Tampa MCRC Earns Timken Silver Certification

February 24, 2017 at 10:19 AMRing Power

Tampa’s Heavy Equipment Major Component Rebuild Center recently achieved silver certification from The Timken Company, receiving a plaque and banner as a source of pride for employees and clear evidence to customers that the MCRC facility is “Timken Bearing Certified.”

The certification process is done in conjunction with Timken’s bearing maintenance training programs. Prior to training, a Timken engineer conducts a rigorous evaluation of the processes and equipment used to store, remove, install and maintain bearings. Following the training, the Timken engineer returns for the post-training audit.

Being designated Bearing Certified means that the MCRC adheres to the highest standards in bearing service and confirms that solid processes are followed and the appropriate equipment is in place to ensure proper bearing maintenance. 

Ring Power's MCRC rebuilds and repairs diesel engines, transmissions and torque converters, power train components, provides engine component services and dyno tests to meet Caterpillar® performance specs.

Video: Machine's In-Cab Advanced Display Settings

January 26, 2017 at 11:58 AMRing Power

Adjust your skid steer or compact construction equipment to meet your jobsite's demands. 

As a Florida contractor, be sure to get the most out of your heavy equipment by using the in-cab display to adjust operator settings according to your specific project.

Operator settings allow you to configure many of the settings of your machine that you may wants to adjust for your specific project. Click the button twice and you’ll see several settings you can change. To navigate between the different setting options, use the buttons directly below the vertical arrows.

Some of the settings you can adjust according to your preference include:

- Drive joystick sensitivity
- Creep control
- Limit top end speed
- Backup camera

All of these items can be changed by using the buttons directly below the horizontal arrows. Knowing how to navigate your in-cab display will help you get the most out of your machine.

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Video: Know Your Construction Equipment's Engine

January 20, 2017 at 10:09 AMRing Power

As a Florida contractor, you know how important it is to minimize downtime. Follow these simple tips to keep your new onstruction equipment running at top performance.

Know the location of your engine oil dipstick. Check the oil often to make sure the engine contains the proper amount of oil.

- Air filters are one of the most vital components of the engine bay. Clean air going in will lengthen the life expectancy of your machine's engine— check it daily.

- Keep an eye on fuel condition. Visually inspecting the fuel lets you know if you have high amounts of water or contaminants.

- Check your recommended intervals. Be sure to follow your machines recommended intervals for changing the hydraulic filter.

- Coolant should be filled to spec. Visually inspect to make sure it’s at the right level.

- Manually disconnecting the battery is helpful as an anti-theft device or if the machine will sit idle for an extended period of time.

VIDEO: Parts.cat.com makes buying parts easy

January 11, 2017 at 10:36 AMRing Power

Did you know our Florida contractors and customers are now able to order Caterpillar heavy machinery parts online at parts.cat.com?

It's the fastest and easiest way to shop from over 1.4 million Cat® machine parts, including new, Cat® Reman, Cat Classic parts, and attachments.

To find the heavy equipment part your looking for, simply browse through the category section. Within a few clicks you'll find exacly what you need. You can even check local parts inventory. If you know the part serial number, it's even easier. Just enter the serial number and keyword and you'll find your parts in seconds.

Parts.cat.com - find the parts you need with the click of a button.

 

 

Ring Power Corporation Announces Retirement of Director of Used Sales, Appointment of Used Equipment Sales Manager

January 5, 2017 at 12:48 PMRing Power

- Paula Ringhaver, Frank Fowler, Randy Ringhaver, & Lynne Fowler are pictured at a board of directors meeting where Frank Fowler was presented with a commemorative collector model Cat D11T tractor.

Ring Power Corporation today announced the retirement of Senior Vice President Frank Fowler, director of used heavy equipment sales, Dec. 31.

Fowler’s decision to retire brings to a close a remarkable career of 44 years with Ring Power Corporation. First hired by Ring Power in 1972 to work in the parts warehouse at their corporate offices on Talleyrand Avenue in Jacksonville, Fowler held various positions during his employment, including parts counter salesperson, equipment sales administrator, equipment rental manager, and used equipment sales representative. Fowler joined Ring Power’s Board of Directors in 1998 and, in 2005, was named Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment and International Sales.

 

Fowler attributes his success to a few key factors. First, having the support and leadership of Ring Power’s dealer principals throughout his tenure, which provided a strong foundation for making sound business decisions. Also important, having the opportunity to share solutions and exchange points of view with other dealer principals and used equipment sales teams from Cat dealerships around the country gave him a unique perspective for dealing with the ups and downs of the used equipment business climate.

 

“[Fowler] was one of the first to recognize the built-in value of good, used equipment,” said Ring Power President and CEO Randy Ringhaver. “He has been a driving force behind the success of our Used Equipment department, which has contributed greatly over the years to the growth and achievements of the rental, service and parts areas of our business, as well.”

Replacing Fowler, Frank Streva, who joined Ring Power in Aug. 2016, assumed the role of used equipment sales division manager Jan. 1 after 12 years with another Cat dealership, Louisiana Machinery Co. While at Louisiana Cat, Streva worked in a variety of roles in finance, sales, and operations and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Streva has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Louisiana State University.

 

“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead our used sales division and I look forward to working with our dedicated employees and customers to further grow the business,” Streva said. “I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am confident we can build upon the success of the used equipment division thanks to the foundation built under Frank’s leadership.”

 About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

 

VIDEO: Construction Equipment Parking Techniques

December 22, 2016 at 9:34 AMRing Power

 

As a contractor or heavy equipment operator in Florida, follow these simple steps to protect yourself, your machine and the people around you.

- Reduce your engine speed as you approach your parking location.

- Ensure that your parking location is on level ground.

- Lower the boom until your bucket is resting on the ground.

- Raise the hydraulic control console to disengage the hydraulic control system.

- Run the engine for 5 minutes in low idle

 

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VIDEO: Construction Equipment Daily Cab Routine

November 18, 2016 at 10:52 AMRing Power
use these pointers to be safe, comfortable and aware once inside the heavy construction equipment cab.

As a contractor or heavy equipment operator in Florida, your daily routine should begin with a machine walk-around and inspection. Watch the video below for a few pointers to keep you safe and comfortable once inside the heavy equipment cab.

- Be sure the machine's backup camera is clear of debris
- Buckle the safetybelt and lower lapbars
- Adjust air ride seat for visibility
- Adjust the construction machine's controls for comfort
- Check your backup camera's in-cab display is operating properly

Remember, be safe, comfortable and aware!

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Raynor Shine relies on robust Cat equipment

November 4, 2016 at 12:49 PMRing Power

Heavy Equipment, Construction Equipment, Wheel Loaders, Florida Construction Equipment, Ring Power, Caterpillar

As a youth, Tony Raynor’s father told him to go to college and not make a career out of the Orlando landscaping and irrigation business that his dad founded in 1975.

But blessed with a green thumb and passion for the work, Tony eschewed a college education and stayed in the family landscaping business. Then, six years after his dad’s passing in 1991, Tony decided to follow in his father’s entrepreneurial footsteps by specializing in tree service, site clearing and storm recovery.

At the outset, the tree service consisted of Tony and wife, Tami, working with a Chevy van and U-Haul trailer.

“We started off very humble and small,” Raynor recalls. “I climbed the trees and Tami worked with me dragging the limbs. After doing 22 named storms and traveling around the country, we decided to put our roots down deep here in central Florida.”

As the Orlando tree service and landclearing business grew, so did the amount of wood chips and tree debris. Tony got tired of wasting natural products that could be recycled and put back into use in the environment. So Raynor Shine started its first wood recycling yard and processing its own material in 2009.

[Watch Raynor Shine's Cat Front End Loader in Action]

A full-service sustainable recycling company processes organic vegetative debris from landclearing, tree and landscape companies as well as yard waste from municipalities. Raynor Shine’s RSRS division hauls debris with large grapple trucks to one of nine recycling facilities in central Florida.

“With our large grapple trucks we are able to haul larger amounts of debris at one time, which leaves a smaller carbon footprint on the environment and saves money,” Tony says.

Having grown to just over 100 employees, Raynor Shine has successfully completed many large debris and hauling contracts, handling millions of cubic yards of debris. The company serves the I-4 corridor from Daytona Beach to Tampa. Some of the company’s larger clients include Swan, Dolphin and Marriott Resorts. It also contracts with municipalities to handle huge volumes of yard waste.

“We’re also geared up for hurricanes being situated here in central Florida,” Tony says.  “When hurricanes hit we’re ready to get right out there and help support any municipality that needs to get back on their feet.”

The clever company name tends to draw favorable comments from customers. Plus, it neatly encapsulates Raynor Shine’s mission in two words.

“Our goal is to shine for our customers, so that was the theme behind the name that my father and grandfather came up with,” Tony says. “Plus, when it rains we talk about that, too. We tend to get the job done either way.”

Integrated approach

Raynor Shine provides clients with the most practical and environmentally friendly methods of recycling. Everything is recycled, reduced, and re-used. The company manufactures premium colored mulch products and soil amendments.

Raynor Shine has four divisions, including a grapple division that collects trees, limbs and organic material, a transport division for hauling, a processing division that grinds the organic material into mulch, and a blowing division that delivers and spreads mulch at residential and commercial sites. The company has nine processing yards throughout central Florida, with Apopka just outside Orlando as the largest facility.

Raynor Shine, Cat Equipment, Wheel Loaders, Heavy Equipment

“We take that same material that we collect or that’s dumped at our facility and we reprocess it into a reusable product,” Tony says. “We make high quality mulches for our blower trucks. We’ll deliver it in bulk, or we’ll go out there with our truck and our whole fleet of express blowers that are able to blow up to 1000 feet away from the truck.”

Cat® equipment is at the heart of Raynor Shine’s operation. Every grinder has a Cat powered engine, as do many of the blower trucks. At its main yard in Ocoee, the company utilizes a Cat 950M Wheel Loader, and a 324E Cat Hydraulic Excavator. Altogether, Raynor Shine has nine pieces of Cat equipment, along with three CT660 on-highway trucks—two of which are configured in tractor form and pull-100 yard mulch trailers.

“My operators enjoy running the Cat equipment,” Tony says. “The 950M Wheel Loader with its cab guarding package is a mean looking machine. And when you’re feeding material to a grinder with a loader, the support that you have to give a 1200 horsepower grinder, you better be mean and lean, and the Cat wheel loader definitely is a powerful machine.”

The latest configuration of the Cat 950M has wider, lower profile tires along with auto diff lock—two new features that Raynor Shine’s operators appreciate for greater stability and traction.

One of the biggest challenges in Raynor Shine’s business is physical damage to the equipment, says operations manager Edward Lee. 

“We’re dealing with logs and brush, and it has a tendency to stab and jab all over the machine, resulting in broken windshields, torn off fenders, cut hydraulic lines, and bent belly pans,” Lee says. “So, the robustness of the machine and the guarding package are big things for us.” 

All of the 950M Wheel Loaders have variable pitch fans and front window guards. The most recent wheel loader purchased by Raynor Shine is outfitted with heavy-duty steps borrowed from the waste-handling package for the 950M.

Raynor Shine depends on its Cat equipment to be up and running at all times, and enjoys uptime in the mid-90s.

“Cat machines are reliable, robust equipment that we love working with, and the uptime has exceeded our expectations,” Tony says. “The attachments that we use with them enhance their capabilities. And we like the fuel efficiency of the Tier 4 machines.” 

Dedicated support

Raynor selected Cat equipment because it’s a strong brand that enjoys a worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

“We love that we have total support from our Cat dealer, Ring Power,” Tony says. “They have such a large team of technicians in the field, and when we need a part they’re quick to deliver it. The majority of the time they have it on the shelf, and if they don’t they have it the next day. Their support team is phenomenal.”

Adds Lee: “Cat machines are premium products, and the service is extraordinary. Ring Power has a lot of depth to be able to respond to equipment issues in the field. Basically, it’s about maximizing uptime, and what Ring Power brings to the table is the size, depth, and capacity to respond in timely fashion to maintain and repair equipment.”

Tony appreciates the ease of acquiring equipment through Cat Financial.

“Caterpillar has been a strong vendor to us in every respect, and they stand behind us, financially,” he says. “They’ve been a great partner to us in that regard.”

Raynor also appreciates the dedicated sales support he has received over the years from his Ring Power representative, Scott Starkweather.

“Even before our company grew, he was showing me every different thing that was available to help us grow our company,” Tony says. “Even when we were a small company and had only a few pieces of equipment, he still took the time to bring ideas to me and keep me informed about new equipment that was coming on the market.”

Raynor Shine has a preventive maintenance agreement with Ring Power, which provides regular maintenance on all of the company’s Cat equipment.

“To not have to handle or deal with maintaining equipment at our various locations has definitely given us time to just keep focusing on what we do best,” Tony says. “Having that partnership with a solid dealer like Ring has made a big difference and helped us with our growth.

“For any company, at the end of the day you’re only as strong as the support that you have,” Tony adds. “They get us what we need when we need it—they keep us rolling. And if it wasn’t for that relationship, I don’t think we’d be as successful as we are today. So we strongly recommend Cat equipment for anybody.” 

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Not Your Average Used Construction Machinery

September 30, 2016 at 4:40 PMRing Power

In an effort to provide customers with more value for their investment, Ring Power has introduced Cat Certified Used Equipment

Cat Certified Used construction machines are low-hour, fully serviced heavy machinery, brought up to date and required to pass a rigorous inspection process. By fully inspecting and servicing lightly used Cat construction machines to a good-as-new state, our customers get the performance and reliability they need backed by Ring Power's service and parts departments.

With a strong Cat warranty, Certified Used machines provide remarkable value and dependability.

Cat Certified Used quality standards:

Passed 140-point Cat Certified inspection

Most recent maintenance completed

Serviced with genuine Cat parts

Operating and Maintenance manuals provided

Includes 12-month power train and hydraulic protection program

Ongoing dealer service and support

 

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ThinkBIG Program Enrolls Largest Group Ever

August 3, 2016 at 3:31 PMRing Power
ThinkBIG, Technician Scholarship, apprentice

On Aug. 1, 11 ThinkBIG applicants and their families gathered in St. Augustine, Fla. for “signing day.”

“You guys are the cream of the crop,” Teri Brown (Customer Training Manager) told the newest ThinkBIG interns. “We chose you not just based on your mechanical aptitude tests and interviews, but also your attitude.”

The 11 students make up the class of 2018, and are the largest group ever to enter the program through Ring Power.

Over the next two years, they will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at Ring Power.

In addition to the heavy equipment technician track, a generator technician track is now available. Ring Power worked closely with Caterpillar to develop the curriculum for the new track — the first power systems ThinkBIG program in the world.

ThinkBIG is a technician scholarship program offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with Caterpillar and South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

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