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Since day one, we’ve trusted Caterpillar and our local dealer, Thompson Machinery, with all our equipment needs. While it makes some nervous about putting all their eggs in one basket when it comes to iron, we’ve only seen enormous advantages.
While Cat is rarely the cheapest, we’ve found their machines are worth every penny due to performance and resale value. We’ve bought nearly every machine in our fleet new, and we’ve never had an issue getting top-dollar for our used machines when we sell them around the 5-7 year mark based on hours.
Even if we set the machines themselves aside, no one compares to Thompson Machinery in our area. They’re not paying us to say this, either! When we call, they answer.
Thompson is so trustworthy that we only have one mechanic on hand for basic repairs. They handle everything else, from significant repairs to on-site PM’s, thanks to our service agreements that we’ve happily held onto for years now. While more expensive at face value, the uptime they’ve given us makes the expense a no-brainer.
We’ve opted for a standardized fleet from the simplicity side of things as well. Not unlike Southwest Airlines, we only have one set of parts, one set of controls, and one technology set. It’s simpler for us to manage from the top and is simpler for our people to switch from machine to machine in the field. Everyone wins.
What about when we don’t have the equipment we need? Again, all it takes is one phone call. Thanks to Caterpillar’s aggressive growth on the rental side of their business, they always have the equipment we need, from trucks to dozers to rollers, on a moment’s notice.
Lastly, the technology advantage of Caterpillar is enormous. Every RAWSO machine is on Visionlink, which provides us with equipment location, hours, and idle time. Thanks to HCSS’s HeavyJob integration, all our equipment data is now entirely accurate rather than relying on operators and foremen to make their best guesses.
We love the Caterpillar brand like many others out there, and trusting Cat with our equipment makes perfect business sense. We can confidently say that we wouldn’t be where we stand today without a great equipment partner like Thompson Machinery!
We sincerely appreciate you following along on our RAWSO journey, and since we have grand plans for our business and team, we’re only getting started!
To learn more about our team, capabilities, and projects, check out our website at RAWSO.com or see what’s happening on our job sites day to day via @rawsoconstructors on social media.More blog