Each TigerTough custom seat cover is shipped with step-by-step color instructions on installing them on the exact vehicle they were specifically designed for.
So if you ordered seat covers for your 2017 Toyota Tacoma, you’ll get instructions on how to install those covers in a 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Pretty nice, right?
There are covers in the seat cover world that look awful because the installation process is confusing or inadequate. It’s a common problem with seat covers. We addressed this head-on by making installation as straightforward as possible.
Since each vehicle is different, each seat cover install will be different.
We’ll walk you through what a typical installation looks like.
Watch the video version
Before you start
Lift and remove the headrest.
Lean the seat back.
Remove any straps on the underside that hold the carpet up.
If you have a Ford, unclip the plastic connectors under the seat–they might feel like they’re going to break, but they will come off.
Installing the seat bottom cover
Make sure you start with the correct seat cover–passenger and driver’s seats are different, so just look for the tag.
Line the seams up.
Push the top flap of the seat cover between the seat back and the seat bottom.
Take the strings and put one between the seat and the center console and cover and one between the seat cushion and plastic on the door side. These need to go down and under the seat, not straight back and behind the seat.
Tuck the cover between the cushion and the plastic trim around the seat.
Go behind the seat and find the strings you ran through the sides of the seat.
Run them under the seat. Look at your specific instructions to see if you need to run them behind or in front of the seat mounts.
Pull them as tight as you can.
Find the Stringlock.
Run the strings through each side of the Stringlock as tight as possible and clamp it (the tighter, the better!).
Run the front seat flaps over any seat-adjusting bar and under the seat.
Pull tight on the front and back flaps and fasten them underneath the seat.
Installing the seatback cover
Make sure the airbag tag is on the door side of the seat.
Slide the cover over the seat.
Press the cover down around the plastic headrest mounts.
Go to the back and tuck the carpet flap up into the seat cover.
Push the front flaps through the seat crease and fasten them on the backside.
Lastly, installing the headrest cover
Put the headrest back in, but don’t put it all the way down.
Take the cover and make sure the long flap is in front.
Tuck the flap to the back and secure it.
You can put the headrest down now if you’d like.
How easy was it?
We’ve installed other seat covers (check out this Carhartt install we did) and must admit that ours take longer. Since our covers come in multiple pieces, you’ll get a better fit, but it will take a little while to get those pieces where you want.
We say to expect to spend up to 45 minutes per seat on installation.
“If you’re looking for a seat cover that you can throw on for the weekends and then take off during the week, this cover is likely not the best choice. While you certainly can remove and reinstall these covers, the process is involved enough that I wouldn’t want to do it frequently. To get a precision fit, you give up being able to quickly and easily take the covers on and off.”
Wrapping it up
These aren’t the easiest to install, but they’re also not rocket science. If you’ve ever stepped foot on a job site, you can install these. And we can assure you that every installation step helps give you the best-looking fit on your new seat covers.
Every vehicle installation is going to vary a bit. But we won’t leave you in the dark. You’ll get detailed instructions, an install video, and you’re always welcome to contact us if you’re stumped. And if you want to skip the installation altogether, check out one of our 850+ dealers.
At TigerTough, every stitch tells a story. Every curve of the seat cover traces the dedication and hard work of the hands that brought it to life. Sheng Thao is a talented individual who plays a crucial role in our design process. As our R&D Team Lead, she's been working her way through different roles, learning all about TigerTough's seat covers for the past five years. In a candid interview, Sheng offers a glimpse into her journey with us and her passion for design.
Growing with TigerTough
Sheng joined the TigerTough family in August of 2018. Beginning her journey as a sewing machine operator, she steadily climbed the ranks, immersing herself in roles from embroidery to fabric cutting. Each step of the way, she embraced new challenges, learning, growing, and eventually stepping into her role in Research and Development.
Her First Design
We make seat covers for work trucks and heavy equipment at TigerTough. Sheng drives a Subaru Forester–not exactly your typical work truck. Instead of buying a competitor’s seat covers, Sheng did what Sheng does best and designed seat covers for her Subaru. Because Sheng is a boss like that.
So you can thank Sheng if you’ve ever purchased Subaru covers from us because they wouldn’t be part of our inventory without her.
Sheng recalls her pride when she designed her first set of seat covers for her Subaru. "Driving my car around and letting people know I actually designed this seat cover in my workplace," she reminisces, "was one of the most memorable things about working here."
The TigerTough Culture
What makes Sheng stay with TigerTough? Beyond the design challenges and opportunities to grow, the camaraderie and team spirit stand out to her. "One of my favorite things about TigerTough is the people," she says. Together, the team collaborates, supporting each other, continually pushing boundaries, and ensuring that every product that rolls out is a testament to their collective dedication.
Every TigerTough seat cover carries the stories of the people behind them. With team members like Sheng, who bring their passion, expertise, and dedication to the table, it's no wonder our seat covers are more than just protective gear—they're a labor of love. As Sheng beautifully puts it, "At the end of the day, there's always something new to learn, something new to do." And it's this ever-evolving spirit of discovery and drive that makes TigerTough stand out.
A Career in Craftsmanship
If stories like Sheng's inspire you and have a passion for craftsmanship and innovation, we'd love to have you on the TigerTough team. We're always on the lookout for dedicated individuals who are eager to learn and grow. Check out our careers page and apply for a role that suits your skills and passion.
Truck drivers know it better than anyone: the cab of a semi isn't just a place to sit. It's a workplace, a dining room, and sometimes even a makeshift bedroom. Whether you're hauling across state lines or doing the daily grind on local routes, the inside of that cab sees its fair share of abuse. Coffee spills, dirt, and wear from countless hours on the road take a toll. That's why a seat cover isn't just an accessory; it's a shield, standing between your seat and the rigors of trucking life.
The right seat cover is about more than just looking good. It's about durability, standing up to every trucker's challenges, day in and day out. This isn't about finding the fanciest design. It's about unearthing the toughest, most resilient seat covers for semi-trucks—because every driver deserves gear that works as hard as they do.
In 2015, V-Truck Corp sprouted from one family's burning passion for those iconic American semi-trucks. It all started with a simple yet brilliant idea: dash shelves tailored for a semi-truck's dashboard to overhaul the driver's workspace. But they didn't stop there. Recognizing a hole in the market for robust seat covers and floor mats, they charged ahead, filling that gap and clinching their spot as a leading supplier across the states.
Word has it they're not hitting the brakes anytime soon. With the buzz from their dedicated customers, they're geared up to roll out more top-notch products crafted from the finest materials. Why? Because V-Truck Corp believes truck drivers deserve nothing short of the best and are hell-bent on delivering just that.
They’ve got four styles of seat covers in faux leather and cloth and outfit Kenworth, International ProStar, Peterbilt, and Volvo.
Takeaways from V-Truck:
Armrest covers are an additional $99
Note: We contacted V-Truck about their materials, warranty, where they're made, etc., but we never heard back. If we do hear back, we'll update this accordingly.
Regarding industrial seating, Ultra Seat Corporation has carved out its niche. With over 20 years in the game, they've consistently focused on developing and producing specialized seating options for the industrial sector.
Always exploring new products and technologies, Ultra aims to up its game in serving customers, emphasizing seat quality and reliability.
It's worth noting that they've got a footprint in North America with their distribution centers and have been making moves to expand their distributor network worldwide.
They only have one style of seat cover for semi-trucks, which won’t be a perfect fit. But we do love that they offer a CORDURA® cover. However, we don’t know their denier (the stronger, the better). Since CORDURA® doesn’t have much give, it won’t stretch around a seat it’s not made for.
Takeaways from Ultra Seat:
Made from CORDURA®
Made in Canada
During our research, we saw Redline featured on sites like Raney’s, but couldn’t find a manufacturer’s website, so our information is limited. We reached out to Raney’s, and they said they didn’t have access to a manufacturer’s website for Redline either.
We can tell you that they make covers for Mack, Peterbilt, International ProStar, Kenworth, Volvo, and Freightliner.
The seat covers get decent reviews.
“Really impressed with this seat cover for my KW T680. It comes in two pieces, that fit really well. Has Velcro around the armrest holes, so you don’t have to remove them to install.”
Takeaways from Redline:
Made from polyester
Armrest covers are an additional $20
Steering Creations Inc.
Steering Creations, Inc. (SCI) has staked their claim in the trucking industry with a simple yet essential focus: steering wheels that both feel right and look sharp. Their core mission? Making the daily grind a touch smoother for truck drivers everywhere.
But, they’ve also dabbled into the world of seat covers, trying to ensure a comfy ride. But covers aren’t their bread and butter.
They have a universal seat cover with faux leather and microfiber in five colors. We couldn’t find whether these were waterproof (the faux leather likely is, but we’re unsure about the microfiber center panel). These likely are not machine washable.
Takeaways from Steering Creations:
Made from faux leather and microfiber
Limited one-year warranty
East Coast Covers
Here’s another one we found on Raney’s, but couldn’t locate a manufacturer's site, so our info is limited.
They offer Freightliner, International ProStar, Kenworth, Peterbilt, and Volvo seat covers. Each style comes in four color options and two finishes: corduroy and faux leather with corduroy. Like all the other pens reviewed, armrest covers aren’t included.
Thankfully, there were a few reviews. The general consensus in the reviews is that the cover is good, but the seat portion on a Peterbilt doesn’t stay on.
“Bottom seat cover does not stay attached there was no securement straps like instructions said. Other than that it’s ok.”
However, Igor loves them for the International ProStar.
“Great quality, my drivers loved the product!”
Takeaways from East Coast Covers:
Made from faux leather and corduroy
Armrests sold separately
TigerTough Seat Covers
We make seat covers for the blue-collar world. We know the abuse the cab of a semi-truck can take–whether you’re a long-hauler or you sleep in the same bed every night.
Each one is made of 1000-Denier CORDURA® and will withstand whatever you throw at it–that’s why we do our super professional torture tests. To show you that these are the toughest covers on the market.
“The Kenworth high back seat cover was very easy to put on looks great and heavy duty. I’m very happy with them. I have other trucks I hope I can get covers for.”
Betsy loves them for her Peterbilt:
"They have only been on the seat a couple of months. The quality appears to be excellent. This is a truck that the driver is in and out of several times a day. I am hoping this cover is our answer to all the covers we have thrown out on other vehicles."
Takeaways from TigerTough:
Made from 1000-Denier CORDURA®
Made in America
Unlimited two-year warranty
The Best Seat Cover
When it comes down to it, the best seat cover is the one that meets your budget and needs. If you’re looking for something around $100, go with Redline. That will give you a semi-custom fit and a limited six-month warranty. As much as we love CORDURA®, that universal fit from Ultra Seat won’t treat you well.
If your budget is around $200, opt for TigerTough. Our covers are made in the U.S. and offer an unlimited two-year warranty. Each cover is custom-made for your seat, so you’ll get a great fit that won’t shift every time you climb in and out of the cab. Since we include the armrest covers, this ends up being a cheaper option than V-Truck, which charges an extra $99 for armrest covers.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. We hope this helps you decide on a semi-truck seat cover that will help you keep your seats in top-notch condition.
We’re proud that TigerTough seat covers are made in the USA. Since 2017, we’ve handled the process in-house and have streamlined how we do things to make the best seat covers on the market. We wanted to show you how this is done in our Minnesota factory and highlight the incredible team that makes each cover.
We hate to disappoint, but no little elves in our factory make these seat covers. Hard-working American men and women make each cover.
When we add seat covers to our inventory
Step 1: Measure
When we need to create a seat cover for a new vehicle or piece of heavy equipment, we need to bring that vehicle or seat into the shop. (It’s not always convenient squeezing a D7 Dozer in our space, so we just take the seats when it comes to heavy equipment.)
Each seat is measured and mapped by hand by our research and development team (R&D). We don’t work off of specs–we tried it once, and it wasn’t giving the custom fit we strive for. Nothing beats having the real thing in-house.
Step 2: Make a prototype
Once we have accurate measurements and maps of a seat, the team creates a draft–or a sample–of the seat cover, and we try it on the seat.
At this point, we want to ensure it’s easy to install and has a good fit. Sometimes, you just get one or the other, so it’s an art to get a balance of fit and ease of installation.
Typically, two or three drafts are created before we’re happy with the sample and consider it a worthy prototype.
Step 3: Try it out
After a successful sample is made, we reinstall the seat back into the vehicle or piece of heavy equipment and make sure the cover is still easy to install. There might be a couple of tweaks to strap placement or the hook and loop, but these adjustments are relatively minor.
Step 4: Digitize the pattern
Every seat cover is digitized in our CAD program once we’ve successfully made it. That way, we don’t have to remeasure a seat every time we get an order. Can you imagine the hassle that would be?
This entire process takes about one week for a truck with front and rear seats or three days for heavy equipment with a single seat.
Where do you source these trucks and heavy equipment?
Valid question! When a new model is rolled out of the factory, we know we will need to get our hands on one to create the new seat covers. So our truck models come from these sources:
We have great relationships with some of our local dealerships. They’ll give us a vehicle to borrow for a week while we map, measure, and make seat covers for that model.
Manufacturers (like Toyota) will lend us a vehicle when a new model comes out so that we can get seat covers added to our inventory.
Sometimes, a local customer has a vehicle we don’t have seat covers for. So they’ll bring their vehicle in to get measured.
For heavy equipment
It’s less important for us to have the entire piece of equipment in-house than it is for us to have the seat when it comes to heavy equipment. So here’s how we do it:
In the off-season or when a piece of heavy equipment is being serviced, customers will send us the seats from the machines so we can map and make the cover for it.
We buy it
Yep, sometimes we buy just the seats. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get our hands on a heavy equipment seat and map a seat cover for it. You should see the surplus of seats we have in the warehouse.
Every seat cover is made to order (unless we happen to have that one in our limited stock already). Thankfully, we’ve digitized the pattern for the seat cover in our CAD program, so we can turn to that when a new order is placed.
Making seat covers when an order is placed
We’ve made hundreds of thousands of seat covers, but the process looks nearly identical for each one.
Step 1: The material gets cut
We use a super cool C&C machine to cut the fabric. It compresses up to 20 sheets of material at a time and cuts them at once.
Once upon a time, each piece was cut by hand, but the C&C machine is a lot faster, and it reduces the amount of error. The machine cuts an exact replica of the pattern every time.
Step 2: It gets sewn
Every single seat cover is sewn by a human using an industrial sewing machine. There’s no machine that can sew a three-dimensional piece on its own–they just don’t exist. And that’s okay. We love knowing that someone right here in the U.S. is making seat covers for our customers.
If a customer chooses to add a seatback pocket on their seat cover, that gets added when the cover is being sewn.
Step 3: Inspection
Every cover gets inspected up against the physical sample we made earlier. If a cover doesn’t pass inspection, it will either get fixed or scrapped. We don’t let anything leave our hands that we’re not proud of. And we never sell second-quality or imperfect inventory.
Step 4 (optional): Embroidery
If a customer wants one or a thousand seat covers embroidered, that happens after the cover is sewn. Embroidery is one of the coolest things to watch. Each design has about 15,000-45,000 stitches, and each machine can do about 1000 stitches per minute. Each stitch is programmed for texture and color. Like we said, it’s a really cool process.
The seat gets inspected again after embroidery.
Step 5: Package and ship it
When a cover is good to go, it gets packaged with instructions specific to that exact vehicle or piece of heavy equipment. So, if you ordered seat covers for a 2016 Ford F-150, you’ll receive instructions on how to install the covers in a 2016 Ford F-150.
After packaging, the cover is sent off to its new home, which will protect a seat for the rest of its days.
In heavy machinery, every detail matters. It's not just about the massive moving parts or the roaring engines; it's about those intricate touchpoints that enhance the operator's experience and boost the machine's lifespan.
Surprisingly, one of the most overlooked yet critical components is the seat. Think it doesn’t make much of a difference? Think again. Dive into these five tell-tale signs that might convince you to invest in seat covers for your heavy equipment—because sometimes, minor changes make the biggest impact.
1. Machines Have Lower Resale Value
When it’s time to part with that yellow iron, you want top dollar. We all do. So start with keeping that seat in tip-top shape. It's more than just a seat; it's your machine's first impression and can be super helpful for increasing your resale value.
Visible Wear and Tear
Seats in heavy machinery aren’t just cushions but value indicators. When potential buyers see scuffed, torn, or worn-out seats, it instantly dings the perceived value of your equipment. It's as if those seat scars are tally marks, counting down the dollars from your machine's potential resale price. A roughed-up seat might imply otherwise, even if the machinery's guts work perfectly.
First Impressions Matter
Let’s keep it real, when folks first look at a piece of equipment. They're not digging into the engine first; they're checking out what's in plain sight.
And where's the first place an operator is going to plant themselves? That's right, the seat. A well-maintained seat broadcasts care and diligence, suggesting that the rest of the machine has been treated equally. On the flip side, if that seat's seen better days, potential buyers might also assume the rest of the machine has.
Competing Equipment Looks Better
The heavy machinery market is like a bustling equipment beauty pageant, and let's just say machines with ragged interiors aren't winning any crowns. While your machinery might have the strength and power, it'll get left in the dust if it's not turning heads due to a worn-out interior, especially those seats. As buyers browse their options, they're naturally drawn to equipment that looks and feels good inside and out.
2. Operator Morale is Low
It's like lacing up worn-out work boots with holes in the soles for a double shift. You can still get the job done, but every step reminds you of the discomfort, and you can't help but wish for better. Like those boots, a busted excavator seat might not stop the work, but it sure makes the day feel much longer.
Morale isn't just about pep talks and pats on the back (although those are great). Sometimes, it's as simple as offering a clean, comfortable place to sit. Show your operators you value their hard work by valuing where they spend their working hours.
Comfort Takes a Back Seat
Think about it — operators clock in hours, sometimes in grueling conditions, managing heavy machinery. Their seat is their throne, their cockpit, their control center. An uncovered, worn seat isn’t just uncomfortable; it's a daily grind on the backside and spirit. A lumpy, torn seat can make long shifts feel even longer.
Pride in Equipment
The machine an operator uses is a reflection of them on the job site. No one wants to be the one navigating what looks like the "junker" of the fleet. Operators want to feel they're handling top-notch equipment, even if the machinery isn't new. When the machinery appears uncared for, especially right where they sit, it chips away at the pride they take in their work.
3. Increased Machine Maintenance Costs
Regular Seat Repairs
It's like a broken record. The constant need to fix or replace uncovered seats becomes an ongoing chore. Each tear, split, or worn-out patch calls for attention, which means both downtime for the equipment and more money out of your pocket. The repetitive cycle not only takes a toll on your wallet but can be frustrating as heck for both you and the operators who have to wait around for repairs.
Imagine constantly slapping duct tape on a leaky pipe instead of just fixing it properly. That's what continual patch-up jobs feel like for machine seats. Sure, you're fixing the immediate problem, but it's a band-aid approach. Over time, those little fixes here and there stack up in costs. I
Investing in a solid solution—like a reliable seat cover—means breaking the cycle of "fix now, pay again later." Don't just put a lid on the issue; seal it shut for good.
Seat Replacement Costs
Replacing an excavator seat can cost anywhere from $550 to over $1000. That’s assuming you can install it in-house. Otherwise, it’s going to cost you more. Not to mention the downtime that the machine will experience.
Here are seat costs we’ve heard about from recent customers:
Single Crane Seat
They own 120 cranes and reupholster about ten seats every year.
They're charged $800 for ripped seats with their lease.
This cost was just for the back and bottom cushions.
Replaced only the seat.
Last seat he replaced was $5000.
Costs customers have incurred due to bad seats.
4. Machines are Declining Quicker
When an operator settles into a heavy machine with a worn-out seat, it subtly communicates that the machinery isn't valued. Just as a cluttered car suggests carelessness, a tattered seat can lead operators to assume the management isn't invested in the machine's upkeep.
Perception and Care
If the visible, intimate space like the seat appears neglected, it can influence operators to adopt a cavalier attitude toward the entire machine. Just like a clean desk can inspire productivity, a pristine seat can signify the machine's overall importance, fostering more careful use.
A maintained seat isn't merely about comfort but stands as a representation of the machinery's value. When treated as a prized asset, operators are more inclined to handle equipment respectfully, reinforcing that the machinery is an asset worth preserving.
The Broken Window Theory
Much like the idea that visible signs of disorder and neglect can lead to more harm, a disregarded seat can suggest that other parts of the machine might be equally neglected. When the operator's direct interaction with the machine (ahem, the seat) shows wear, it might promote a lax approach to broader machine care, accelerating overall deterioration.
5. Your Brand Image Kind of Sucks
Your brand is more than a logo or catchy slogan; it's the total experience you provide, right down to the nitty-gritty details of your machinery. Just as a polished storefront draws more customers, pristine equipment conveys professionalism, signaling to clients and competitors that you're all about quality, inside and out.
Heck, forget about clients and competitors for a second and consider what your seats say about your brand to your employees.
The state of your machinery, obvious elements like seats, sends a clear message about your company's values. Neglected seats can suggest a broader disregard for quality and detail in your operations.
Seats are indeed just one piece of the branding picture, but it’s a trickle effect. If you take care of your seats, your operators will handle the machine. The machines will look and run better, and so on.
So…Do You Need Seat Covers?
Your heavy equipment is more than just metal and gears; it's the lifeblood of your operations, a symbol of your brand, and a direct reflection of your commitment to quality. When the seats are frayed, stained, or downright busted, it doesn't just affect the machine — it ripples out, impacting resale values, operator morale, maintenance costs, equipment lifespan, and your brand's reputation.
We all know the drill: you check the engine, kick the tires (best of luck if you’re doing this with tracks), and if the price sounds right, you seal the deal.
But when it comes to offloading your heavy equipment, there's much more to consider than just finding the person with the deepest pockets. Just like restoring an old car or tuning up a beloved guitar, boosting the resale value of your machine should be a badge of honor. It's a craft, a passion that transforms the task into an art form.
Let’s get into the details of increasing that resale value when it’s time to sell.
1. Regular maintenance is a no-brainer
Heavy equipment isn't just a chunk of metal; it's an investment and the backbone of your operations. Treating these machines like an afterthought? That's like ignoring the lifeline of your business.
Let’s dive in to grasp why routine care is the secret sauce to keeping these beasts running at their best.
Changing the oil
Heavy machinery, just like small cars, needs its oil–it’s the bloodline that keeps the engine purring and the gears shifting smoothly.
We're all about that resale value, right? A well-maintained engine, proven with consistent oil changes, boosts the confidence of potential buyers. They'll be more willing to fork over more dollars if they know you've treated your equipment like the precious gem it is.
So, next time you try kicking that oil change down the road, remember: this isn't just a chore left for Grandma and her trusty sedan. It's the heartbeat of your heavy equipment. Show it some love, keep it running like a champ, and watch as it rewards you in performance and value.
The power of a maintenance log
You know those folks who always seem prepared, the ones who have every tool they might need and know every bolt of their machinery by heart? That's what a maintenance log does for your heavy equipment. This isn't about just scribbling down notes; it's laying down the history of your machine's health and performance.
Clear, honest records build trust. When folks see that log, they'll know you're straight-shooting and that machine has been cared for. Without a log? They might just see an old piece of gear. But with it, they'll recognize a battle-hardened buddy that's stood by your side.
Logs also help spot problems before they sneak up on you, preventing those nasty surprises. And here's the kicker: a solid maintenance log doesn't just keep your machine running; it boosts its value big time. So, remember: machines might be mute, but their logs speak volumes. Keep them detailed and show the world your dedication.
2. Keeping that paint job shiny and new:
A worn-out, rusty exterior can quickly create an image of negligence or poor maintenance habits—even if that's far from the truth. Think of it as having food in your teeth on a first date; it's distracting and might overshadow all the good stuff you bring.
In the world of heavy machinery, first impressions are crucial. A gleaming exterior says a lot about your equipment. It conveys professionalism, attention to detail, and pride in one's work.
Consider a protective coating
But keeping that paint job pristine isn't just about aesthetics. It’s also about protection. Protective coatings act like a shield, warding off threats like rust, corrosion, and the usual wear and tear from the elements. These coatings extend the life of the paint, ensuring that the vibrant colors and sheen remain intact for longer periods.
A few reasons to consider one:
Longevity: The longer your equipment looks new, the longer it can maintain a higher resale value.
Protection: It's not just about looks. Protective coatings can prevent minor damages from escalating into significant repair issues.
Cost-Effective: Investing in an excellent protective coating can save you from frequent repaint jobs, ultimately saving you money in the long run.
Enhanced Image: Let's face it, a machine that looks well-taken care of tends to command more respect and trust, both in its efficiency and in the crew that operates it.
While the inner workings of your machinery are vital, it's clear that the exterior should be noticed. Think of it as a two-fold strategy: It’s not just keeping your equipment looking dapper; it’s about ensuring longevity, preserving value, and exuding professionalism at every step.
3. Upgrade old parts
In a world that's constantly evolving with technology and innovation, staying up-to-date isn't just about keeping up with the Joneses; it's about ensuring that your heavy machinery functions optimally and remains relevant in the market. Here's why updating those aging parts is not just a smart choice but a necessary one.
Replacing worn-out components
Upgrading old, worn-out parts is more than just giving your machinery a facelift. Think safety and efficiency: newer components, built with the latest tech, can ramp up performance, from fuel economy to reduced maintenance.
This isn't like holding onto a vintage baseball card; in the world of heavy machinery, top-notch performance, and reliability reign supreme. By swapping out the old with the new, you're extending the machine's working life and making it a hot ticket item for potential buyers. In a game where top-tier is the goal, you don’t want to be left behind because of outdated parts. Stay ahead, upgrade, and ensure your machine is always market-ready.
Whenever you make upgrades, you’ll want to document that too. It offers potential buyers a clear roadmap of the machine's history and the enhancements made.
Since many upgraded parts come with warranties, documenting them ensures you can use these benefits if needed. Check to see if the warranty is transferable to any new owners.
Upgrading old parts is a strategic move that ensures safety, efficiency, and relevancy in an ever-evolving market. Paired with meticulous documentation, these upgrades can significantly elevate the machinery's value and appeal, making it a prime choice for potential buyers.
4. Record all repairs, part replacements, warranty info, and maintenance
We’ve said this a ton already, but that’s because it will be a huge selling factor for your heavy equipment. Trust is good, but the paperwork is proof. And our future buyer's peace of mind is worth can drive a sale.
In the world of heavy machinery, a well-documented record is almost as important as the machinery itself. Every repair, part replacement, and routine maintenance session talks about the machine's history and overall care. Think of it as a machine's health diary.
And if you had a warranty on the equipment, call and see if it's still valid and transferable. If it is, make that info available to potential buyers.
This way, anyone looking to buy knows exactly what they're getting into — no tricks, no gimmicks. That trusty logbook proves you've taken good care of your equipment, and in the end, that's gonna put more dollars in your pocket when it's time to sell.
5. Put seat covers on your equipment ASAP
Okay, you knew we were going to throw this one in here. You probably saw it coming a mile away, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
You wouldn't head out into a rainstorm without a proper jacket, right? The same principle applies to the seats of your heavy machinery. They face a daily storm of dirt, sweat, wear, and the occasional coffee spill. Protecting them isn't just about aesthetics (okay, but there’s some of that)—it's about smart, long-term investment. Heck, even if you don’t pick our seat covers, there are other options out there.
Let's go over why seat covers are the jacket your equipment needs.
1. The daily grind
Every day on the job site brings its own set of challenges. Whether hopping on and off the machine with dirt-caked work boots, the rough materials of utility belts, or the accidental drop of a heavy tool—your seat is right there in the line of fire. Without a protective barrier, even the sturdiest seats can start showing signs of wear and tear in no time.
2. Upholding the resale value
We all know that first impressions count. When you decide to sell your equipment, potential buyers will judge it based on appearance. A brand new seat speaks volumes about how the entire machine was treated. It suggests careful handling and regular maintenance. In a nutshell, a pristine seat can significantly boost resale value.
3. Maintenance costs
While the initial investment in a high-quality seat cover might seem like an extra expense, it can save you heaps in the long run. Reupholstering or replacing a seat can cost around $1,000. Preventative measures, like a durable seat cover, can steer you clear of these costs.
4. Comfort and morale
Let's not forget about the opeartor! A seat cover can add an extra layer of comfort. Over time, this can greatly affect the operator's overall job satisfaction. We're talking fewer aches and pains and a happier team member. Plus, when you get into the cab of an excavator and the seat is still in good condition, that just makes the whole experience better.
5. Easy cleaning
Mud, grease, or that sandwich that decided to explode? No worries! A good seat cover makes clean-up easier. Instead of a lengthy scrubbing session, you could look at a simple wipe-down.
6. Representing brand image
Your equipment isn't just a tool—it represents your brand, commitment to quality and professionalism. Protecting its seats showcases a level of meticulous care and attention to detail. It's a subtle message to clients, partners, and competitors that you're serious about your work.
"Bought this Seat cover for my New JD 50 excavator which was my first new machine, and wanted to protect it. I must say the seat cover is the best I have seen and used in any equipment I have operated. Best aftermarket purchase I have made for my machine."
Seat covers might seem small, but they pack a punch in terms of benefits and cost a fraction of what a new seat would. They're the unsung heroes, taking on the daily challenges of the construction world to ensure your equipment remains in prime condition, inside and out.
6. Expert inspections are worth their weight in gold
While you might know your equipment like the back of your hand, prospective buyers or partners don't. They're about to make a significant investment and want to ensure they make the right choice. This is where the invaluable role of expert inspections comes into play.
Why getting a professional to give your equipment the green light increases buyer confidence:
Objective assessment: While you might offer the best descriptions and assurances, a third-party, especially an expert, brings an unbiased lens. Their evaluation is based purely on the equipment's condition and performance, free from emotional or investment bias.
Spotting hidden issues: Even with regular maintenance, there might be underlying issues that aren't immediately apparent. Professionals identify these problems, ensuring the equipment is in top shape or pointing out areas needing attention.
Boosted credibility: In the buyer's eyes, going the extra mile to get an expert evaluation showcases responsibility. It demonstrates that you're committed to transparency and ensures the equipment's quality.
The power of a stamp of approval:
Reinforcing claims: You can sing praises about your equipment all day, but an expert's confirmation is concrete evidence to back up those claims.
Increasing resale value: Expert-verified machinery often fetches a higher price in the market. The stamp of approval can sometimes make a tangible difference in the valuation.
Peace of mind for both parties: While you're confident in your equipment's condition, an expert's nod gives you and the buyer peace of mind. It reaffirms your beliefs and soothes any reservations the buyer might have.
Building trust: Being willing to bring in an expert to inspect the machinery shows prospective buyers that you have nothing to hide. It establishes a foundation of trust, which can be crucial in facilitating smoother transactions.
While there's an undeniable value in personal assurance and regular maintenance logs, an expert's stamp of approval can elevate your equipment's standing in the market. It's like having a trusted mechanic vouch for a used car—it just makes the whole deal sweeter for everyone involved.
7. Offer a training session with the sale:
You might draw the line here, but passing on heavy machinery is more than just tossing over some keys. Every machine's got its unique heartbeat, its quirks, and those "learned the hard way" lessons.
You've put in the hours, learned its strengths, and discovered those sneaky little nuances that aren’t in any manual. Giving the new owner a crash course isn't just a nice gesture; it's about safety, efficiency, and a bit of that blue-collar camaraderie. It’s ensuring they get the job done right and safely while also passing on the know-how to keep that machinery running smoothly for the long haul. After all, the best lessons aren’t found in a book but from one hardworking hand to another.
8. Keep it clean
Machines are dirty. That’s why we love them. They tackle challenging terrains, bear massive weight, and endure the harsh realities of a construction site. However, it's essential to separate the workhorse from the mud it's trotted through when it's showtime.
Here’s what a dirty machine can do:
First Impressions Matter: Just as we judge a book by its cover, the exterior cleanliness of a machine is often the first point of evaluation for potential buyers. A mud-caked dozer might hint at neglect, even if it runs perfectly.
Spotting Issues: Excessive dirt and grime can obscure actual problems or damages. Rust spots, leaks, or wear and tear might hide under layers of dirt. Presenting a clean machine ensures transparency and assures the buyer that there aren't underlying issues hiding.
Reflects Maintenance Habits: While dirt is okay after a day's work, a clean post-operation machine suggests meticulous care and routine maintenance. It gives a glimpse into the machine's overall treatment during its lifespan.
And here’s what a little cleaning can offer:
Boosts Aesthetic Appeal: Let's be honest; a sparkling machine just looks better. It's more inviting, appears newer, and exudes professionalism.
Highlights Quality: When a machine is clean, it's easier to showcase its features, the quality of its parts, and any upgrades or modifications. Essentially, cleaning lets the machinery's quality shine through.
Potential Buyers Appreciate the Effort: It might seem like a small gesture, but cleaning your equipment before a sale presentation sends a clear message: you value and respect the buyer's time and consideration. It shows that you're serious about the sale and have put in the effort to present the machine in its best light.
The construction site is a playground for these mechanical beasts, but when it’s time to sell, it's essential to scrub away the playground memories. Cleanliness, in this context, isn't just about aesthetics; it's a reflection of care, attention to detail, and professionalism. It solidifies trust, reaffirms value, and can significantly influence a potential buyer's decision.
It's about more than profit
When it comes to heavy equipment, resale value isn't just about counting pennies and dimes—it's a reflection of the blood, sweat, and respect you've poured into that machinery.
By taking care of your gear, you're not just boosting its worth, but also passing on a legacy of dedication and hard work to the next proud owner. And hey, while you're thinking about giving your machine that extra TLC, why not start with the seat it rides on? After all, taking pride in your machine means making sure the next person in line feels the same way.
We've seen people reviewing our seat covers (which are made for humans) and talking about how they love them for their dogs.
That got us thinking about what makes a seat cover great when you've got dogs. Whether you've got hunting dogs, service dogs, household pets, or work with a K9 unit, you will need a cover that protects from wetness, stains, scratching, and chewing.
Since we make our covers for humans, it's only fair that we look at seat covers that humans can use, so we won't review pet hammocks. And because we only make seat covers for trucks, SUVs, and vans, we'll look at those covers.
We're going to divide these into two types:
Seat protectors: Not a custom fit, have a boxier shape and will be obvious in your truck
Seat covers: Custom fit and will blend in with your truck's interior
Here are some of the top-searched brands for backseat and how they hold up to dogs:
Seat protectors all have a very similar shape: a boxy apron that fits hundreds of different bench seats with a skirt that runs around the edge, so it will feel (and look) like a universal cover. But these top contenders all have strengths in different areas.
WeatherTech Seat Protector
We've reviewed WeatherTech before, and here's the bottom line: We love WeatherTech, but would stick to their floor liners and not their seat protectors.
We like that these are made in America, easy to install, and machine washable. We don't love that you won't be able to access the center seatbelt or use the features of a split seat.
Takeaways from the WeatherTech Seat Protector:
No center seatbelt access
Can't use the split seat
Water resistant, not waterproof
Made in America
Quick to install
Some people love this seat protector; some people don't. Overall, half of their customers wouldn't recommend it.
“The straps around the headrest did not provide a very tight fit, and my two labs consistently moved the seat cover off the seat while jumping in and out of the truck during our trip. It is well made but moves around too much.”
This has a very similar fit to WeatherTech's version, but the reviews indicate that people like it more. Like WeatherTech, your center seatbelt won't be accessible, and you won't be able to use the split seat functionality.
Orvis stands behind their products with the Great Catch Guarantee. If you aren't happy with your item, you can return it for a small restocking fee online or for free at a local store.
Takeaways from the Orvis Backseat Protector:
No center seatbelt access
Can't use the split seat
Water resistant, not waterproof
Made in China
Quick to install
“We purchased the Orvis-Large back seat cover for our Jeep Grand Cherokee. With two labs in Colorado, we need to protect our leather seats from mud, snow, and paws. These seat covers fit perfectly and do the trick. Out of the box, our pups don’t slide around while loading, unloading, and crawling over rocks.”
We've also reviewed Canvasback before. They're known for their cargo liners but make seat protectors too. They were founded in the 1990s by a dog owner wanting to make interior vehicle protection durable enough for dogs.
Their rear bench covers are like the ones we mentioned above, with a few notable differences: they're waterproof, have more color options, and can fit smaller SUVs.
Takeaways from the Canvasback Bench Seat Cover:
No center seatbelt access
Can't use the split seat
Made in America
Quick to install
“I was delighted to find a car seat cover made in the USA and happy to support a woman-owned business! … The price is on par with what I've paid for other seat covers (namely Orvis). The quality appears to be good; I appreciate that the pieces velcro together for easy cleaning. Like most seat covers, it doesn't fit perfectly, but with so many car makes and models out there, I imagine it's hard to find a perfect fit.”
The cool thing about this cover is that it has additional pockets to store a leash, poop bags, etc. Kurgo also has a piped edge ( a slight raised edge around the seat) to help prevent liquidy messes from spilling into the floor. According to their customer service, their products are made in Vietnam, China, and Taiwan.
Takeaways from the Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover:
No center seatbelt access
Can't use the split seat
Made in Vietnam, China, or Taiwan
Quick to install
Not machine washable
“After having this seat cover in my SUV for several years, we bought the extended size for our 2020 F-150 back bench seat - it fits perfect. These products are awesome and wear like iron.”
4Knines Multi-Function Crew Cab Truck Seat Cover with Hammock
We added the 4Knines cover to this lineup because it had some unique options not available in the other brands mentioned.
Now, we said we weren't going to review hammocks, and we stand by that, but this protector has a foldaway hammock that you can tuck away, making this one an option for people to use. It also has a split design, so you can flip seats up or down as needed without removing the cover. We love that.
4Knines does warn that their cover isn't chew-proof. So keep that in mind if you've got a chewer.
Takeaways from the 4Knines Multi-Function Crew Cab Truck Seat Covers
Access to all seat belts
Made in China
Quick to install
“This is our second 4knines cover (the other goes to our smaller vehicle), and just as I suspected, this cover is the best one I've seen for a truck! Easy to install and fits just right! I love that it's easy to split if I have something big I need to put inside the cab or if I've got the kiddos with me. No need to worry about dog hair or drool all over everything, which is a big plus in my book (it's a legit worry when you've got a giant breed!). If it does get dirty, it's easy to take off and throw in the wash.”
It's tough to say. Your preferences will be different than ours. But if you want an American-made seat cover, go with Canvasback. They're a little cheaper than WeatherTech, a small business, and have more color and pattern options.
If you don't care where your seat protector is made, we like 4Knines. It's more attractive than the extended fit of the Kurgo, and you can use your split bench features. It's not the cheapest, but it's also not the most expensive.
Seat Covers for Dogs:
These seat covers will be tailored to fit your truck's bench seat like a glove. It's a custom fit that will complement your vehicle's interior. These don't just have one or two sizes. They have dozens (if not hundreds) of sizes because they're made for your specific truck.
Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers
We're no strangers to Covercraft's Carhartt seat covers. These are a fan favorite in the seat cover world. We love that these give you a custom fit and remind you of your favorite Carhartt jacket.
These covers, like TigerTough, are meant to withstand the conditions of hardworking men and women. Grease, dust, snow, mudâ€¦it can handle it all. Think about what a pair of Carhartt coveralls goes throughâ€“the seat covers can put up with the same.
They have two kinds of Carhartt covers. Both covers offer a custom fit, a three-year limited warranty, and two Carhart colors. Let's go over the differences.
Carhartt Seat Savers
This is the more affordable of the two Carhartt options offered by Covercraft. The only thing that would make them better is if they were all made in America, had multiple pieces, and were waterproof (they're water resistant).
Being one piece, you need to tuck the cover into the crease where the seat back meets the seat bottom. If your dogs are rambunctious in the truck, you might find that these don't always stay in place.
Takeaways for the Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers:
Access to all seatbelts
Water resistant (not waterproof)
Made in Mexico and the United States
“They look good, they fit great, and the dogs and wife love them. We do a lot of hunting and fishing, and they clean up great, and dog hair does not stick to them.”
These offer a better fit than the SeatSavers, and they're made exclusively in the United States.
Takeaways from the CoverCraft Carhartt Precision Fit Seat Covers:
Access to all seatbelts
Water resistant (not waterproof)
Made in the United States
Limited three-year warranty
Most expensive option
“Outstanding product and protection of seats. I have [them] only on [the] rear seat for my dogs. Great product, but installation was a real challenge. Directions and tips on installation can be improved.”
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Easy to clean
Come in multiple pieces for a great fit
Have a great warranty and return policy
Made in America
Depending on your activity level, size (and number) of dogs, and your budget, there's a seat cover out there that will meet your needs.
Seat cover overview
6 months limited
3 year limited
3 year limited
Unconditional 2 years
Polycotton twill fabric
600 X 300 poly denier with a waterproof PVC backing
We’re dog people. I mean, we’re Americans, after all. At TigerTough, we have dogs who ride along in our trucks just like our customers do, so wondering if our seat covers are durable enough to withstand dogs is a valid concern.
If you’re bringing your pets along for the ride, first, you want to protect your seats. You paid good money for your vehicle and want to keep that resale value. We get that. So you need seat covers. Second, you want those covers to withstand what your pet dishes out.
Our covers aren’t made for dogs. And we don’t have any pet hammocks you see slung in the back seat of a Subaru near you. We make our covers for hardworking men and women, so let’s see how TigerTough holds up to pets.
Made for Messes
Dogs are gross. They run through mud, jump in swamps, and roll in...stuff. You need seat covers durable enough to handle the messiest scenario your dog finds itself in.
“Tough as f###ing nails, my dog puked on them and didn’t even faze them. If they ever wear out, I’ll buy [them] again.”
How well does dog hair clean up?
Sadly, our seat covers don’t repel dog hair. We’re actually not sure of any covers on the market that do.
But we’re happy to report that dog hair easily vacuums up off the seat covers. We tested three tools to remove dog hair from the seat covers a standard vacuum cleaner, a Lily Brush, and a Furz-Off Stone. Out of all of them, the vacuum performed the best, and the fur came right off. You won’t need special tools.
Worst case scenario, you can easily remove the seat covers and toss them in the washing machine for ultimate cleanup.
“The best thing about these for me is their resistance to dog hair and ease of cleaning when they get dirty. I've got two large labs that wreck everything they touch. [A] damp cloth and good to go. Dog hair doesn't porcupine quill into the fabric. It vacuums right up. One dog has coarse hair, and the other soft. So well worth the money. So much better than the Carhartt I've used for the last 20 years.”
We have yet to find a dog who can dig or chew its way through one of our seat covers. We can’t say it won’t happen, but until (if) it does, we’re considering them scratch-proof. No matter how much your dog digs, it won’t be able to dig through the cover. Heck, if a screwdriver can’t stab through a cover, we don’t think your dog has a chance of destroying these.
“We bought these well over a year ago mainly for our three dogs, and they look just like the day we put them on, so easy to clean too. We love them."
If your dog uses a dog seatbelt or harness, you can still clip it in. All connection points and seatbelts are still accessible with TigerTough.
Disclaimer: We’ve only tested our seat covers for human safety, not dog safety, so be sure to read any instructions that come with your dog's car seatbelt before using it with TigerTough seat covers.
Dog-Friendly Seat Covers
We don’t make our seat covers with dogs in mind. Our covers fit like a glove on your captain/bucket seats and bench seats. We don't make pet hammocks or cargo liners (but if you are looking for cargo liners, we recommend Canvasback.) We make our seat covers for people first, but our covers are great for pets too.
If our covers can withstand concrete, coffee, gypsum, chainsaws, and weed-eaters, they can withstand the wear and tear of dogs and whatever other animals you happen to have riding shotgun.
But suppose your dog manages to dig with the ferocity of a first-time excavator operator and actually causes some damage. In that case, we have a two-year unconditional warranty and will happily replace those covers. And yes, we mean unconditional.
“Absolutely fantastic product! Holds up great to a German Shepard Service Dog getting into and out of the truck multiple times a day now for months with no signs of wear. Cleans easily, including the famous “German Shedder” glitter! My wife loves it. She can access the storage compartments in the back seats with no problems and loves the fact that this seat cover even allows her to raise the one section of the back seat allowing the dog to get in and out easier. No other seat cover does that, well none that we found! It is just the best!”
We've seen our seat covers in action with a range of dogs—hunting dogs, pets, police K9s, and service dogs. Not a single negative review about TigerTough seat covers for dogs has come our way. Even though our seat covers aren’t designed for dogs, they've proven to be as dog-friendly as the best of them.