New Central Fla Challenger Ag Tractor Reps—August 2011

August 23, 2011 at 9:16 AMRing Power

New agriculture experts are ready to assist with tractor selection, repair, service or parts purchases. farm tractor sales, parts and service reps in Florida

Meet Ring Power’s new Challenger agricultural tractor division representatives: Mike Jones, Challenger Equipment Sales and Richard Browning, Challenger Product Support Sales. These guys know their business.

Mike was formerly a heavy equipment field service technician at our Mulberry branch for six years before being named a Challenger product support sales rep in 2005. Richard has more than 15 years of heavy construction equipment service experience, including five with Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store as a field service technician and repair shop lead man.

Our Challenger farm and ag division is more than ready to meet the growing demands of central Florida farmers and agriculture businesses. When you need ag equipment, ag implements, parts or service, Mike and Richard are here for you! Contact them for any repair issues with your ag machinery.

Challenger Ag Tractor Sales
  Mike Jones, Lakeland  |  863-606-0512

Challenger Ag Parts, Repairs, Service & Product Support
   Richard Browning, Tampa  |  813-865-2338


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Review of 2010’s Top Construction Equipment Blog Postings—January 2011

January 1, 2011 at 10:12 AMRing Power
Top blog postings for 2010 from

The year 2010 was an interesting year for Ring Power. The Cat Rental Store expanded new and specialty product lines, such as the Terex utility trucks and derrick diggers and the Hydra Platform for bridge inspections. We also added versatile construction machine shopmachines like the Hydrema dump truck with side-dump capabilities. Ring Power Lift Trucks aligned with Exide Technologies to provide the proper forklift battery and battery charger for customer’s forklift applications.

We looked at ways customers could operate more efficiently by analyzing equipment costs per hour and ways to rebuild and repair using services from Ring Power.

Ring Power constantly strives to deliver the very best and most productive forklifts, construction equipment, generators, and air compressors to contractors throughout Florida. And our customers can expect no less in 2011.

Below are the most read Ring Power blog postings for 2010.

1. Electric Forklift: Charging forklift batteries safely.

2. Not All Boom Mowers Are Created Equal

3. Entertainment Services – Unveils Greenest Live Show Solution

4. Managing Your Heavy Construction Equipment's Cost Per Hour

5. Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning for Buses, Tractor Trailer Rigs and On-highway Trucks

6. Rough Terrain Forklifts: The choice when moving materials off road

7. Is Your Forklift’s Hydraulic System Protected?

8. Ring Power Lift Trucks Appointed as Authorized Clark Forklift Dealer

9. Paving the road to success with Weiler Paving MTV

10. Cat Lift Trucks Announces New Heavy-Duty Diesel Lift Truck

11. Electric Forklift Battery Owners Turn to Exide® Technologies

12. Ring Power Announces Appointment as Terex Hydra Platform Distributor

13. Ritchie Bros. Auction Draws Used Equipment Buyers from Around the World to Orlando, Florida

14. Falcon Tanks & Generator Enclosures by Phoenix Products

15. Florida's Largest Peanut Farmer Prefers Challenger Agricultural Equipment

16. Goodwin Brothers Construction: Keeping It All in the Family

17. Don’t Let Your Electric Forklift Maintenance Give You Shock

18. Challenger Roadside Mowing Seminars and Operator Safety Training

19. Six Reasons to Choose Linde Electric Forklifts

20. ALL UNDER ONE ROOF: Hydraulic Repair, Machining, Welding, Fabrication, Transmission Repair & Engine Service

At this holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made Ring Power's success possible. It is in this spirit that we say, “Thank you and best wishes for the holidays and a prosperous New Year.”

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. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

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Leaking Hydraulic Cylinders Can Contaminate Hydraulic System

June 15, 2010 at 4:51 PMRing Power
hydraulic system contamination

Know the effects of contamination on your heavy equipment, forklift or machinery's hydraulic system.

Hydraulic fluid contamination has the potential to damage your entire hydraulic system in two different ways.

1. Accelerating Hydraulic Component Wear
hydraulic system contamination tolerances
From 75 to 85 percent of all hydraulic pump, motor, cylinder and valve failures can be traced to fluid contamination. Due to the extremely small tolerances of today’s hydraulic systems, even particles that can not be seen by the naked eye can cause damage to your hydraulic system, leading to costly repairs.

2. Reducing Hydraulic System Efficiency

Machine productivity and efficient hydraulics go hand-in-hand. If a hydraulic system isn't performing at peak efficiency, it's robbing machine performance. Efficiency losses occur gradually, and can decrease productivity by as much as 16-20 percent before being detected by the operator. Over time, these "invisible" efficiency losses can also lead to increased fuel consumption.

Prevent Hydraulic System Damage
Hydraulics Xpress' exchange cylinders are in stock and ready for installation. Our highly qualified service technicians repair and rebuild hydraulic components on all equipment makes and models. Our state-of-the-art hydraulic shops are equipped with precision mills, long bed lathes and the latest welding equipment.

Cylinder Exchange Price Includes
Our hydraulic cylinder exchange price includes:
Disassembly and reassembly
New hydraulic seals for head, piston and rod
New seals for barrel and rod eye
Light honing of the barrel
Pressure testing
Cleaning and painting

Here is a list of Hydraulic Cylinder Groups rebuilt by Hydraulics Xpress. Hydraulic Cylinder Exchange.pdf

Our hydraulic cylinders come with a warranty of 1 year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

Additional Service Available
Available for an additional charge are:
Salvage repair of cylinder head and piston
Salvage and re-tube cylinder barrels

Re-rod, HVOF cylinder rod resurfacing, and straightening of rods
Update hydraulic heads for wear rings, O-rings, and improved seals

Get a quote from Hydraulics Xpress for your hydraulic cylinder repair, as well as hydraulic pumps and motors of all makes and models, including Rexroth, Sunstrand, Denison Vickers, Linde and others. 

Hydraulics Xpress: we repair all hydraulics regardless of make or model of equipment or industrial machinery. We're located throughout North and Central Florida, with repair facilities in Tampa, Orlando, and St. Augustine. Phone toll free with any questions at 1-877-733-5120.


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Case Equipment Owners Rely on Ring Power for Repairs and Maintenance

February 4, 2010 at 4:55 PMRing Power
Former Briggs customers turn to Ring Power for service and preventive maintenance

Ring Power Technician Briggs Equipment, North American distributor for Case articulated trucks, track loaders, crawler dozers and loaders, excavators, Yale forklifts, loader/backhoes, tool carriers, motor graders, skid steer and wheel loaders, pavers, compaction equipment, material handlers, demolition tools, and asphalt and concrete equipment, has closed its doors in Florida.

Case heavy equipment owners throughout north and central Florida can rest assured that Ring Power parts warehouses have access to the replacement parts they’ll need to keep their construction machines up and running: adjusters, brakes, engines, hoses, batteries, buckets, filters, hydraulics, pumps, blades, cab and chassis, fuel systems, pins and bushings and seal kits, as well as undercarriage, power train, steering and front axle components.

Also,Ring Power shops and technicians are equipped to perform repairs and preventive maintenance on most heavy equipment makes and models. In addition to Case construction equipment, Ring Power services skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders, compact track loaders,manlifts, aerial lifts, mini hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, compactors, boom trucks, dump trucks, utility trucks, backhoe loaders and dozers made by Caterpillar, Bobcat, Genie, Terex, JCB, Lull, and other leading manufacturers.

Call or email us at any of our locations in north or central Florida to schedule service for your Case construction machine. Ring Power is open for business and we are here to stay!

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.

Ring Power is not associated or affiliated with CNH or the Case Company


Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning for Buses, Tractor Trailer Rigs and On-highway Trucks

December 28, 2009 at 11:25 AMRing Power
Diesel Particulate Filter DPF Cleaning

Lately, there has plenty of discussion regarding the EPA emissions requirements for on-highway diesel engines. The use of a pollution control device called a diesel particulate filter or DPF is one way to reduce diesel engine pollution emitted from buses, heavy-duty trucks, tractor-trailer rigs and on-highway trucks. diesel particulate filter DPF cleaner

What is a Diesel Particulate Filter?

Diesel Particulate Filter or DPF for short, is a filter designed to remove particulate and soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. All on-highway diesel engines sold as 2007 model or newer must have a Diesel Particulate Filter installed.

How does the DPF function?

Every on-highway truck that has a DPF installed also has regeneration light on the dashboard. As long as the truck is going faster than 20 mph when the filter gets full, the engine will do an automatic regeneration and burn off the collected particulate. What is left in the filter is a small amount of soot or ash, similar to the ash in a fireplace. If the truck sits at idle for long periods then the light on the dash will come on, alerting the driver to perform a manual regeneration.

The more ash collected in the filter, the less time required between regeneration intervals. As the diesel particulate filter becomes clogged, the diesel engine will begin losing power. Warning lights will alert the driver and if the driver does not get the filter cleaned the engine will shut off completely.

How much is a new Diesel Particulate Filter?

The cost for a new Diesel Particulate Filter varies between $5,000 and $10,000.

Can a DPF be cleaned?

Yes. A DPF is a filter and all filters eventually clog. A diesel particulate filter traps all of the particulate matter (PM) or NOx before exhausted out into the atmosphere. The engine goes through a regeneration process that essentially burns the collected particulate matter at a temperature of about 1500° F. Avoid expensive DPF replacement costs by cleaning your diesel particulate filter. Regular DPF cleaning extends the life of your filter and keeps your diesel engine running at peak performance power.

How often should a DPF be cleaned?

Cleaning a Diesel Particulate Filter depends on the engine manufacturer’s recommendations. Volvo, Cummins, Caterpillar, GMC and Detroit Diesel all have different recommendations for cleaning the DPF used with their diesel engines. Please click here to see our brochure for details.

What are some engine conditions that probably mean it is time for a DPF cleaning?

• Turbo failure
• Excessive regenerations
• Sluggish power

Click here for more information on DPF cleaning and additional truck repair and truck maintenance or send an email to schedule a DPF cleaning appointment.

Our on-highway truck parts and services include repairs to air compressors, air conditioning & heating, alternators & starters, axles, batteries, brakes, clutches, drivelines, electrical instruments & controls, engine cooling & radiators, exhaust, fuel system, steering, suspension, throttle control, transmission, windshields, wipers & washer, wiring. Click for locations and contact information or email us here.

Ring Power’s Full Service Truck Repair facilities are located throughout north and central Florida in St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Perry, Lake City, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Daytona Beach, Brooksville, Orlando, Tampa, and Palm Bay. Our services include repairs, or maintenance on all makes of buses, RVs, on-highway trucks, tractor trailer rigs and all types of diesel engines. 

Vital Signs of Your Forklift’s Engine System

September 11, 2009 at 12:23 PMRing Power
Maintain Forklift Engine System

Maintaining a watchful eye on your forklift’s engine performance is good business practice. It will also ensure your forklift is operating at peak performance, which in turn lowers your operating expenses and saves money. Below are seven areas to watch on your forklift engine service areasforklift’s engine system.

Air Filtration Dirty or damaged air cleaner components, including the air cleaner hose, housing and seals, may allow unfiltered, contaminated air to enter the forklift’s engine and cause serious damage to rings, bearings and other components.

Lubrication Oil breaks down chemically and accumulates contaminants over time regardless of the forklift’s engine hours. Heat cycles also break down additives in engine oil and deteriorate lubricating capabilities that can result in accelerated wear and shorter forklift engine life.

Fuel System A forklift engine not tuned to optimal performance can result in low power, inefficient forklift operation and excessive fuel cost. Failure to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements where applicable can result in considerable fines.

Starting and Charging Stations Low forklift batteries, a loose alternator belt, damaged ignition components or worn or corroded electric forklift battery terminals could lead to poor performance, excess fuel usage, pollutants or a "no start" condition.

Cooling System Coolant also deteriorates over time, reducing the effectiveness of additives and changing the pH factor. Both can damage the forklift’s water pump, radiator and aluminum components. A damaged fan blade may cause vibration, which can damage the bearings and radiator.

Seals & Gaskets A leaking valve cover and/or damaged pan gaskets or seals could contaminate the operating environment and result in costly forklift engine failure.

Freeze Plugs Coolant leakage via freeze plugs could result in loss of fluid and overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

Ring Power Lift Trucks make significant investments in professionally trained forklift service technicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, completely stocked service vans and excellent parts inventory to help keep your forklifts on the job and being productive. In the long run, Ring Power Lift Trucks minimizes your risk and keeps your forklifts running at the lowest operating cost. Call 1-877-544-5438, click or e-mail to have your forklift’s engine system checked, serviced, or repaired.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Forklift Forks: By The Numbers

August 3, 2009 at 8:33 AMRing Power

Facts and figures for Forklift Forks and Lift Chains forklift fork lift chains

The normal maximum percentage of elongation of a forklift’s lift chain is only 3%.

Five Percent is the maximum edge wear allowed of a forklift’s lift chain.

A forklift’s fork-length is only permitted to be extended by 1.5 times the length of the original fork.

Standard, square, tapered and round are 4 typical types of fork tips

A forklift’s capacity is reduced by 20% when the fork’s wear is reduced by as little as 10%.

Nearly 25% of all forklift forks in operation fail to meet safety criteria

Three most common failures of forks are cracked heels, worn heels, and unauthorized welds performed on the forks.

Remember, "Repair by only the manufacturer of the fork or an expert of equal competence shall decide if a fork may be repaired for continual use, and the repairs shall be carried out by such parties. It is recommended that the surface cracks or wear be repaired by welding. When repairs necessitating resetting are required, the fork shall subsequently be subjected to an appropriate heat treatment, as necessary."

Call 1-888-699-7811, click or email to have your forklift's forks inspected by a trained Ring Power Lift Trucks’ representative and ensure safe operation of your material handling equipment.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Trucks has parts for nearly any make forklift including Toyota, Hyster, Yale, Mitsubishi, Linde, Crown and many other models of forklifts. We also provide a guaranteed 4-hour response time on forklift service and forklift repair. Click to visit our website or email us for more information.

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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.