushions engineered for hours of seated comfort.
  • Headrest is height and tilt adjustable

Industrial Seats offers many different type of cranes seats if you need one customized to you specific build we can accommodate that as well.