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Summer 2009

Right Equipment Is the Formula for Long-Term Success

The Bobcat System helps contractor take on new types of work; keeps revenues flowing

When construction was booming in Florida and homebuilders were calling regularly, Tony Pinard believed he had the right formula for success — a Bobcat® T300 compact track loader, a 763 skid-steer loader, a 322 compact excavator and a few employees.

"I would probably have had to hire about 10 people to replace the productivity of these three machines," says the owner of Tony Pinard Construction, headquartered in Chuluota, Fla. "With the cost of labor, insurance and everything else, it would have been difficult for me to stay in business without this equipment."

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Tony Pinard

Adapting to stay busy

With fewer opportunities in the home construction market these days, Pinard says his formula is still working, although the situation can change daily. "Some days I work by myself, other times I have one employee," he says. "In the past 20 years, I have never had to look too hard for work. Things are different now. However, because I never had many employees and I had versatile, dependable Bobcat equipment, I'm in a better position than many people."

Previously, a majority of Pinard's business was site preparation, concrete flatwork and foundation projects for new home and light commercial construction, but today he is doing more demolition and renovation work, using his existing Bobcat equipment.

"There is always the chance the right job will come along," he says. "When that happens I can make the payment after just one day of work." — Tony Pinard

Saving customers money

The powerful T300 is ideal for land clearing, says Pinard. He got a burning permit from the state and is now burning brush for people who don't want to pay for hauling services. "I look for ways to save customers money, and that approach is paying off in this economy," he says.

He purchased the T300 three years ago for bigger commercial work. Although that machine may sit idle for a month these days, Pinard values it highly. "There is always the chance the right job will come along," he says. "When that happens I can make the payment after just one day of work. If I got rid of the T300, I wouldn't have the opportunity to do that landclearing job. The work will come back and I'll be ready." On smaller jobs, such as removing concrete from inside buildings, Pinard uses his 763 loader. "It's the first machine I purchased and it has carried me for 13 years," he says. "It's incredible."

Owner-operator Tony Pinard can do the work of five laborers with one Bobcat compact excavator in a fraction of the time.

Owner-operator Tony Pinard can do the work of five laborers with one Bobcat compact excavator in a fraction of the time.

Lately, Pinard has used his 322 excavator to dig up palm trees in confined areas. "For many years I dug footers with the excavator, but when that work slowed, I discovered that the 322 is an excellent demolition and renovation machine," he says.

Pinard has always taken good care of his equipment and is now reaping the benefits of Bobcat products, purchased from Bobcat of Orlando. "If you maintain them properly, they hold up just fine," he says. "They're good, solid products."

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