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Commentary: Why a Buyers’ Guide?


February 2, 2010
By Andy Bateman


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There are a number of good reasons why the Aggregates & Roadbuilding 2010 Buyers’ Guide is a useful tool in your information toolkit. Here are just a few.

There are a number of good reasons why the Aggregates & Roadbuilding 2010 Buyers’ Guide is a useful tool in your information toolkit. Here are just a few. 

Comprehensive: most names in the manufacturers’ listings will probably be familiar, but it’s also quite possible that there are some names you haven’t heard before. The latter may include small domestic manufacturers or foreign manufacturers seeking a foothold in the market and these “motivated sellers” are likely to be eager for your business. You may be happy with your existing supplier. But are you sure your existing supplier has the best equipment and service network to fit your needs?  Our Buyers’ Guide will help identify other potential suppliers who may have just the new product or technology you are looking for.   

Knowing your distributors: for many equipment buyers, after sales service and parts availability is just as important as initial purchase considerations but it can be a challenge just keeping pace with who is supplying what. Where are the nearest distributors of critical parts? Does your local distributor keep these parts in inventory or are parts sourced from a central distribution centre?

Our Buyers’ Guide will help you get fast answers to these questions.     

Efficient: have you tried an Internet search for a piece of equipment lately? It can be a time- consuming and frustrating process. Typing in “wheel loaders”, for example, will typically result in a long list of sponsored links and offerings from used equipment dealers. Our Buyers’ Guide provides a quick reference list of manufacturers with the products or services you are looking for. By contacting each in turn, competitive quotations and detailed equipment specifications will be available for your review in a short time.

Innovative: with its pickup truck feature by contributing writer Howard Elmer, the Aggregates & Roadbuilding 2010 Buyers’ Guide represents something of a departure from our traditional editorial focus. Pickup trucks are ubiquitous in the construction industry and often represent a significant percentage of mobile equipment capital budgets. We hope you find Elmer’s comparison useful when it comes to choosing your next pickup truck.


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