New Lakeland Branch Now Open for Business

October 14, 2009 at 11:41 AMRing Power

Construction of the new Ring Power facility in Lakeland was completed right on schedule, consolidating Lakeland’s forklift operations and Mulberry’s heavy construction equipment and Cat Rental Store operations on an expansive 40-acre campus. Located less than two miles from exit 10 off Polk Parkway, the new facility at 3425 Reynolds Road offers 76,000 square feet of office, warehouse and service space. The service shops include seven heavy equipment service bays, six Cat Rental Store service bays, two forklift service bays and two bays for on-highway truck repair. 

"Building this new facility is a clear demonstration of Ring Power’s confidence in our customers’ futures as well as our own," said VP Lakeland Regional Sales Manager Mark Wineinger. "Our new location will enable us to penetrate new markets throughout Polk County, while we continue to expand and improve upon our services on behalf of our existing customers in the mining industry."

Ring Power sales representatives, parts associates and service technicians welcome customers to their new location, and ask that you please make note of the new Polk County phone number and address, as the former locations in Mulberry and Lakeland are now closed:

Ring Power Corporation

3425 Reynolds Road

Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number 863-606-0512

Fax Number 863-606-0514 

Ring Power A/C Service Keeps Heavy Equipment Owners, Operators Cool

June 29, 2009 at 12:28 PMRing Power
Mobile A/C service for construction equipment on the job

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures are putting air conditioning systems to the test on construction equipment everywhere. Excessive heat contributes to operator fatigue, which can result in lost productivity and create potentiaheavy equipment air conditioning repairl hazards on the job site, so it’s important to make sure your heavy equipment’s air conditioning systems are in peak working order. A poorly performing air conditioning system puts additional load on the machine’s engine, which means higher fuel consumption. Even a slow freon leak affects cooling performance, and the loss of lubricant can lead to system contamination or premature air conditioner failure. A freon recharge, in the short run, will keep your construction equipment’s A/C going, but it will not solve the root cause of the problem.

Ring Power’s certified heavy equipment air conditioning technicians can come to your job site to troubleshoot, diagnose, make adjustments and perform air conditioning repairs on your construction equipment. Our full A/C system evaluation includes the following checkpoints:
               • Electrical system        • Ducting                    • Condenser fan           • Blower motor        
               • Evaporator coils          • Compressor belt        • Refrigerant lines        • Freon pressure
And services: 
               • Clean the condenser coils (evaporator extra) 
               • Clean and inspect the condensate drain tubes 
               • Dye-testing of system to detect leaks

Ring Power services air conditioning systems on most construction and heavy equipment, including excavators, landfill compactors, backhoe loaders, motor graders, wheel scrapers, front-end loaders and track-type tractors. We also service popular brands like Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Hitachi, Volvo and Case. Call or email us to schedule air conditioning service for your heavy equipment.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

 

Fire Truck Rescued by St. Augustine Paint Shop

April 29, 2009 at 2:56 PMRing Power
St. Augustine Branch Donates Time to Restore Fire Truck

 

On hand to turn over the shiny, restored truck to Rodeheaver were several Ring Power employees and managers who took part in the effort. Pictured left to right: Branch Service Manager Chris Tomkinson, SVP Director of Facilities and Purchasing Dennis Steed, HE Unit Foreman Daryl Gandy, Larry Albane and Gerald Bustion; Rodeheaver representatives Jim Hughes, Jeff King and Ken Johnson; and President Randy Ringhaver.

Ring Power's St. Augustine branch donated the heavy equipment paint shop's expertise to the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch by offering to restore the charitable organization’s Ford C-Series fire truck. The ranch, which is located in Palatka, Fla., utilizes the fire truck for small brush fires, Boy Scout merit badge training, and to train boys for future public service careers.

The truck had been eaten away by rust, leaving holes in the roof and body. A special thanks to the whole St. Augustine paint shop crew for making the truck look as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line!

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Save Money with Ring Power Diesel Technician Training

April 22, 2009 at 2:25 PMRing Power
Ring Power offers a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: Hydraulics, Electrical, Engine, Safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

If you have Caterpillar® Service Information System (SIS) or Electronic Technician (E/T) but are not using the software, or not using it properly, you are throwing money away!

Let Ring Power’s Training Department help teach your heavy equipment technicians how to use these diesel engine analysis programs to get the most out of your construction equipment investment; because well-trained technicians will save you valuable equipment downtime and, in turn, save your company money.

Ring Power offers you the highest quality of heavy equipment, diesel engine, hydraulics and electronic training in the construction and power generation industry. We accomplish this through the experience, commitment and qualifications of our Master Trainers, which include both State and Federal Certifications. We offer a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: hydraulics, electrical, diesel engine, operator safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

Ring Power's training programs are designed specifically for your heavy equipment and applications. Your organization’s needs are determined by reviewing where you are and where you want or need to be. The training professional then sets about designing a definitive training program to assist in the achievement of your department’s service technician training goals.

For more information or to arrange a heavy equipment, diesel engine service training course: training@ringpower.com

 

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Ring Power Truck Shops Gear Up for More than Engines!

February 13, 2009 at 4:22 PMRing Power

On-highway Truck Parts and ServiceWhen Caterpillar announced last year that it would not supply EPA 2010-compliant engines to truck or other on-highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the U.S., Ring Power made a bold business decision: to expand truck shop services to include a complete menu of rountine truck services for all brands of on-highway trucks and components—and not just Cat engines.

Now, in addition to truck diesel engine overhauls and other major repairs, Ring Power service technicians routinely perform brake jobs, clutch adjustments, component rebuilds, tune-ups and oil changes, to name just a few of their capabilities. Truck Parts & Service Business Development Manager Scott Miller, who joined the team in November, is helping to implement the new business plan, which targets owners and operators of all makes of commercial trucks from Class 4 through 8 (GVWR 14,001 pounds and up.)

In January, Ring Power became a stockholder in VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc., an exclusive and prestigious on-highway truck parts network that leverages the combined purchasing power of its members to assure long-term profitability, enhance vendor brand equity and increase combined market share. Miller, whose background includes more than 18 years in on-highway truck parts and service, sees this as an important step toward Ring Power’s success in the business. "Being a VIPAR member gives us access to on-highway truck parts suppliers that we might not have been able to do business with on our own," Miller said.

Ring Power parts department managers and parts associates from St. Augustine to Tampa have actively embraced VIPAR network training. On-highway Truck technician training sessions, which began in February, will be held as often as necessary to keep Ring Power diesel truck shop technicians up to speed on all makes of on-highway diesel truck engines and components. With 95 on-highway truck service bays and 73 truck shop diesel technicians at 12 full-service on-highway truck shop locations, Ring Power is poised to take a commanding lead in a viable Florida market. Full service facilities located in Jacksonville, St Augustine, Lake City, Orlando, Ocala, Palm Bay, and Tampa.

RING POWER ON-HIGHWAY DIESEL TRUCK REPAIR SERVICES
Air Compressors
A/C & Heating Systems
Alternators & Starters
Axles, Wheels & Suspensions
Batteries
Body, Cab and Chassis
Brakes
Clutches
Drivelines
Electrical Instruments, Systems & Wiring
Engine Rebuilds
Exhaust Systems
Fuel Lines & System Components
Throttles
Windshields, Wipers & Wiper Motors

ADDITIONAL ON-HIGHWAY TRUCK SERVICES
DOT Inspections
Chassis Vehicle Inspections
Trailer & Cargo Body Undercarriage & Decking
Competitive Engine ECU & Component Diagnostics
Auxiliary Power Units
Contract Towing
Drop-off Service
After-hours Service
Body Shop & Paint Shop at Select Repair Centers
Preferred Maintenance Contracts

 

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Compact Track Loader Undercarriage Tips

February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AMRing Power
An overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage

Because compact track loaders (CTL) have different undercarriage than skid steer and multi-terrain loaders, an overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage will be helpful. Cat CTL Undercarriage

The Cat-designed and -built undercarriage uses heavy-duty torsion axles for completely independent movement. This gives you smooth travel, better load retention and greater productivity, and allows work in soft underfoot conditions. Steel embeds span the track width to provide durability while continuously wound cables hold the embeds in place and ensure the track does not stretch.


Maintenance Techniques                        

  • Use a recoil grease tensioner to maintain proper track tension.
  • Clean the undercarriage at least once daily, especially between the roller and idler wheels and around the sprocket. It is easier to remove materials like mud at the end of a shift rather than later when it has dried.
  •  The front and rear torsion axles require daily greasing.
     

Operating Practices                                   

  • Make gradual three-point turns to avoid unnecessary wear. Use counter-rotations only when necessary; for example, in confined areas.
  • Working up and down slopes reduces the side-loading wear that occurs when you work across a slope. Keep the heaviest end of the machine uphill.
  • Approach transitions (for example, going over a curb) at a 90° angle. Avoid work where a track is not fully supported by the ground.
  • When back dragging, keep the full length of the track on the ground and the loader arms in the float position.

Contact your Ring Power Representative to discuss your Cat CTL or other undercarriage needs or email us for more information.

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Advanced Maintenance Solutions by Ring Power

January 5, 2009 at 4:13 PMRing Power

equipment maintenanceRing Power’s extensive equipment maintenance experience has shown that contamination control equals quality control. Advanced Maintenance Solutions enhances the customer’s ability to control and monitor both. To help customers reduce contamination and other problems associated with poor maintenance, Ring Power is bringing Advanced Maintenance Solutions to machines on the jobsite with a fleet of mobile service vehicles, staffed by trained technicians and fully equipped to handle any repair or installation associated with these new services.

Used individually, each of these service options offers benefits that can help streamline preventive maintenance and reduce owning and operating costs. Used in combination, these services create a new level of automatic machine maintenance and monitoring, simplifying routine preventive maintenance and extending machine life.

Lincoln Quicklub®

The daily lubrication of a machine can be difficult due to a number of variables ranging from weather to production demands. Improper lubrication of bearings can lead to contamination, which wears down the components, resulting in downtime and expenditures for replacement parts or wasted grease from over-lubricating.

Automatic LubricationLincoln Quicklubautomatically lubricates the external points of the machine. Through Lincoln’s unique system, small, measured amounts of grease are automatically delivered to each bearing at specific time intervals while equipment is operating. This method produces a grease seal around each pin and bushing, creating a barrier to keep contaminants out while ensuring the machine is never over-lubricated. In fact, the system uses less grease than it takes to manually lubricate a machine with a grease gun.

Quicklub combines a pump with an adjustable integrated controller, lubricant measuring valve, supply/feed line hoses and connection fittings. When triggered by the timer, the pump starts to dispense lubricant to the primary divider valve, which then distributes the lubricant to the secondary valves. The secondary valves dispense the correct amount of lubricant to each lubrication point. The system can be set to run for a preset time or to shut off after receiving a signal from a proximity switch.

QuickEvac

Protection from the Start. Lubrication is the lifeblood of diesel engines, especially for today’s high-performance, fast-starting models. The QuickEvac system delivers up to 40 gallons of oil per minute, eliminating dry-start wear by ensuring full oil pressure from turbo to crankshaft. Every time the engine starts, QuickEvac prelubricates the complete engine and all oil passages automatically, safely and rapidly before cranking can begin.

Contamination Control. Tighter tolerances, higher pressures and computerized controls on today’s high-performance diesel engines demand cleaner fluids for optimal performance and life. Even small improvements in contamination control are yielding big results in engine and component life. The QuickEvac system automatically filters new oil, before it enters the engine. It also pre-fills new oil filters automatically, safely and correctly, eliminating the need to fill them by hand.

Environmentally Friendly. Tougher environmental regulations and heavy fines demand greater care in handling, transferring and properly disposing of oil. QuickEvac offers foolproof, spill-proof protection. Leak-free quick couplers with direct draining to final containment eliminate leaks and spills, keeping service technicians, the workplace and the environment cleaner and safer.

Product Link™ Product Link

With Product Link you can gather information about your machines from any place at any time. This allows you to optimize asset utilization, reduce security risk, and improve maintenance management.

Product Link comes in two different models. The first is the PL121SR, which provides GPS location and operating hours. It is also capable of automatically alerting you when machines operate beyond owner-identified time or location limits. The second model, or PL321SR, tracks GPS location and operating hours just like the first model, plus it can provide machine health information (to troubleshoot repair issues before they become a problem), indicate fuel level and consumption, and provide condition-based event data, diagnostic reports, and/or alerts.

Putting It All Together

Equipment owners and operators who take advantage of Ring Power’s Advanced Maintenance Solutions can effectively eliminate downtime caused by lubrication-related component failures. In addition, you will gain productive time each day by eliminating shutdown for manual lubrication, and you will avoid costly repairs so your time can be better utilized. Even routine operations, such as changing buckets and attachments, are simplified because the couplings are well lubricated and easier to move.

The ROI is fairly substantial, too. You’ll continue to save money year after year, and the resale value of your equipment will also increase! For more information about Advanced Maintenance Solutions, contact a service representative at the Ring Power location nearest you:

 

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Get Gear for the New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 10:47 AMRing Power
Visit the Ring Power Store for all your Caterpillar and Ring Power gear

Apparel
Timepieces
Travel Gear
Accessories
Toys
Knives
Belts & Buckles
Caps & Hats
Cat Racing Gear
Scale Models
Sale Items
and much more!

You can now buy these Caterpillar speciality items at the
Ring Power Online Merchandise Store

 store.ringpower.com

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Ring Power Now Offers All-Makes, Replacement Rubber Tracks

December 22, 2008 at 11:03 AMRing Power

Ring Power can now supply new, high quality, replacement rubber tracks for every make and model machine (such as Takeuchi and Bobcat) at an incredible savings over the OEM list price! Most popular machine brands rubber tracks are in stock for immediate delivery. Call Ring Power's undercarriage specialist today at 1-800-671-0025 for details.

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Paving the road to success with Weiler Paving MTV

August 18, 2008 at 9:38 AMRing Power

Weiler E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle makes for smooth paving.

     Ring Power recently added three Weiler machines to its ever-expanding family of industry-leading products for customers in the specialized field of asphalt paving: the E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle and two Road Wideners, the W530 and the W730. Weiler, a division of Five Star Industries of Knoxville, Iowa, has a long history of manufacturing quality products for some of the most well respected companies in the U.S., including the former Barber-Green line of road wideners and windrow elevators.

E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle
The Weiler E1250 incorporates the latest technology to address a couple of common problems for paving contractors. Essentially, the wheeled conveyor system separates the haul truck from the asphalt paver to ensure smooth delivery while constantly blending the asphalt mix to reduce material and thermal segregation. This not only improves the smoothness and ride quality of the asphalt mat, but also increases the longevity and durability of the road surface.
    “We spent a considerable amount of time visiting some of Florida’s largest paving contractors to find out what their requirements were and listening to what they didn’t like, as well,” says Five Star Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Hood. “We feel our E1250 really shines compared to the competition.”
    This attention to recommendations is first noticeable from sitting down at the controls. The operator’s station can be repositioned to either side of the machine and steering can be adjusted with a standard tilt wheel. Common functions are more conveniently located for ease of use and a manual push-button override allows the operator to run the elevator at maximum capacity without changing the preset running speed.
    The machine features a 250-h.p C7 Cat® Tier III engine, with 100-gallon hydraulic tank capacity. The four-wheel, two-speed, Caterpillar® planetary drive system maximizes pushing power while allowing for a tighter turning radius and lower center of gravity. The elevator is direct-driven with two high-torque, hydraulic motors; the conveyor is driven with one. There are no gearbox seals, bearings, or fluids required, thereby reducing the number of wear parts and increasing reliability.
    An optional, power-remix, transition hopper insert for the paver gives the operator more surge capacity. Twin interlaced augers remix and narrow the material entering the conveyor, and a drop-through cover forces all of the material to be mixed by the auger flight.
    The E1250 offers a great example of how a quality product can be created through a combination of reliable components and an ear to operator comments. In fact, Weiler has sought out the valuable input from end-users for their entire line of machines. The 730 Road Widener was the first product offered under the Weiler name; a model that, six months after introduction was given new options based upon operator feedback. At the same time as Weiler expanded the options of the 730, they also introduced the 530 road widener. The 530 is a smaller, more economical version of the 730, created in response to high percentage of widening jobs being six feet or less.

730 Road Widener
The larger of the two self-propelled road wideners, the W730 features a 174-h.p., Cat 3056E ATAAC engine, and is capable of widening from one to 12 feet with a working depth of 12 inches above and below grade. With the optional long conveyor and weight kit, it can widen roads up to 14 feet. The four-wheel, two-speed, two gearbox, hydraulic drive (with three steering modes) offers greater control. The rear-wheel steering axle has a manual override to allow for a fourth steering mode for minor corrections while operating. Other features include the remotely located oil cooler, standard oscillating push rollers, and optional cab to protect the operator from the elements.

530 Road Widener
Running on a Cat 4.4 Tier III engine, the 114-h.p.W530 is capable of widening roads from one to 10 feet with a working depth range from 12 inches above and below grade. This unit has many of the same features and components as its larger counterpart. It also has many optional features such as rear steering, work lights, 9 kW generator and a cab. Contact Ring Power for more information on the Weiler line of paving products. info@ringpower.com

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