John Janes | Landscaping Marketing Manager
If an industry-wide landscaping labor shortage wasn’t enough of a problem, add on the cost and difficulty of recruiting seasonal employees. These are the primary reasons why many landscapers are turning to equipment solutions to get the job done. As you prepare for the projects the new year will bring, we wanted to take the opportunity to lay out some important considerations to make when purchasing or renting equipment for your business in this month’s On The Level blog.
User-Friendly Equipment Is Key
As you probably already know, recruiting landscape laborers who are not only dependable, but also able to operate your equipment, is quite the challenge. Therefore, it is especially important to consider the user-friendliness of the machines you plan to rent or purchase while preparing for next year’s busy season. So, what constitutes “user-friendly” landscaping machines? Here are a few checklist items to evaluate:
Supplementing Manual Labor with the Right Attachments and Technology
Advanced machine technology and attachments are not only replacing the need for added manpower, they are also helping landscape laborers tackle tasks in half the time. Some of the advancements that are proving to be especially useful in landscaping applications include:
In addition to solving labor shortage issues, equipment costs are more predictable than manual labor costs. Creating the optimal balance of equipment and labor is the best way to reduce total overhead expenses and bid on jobs more accurately. Purchasing or renting the right equipment may just be the key to being able to tackle more jobs throughout the busy season next year. To learn more about equipment solutions for landscaping applications, contact your local Cat® dealer or visit the Cat Resource Center.
Landscaping Marketing Manager
John Janes has been bringing his diversified expertise to sales and marketing initiatives at Caterpillar for more than a decade. Not only does he hold an LIC certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), CSP and ASM certifications from the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), but Janes also serves as an American Concrete Institute (ACI)-certified concrete flatwork technician.