KATO CES is the largest supplier of KATO excavators, track loaders, and crawler carriers in the world. We are committed to providing our customers with the finest equipment available and to keeping it running safely and smoothly. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible experience when using our products and services. Whether you're a contractor working on a major construction project or a homeowner preparing for a home improvement project, we're here to help you get the job done.
Family owned and operated by Mike and Markie Smith, KATO - Compact Excavator Sales has always prided itself on outstanding service, quality products, and customer satisfaction for over 20 years. Whether supplying crawler carriers to the oil & gas industry or excavators, skid steers, track loaders, and concrete buggies to the rental industry; CES has developed a reputation for expertise, integrity, and unparalleled customer service through our dealer network.
KATO CES has been providing the highest-quality compact construction equipment for over 25 years. When you partner with KATO CES, you are working with a family-owned company that has decades of experience and has developed a reputation for expertise, integrity, and unparalleled customer service.
Our mission is to provide our customers with the finest equipment available and to keep it running smoothly and safely. We're dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience and will continue to work hard to exceed your expectations.
From IHI to KATO Works
Japanese made. U.S. customized and distributed. 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.
1895: KATO Iron Works is founded
1930: Reorganized as KATO Works Ltd. Begin manufacturing engines, tractors, road rollers, cranes, etc.
1940-1980: KATO Works makes many advances and increases line and productivity
1994: Compact Excavator Sales, LLC is founded by Mike and Markie Smith and becomes the IHI compact equipment distributor for North America
2002: IHI Construction Machinery, LTD and Compact Excavator Sales, LLC create a partnership
2016: The IHI Construction Machinery, LTD compact equipment line is acquired by KATO Works
2023: KATO CES continues to grow as a leader in the construction equipment industry
We Are Here For You
Located across the U.S., our extensive dealer network makes being part of the KATO family easy and accessible. Each piece of KATO equipment is supported by expert dealers and rental houses to make sure you are getting only the best products, sales, and service.
We stock all original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for our products. Because we sell only the finest quality equipment, we can back it up with the finest service and service plans. And because of the long life spans for our equipment, you will be entering into a long relationship with us.