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Executive Hire Show 2016 Review : Impressive level of innovation
With a record 183 exhibitors, Show 10 was an unrivalled opportunity for hirers to
see the latest products for our industry. EHN reports on some of the highlights.
for Euro Towers
Euro Towers was marking its 25th anniversary at the Show, and,
as in previous years, it was offering appropriate confectionery to
visitors on the stand, including Celebrations and chocolates wrapped in silver foil.
Amongst the products on display were cantilever towers which, the company says, are the subject of increasing interest since PASMA introduced a dedicated training course on such systems. Also on show was the Euro One aluminium tower which is designed for quick assembly by one person and can be finished in hi-viz colours.
Displayed in a glass cabinet was an eye-catching model of a tower that had been created using a 3D printer. This is a technique that the company can use when developing bespoke designs for evaluation, prior to production.
HSC to the power 10
Hire Supply Co certainly entered into the celebratory spirit surrounding Show 10. As a light-hearted diversion, interspersed between the products on display were
10 boards listing the Top 10 in various categories, such as 10 richest people in the world, 10 most attractive men and women, and 10 best one-liners, as well as HSC’s Top 10 best-selling products last year. HSC staff also wore special ‘Show 10’ branded shirts.
The theme extended to a contest on the stand, in which entrants had to press a button to estimate when ten seconds had elapsed on a large screen display.
HSC had no fewer than 10 Show-only offers to tempt visitors, as did sister company Midland Power Distribution. The latter’s stand display included the latest models in its Active grounds care equipment range, such as long-reach hedge trimmers and pole pruners.
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MHM in demand
MHM reported considerable interest from visitors in products across its range. “Generally, there is great demand for core products like 6kVA to 100kVA generators, petrol welders and welfare unit generators,” MD Mat Llewellyn told EHN. “We are also being asked to do a lot of special builds, including generators combining diesel generators with hybrid battery powered units.
“Our contract hire initiative is proving very popular. For a minimum term of 16 months, hirers are charged a competitive rate for the machines and this allows them to plan ahead to meet seasonal peaks in demand, such as from customers in the summer events market, without having an impact on their capital expenditure.”
Husqvarna cuts a dash
New from Husqvarna is the TS 60 tile saw. It has a patented water and slurry containment system to ensure that the water used during the cutting process remains in the tray underneath, for more efficient, cleaner operation, and to enable indoor cutting tasks. The water stream is also directed towards the blade and the material being cut to cool them.
The machine has a removable table to give a cutting length of up to 700mm, and diagonal cuts can be achieved on tiles up to 50cm by 50cm. It was being shown to gauge interest from hirers, and the company says that the feedback was so positive that it will be introducing it to the UK shortly.
Also on display for evaluation was the FS 3500 floor saw, which accepts blades with diameters from 66cm to 76cm and can cut to a maximum depth of 29cm. It has a one-piece frame that is designed to enable the machine to go through a 91cm doorway.
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Makita targets dust
New from Makita UK is an M-Class dust extraction vacuum unit, available in
110V and 240V versions, for use when working with mica, china
clay, gypsum, wood, masonry, GRP and concrete.
The VC2201MX1/1 and VC2211MX1/2 models have a 1050W motor and a 22-litre stainless steel tank.
An automatic self-cleaning filter system is incorporated, comprising a powder filter, damper and pre-filter, with a valve to re-direct airflow through each in turn to release the collected material into the container.
HGI unveils hybrids
New to the Harrington Generators International (HGI) line-up is the HRH range of six hybrid machines for silent operation, offering 16kVA to 30kVA of continuous power and 50kVA to 60kVA peak output. They have the same ‘rental specification’ canopies as are fitted to conventional units for low noise and protection against water ingress. The batteries can be charged via mains power or a generator and can be connected to solar panels and wind turbines.
Also new are the SKD60i and SKD 100i diesel dual voltage generators offering 6kVA and 10kVA, and the petrol powered HRP24 and HRP28 models, with respective outputs of 3kVA and 3.5kVA and available as 110V or dual voltage versions.
Fairport reveals new mixer
Fairport previewed a new tip-up mixer. Scheduled to become available in three months, the electric (110V or 240V) machine has a drum capacity of 130 litres. It has bolt-on paddles inside the drum for easy replacement and a four-point stand for stability. The machine has long side frames to protect against site damage and to act as handles, to allow tipping to be achieved with the operator’s hands at a more comfortable level.
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Addex launches Big Ben
Designed to address an important Health & Safety issue, the Big Ben braked pulley from Addex is an alternative to traditional gin wheels. The product was judged to finish third in the Innovation Trail. It has a 50kg load capacity, and, if the operator lets go of the rope, the load is arrested and lowered to the ground at a rate of 1.5m per second. The descent is stopped if the rope is touched lightly.
The product is designed for easy maintenance and to withstand harsh environments. It can be used with
any 16mm to 18mm braided rope,
or 18mm twisted polypropylene rope, with a breaking strain of 1000kg.
Camon stump grinder impresses
Tracmaster has launched the Camon SG30 stump grinder, which was displayed as a prototype to invite feedback at last year’s Show. It can deal with stumps that are protruding up to 56cm above ground and down to 33cm below. The machine is only 62cm wide to facilitate access to gardens with restricted access. “We have taken orders for the SG30 here at the Show.
Hirers definitely see this exhibition as the best place to see the latest products available on the market, and to do business,” MD Alex Pitt told EHN.
Shindaiwa’s Show success
Shindaiwa MD Andy Munford described the Show as the company’s best ever trade exhibition, having secured three orders worth more than £150,000, from three Scottish hirers, namely Macgregor Industrial Supplies of Inverness, Palmaris Plant Hire of Aberdeen, and Martin Plant Hire. Machines purchased include the Powercenter 15 generator and Eco 65 and Eco 300 welder generators. “We were delighted with the level of new business leads, and we are confident that we will be announcing another substantial order from the Show in the very near future.”
Trust Ford drives forward
Trust Ford displayed vehicles that have been developed to meet hirers’ transport and delivery needs, with one model at each of the Show entrances. Based on the Transit chassis cab,
they incorporate a tail lift and items such as extra lashing points to meet Health & Safety requirements.
Emphasis has been placed on reducing vehicle weight to increase load capacity without affecting robustness. Measures taken include using single, rather than double, rear wheels and swapping the dual passenger seat for a single version. The two vehicles have different bulkhead configurations, giving typical payload capacities of 950kg and 1020kg with a driver and fuel.
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Tufftruk’s skip swap potential
Having established its 300kg-capacity Bendi micro dumper and introduced its bigger brother with a 450kg capability, Tufftruk highlighted the advantages of its interchangeable skips. Hirers can offer customers either a narrower machine with the smaller skip, or a higher capacity unit that is slightly wider.
A Bendi was exhibited carrying a 450kg skip with a 300kg skip inside it. MD Ron Blackhurst says it only takes two people approximately
30 seconds to swap them. The width of the base machine is then quickly altered from 730mm to 850mmm, or vice versa, by switching the wheels.
Manitou on the up
Manitou gave the first UK exhibition appearance of the production version of its Man’Go 12 self-propelled boom lift. This 1.8m wide access platform has a linked single riser with a main telescopic boom and an articulating jib to provide a maximum working height of 11.91m. Maximum outreach is 6.69m and the basket capacity is 230kg. The machine has a chassis-mounted 19.4kW Kubota diesel engine and hydraulic wheel motors. The first unit UK buyer is Discovery Plant & Tools of Leominster.
Also on display was one of the new Gehl mid-range skid steer loaders. The radial lift arm R135 model weighs 2327kg and has a rated operating capacity of 612kg as standard, or 680kg with an optional extra counterweight.
Seen on screen with Trackit247
Trackit247 showed visitors how its real-time, live GPS solutions can help protect valuable assets. With long-life batteries, the products are designed to be simple, functional and affordable. Staff were able to pinpoint the location of the tracking devices on a screen, with, three units located around the Ricoh Arena quickly found.
The company is adding a new device to enable the machine or vehicle to which it is attached to
be remotely disabled using
a PC or smart phone. New functions being introduced for vehicle systems include live traffic information and routing advice.
Atlas Copco lights
Catching the eye of visitors at the North Entrance to the Show was the QLB 60 lighting tower from Atlas Copco,
which has four 350W LED lighting heads. The machine is claimed to typically consume 0.5 litre of fuel per hour and
to produce up to 75% less carbon dioxide than models with metal halide lamps. Operation can be controlled via a weekly timer, and an integral photocell can switch the unit on and off depending on ambient lighting conditions.
The hydraulic mast extends to a maximum height of 8m and can rotate through 340°, and the manufacturer says the machine’s compact dimensions enable 22 units to be loaded on to a 13m truck.
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Expanded Karcher line-up
Amongst several new products from Karcher was the HDS trailer-mounted hot water cleaner, which was a Finalist on the Innovation Trail. Developed for use at sites without ready access to mains water or power, four diesel models are available, offering pressures of 50-500 bar and flow rates of up to 1700 litres per hour. A heat exchanger uses the temperature of the pump motor to pre-heat the water, which is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 14%.
The NT 45/1 Tact Te M is a new 110V M-Class wet and dry vacuum for
tackling workplace dust.
It incorporates automatic reverse pulse filter cleaning for constant suction, and it can be set
to stop and start in tandem with a connected power tool.
The manufacturer has also introduced battery-powered grounds care tools, including the LB 850 Bp leaf blower and the CS 330 Bp chainsaw. They are powered by 50V Lithium-ion batteries that are available in three capacities, giving a choice of maximum running times.
Hilti celebrates Show 10
Hilti is one of 27 innovative suppliers that have exhibited at
every Show, and its team was clearly happy to be at Show 10.
The upbeat mood continued throughout the event, with significant orders from visitors on the stand. Amongst them was One Stop Hire for no fewer than 223 items, including 22 survey products,
the first time that the hirer has added this category of equipment
to its fleet, ranging from laser measures to total stations.
MD Steve Hitchen told EHN that he had visited Hilti’s factory
in Germany and been impressed by demonstrations of the
shock-resistant qualities of products like the PR 300-HV2S rotating laser. “We have considered adding survey and laser items for
three years, as they are popular re-hire items. Because these products can require specialist servicing and maintenance,
factors like Hilti’s training resources and the rapid turnaround
from its Glasgow central service centre were key reasons for
One Stop’s order also includes tools ranging from drills to large breakers, and brings the total number of Hilti items in its fleet to
more than 1,000.
Hilti’s new X-Change Module (X-CM) diamond core system, which is designed to allow users to quickly re-tip core bits, was included in the Innovation Trail at the Show. Instead of being supplied as a single unit, the cores have a ring on the barrel which can be removed with a screwdriver before a new one is pushed and twisted into place.
This eliminates the need for the entire implement to be sent for
re-tipping, and operators can use one barrel alongside different rings for work on various base materials. Hilti says hirers can also stock a range of rings and supply the appropriate one with the main barrel to suit the customer’s specific task.
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Hybrid Takeuchi sparks interest
A crowd puller on the Takeuchi stand was the manufacturer’s new TB216 Hybrid mini excavator. It retains the 11.1kW Yanmar diesel engine of the standard version whilst gaining an additional 10.6kW electric motor.
For operation inside buildings or at noise-sensitive sites, the electric motor is powered by a trailing cable with a high-level rear connection.
As seen at the Show, the canopy equipped model weighs 1908kg and can operate a range of attachments, including Takeuchi’s TKB72-S hydraulic breaker.
The TB216 Hybrid is said to offer identical operational performance irrespective of whether diesel or electric power is being used. Tail radius is increased by 260mm to accommodate the electric motor that can be swung outwards to allow service access to the diesel engine.
Hot wash solution from CBD
Awarded Runner-Up status in the Innovation Trail at the Show were the Hotbox 15 and
25 machines from
CBD Power. They are designed to be used with a cold water pressure washer,
either electric or engine driven, to enable hot washing to be carried out as required, more efficiently than on some combination pressurised systems, according to the company.
Requiring less than 1kW, the machines can be operated from a generator or a mains extension lead. The Hotbox 15 is available in 12V and 230V versions, while the Hotbox 25 is offered in 110V and 230V. CBD believes the units can enable hirers to increase the potential of the existing pressure washers in their fleets.
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Sumner’s latest lift
Arriving in the UK literally days before the Show opened,
the new 2500 Series of counterweight lifts took pride of place on Sumner’s stand. Four models are available with maximum lifting heights from 3.5m to 7.5m, with load capacities of between 300kg and 455kg. A two-speed hand winch is incorporated for handling heavy payloads.
The products, which should be available from May, break down into two components for ease of transport and can be assembled without tools in less than five minutes. They can go through standard doorways, and the company says they are suitable for lifting loads next to walls or over obstacles, such as window glass panels and air conditioning components.
CanTrack’s Trusted device
Having changed its name from Custodia Systems last year, CanTrack Global chose the Show to launch its new asset tracking unit for the hire industry. The company has gained the UK and Ireland distribution rights for a durable, small device developed by a Danish company, Trusted.
Marketed here as the CanTrack Asset Tracking Unit, the battery-powered device is only 68mm by 68mm by 25mm in size and can be hidden easily in compact plant or vans. Its resin-sealed components are enclosed in a virtually indestructible nylon polymer shell that is said to be fully waterproof and can operate in temperatures from -30°C to +85°C.
It is claimed that the battery can operate for over six years and that the use of mobile (GSM) and homing beacon (RF) technology, in addition to GPS, increases its effectiveness. The device provides machine utilisation dates, as well as monitoring machine movement and location.
Doosan generates interest
Doosan revealed a new portable generator. The latest version of the G40 model is designated the G40-IIIA to denote its use of a Stage IIIA emission compliant Yanmar diesel engine rated at 37.9kW.
With a prime power output of 40kVA, it is fully bunded and comes with a Leroy Somer alternator. As standard, the generator has a
177-litre fuel tank to provide a minimum of 10 hours continuous operation at 75% load. An optional 358-litre tank is available for
24-hour operation. Doosan Portable Power has also introduced a new-generation G60-IIIA 60kVA generator model for the hire industry.
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Avant boxes clever
Visitors arriving at the Show’s north entrance were able to inspect a new attachment from Avant Tecno. Shown securely attached to
a 42.0kW 760i compact articulated loader with a DLX cab,
this lockable site toolbox has a capacity of 550 litres for the safe storage of hand-held tools. Its hinged lid is raised by gas struts
and there are bolt-on lugs to allow lifting with a loader crane.
Inside the Show, the company highlighted its recently launched 220 model, a rigid frame, rear steer multi-purpose machine. Powered by a 14.9kW Kohler petrol engine, it now has a bigger fuel tank, a larger battery and more available options. Along with the more powerful 225 machine, it is 20mm wider and 60mm longer to provide improved stability and increased legroom. New attachments on show included a lawn mower with a cutting width of 1200mm, a brush to remove weeds from paved areas, and an updated edge trimmer.
Secure Western container
Western Global unveiled the Gen Series, a heavy-duty secure container designed to house generators ranging from 50-100kVA. It incorporates a 2000-litre fuel tank that is UN-approved for safe transportation, and it has lifting eyes that are accessible from ground level for loading without using ladders.
The steel container has louvre-type air vents for adequate cooling, and has lockable end doors for installation of the generator, with side entry access. The machine can be fixed in a choice of positions.
The manufacturer has developed the Gen Series to prevent vandalism and fuel theft, as well as offering environmental benefits, since any spillages are contained.
Seddons sees significant hire potential for two new Honda portable generators it launched
at the Show, offering 110V.
The EU10i and EU17i deliver 0.9kW and 1.6kW respectively, producing a ‘clean’ power supply that can be used with sensitive electronic equipment, as well as for general construction tools.
The machines have enclosed sound reducing casings that are claimed to give a noise level of 52dB at 7m, which is quieter than a normal conversation. The EU10i and EU17i weigh 13kg and 21kg, and they incorporate a throttle system that allows the generator to idle, speeding up only when there is demand for more power, reducing fuel consumption. Seddons believes that the units will also prove popular for use by the emergency services.
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Kubota’s swing-up option
Kubota launched a new control layout for its 1120kg U10-3 zero tail swing mini excavator. Now offered as an option to the standard controls, this version has side lever pilot controls on swing-up ‘pods’.
Raising the pods makes it easier to get on and off the compact machine. In the lowered position, the U10-3 retains its ability to travel through narrow spaces when its rubber tracks are retracted to a width of 750mm, from 990mm. Richard Sayers, Kubota UK’s Construction Senior Dealer Manager,
told EHN that the company expects that the new version will ultimately account for 30% of U10-3 sales in this country.
new Boss tower
WernerCo displayed a new version of the Boss Zone 1 fibreglass tower, which offers platform heights of up to 12.2m. Finished in a slightly different shade of yellow to distinguish its components from existing ones, with which it is compatible, the system is designed for use in areas such as sterile and electrical environments, owing to its non-oxidising and non-sparking qualities.
Frames are available with integral ladders, and the new double-width frames are designed for easier installation of braces. WernerCo is now marketing its professional tower products, together with related items such as podiums and compact scissors, under the Boss brand,
with the Youngman name being used principally for ladders and steps.
Slanetrac’s world premiere
Slanetrac MD Padraig Owens was delighted that the company had just finished developing its latest diesel engined tracked dumper in time for the machine to enjoy
its world premiere at the Show. Designated the HT1000S, it has a Lombardini
water-cooled diesel engine.
This new ‘super-silent’ version is an addition to Slanetrac’s range of 1-tonne capacity rubber tracked dumpers. Versions of these 750mm-wide machines are available with both standard and high-tip skips.
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Visa adds new models
Italian diesel generator manufacturer, Visa, promoted its new VM models encompassing outputs of 30kVA to 300kVA, which have been developed for the hire industry in association with UK distributor, Sutton Power Engineering.
Designed for low noise levels, the machines have Stage 3a compliant engines to enable users to comply with the latest emissions regulations, and are fitted with Stamford alternators and Deep Sea controllers. They also come with RFID tags to aid identification and stock inventories.
Several large fuel tank access points are incorporated to facilitate period draining and cleaning, and the machines have 50Hz/60Hz switching capability.
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an independent sales organisation, launched the CTS12 two-wheeled trolley for electric breakers. Described by its American maker, General Equipment, as the Rip-R-Stripper, it carries a 16kg class proprietary electric breaker to
more conveniently remove ceramic tiles and hardwood flooring materials. The manufacturer says the CTS12 can accept several popular breaker brands, and its design allows the operator to work in a more comfortable, upright position.
Another interesting American product on show was is the TireSocks range of tyre covers. These come in a range of sizes for machines such as wheeled access platforms and telescopic handlers to prevent floors from being marked during indoor work. Constructed from heavy-duty ballistic nylon, they are secured by a ‘bungee’ cord and are designed to be
self-centring on the wheels as the machine is driven along.
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More from MultiOne
The Italian range of MultiOne compact wheel loaders has gained more impetus in this country following the appointment of Ranger Equipment last year as the main UK and Ireland importer. Also aiding sales potential is the introduction of improved machines and larger units.
At the Show, the new MultiOne UK trading division of Ranger displayed the latest 7 series M1 7.3+ articulated wheel loader. Powered by a Yanmar engine, the multi-purpose tool carrier weighs 1670kg and has a maximum lift capacity of 1550kg. Ranger MD Steve Hadfield says MultiOne plans to launch more new models later this year.
Actavo stands out
Actavo, formerly Deborah Services, chose the Show to raise awareness of its new brand amongst hirers, and its eye-catching stand in the Top Tier certainly stood out. “We have seen all our major customers here and the response has been very positive,” said Matt Croft, National Accounts Manager. “Hirers have been impressed by our new Trenchlink road plate, and by the range of services that we offer, including fencing and barriers, groundwork equipment like trench struts and shore props, access equipment and our Rhino Load Deck fall prevention system.”
The interlocking Trenchlink plates are designed
to quickly secure a trench for the passage of pedestrians and vehicles. They require no anchoring while a work team is on site, doing away with the need for temporary tar, Actavo says.
Wider Shifta from Mace
Mace Industries showed its new Shifta 450 conveyor,
a version of its Shifta 300 with a wider 450mm belt
to transport greater volumes of material from work
spaces such as basements.
The company says it initially manufactured the unit as a ‘special’ and that subsequent demand has led to it being introduced to the range.
Also new is a 6m variation of the Bumpa hoist that
can be folded for easy transportation in the back
of a vehicle, and which could appeal to some users as a compact alternative option to the company’s fixed length conveyors.
SDMO gives more control
SDMO is shortly to introduce the option of Deep Sea or ComAp controllers for synchronising and load sharing on its Rental Compact generators of 100kVA and above,
in addition to its own control panels.
New on the stand was the Clear 1.7 water pump,
a self-priming model with a two-stroke engine. It is
designed to deliver a maximum flow of 110 litres per
minute, to a height of up to 8m from a 2.5cm-diameter hose.
The manufacturer also says it plans to introduce several new additions to its product line-up later this year.
Dustcontrol opens the Box
Dustcontrol’s new DC Box resembles a fume cupboard with a built-in air cleaner for collecting potentially harmful dust when off-hired tools and equipment are being cleaned. The operation can be undertaken using an integral air gun and vacuum suction hose, with items being placed into
the box via a door and sliding tray.
Hand hole openings at the front allow the operator to handle the equipment inside safely during the cleaning process, and negative pressure inside the cabinet means dust will not migrate outside the cabinet, the company says. Large particles and other waste drops into a plastic bag at the base, and an AirCube 500 is integrated into the system
to filter the air inside before returning it to the work area.
Hatz targets emissions
Hatz showed a new canopied version of its 2-litre 4H50TIC diesel engine, a 4-cylinder water-cooled unit designed to achieve low emission levels without requiring a diesel particulate filter. It produces a maximum power output of 55kW and is fitted with a turbocharged intercooler.
The enclosure reduces noise and the risk of water ingress, and the company has developed this variant to meet anticipated demand from manufacturers of machinery required for low emission zones that are being established
in London and other cities.
Xtra space from AJC
AJC Trailers unveiled the EasyCabin 16Xtra, a variant of its existing EasyCabin 16 mobile welfare unit that has been re-configured to provide internal space for eight people, compared against the standard model that can accommodate five.
It provides canteen facilities with a separate toilet and drying room, and is designed for low levels of fuel consumption and emissions.
The company says the new variants have been introduced to meet demand from users who may occasionally need facilities for extra personnel but cannot justify the hire of an additional unit. Xtra versions of the EasyCabin 12 and 20 models are also available, accommodating up to eight and sixteen people respectively.
Lift-off for Utility Equipment
Utility Equipment launched the
ATN Piaf 660RC electrically-operated vertical lift. Director Scott McCall reported a lot of interest in this new addition to the ATN range from France.
The machine is 780mm wide and its multi-section mast extends to provide a maximum working height of 6.6m,
with a platform capacity of 200kg. Complete with an on-board battery charger, it weighs 980kg and is powered by four 6V 185Ah-C5
semi-traction batteries. It has two drive speeds, 3.6 km/h when stowed and
1.0 km/h when elevated, and non-marking tyres come as standard.
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Pramac races ahead
Making a guest appearance on Pramac’s stand was Scott Redding, who rides in the MotoGP World Championship for Pramac Racing.
Amongst the products creating interest were the manufacturer’s latest GRW generators developed for the hire industry, which have Stage 3a engines and offer outputs from 20kVA to 560kVA. The 1,500rpm machines are designed for low levels of emissions and noise, and for easy service access. Also
were the manufacturer’s lighting tower, and material handling equipment from the company’s Lifter line-up.
It was recently announced that American manufacturer, Generac, has taken a majority stake in the Italian company, PR Industrial, which owns the Pramac generator brand.
Hird robot goes telescopic
Hird UK showed an addition to its range of Winlet vacuum robots. Derived from the existing wheeled
350 model, the new 350 TH has been adapted for use as an attachment for telescopic handlers, so that greater lifting heights can be achieved when installing items such as glass panels, curtain walling, cladding or steel plates.
It has a maximum carrying capacity of 350kg and incorporates its own hydraulic system. The product has been developed as a solution at sites where height or ground conditions prevent the use of standard machines.
Arbil lifts its profile
Arbil exhibited at the Show for the first time. “Many hirers were simply not
aware of the breadth of our services,” said General Hire Manager, Gary Lloyd. “We manufacture, sell, test and service a complete range of lifting, jacking and materials handling products, supplied nationwide. We had a good number of enquiries from visitors about servicing their existing equipment.”
The company distributed copies of its 2016 catalogue, which also includes case studies of challenging projects where its equipment has been used, such as
re-locating a lighthouse, steelwork jacking, supporting a replica Titanic anchor,
and lifting a World War II Spitfire.
Loncin’s smooth operator
The LC3500i is new to Loncin’s range of inverter generators. With a rated output of 3.0kW, it is powered by a single-cylinder air-cooled engine and is designed to deliver a smooth flow of electricity that is suitable for sensitive electrical appliances.
The 230V machine has an electronic control system to enable it to run only as fast as the load demands, minimising fuel use and noise, and it is claimed to be able to operate for seven hours on a tank of fuel. Like other Loncin inverter generators, it can be connected in parallel and synchronised where there is a requirement for additional power.
Blade’s compact addition
Blade Machinery launched the TP580 Camisa tracked dumper, a more compact sister machine to the existing TP680. The new model is designed to transport and tip loads weighing up to 800kg, with the capacity to lift and tip 600kg to a height of 1.5m.
Its overall width of 70cm facilitates manoeuvring through narrow openings.
Powered as standard by a Honda GX390 petrol engine, the machine has a fully hydrostatic transmission system, which is operated using a single joystick lever via a piston pump control
unit. The track motors incorporate negative brakes for operator safety.
BTE showcases Thwaites
BTE Plant Sales was showing a different make of dumper to that seen on its
stand in the past.
To highlight the fact that it switched brands to Thwaites during 2015,
a 1-tonne Hi-Tip model was displayed.
2015 saw BTE celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Thwaites brand has joined a strong line-up that includes Atlas Copco, Bomag, Kubota and Manitou. Sales Director Jon Barnfield is pictured, right, along with other BTE personnel who look pleased to now be selling Thwaites machines.
Visitors to the A&Y Equipment stand were able to see the latest livery and branding on the Yanmar range of compact excavators. A&Y is the UK and Ireland importer for Yanmar construction equipment and, amongst the deals concluded at the Show, was one with Dormer Plant Hire of Redditch. Dormer is adding to its Yanmar fleet with the addition of two SV08 micros, together with two ViO17s and two ViO33s, both zero tail swing minis weighing 1765kg and 3365kg respectively.
A&Y also displayed cabbed Yanmar machines sporting design changes introduced last year, the main alteration being a colour change from green to black. They also now have black ram guards instead of yellow.
Amongst the Ammann compactors creating interest was the latest addition to the Rammax trench roller range. This 1575 model provides an articulated alternative to the traditional rigid frame, skid steer Rammax designs. The infrared remote-controlled machine can have rolling widths of 640mm or 850mm and is powered by a 15.1kW Yanmar diesel engine.
Stihl highlights cordless benefits
As well as promoting cordless tools like its
TSA 230 cut-off saw, Stihl emphasised the benefits that such equipment offer hirers in terms of maintenance, with no engine to service or repair. National Sales Manager Steve Parkin
said this will be applicable to more products in the future, as battery power and running times continue to increase.
The TSA 230 has a 230mm cutting wheel, weighs 3.9kg without the battery, and provides emission-free operation. It incorporates a water connection for dust suppression.
Generac’s top man
Generac Sales Director, Ray Caulfield, was celebrating having been named as Salesman of the Year for 2015, having reached the target
of selling more than 1,000 lighting towers, and reported a very successful Show. “It has been wonderful. You catch up with lots of people you may not have seen for a while, and you can see the directors of your top hire customers.
It’s as much pleasure here as business, and everyone is in a positive mood, making it a very enjoyable place to be.
“Hirers have been showing particular interest in machines like our VB-9 Eco and Hybrid lighting towers, which reduce carbon emissions and achieve greater fuel savings. More and more of their customers are specifying products with this kind of technology to meet sustainability targets.”
Expansion at Obart
Obart reported a good number of orders throughout the Show. “We sold five Tsurumi HS2.4S pumps to EPS Hire Centres,
while Artisan Hire ordered ten LB480 models and six HS3.75S models,” said MD Matthew Hill. “Also, a lot of hirers say they are now choosing our equipment, having bought cheaper, inferior units in the past.
“To meet demand due to the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events,
we are building a 5,000ft2 warehouse extension at our Maidstone headquarters.
It should be completed by the end of the year and will enable us to stock an additional 900 pallets of pumps.”
Compaction equipment from Chicago
Chicago Pneumatic says its new MV58 forward plate compactor has been developed to meet demand from hirers for a lightweight machine that can be used efficiently on asphalt surfaces. It incorporates a tubeless water distribution system to keep the plate free of material, and an integral 5-litre tank. Weighing 70kg, it has a Honda engine and optional transport wheels are available.
Also shown on the stand was the MS 595 rammer, which can be fitted with a 15cm-wide foot for work in narrow trenches and other enclosed spaces.
Demon’s new additions
Demon showed its new 240V electric Storm Mini-Bowser, which has a
150-litre water tank and provides a pressure of 1500psi at 11 litres per minutes. Also on display was a version with a Yanmar diesel engine, to meet demand from customers requiring compact, non-sparking equipment.
The company’s Hurricane machines have new frames and pneumatic tyres, rather than solid ones, to reduce vibration.