The Many Advantages of Harness Seats

Heavy equipment operator safety is always a concern with construction and mining companies.   Making sure the operator is buckled in with a standard lap belt is required and in many of the cases can protect the operator from serious injury.   One thing a lap belt can’t prevent is the operator’s torso from jolting forward in a front end collision or turnover.   This can result in serious head injuries to the equipment operator.   Harness seats are becoming the uncontested solution for this issue.   The benefits of harness seat over the tradition lap belt are bountiful, and include:

    • The crash forces are spread over the skeletal body, distributing between more points than the standard lap belt.
    • The crash forces are spread to the strongest parts of the body.
    • Forward head excursion (the distance the head is thrown forward) are lessened .
    • Traditional harness belts allow little to no moving around once strapped.   Many harness belt seats feature an inertia reel, which allows your harness belt to function like your stock belt. That means you can still move around but it will lock under sudden movement or jolt.
    • Most 3 and  4 point harness belts buckle at one point like a standard lap belt which makes for easy in and out of the seat.
    • Many harness seats offered meet ISO 7096, accommodate drivers weighing 110lbs.-330lbs. and are easily fitted to a wide range of machines (Including wheel loaders, articulated dump-trucks and dozers).

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The factory seat for most machines can be upgraded to a 3 or 4 point harness seat.   Many different brands and options are available through Industrial Seats.   The harness belt and seat are constructed by the same manufacturer that supplies seats to all the major OEM’s such as Caterpillar, Case, Komatsu, Deere, and more.  The 3 and 4 point harness seats meet SAE J2292 and SAE J386.

Each harness belt will have tags marked for inspection and will come with a custom mounting installation kit.   Therefore it will be a direct bolt in with no need for further fabrication to make it fit.  At Industrial Seats you can speak with an application specialist to quickly find a solution for your machine(s).

“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
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

CAT Auctions
February 17-22
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

Yoder & Frey
February 10-17
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

Alex Lyon & Son
February 1- 9
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

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!” 

Sears Seating Introduces The New Atlas II Truck Seat

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Today, many of the larger truck seats are more comfortable, wider and loaded with all kinds of options.  While this is great for many drivers, sometimes these wider seats have posed problems for some trucks with a narrower cab or where the driver has less room to move between the seats.  Occasionally, drivers have voiced complaints of armrests or air controls hitting the doors or drivers having to awkwardly twist to get between seats.  These inconveniences have led to the extreme situation of drivers having to resort to removing the armrest entirely.  Due to some of these concerns, Sears listened to driver feedback and took action.

Alas, as a leader in the construction seating industry truck seats, Sears Seating has updated and improved its long lasting Elite 80 truck seat line.  It recently introduced the Sears Atlas II truck seat with new and improved features including:  left-handed air controls that are now flush mount to the seat (they no longer protrude past the seat), smoother controls for the independent seat tilt and independent seat cushion extension of the truck seat, and a molded boot protecting the suspension rather than the vinyl drop cover.  In addition to these new improvements, Sears Seating still offers an optional fold-away armrest that can conveniently fold behind the truck seat for easy access to the back of your cab.   If you find yourself having to twist and awkwardly turn between the seats in order to move about your cab, this is an option you should seriously consider.  In fact, your current Elite 80 seats can also be updated with these innovative and space saving armrests.  When both the driver and passenger seats have the stow-away armrests installed, you can easily add an up to an additional seven inches of space between your seats.

Sears, along with the Atlas II, has also introduced a specific line called the Atlas II LE Series.  This series still offers the standard features such as:  a 22” wide, luxury style seat cushion, double locking slides with 9” travel and fore/aft isolator and a quad-chamber air lumbar system and 180 degree recliner.  However the LE Series offers a Leatherette/cloth option, thereby allowing the seat to provide a heating and cooling option.  The seat is actually cooled with fans installed in the lower portion of the seat, thereby allowing air to come up through the cloth seat cushion and keep the driver cool.

As noted, the Atlas II has some new improvements.  This doesn’t mean they don’t still offer some of the previously popular options such as:  heated cushions, swivel base (the driver side turns 180 degrees to the right and the passenger side turns 180 degrees to the left), heat and massage, and a variety of various trim choices including cloth, Leatherette (similar to the Elite 80’s Ultraleather), and some of their “Special Edition” two-tone seat options.

For additional information or to see what other options might be available for your truck, please feel free to contact United Group’s seating specialists at (800)223-7003 or email us at customerservice@industrialseats.com.  United Group, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has been providing seating options for the past 25 years and offers many solutions for your truck seat needs.

Heat Your Seat

If there is one thing that Winter Storm Hercules might have taught us, it is that some features thought to be superfluous may actually be necessary to complete a job under extreme circumstances.  One such amenity is the heated seat.  Something I have never personally taken for granted since our introduction (I’ll never forget the first time we met) but yet it’s a feature I see many customers passing on daily.  It’s understandable that when facing a budget constraint something viewed as an unnecessary feature would be the first to feel that crunch.  But why is it deemed as unnecessary to begin with?  That’s what I’m unsure of, and I think that you should be questioning your quick trigger response as well.

So let us take a look at some industrial seats that have the capability of keeping you warm on a record-breaking cold day for minimal add-on cost, and allow you to complete your daily tasks while simultaneously avoiding frostbite.

KAB 525

  • Mechanical Suspension
  • 4 inch stroke with shock damper
  • Mid-Height backrest with full range recline
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Double locking sliderails
  • Seat belt anchorage to ISO 6683 & SAE J486
  • Weight Range: 110-300lbs

IRONHORSE Seating™ 5000

  • Heavy duty mechanical suspension
  • Fully reclining backrest
  • EVC seat cushion support
  • Extreme duty Tufftex fabric trim
  • Wide adjustment range mechanical lumbar support
  • Heavy duty double locking sliderails

Grammer MSG75G/531

  • Air Suspension
  • 3” stroke
  • 12V integral compressor
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Heavy duty sliderails
  • Supports operators up to 375lbs

Is it unnecessary for an employee to be comfortable to complete a job?  Absolutely not, and since we are staring a “Polar Vortex” in the face  I think it’s as good time as any to remind employers that a heated seat is more than a feature left to the fat cats in luxury automobiles. It is a necessary feature to ensure productivity during the frigid winter months.