KATO-CES headquarters

About KATO-CES

Our experience with construction and excavation equipment enables us to test and evaluate the quality of equipment in great detail before offering it through our national network of dealers and distributors.

With our relentless pursuit of the highest possible productivity, KATO-CES is the largest supplier of KATO mini excavators, track loaders, and crawler carriers in the world.

Mike & Markie Smith
Mike & Markie Smith

Family Owned

Family owned and operated for over 25 years, KATO-Compact Excavator Sales has been committed to distributing high quality equipment to dealers and rental companies throughout the United States and North America.

As a family-owned business, we don’t answer to a board or corporate shareholders. Our only goal is to provide you with the finest equipment in the world and to keep it running smoothly and safely. Our record of service is second to none.

Dealer Support

KATO-CES is committed to partnering with our dealers to help them promote, service and sell the KATO Mini Excavators, Track Loaders, and Crawler Carriers along with CANYCOM Concrete Buggies or power buggies..

We ensure this, by providing a large sales force, same day parts shipments, and outstanding technical support. A KATO-CES support representative is just a phone call or email away. So email us or call us today at 1+(800) 538-1447.

KATO-Strong

KATO Works

Since 1994, KATO-Compact Excavator Sales has been distributing high quality equipment throughout North and South America. Family owned and operated by Mike and Markie Smith, the company has always prided itself on outstanding service, quality, and customer satisfaction for over 20 years. Whether it has been supplying Crawler Carriers to the oil & gas industry or Mini Excavators, Skid Steers, Track Loaders, and Concrete Buggies to the rental industry; Compact Excavator Sales has developed a reputation for expertise, integrity and unparalleled customer service with end users through their dealer network.

IHI Construction Machinery Limited, the former supplier of machinery for Compact Excavator Sales, was acquired by Japanese equipment manufacturing company, KATO Works, in November of 2016. KATO Works has been in the equipment manufacturing business in Japan since 1895. The company produces large construction equipment including:

  • large hydraulic excavators with weights ranging from 16,000-101,000 lbs.
  • rough terrain cranes
  • all-terrain cranes
  • boring trucks
  • street sweepers
  • wheeled cranes

Industry Affiliations

The American Rental Association (ARA), located in Moline, Ill., is the international nonprofit trade association for equipment rental businesses and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Our members are located in every U.S. state, every Canadian province and more than 30 countries worldwide.

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications.

Advancing equipment manufacturers in the global marketplace. Our passion is to not only see your business succeed, but to create a community where we, as an industry, can make positive and lasting change. AEM is 900+ members strong and growing, representing 200+ product lines.