CONEXPO 2014 Preview


As many of you already know, the mother of all construction equipment shows is coming up this March 4th-8th, It’s CONEXPO 2014 in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!  CONEXPO is one of the largest construction equipment shows in the world and manufacturers and attendees from all over the globe will be in attendance.  Whether you’re a customer of Industrial Seats or have never done business with us, we encourage you to stop by our booth and say hello to one of our friendly staff and learn more about our seating solutions. Our booth will be in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # 63510.

At our booth we will have on display multiple different products that represent our abilities and product line. Not only do we offer a multitude of direct replacement seating options that are the same as the OEM seat found in your fleet but we also take it to the next level! Are you looking for a custom designed or engineered seat for a unique or extreme application that’s built to last? Come see and speak with us about one of our Iron Horse industrial seat solutions.

 We have seating solutions for multiple different types of construction equipment. Let’s dive into to some of our many offerings. First up are scrapers. If your scraper seats are not holding up and your fleet manager is going crazy replacing seats, come talk to us about one of our field proven Iron Horse scraper seat and suspensions. Designed to the extreme and fitted with the most durable components, this series of seat is the answer for your scraper fleet. Our Iron Horse scraper seats can be custom configured and are designed to keep your fleet up and running and eliminate machine downtime.

Another field proven custom product from Industrial Seats on display at our booth will be our Forestry POD seat with 4 point seat belt. As you already know, forestry is also an extremely demanding application and is very tough on components of the machine and the operators that run them. Our Forestry POD seat is designed to both survive this application and provide the operator with the most comfort and protection.

If you’re an OEM construction equipment manufacturer and are looking for a seat that not only gives you the ability to differentiate your product, but is built to survive extreme conditions and provide great operator comfort, then look no further than the Industrial Seats booth. In our booth you will find one of our custom mining seats that was developed to the OEM’s specifications. This product features a heavy duty suspension, left and right armrests that allow infinite adjustment positions, a three point seat belt and a heavy duty seat frame. All of these features rolled up provide the ultimate in comfort and durability.

These products are just a small representation of our capabilities in the seating industry. Industrial Seats has 25 years experience developing seating solutions and we can help you with your toughest machine application. Put Booth # 63510 on your visit list while your at CONEXPO 2014

“Will Ya’ Give Me?” …A Replacement Seat for Used Heavy Equipment

It’s February and you know what that means – Valentine’s Day? Awards Show Season?  Super Bowl? All of those are valid answers, but we’re talking about Auction Season. In fact, for the car enthusiasts out there it already started in January with Barrett-Jackson. But we’re focused on the heavy equipment auctions in Florida in this post.

The latest issue of Construction Equipment Guide has just hit the newsstands with a cover and coverage of Florida Auctions – February 1st through February 22nd.  For those of you stuck in the polar vortex that is hitting the Midwest and East Coast this winter, a trip to Florida for any reason next month probably sounds like a great idea.  For those of you looking to get your hands on a piece of used equipment, there is an added bonus. 

Going off of the articles and ads in Construction Equipment Guide, there is a lot to see and something for everyone. There is a wide range of unused and used heavy equipment for sale:

  • Construction equipment
  • Farm equipment
  • Commercial trucks
  • Forestry equipment
  • Mining equipment

Two big names that stand out are Ritchie Bros. and CAT Auctions:

Ritchie Bros. is the world’s largest auctioneer of heavy equipment and trucks. They have been serving equipment buyers and sellers since 1958. According to their website, “in 2012, close to 100,000 people purchased US $3.9 billion of heavy equipment at Ritchie Bros.TM unreserved public auctions.”

CAT Auction Services puts on a heavy equipment auction that offers detailed inspections to CAT Used standards, Equipment Protection Plans on qualified CAT equipment, CAT dealer support after you buy, financing for pre-qualified customers from CAT Financial Services, and tax efficiency opportunities by utilizing Like-Kind Exchange.

Yoder & Frey, celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and  Alex Lyon & Son, holding their 21st Annual Auction, are also players in the Florida Auction scene this year.

Here are the important dates for your calendars:

Ritchie Bros
February 17-22

CAT Auctions
February 17-22

Yoder & Frey
February 10-17

Alex Lyon & Son
February 1- 9

In addition to the on-site Florida auctions, interested buyers can also participate online or check any of the company sites for live auctions across the US.

Industrial Seats are not the experts in auctions; in fact we will be in Louisville instead of Florida this month at the National Farm Machinery Show and are busy preparing for ConExpo in March.  However, we are experts in seats for your heavy equipment. Construction, farm, commercial trucks, forestry, mining equipment – you name it we have a replacement seat for it.  So if you end up picking up a used piece of heavy equipment with a worn out seat at the auctions or if you are just looking to invest in your current fleet, our application specialists can help you find a model that will not only fit but bolt-right in, is manufactured by the same companies as the OEM seat, and keep your operators productive in 2014.

Questions on seats? Contact us before the top models are “going, going, gone!” 

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

Industry News: US New Home Starts Jump to Fastest Pace in 4 Years

With new housing starting to increase the excavating business should see the same results.  Most excavators will be slow in the winter which will allow companies to make improvements to their machines.  Updating your seat is an important aspect in fixing up your excavator, loader, backhoe and skid steer. Feel free to contact an application specialist at Industrial Seats with any questions about replacement seats.  In the meantime, check out article below from Construction Equipment Guide:

US New Home Starts Jump to Fastest Pace in 4 Years
By: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER – AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders broke ground on homes in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 894,000. That’s a 3.6 percent gain from September.

Single-family home construction dipped 0.2 percent to an annual rate of 594,000, after hitting the fastest rate in four years in the previous month. Apartment construction, which is more volatile from month to month, rose 10 percent.

Applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, fell 2.7 percent to 866,000, after jumping 12 percent in September to a four-year high. Still, permit applications to build single-family homes rose to their highest level since July 2008.

Housing starts are 87 percent above the annual rate of 478,000 in April 2009, the recession low. That’s still short of the 1.5 million annual rate considered healthy.

The housing market has been making consistent gains this year, helping prop up an economy that’s being squeezed by a global slowdown and looming spending cuts and tax increases.

Builder confidence rose to its highest level in six and a half years, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo. Their index of builder sentiment rose to 46 this month, up from 41 in October. It was the highest reading since May 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.

Readings below 50 signal negative sentiment about the housing market. The index has been rising since October 2011, when it was 17. It has surged 27 points in the past 12 months, the sharpest annual increase on record.

Sales of previously occupied homes rose 2.1 percent to 4.79 million in October, the National Association of Realtors said. Sales are near their highest level in five years, excluding temporary spikes in 2009 and 2010 when a homebuyer tax credit boosted purchases.

A key factor fueling the gains is a gradually improving economy, which has increased the number of people looking for homes. At the same time, fewer homes are available for sale. The low supply is helping push up prices.

In addition, mortgage rates have hit all-time lows. And rents are rising, making the purchase of a single-family home or condominium more attractive.

Though new homes represent less than 20 percent of the housing sales market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the home builders group.

Region: National Edition | Published On: 11/26/2012