The Spec Guide Is Back in July/August, so Make Sure You’ve Renewed Your Subscription to CE

Last year we did not produce our annual Spec Guide. Damn you, COVID. As a precautionary measure, Compact Equipment went full safe mode in 2020 with low page counts on print pubs, but 2021 is different. The machine industry is humming again. Work is opening back up. Big infrastructure bills are all the talk, and the annual Compact Equipment Spec Guide is back in print in July/August. These are all good market indicators.

CE’s Spec Guide is a 100+ page behemoth, detailing five main categories of compact equipment: 1) skid steers; 2) compact track loaders; 3) mini excavators; 4) compact tool carriers (stand-on or walk-behind units); and 5) compact wheel loaders. Manufacturers will be listed in alphabetical order, and each brand will get a full page per category that will include a product line summary, advice for buying and a list of essential model specifications (everything from bucket breakout force and boom lift orientation to engine power and operating weight). This is the magazine to get each year because it is a great reference guide, so be sure to surf over to to ensure you have a print subscription.

Compact Equipment magazine is a free trade publication for industry professionals, but it takes our qualified readership to keep it afloat. The Spec Guide is just the beginning of your subscription. CE is an award-winning trade pub and website (we’ve earned nine different awards in the last three years alone), covering all types of small categories of construction machinery. Our gearheads (read: editors) operate, analyze and write about off-highway equipment such as skid steers, mini excavators, utility vehicles, telehandlers and basically any diesel-powered construction machine (some landscape and ag too) that can be hauled on a trailer without a CDL.

We dissect market trends, explain complex OEM systems, visit manufacturing facilities and tradeshows and dispense our insights to contractors, machine operators, fleet managers, rental houses, municipalities and even the manufacturers themselves. On any given day, stories from Compact Equipment outlets range from how to buy a budget-minded utility tractor to a deep dive on off-highway diesel engine downsizing. Our editorial content is available across multiple media channels — print, web, email, webinars, social media and beyond. You can sign up for them all at, including July/August’s hefty Spec Guide.

Keith Gribbins is publisher of Compact Equipment.

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