Scissor Safety: Let’s Delve into How ANSI-Compliant Training and Tech Are Changing the Industry

Scissor Safety: Let’s Delve into How ANSI-Compliant Training and Tech Are Changing the Industry

Aerial lift machines are changing dramatically in 2020. We call them MEWPs now, for starters (mobile elevating work platforms). At the heart of these big…

Let’s Understand How to Rent a Skid Steer and Track Loader like a Pro

Let’s Understand How to Rent a Skid Steer and Track Loader like a Pro

You need backup, and you’ve decided reinforcements will come in the form of a skid steer or track loader rental. Wise choice. Cool machine. Versatile….

Quick Q&A: We Discuss Economy Grade Control Systems and Trimble Earthworks GO! with John Boss

Quick Q&A: We Discuss Economy Grade Control Systems and Trimble Earthworks GO! with John Boss

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG in March, Trimble announced its Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 2.0 with a slew of groundbreaking new features. I did a CE Conversations…

We’re Awesome: The CE Crew Earns Three More Awards this Year

We’re Awesome: The CE Crew Earns Three More Awards this Year

The first half of 2020 has been dominated by momentous news stories from COVID-19 to CONEXPO-CON/AGG. The always resourceful staff at Compact Equipment has been…

Long-Arm Mulchers: Let’s Deep Dive into Mini Ex Mulchers with Three Top Manufacturers

Long-Arm Mulchers: Let’s Deep Dive into Mini Ex Mulchers with Three Top Manufacturers

Do you need a brush cutter with extra reach and dexterity? Maybe you want to cut out-of-control brush that’s hanging on the wrong side of…

Compact Equipment Conversations: Dante Thomas Discusses Caterpillar’s Smart Attachments in the Second Episode of Our New Video Series

Compact Equipment Conversations: Dante Thomas Discusses Caterpillar’s Smart Attachments in the Second Episode of Our New Video Series

Welcome back, CE reader, to our new video series called Compact Equipment Conversations. This week, publisher Keith Gribbins has a digital sit-down with Dante Thomas,…

Happy early Easter! We’re taking Friday off! Go be safe with your family.

Happy early Easter! We’re taking Friday off! Go be safe with your family.

The Benjamin Media and Compact Equipment crews are taking this Friday off to start our holiday weekend a little earlier. We wish you a relaxing…

Compact Equipment Conversations: Our New Video Series Highlights Awesome Iron like John Deere’s new 333G SmartGrade Compact Track Loader

Compact Equipment Conversations: Our New Video Series Highlights Awesome Iron like John Deere’s new 333G SmartGrade Compact Track Loader

Welcome to Compact Equipment Conversations. You now have access to not only a new video series from the makers of Compact Equipment, but entry into…

Mini Excavations: Enjoy a Variety of Easy Reading Tidbits on the  Compact Excavator Market

Mini Excavations: Enjoy a Variety of Easy Reading Tidbits on the Compact Excavator Market

Defined as excavators under 8 metric tons, these are small excavation machines engineered with an undercarriage and tracks, a long digging arm and a cab…

The Best of CONEXPO: We Pick the Top Machines and Booths Showcased at the Giant Construction Tradeshow

The Best of CONEXPO: We Pick the Top Machines and Booths Showcased at the Giant Construction Tradeshow

America’s biggest construction tradeshow — CONEXPO-CON/AGG — only happens every three years, so each one you attend is a badge of honor. The 2020 iteration…

Photo collage: CONEXPO 2020 Still Wowed the Construction Industry Despite COVID-19 and Rain

Photo collage: CONEXPO 2020 Still Wowed the Construction Industry Despite COVID-19 and Rain

Compact Equipment covered CONEXPO-CON/AGG from the ground last week. Would you expect any less? It was a great show in part because of the extremely…

Rental Roundup: The Most Interesting Equipment Showcased at The ARA Show Last Month

Rental Roundup: The Most Interesting Equipment Showcased at The ARA Show Last Month

The magic kingdom of Orlando was the destination city for February’s The ARA Show. The rental industry tradeshow is always full of enthusiastic exhibitors who…

Brand Recap: Let’s Quickly Go Over Some of the Interesting Import Machines Coming into the Market

Brand Recap: Let’s Quickly Go Over Some of the Interesting Import Machines Coming into the Market

Global equipment manufacturers continue to show interest in the American off-highway equipment sector. That is a promising sign. I recently noticed Spanish equipment maker AUSA,…

Come Grow with Us: Toro Continues to Acquire Innovative Solutions for Outdoor Environments

Come Grow with Us: Toro Continues to Acquire Innovative Solutions for Outdoor Environments

The Toro Co. is always eyeing the landscape, looking for complementary equipment to add to its portfolio. Almost every year now, the famous red landscape,…

Finally Trending: Small Articulated Wheel Loaders Are Getting Some Much-Needed Attention in 2020

Finally Trending: Small Articulated Wheel Loaders Are Getting Some Much-Needed Attention in 2020

European-style small articulated loaders are not new. Companies like Italy’s MultiOne and Finland’s Avant Tecno have been producing these cool articulating tool-carriers since the 1990s,…

What’s Up? With These New Indoor/Outdoor Slab Scissor Lifts Coming Out in (Maybe?) March

What’s Up? With These New Indoor/Outdoor Slab Scissor Lifts Coming Out in (Maybe?) March

The effective date for the new safety and training standards for aerial lift equipment or MEWPs (mobile elevated work platforms) was once again pushed back…

Four Loader Market Maneuvers: From Phone Apps to Downsizing, Here Are Four Major Skid Steer/Track Loader Trends

Four Loader Market Maneuvers: From Phone Apps to Downsizing, Here Are Four Major Skid Steer/Track Loader Trends

For us, the beginning of the year is always a good opportunity to reflect on two of the biggest categories in small construction equipment —…

Expansion Mode: From Bobcat to Brokk, Lots of Machine Makers Are Gearing Up for 2020 with New Investments

Expansion Mode: From Bobcat to Brokk, Lots of Machine Makers Are Gearing Up for 2020 with New Investments

Folks are feeling trepidatious about 2020. I get it. After you’ve been through a few economic cycles — especially the highs and lows of construction…

Innovative Iron Awards 2019: A Set of Five Personal Favorites that I Couldn’t Fit Anywhere Else

Innovative Iron Awards 2019: A Set of Five Personal Favorites that I Couldn’t Fit Anywhere Else

When we choose which equipment to highlight and honor in our Innovative Iron Awards, inevitably other machines and manufacturers get left out. Out of those…

Innovative Iron Awards 2019: Impressive Loader Additions from ASV (VT-70), Kubota (SVL65-2), Wacker Neuson (Series II) and Gehl (RT135 and RT105)

Innovative Iron Awards 2019: Impressive Loader Additions from ASV (VT-70), Kubota (SVL65-2), Wacker Neuson (Series II) and Gehl (RT135 and RT105)

In the off-highway equipment industry, most of the machine options are already pretty fantastic. Skid steers that boast insane hydraulic power to the attachment, zero-turn…