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HIRE 4 LOWER DRIVES AHEAD
As a result of steadily increasing levels of business, Hire 4 Lower of Lambeth has just taken delivery of three new Ford Transit vans from Gordons Ford. MD Colin Tall told EHN, “We placed the order at the Executive Hire show after being impressed not only with the Ford build quality, but also with the service we have received from Gordons Ford. From going through the options, to negotiating on price and taking final delivery, every aspect went very smoothly.”
The adapted Transit Chassis Cab was developed for the safe loading and unloading of hirers’ equipment, and incorporates a tail lift. The bulkhead is also designed to enable commonly transported items, such as ladders, scaffold boards and bottled gas canisters, to be held securely in place.
“We have experienced our best year ever since the company was established exactly ten years ago and, to take full advantage of the current capital allowances available, we decided to bring forward our plans from 2014 to purchase further vehicles, as well as recently making a large investment in new kit,” added Colin, who is pictured, right, with Gordon Ford’s Ross Pattison.
“As one of London’s leading independent hire companies, it is important that we continue to supply our clients with reliable kit,
and an equally reliable delivery service. We have a further £250,000 investment in new products scheduled over the next nine months,
and we also have plans to open our second depot next year.”
• Gordons Ford is also supplying 400 new commercial vehicles to Speedy. The order, worth over £8.6m, comprises 380 Transit vans, including new Transit Custom models, and 20 Ford Ranger pick-ups. They will be operated through 283 Speedy sites throughout the UK, and are being fitted with telematic equipment to monitor driving behaviour in an effort to encourage improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Pictured at the handover are, from left, Gordons Ford’s Paul Turner, Karen Nixon, Ford UK Regional Fleet Manager, Eleanor Stafford, Ford’s Fleet Business Manager, and Speedy Group Fleet Services Manager, Ian Leonard.
Fairfax increases Kubota fleet
Fairfax Plant Hire of Selby has added another ten Kubota KX015-4 mini excavators to its fleet, in order to meet growing demand from customers. Plant Manager Matthew Love said, “These new Kubota machines will allow us to refresh our fleet of minis excavators from a brand that has proved a great success with our clients in the past. As a company we have been delighted with their reliability, quality, environmental credentials and excellent re-sale value.”
This investment has taken the Fairfax hire fleet to over 500 machines in total. The company recently supplied machinery for a project at York Minster, where a landscaping contractor was reinstating lawns next to a new disabled access facility.
Fairport appointed as Trelawny distributor
Fairport Construction Equipment has been appointed by Trelawny SPT as UK distributor for its range of scabblers, scarifiers, scrapers, planers, and grinders for floor preparation, as well as its products for work on walls and other applications such as hand-held scalers and needle and chisel guns.
Ken Waller, MD of Fairport, says, “Surface preparation is a great fit with our existing range, which includes of compaction equipment, wet concreting tools, pumps and bench saws. We are now working with another long established and respected British manufacturer, and both companies are committed to manufacturing in the UK and delivering excellent value to our customers. And many of our staff in the sales office,
on the shop floor and in the sales team have worked with surface preparation equipment in the past.”
Aggreko links up with TowerLight
TowerLight of Italy has confirmed an initial order for 12 of its LinkTower lighting sets from the Dubai branch of Aggreko. They are being used for perimeter lighting at a power plant project the specialist hirer is undertaking in Mozambique. Aggreko selected the LinkTower principally because up to four units can be connected together, giving a row of lighting towers driven by a single power source and allowing a wide area to be illuminated from one generator.
“We have, in the past, installed street type lighting poles around the perimeter,” said Aggreko’s Ray McElhinney. “As we are a temporary power provider, we wanted something that we could install quickly and also remove and re-use after we decommissioned our plants. The LinkTower was exactly what we were looking for.”
TCP dumper pleases Rentool
Rentool, which has depots in Chandlers Ford and Poole, has taken delivery of four HiT500 high-tip tracked dumpers from Taylor Construction Equipment (TCP).
Rentool Director Bill Collings said that, having tried other makes of tracked carrier, the company had returned to the HiT500 because of its longevity, long term return on investment, and ease of maintenance, as well as customer demand. The machine has a 500kg load capacity and the manufacturer says that its tipping system gives the ability to fully invert the skip at low level.
Genquip success down under
Genquip Groundhog reports increased orders from hirers on the other side of the globe in New Zealand, where it has established a distributorship through Facilities Direct, a welfare facilities provider based in Auckland.
Jim Rouse, MD Facilities Direct said, “We have has received fantastic feedback on the GP360 model, and we see only incredible growth in this new market.” He added that the GP360, a towable unit which provides site welfare facilities for up to six people, has aroused considerable attention from hirers at several construction equipment exhibitions at which Facilities Direct have recently had a presence.
Nixon vehicles deliver flexibility
Nixon Hire has added five 3.5 tonne Fuso Canter vehicles for its toilet division. They have been specified with the manufacturer’s Duonic gearboxes, which provide an Eco mode for fuel efficiency, as well as parking and ‘creep’ functions for low-speed manoeuvring.
Graham Wood, Transport Manager with the Newcastle-based company, said, “We provide toilets to a wide variety of locations, events and customers. This ranges from delivering over 300 units to a single site, to supplying a single toilet for a domestic customer, so we need a flexible approach to the number of cubicles we can safely transport.
SDMO’s top Performers
SDMO Energy has introduced the 4.9kVA Perform 4500 dual fuel generator, which runs on both petrol and LPG. It joins the existing 3kVA Perform 3000 and is designed for economy and environmental friendliness. Director Clive Dix said that, while the 3kVA model can provide 3.2 hours’ continuous running on petrol at 75% load, it achieves up to 76 hours on one 47kg gas bottle. The user can switch between the two fuels as required.
“Because the Kohler engine has hardened valves, it is suitable for LPG and carries a manufacturer’s warranty. Using LPG can save 40 to 60% on fuel costs, and the exhaust emissions are virtually odourless, making the Perform generators ideal for use by caterers and at events. Hirers can also gain revenue from the sale of gas canisters. Calor Gas already offers the Perform 4500 for sale, and Speedy lists the Perform 3000 in its catalogue as part of its eco-friendly GO range.”
• EHN spotted the Perform 4500 during a visit to the SDMO factory and headquarters at Brest, which will be covered in depth in the September issue. This edition will also include our Market Report on Power Generation.
MCS celebrates 30 years
Hire software provider, MCS, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and says that, to commemorate the landmark, it will be offering a number of incentives and events for customers, both in the UK and internationally.
Chairman and founder Richard van der Knaap said, “We are delighted that over 500 customers in 15 countries will be sharing in the celebrations. For any business, three decades of success would be quite a milestone, but in the fast-paced, constantly evolving software industry, reaching this anniversary is a significant achievement and one of which we can be justifiably proud.”
The hire software has evolved from the original Unix-based version, to MCS-rm, the company’s current Microsoft.NET-based system, which is also available as a managed ‘cloud based’ solution.
Sandhurst develops access hire operation
Excavator attachment hire specialist, Sandhurst Equipment Rental, has added powered access equipment to its range of services and reports that it is well into an initial £3m investment programme to equip strategically placed regional hire centres with machinery.
Sandhurst Access Rental has its main office at the company’s 60,000ft2 Rochester headquarters, to serve as a hire and training centre serving London and the south east of England. Other regional depots are being created at Bristol and Birmingham. Products offered include low level and powered access solutions under 20m, together with telescopic and articulated booms over 40m.
The majority of the fleet comprises personnel lifts, compact electric scissors, rough terrain slab scissors and articulated booms. The company says it intends to roll out its access hire operation at other locations serving the north west and north east of England, as well as Scotland.
Tough Colossos takes the floor
National Floor Preparation Centres, a specialist hirer based in Cannock, has taken delivery of a Werkmaster Colossos floor grinder from Addex Trading. Powered by a Kawasaki engine running on propane, the machine has a 610mm square cutting head incorporating Werkmaster’s Octi-Discs for more effective performance.
“I first saw the Colossos on the Addex stand at the Executive Hire Show,” MD Des Haddock told EHN. “We have been looking for an aggressive, heavy-duty machine that can remove more challenging floor coatings. Being propane driven, it is ideal for locations without an electrical supply, and it does away with the need for a separate generator, giving environmental benefits.”
One of the machine’s first hire orders was for removing 6mm of latex from a warehouse floor. The client had tried a scarifier unsuccessfully, but the Colossos undertook the job quickly and efficiently, leaving a smooth, open-pore surface ready for cleaning and painting.