Last month, we introduced you to the exciting changes to Ring-Co’s tracked utility carrier (TUC) and the way the new changes will make its users’ lives safer, more versatile, and even more fun! But in true Ring-Co fashion, we wanted you to hear about the 2018 TUC directly from a member of our team.
Our Chief Technology Officer, Jarrett Waters, provides an inside look at why changes were made to the TUC and what you can expect from your TUC this year:
Tell us about your role at Ring-Co. How long have you worked here?
My official title is Chief Technology Officer, but as with many small companies, we all wear multiple hats. I have been with Ring-Co since its conception back in 2014 and am one of the three co-founders. My day primarily consists of functions that deal directly with the products. If we are in the design phase of a project, the majority of my time will be spent in CAD, designing parts and working with critical vendors to ensure the systems integrate properly. If we are prototyping, I will be on the shop floor building the prototype, helping to diagnose any issues that arise, and aiding in the durability testing.
What excited you about Ring-Co and made you want to join the team?
The exciting aspect of Ring-Co is the team. In the beginning, we weren’t sure which products or service we were going to produce or offer – it was all about building the team and building people.
All of the changes were results of talking to customers and end users.
Can you detail some of the new changes to the TUC’s functions, look, and feel?
The majority of the changes were driven based on vehicle performance and operator comfort. We increased overall horsepower and hydraulic torque to create a vehicle that can tow up to 4,200 lbs and climb grades over 45%, while we increased the approach and departure angles to allow the frame to clear larger obstacles. We also lowered the seat height and the step height to allow for easier access for the operator. The service points for the vehicle were also made much more accessible. The new drivetrain configuration allowed us to modify the aesthetics for a more sleek, modern look that is extremely rugged and functional.
How do these changes reflect your reputation for "intentional innovation?”
All of the changes were results of talking to customers and end users. The original prototypes traveled through much of the Midwest and from the Carolinas to Mississippi. We watched people crawl all over the vehicles and were able to witness the good aspects along with the bad. These experiences shaped the latest TUC. The vehicle is meant to be scalable. From the hydraulics, the electronics, and the patented quick attach sockets, it’s designed to be easily built upon in the future. This allows the vehicle to accept many options and serve multiple needs on one platform.
We hope it becomes a tool that people will rely on daily. Whether it’s managing a farm, working a job site, or just going from point A to B...
How did the team decide upon these changes?
Customer feedback is critical. The voice of the customer always has to help shape the vehicle’s features. The team decided on revisions that would help serve the needs of the customer and that would increase the functionality, performance, and serviceability of the vehicle.
What type of impact do you hope the TUC has on people’s lives?
The TUC fits so many roles. We hope it becomes a tool that people will rely on daily. Whether it’s managing a farm, working a job site, or just going from point A to B, the TUC is meant to be put to work. It is vehicle that is much safer than a traditional ATV, but has all of the capabilities of a utility tractor. We hope that it gives independence back to those who have lost the ability to go out into the woods or experience the outdoors.
What are a couple of things the team is working on in 2018 that you're really excited about?
We are very excited about the launch of our 2018 TUC. We're also working on several key partnerships that will expand the implement and accessory market for the TUC. This will greatly increase the diversity of jobs that the vehicle will be able to handle and the needs it will be able to fulfill. From pushing snow to planting a food plot, the TUC is the tool for the job.
If you want to hear more about the 2018 TUC and get to know our team, visit our website or give us a call at 317-641-7050.