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Contractor excels in urban renovation projects
Mike Bauman, Owner, Bauman Landscape & Construction, Inc.
When Mike Bauman and his wife started their company nearly 40 years ago doing backyard landscaping, they never envisioned they would be doing $25 million a year in cityscape projects for the city of San Francisco.
“We bought our first tractor from Peterson back in 1980, and today we own 22 pieces of equipment—and they’re all Cat® machines,” says Bauman, owner of Bauman Landscape & Construction, Inc.
It takes skilled craftsmen to do the challenging governmental work and Bauman’s crews, comprised of more than 60 workers, are well-suited for that. The skill level and attention to detail required gives them an advantage over the competition.
The bulk of Bauman’s work consists of park renovation and urban street repair. Bauman has totally renovated 15 San Francisco city parks over the last three years alone. They completely demolished the existing parks and then renovated and rebuilt them.
Integrity is a hallmark of Bauman Landscape. The contractor is there when they say they will be, and the company stands behind its work.
Because Bauman often works on confined, high-traffic urban jobsites, he prefers operating the smaller, more versatile, yet powerful rubber track compact and small Cat machines such as 305 and 308 Mini Excavators. He also owns 10 Cat 299 Compact Track Loaders.
“The high-flow hydraulics enable us to use a lot of different attachments on them such as drills and demolition hammers,” Bauman says. “The four-in-one buckets on the CTLs are great for grading in the parks, removing debris and truck loading. And they’re very versatile—they’re just great pieces of equipment.
“We can use the rubber tracks almost anywhere and we don’t damage the curbs or the street surfaces,” he adds. “And they’re quiet too, which is a nice plus in these urban neighborhoods.”
“Our fleet is all Cat machines because of the equipment reliability, the resale value of the equipment, and our relationship with the Peterson Cat,” Bauman says.
“They’re like part of our team,” Bauman says. “I know that Peterson will make sure that we’re successful, and that’s a great partner to have in business. If something goes down, they’ll give us a loaner. If something needs to be repaired, they’ll come out and take care of it right away.
“I think the service and also the reliability of the equipment are what’s most important for us,” he says.
Bauman has a Customer Support Agreement with Peterson to service equipment, which involves visiting their jobsites to inspect machines and perform oil changes. Peterson technicians check all the buckets and other wear items and perform regular maintenance.
“Peterson’s great,” Bauman says. “They have supported us through the hard times and all the good times. We’ve bought every piece of equipment through Peterson, and we’ve owned a wide range of equipment from pavers to 988 Wheel Loaders down to all the smaller equipment here that works well in these tight urban environments.
“If there has been a problem, they’re right there to take care of it,” he says. “I can’t say enough about our relationship with Peterson. They really care about their customers. It has been really, really good.”
“I think the service and also the reliability of the equipment is what’s most important for us.”
Contractor says new 259D3 Series CTL has it all
Joel Greish, Owner, AMG Engineering
Using skills acquired through his 13 years of work in the construction industry, Joel Greish earned his general engineering license in March 2019.
Not that he needed it, necessarily. Greish was already a respected excavating contractor with a strong reputation.
AMG Engineering, founded by Greish, is located in Windsor, Calif. and specializes in major grading services along with excavation, underground utilities, house pads/building pads, private roadbuilding, landclearing, cuts and engineered fills.
Greish recently purchased a new 259D3 Series Compact Track Loader (CTL) with a four-in-one bucket from Peterson and couldn’t be happier with it.
“This machine is the full package for balance, power, traction,” Greish says. “It’s a really well-balanced machine. It’s incredible, I’m very happy with the power. I’ve rented a lot of other brands over the years but this 259D3 is amazing. It’s very comfortable to get in and out of. That heated seat is great this time of year. I can’t believe I’ve ended up owning the best CTL I’ve ever run.
“It’s also a very quiet machine and very smooth running,” he adds. “The air ride suspension seat makes a big difference. And I love that you can adjust the seat’s height, as well as the softness or stiffness. It’s big enough to load trucks, to be a real workhorse. Yet, it’s small enough that it’s easy to transport.
Greish is grateful for Cat Financial, as the affordable terms enabled him to buy a new machine.
“Man, I don’t know how they do it,” he says. “But I just can't believe they make it so easy.”
Greish’s says his wife, Angela, was in his ear encouraging him to buy the machine. “She kept saying, ‘We can’t afford not to buy it. The math just doesn’t work to not buy that new machine.’”
According to Greish, that’s actually what put him in a new machine.
Cat Financial is offering 0 percent interest for 60 months, so the payment on the 259D3 was $50 a month less than buying a used 299, which carried no warranty.
“So instead, I bought a brand new machine, with a full warranty, for $50 a month less than that used 299,” he says.
“Peterson Cat and Cat Financial made it so easy. Like on the 305, (Greish also runs a 305 Mini Excavator) we financed it for five years at zero percent interest. You can’t beat that. I mean that’s a big consideration for someone like me. It could make the difference for me being able to afford a piece of equipment or not.
“It’s amazing how just owning that mini excavator opened up all kinds of opportunities for me,” adds Greish. And the same with the new CTL. Just owning them has a big impact on people. When I say, I’ve got a good-sized excavator and a CTL, it covers 90-95% of the work that needs to be done.
“I love Peterson Cat,” Greish says. “Paul Smith, my Peterson sales rep, is awesome.
“I’ve never received the service or accommodation anywhere else like I have at Peterson Cat,” he says. “I look forward to going in there.”
“For parts orders, I love that if you call them up before 5:00 pm and they have that part, they place it in the night drop so you can get it at midnight if you need it for 4:00 am the next morning.”
“And I’m thrilled with this machine,” he says. “I think Caterpillar got a lot of things figured out; the machine is awesome; I would recommend the 259D3 to anyone.”