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Friday, June 27, 2014 4:30 PM  RssIcon

Before World Cup players battle it out on Brazil’s natural grass fields, many train for the world’s biggest soccer tournament on turf.

Enter the Turf Muncher from Mitchell Machine Works. It’s a 14,000-pound machine that carefully rips up divot-laced, synthetic playing surfaces to pave way for a fresh set of grounds.

Take the Southampton Football (soccer) Club, for example, which relies on the Turf Muncher to keep its practice turf up to snuff. Three of its star players – Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana – play for England’s national team.

Hamilton Scores with Turf-Friendly Wheels

Underneath an 18–foot-wide body, 45-horsepower hydraulic power unit and array of complex pumps, you’ll find Hamilton.

Each rig is outfitted with eight of our special 7200 series dual-wheel pneumatic casters. With custom, 18-inch extra wide tires to boot. Turf-friendly tread and low-pressure inflation ensure the safety of the field’s foundation.

“Harder tires left costly dents and divots on the stone base during turf reclaiming,” said Mark Mitchell, president and owner of Mitchell Machine Works. “We switched to Hamilton’s 35 psi tire with special turf-pattern tread, and haven’t had a single problem since. Now we’re certified for use in any turf field anywhere.”

Not Only Soccer. Just Ask the New Orleans Saints.

Stadiums around the world rely on the Turf Muncher. Here in the United States, the Superdome, home to the Orleans Saints, replaces its turf after every season.

So next time you slosh down dollar brewskis at the ball game, consider this: There’s a good chance Hamilton already staked out its turf there. Oh, and one last thing. Go USA!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:26 PM  RssIcon

Ah, bacon. Just the word makes us drool (that’s code for our primal carnivore instincts). But it’s not only the salty, smoky and delectably fatty flavors that make taste buds sizzle. It’s science. Toss in a few amino acids and chemical reactions, and boom. Now you’ve got that “OMG” scent of bacony goodness. Watch the video to see how it happens, then get your pig on.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:17 PM  RssIcon

Dave Lippert’s passion for pure American manufacturing doesn’t stop when he leaves the office.

To empower companies to bring operations back to the United States, he and industry veteran Tim Hutzel spent the last three years co-authoring a book that exposes the dangers and hidden costs of offshoring.

Available now at CRC Press and Amazon, “Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America’s Manufacturing Through Reshoring” provides valuable insight for manufacturers with offshored operations, or those considering sending jobs to China or other foreign countries.

Here’s an excerpt:

Some reasons may stem from the original motivation to offshore. Was it strictly cost? If so, what costs were considered? In many cases, the labor cost was the driving force.

If that is the case, then looking at the current offshore labor costs, as well as the near term labor cost trend, may paint a very different picture from the original. The rapidly rising middle class in China is eliminating that country’s labor cost advantage.

As president of Hamilton Caster for 19 years, Dave understands the importance of manufacturing right here in America.

“It allows us to create local jobs, stimulate the country’s economy, hire a more technically advanced workforce, and, most importantly, build the best darn caster in the world,” he said.

Save 20% on the book and receive free shipping when you order from CRC Press. Enter promo code AVN97. Electronic versions (iTunes, Amazon Kindle) will be available soon.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:12 PM  RssIcon

Every rockstar salesperson has a secret to nailing the sale. Some wear their socks inside out, others don’t shave until a deal is struck. Rituals aside, however you sell, don’t let a few fatal words cost you the moola.

Here are the seven deadly sins of sales talk via MTD Sales Training:

  • “Trust me.” This vomit-inducing saying is sure to have people not believe a word that comes out of your mouth. Instead, earn their trust by delivering the toughest casters on the planet.
  • “What will it take to earn your business?” If it gets to this, consider the sale lost. Unless you’re throwing in Super Bowl tickets and a Jacuzzi.
  • “How are you today?” Cold calling is hard enough in the digital age. Open a sales call with this phrase, and prepare to eat dial tone.
  • “This is a limited time offer.” Limited to who – everyone, anytime? This age-old saying belongs at the used-car lot where it came from.
Read the rest over at MTD Sales Training. Tell us your most-hated sales clichés in the comments.


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Monday, June 23, 2014 4:10 PM  RssIcon

The days of long beard, big axe are over. Enter the John Deere Feller Buncher, featured on Discovery Channel’s new series “Extreme Loggers.” This 50-ton hulk of steel carves up forests around the world, plucking trees from the ground like weeds. Check out this clip on, and take note of the 22-inch radius steel saw blade.

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