One local Ventrac dealer is helping to make a difference in the lives of many. Bryan Hollopeter, a fourth generation Medina family businessman and General Manager of Medina Tractor Sales, took the initiative and helped spearhead a community garden project for Feeding Medina County. Ventrac partnered with Medina Tractor, as one of the many sponsors, to help with the food and garden project and we caught up with them on the big day of planting.
Ventrac is excited and honored to be selected as a presenter at the 2013 Sno-Motion training event as the premier sidewalk snow removal expert. Phil Harwood, the event founder and facilitator, selected industry experts to present carefully selected topics based on an assessment of industry needs. This annual two-day event features exclusive snow industry training that will feature the eight aspects of managing a snow business and the best tools available to help manage those areas of business.
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Several dealers have commented that explaining the Weight Transfer System to Ventrac operators and potential customers is difficult. A new video addressing this has just been released, and early viewers have had very positive comments.
The Weight Transfer System can be used in several different ways, depending on the front attachment being used. Its most important benefit is found when mowing steep slopes. In fact, use of the Weight Transfer System is KEY to the outstanding ability of Ventrac to operate safely on slopes. On slopes, it provides the tractor with increased traction, increased braking, and increased resistance to slipping sideways. It can also be used to minimize the down force on scraping edges such as blades and snow blowers to reduce the tendency to scratch paved surfaces or gouge gravel driveways. In a similar fashion, it can be used to minimize the wheel contact forces on a Blower to minimize potential turf damage. Finally, it can be used to increase the lift capacity of the hitch when using the Slip Scoop or Excavator.
All of these situations are illustrated in the new video. Take a look now:
Attention Ventrac owners! If you haven’t heard of our Ventrac “Top Fan” competition, here’s the story. The competition started with our youngest entry. One small boy whose love of Ventrac is a daily aspect of his life. This young fan, Quinten, watches Ventrac Youtube videos daily, has worn through numerous Ventrac catalogs and plays “Ventrac” with his toys. He even enjoys a little social activity with his cousin as they watch Ventrac videos together. Continue Reading
We all love an inspiring story, especially when great kids are involved. It reinforces that good values and a driving work ethic are alive and well in our youth. For all of you who follow Ventrac regularly, you may have already seen our newest video floating around the web. The featured young man in the video shows there are no age limits when it comes to business savvy.
Connecting To Customers Around the World
Since 1999, Ventrac has explored and grown in the world of exports. Expanding worldwide to locations in Europe, Asia, Canada, Africa, South America and the UK, Ventrac has proven that exports can be an important and stable part of business. With tools available through the Small Business Administration, Ventrac is able to better understand how to choose the strongest candidates to partner with abroad.
Export Video Contest
Ventrac recently entered a video contest sponsored by the SBA and Visa. Video entries are to inform other small businesses of the advantages of exporting and to highlight their personal success stories. The entries are also to increase awareness of the government assistance available from the SBA and to explain how exports have successfully grown or maintained a healthy business.
Our video entry features Dallas Steiner, President and CEO of Ventrac, and describes how Ventrac’s export market has helped create a secure and profitable company. Strong exports helped Ventrac weather the recession and the world of international sales continues to grow today.
Sweden’s 1000th Tractor Sold
Ventrac’s export division continues to expand with many success stories along the way. One distributor across the seas , LAPAB of Sweden, has done a phenomenal job with Ventrac. It is exciting to see how they have grown with Ventrac. LAPAB specializes in the Ventrac 3000 series tractors and distribute quite a few. Just how many? Well…in April, 2011, LAPAB helped deliver the 1000th tractor to a very happy and satisfied customer. Anders Pettersson and Peter Karlsson from LAPAB, along with Parkmaskiner (one of LAPAB’s dealers) made the delivery to FaBo Falkenbergs Bostader. This new unit is one of ten Ventrac machines this customer owns!
To be a professional athlete, it takes hard work and dedication. It takes toughness and durability to reach peak performance. Preparation requires research and study to stay on top of the game. Former New York Giants Super Bowl XXV Quarterback, Jeff Hostetler, knows all about what it takes. We recently spoke with Jeff at his home, where he talked with us about his professional career and how he maintains his home and property with a Ventrac tractor.
Ever wonder just how many things you can do with a Ventrac? Well…wonder no more! Our newest videos will give you plenty of inspiration and more ideas than you could ever dream of. For Jack Wiley, of Moline, Illinois, having over 35 attachments for his Ventrac is normal. While most people might consider mowing a chore….it is his passion…his hobby….something he absolutely loves. Jack loves his Ventrac and how easy the tractor allows him to do more than he ever thought possible. Operating his tractor is an every day occurrence. Enjoy the videos!
Slope Mowing with Ventrac - Jack Wiley explains why Ventrac all wheel drive compact articulating tractors excel on slopes. Wiley explains why Ventrac is safer and causes less turf damage on slopes than other tractors. This clip also explains safety requirements for slope operation. Wiley is a retired engineer and currently resides in Moline, IL where he manages his property with slopes up to 28 degrees.
More Than a Mower - Jack Wiley describes how he uses his Ventrac for much more than mowing steep grades. Wiley owns over 35 attachments that he uses with his Ventrac. “It is a hobby,” Wiley says. “It’s a passion. I’m a tractor guy.” Wiley is a retired engineer and currently resides in Moline, IL where he manages his property and helps out his neighbors, church, and a nearby wetland preserve.
To see these and more recent Ventrac video releases, visit the Ventrac Compact Tractors YouTube Channel or click on the links above.
Last week, two employees from Ventrac, Dan Swartz and Roscoe Lehman traveled to Huntsville, Alabama for the Siemens Solid Edge ST4 Global Launch Event. The Ventrac Engineering Department currently uses the Solid Edge ST3 CAD system to design equipment, such as the MJ840 Contour Mowing Deck. Solid Edge hosted the event to introduce new users, as well as current users, to the newest ST4 version of the software. Packed with tips and ideas, technical training and opportunities to interact with Solid Edge users from around the world, the event helped Dan and Roscoe get a better idea of what the ST4 version can do for Ventrac. Continue Reading
Every year, for two weekends in January, the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario hosts their annual Canadian National Pond Hockey Tournament. Last year, our blog featured some amazing shots of the event and their 26 ice rinks, where 1200 games are played throughout the course of the tournament. But this year we got a closer view of the action thanks to Connect Equipment. Connect, one of our Canadian Ventrac dealers, shot some footage of the event and sent it to our talented video editors here at Ventrac, Mark and Denver. They put their finishing touches on the video and put together a fantastic rendition of some of the weekend’s activities. And of course, Ventrac equipment was responsible for keeping the rinks cleared between every game. And they did an awesome job of that!
It was evident the participants had a great time and it was another successful event for Deerhurst Resort!
If you would like more information about Ventrac, you can visit our website at www.ventrac.com to request a free catalog or find a dealer near you. You can view more Ventrac videos on the Ventrac Youtube Channel.