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Louisville Switching Blog

Should I Refurbish My Ottawa CYT-30?

Posted by Donald Robinson

May 21, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Yard trucks see a lot of action.

Although the Ottawa CYT-30 is a machine built for excessive use and durability, over time it will begin to show signs of wear and tear and may even suffer some equipment malfunctioning.

Ask Chuck Blog Series: Why is the fluid in my hydraulic tank red?

Posted by Donald Robinson

Dec 11, 2013 4:53:00 PM

The answer man is at it again. Louisville Switching Service Manager Chuck Duggins is back to answer one of the most commonly asked Ottawa questions. Since countless questions come in on a daily basis regarding all things Ottawa, Chuck has agreed to answer them in our series, “Ask Chuck.” If you missed our last Ask Chuck blog, you can read it here.

This week's Ottawa Yard Truck Question is:

Ask Chuck—He Has All of Your Ottawa Truck Answers

Posted by Donald Robinson

Oct 16, 2013 4:47:00 PM

Louisville Switching is your source for all things Ottawa. When your Ottawa Yard Truck suddenly needs a pneu quick release valve, our parts department has you covered. When you need an Ottawa Yard Truck to facilitate your next job, our leasing and sales department will have you off and running in no time. So now, when you have a question about your Ottawa, just ask Chuck.

Louisville Switching Becomes OEM Kalmar/Ottawa Dealer

Posted by Donald Robinson

Oct 9, 2013 5:16:00 PM

Louisville Switching is now the proud owner of a new title: OEM Kalmar/Ottawa Dealer. Although the lengthy due diligence process and extensive inspection by Ottawa brings great honor for Louisville Switching, it won't result in a huge change for customers.

"We were already operating pretty much like an Ottawa dealer for our customers, but instead of being engaged to Ottawa, now we're married to Ottawa," says Louisville Switching President Don Robinson

Employee Spotlight: Meet Chris Troutt

Posted by Donald Robinson

Jul 31, 2013 1:56:00 PM

Louisville Switching is continuing its employee spotlight series today by introducing our Sales and Leasing Manager, Chris. Read more about Chris below:

1. What is your title and duties at Louisville Switching?
My job title is Sales and Leasing Manager. My job is to provide equipment for our customers, answer any questions about the units, service, etc. I also work with the mechanics on any issues that may arise of any concern. Quality, efficiency, and excellent service from all aspects is my responsibility.

Video: Ottawa Yard Truck Transmissions Mounted on Shock Absorbers

Posted by Donald Robinson

Jun 4, 2013 2:13:00 PM

In the video below, Chris Troutt explains how Ottawa mounts its transmissions vs. how the competition mounts transmissions. 

With Ottawa's new iPad app, Louisville Switching is able to see a direct comparison between what Ottawa offers and what competitors offer. One example of this is the transmission. The transmissions on the Ottawa Yard Truck are built on a shock absorber, so when the truck is going through bumpy terrain, the transmission is not taking a direct impact or beating on the frame. 

Request An Ottawa Yard Truck Demo! It's FREE!

Posted by Donald Robinson

Sep 14, 2012 9:26:00 AM

The best way to see the superiority of an Ottawa is in person. We will bring an Ottawa yard truck to your facility and show you in person the efficiency and overall superiority of an Ottawa switcher first hand. A video is a great way to show you the basics, but when you see an Ottawa in action in person, you will know for sure all the quality that goes into the engineering and manufacturing of these yard trucks. 

When you invest in equipment you need a guarantee that it will deliver what it promises. When you step into an Ottawa cab, then move and spot a trailer in a third of the time of a road truck, you will wonder why you didn't make this move sooner. Often referred to as yard horses, the Ottawa Switcher is the Thoroughbred of yard horses. Based in Kentucky, Louisville Switching is centrally located to provide products and services to all the areas surrounding the bluegrass state, both timely and professionally. We have clients in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and beyond.

Call Chris Troutt today and request a demo. Be warned now that Chris on many occasion has been pleaded with to leave the Ottawa on site by the drivers. One of the great things about working with Louisville Switching is we don't simply sell you a yard truck, but we provide high quality, on going maintenance and 24 hour on call servicing. Time saved is money saved. Call us today for your free demo at  502.935.5838.

Safety Is Number One With Louisville Switching

Posted by Donald Robinson

Aug 24, 2012 10:58:00 AM








Ottawa terminal trucks have some great features that are a huge hit with our customers. The Ottawas have bright yellow platforms to designate safe stepping areas and will undoubtedly cut down on injuries. Two of the top injuries in trailer yards are caused from cranking legs up and down on the trailers and climbing in and out of the cab. Drivers who are missing out on the hydraulic lifting capability of a switcher have to manually lower and raise the legs on each trailer by hand. Using a switcher quickly removes six steps out of the old process.

1. Getting down on the ground
2. Cranking the legs up
3. Climbing back up in the truck
4. Getting down on the ground
5. Cranking the legs back down
6. Climbing back up in the truck

Think of the toll you are eliminating from your drivers. That much climbing in and out of cabs and cranking legs will wear you down and eventually result in more injuries. The brightly-painted steps on Ottawa Switchers makes it easier for drivers to clearly see where you can step, and where you can’t. This is a simple solution to a common injury that occurs from mis-stepping. On top of being a good steward of your human resources, fewer injuries will affect insurance premiums and should result in lower costs due to fewer worker’s compensation claims.

On a recent demo for a customer, a manager in the human resources department saw us from their office window and rushed out to greet us. They recognized immediately the advantages of the Ottawa as an injury reducer for the drivers. Not only are there brightly-painted platforms and steps, but also strategically-place hand rails that are brightly colored to stand out against the white color of the cab. If the 3 to 1 time efficiency of Switchers to semi-trucks was not incentive enough, the added features on Ottawa Switchers to reduce injury should be high on the list of reasons to go with Louisville Switching.