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IRISH HIRERS INVEST
EHN has received news of significant equipment orders being placed by hirers in Ireland, suggesting that recovery is strengthening in the country.
SAM Hire, which has 13 depots throughout Eire, has bought 20 Takeuchi mini excavators ranging from one to three tonnes, to replace older machines in its fleet following an upturn in business. Models chosen include the 1.6 tonne class FB216 that was introduced recently as the successor to the popular TB016.
The manufacturer reports that 2014 has seen a significant increase in sales of machines ranging from one to 14 tonnes in
Ireland compared with previous years.
Another Irish hirer that has been busy placing orders is Dromad Hire. The Dundalk-based business has added several new products to its fleet to expand its grounds care equipment offering, following a number of deals done at the recent Executive Hire Show.
Purchases include a GreenMech 19-28 diesel wood chipper, which Dromad’s Service Manager, Gary Power, describes as “perfect for customers who need to process large volumes of timber”. The company also bought a Camon turf cutter and a BCS scythe cutter bar from Tracmaster.
MD Seamus Byrne told EHN that other recent additions to the fleet have included a JCB 535/140 telehandler and several Skyjack battery-powered scissor lifts.
More Terex dumpers for GAP
GAP has placed an order for 400 one, three, six and nine tonne Terex site dumpers, to be supplied throughout 2014. This latest deal continues a trading relationship between the two companies that extends over 12 years.
Earlier this year, Terex also announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its Coventry factory to meet growing demand for its machinery, and says that it been investing significantly into the development of new equipment.
The Hireman achieves quality recognition
The Hireman, which has three depots in London, has been awarded bronze-level accreditation by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), in association with Transport for London (TfL). The initiative promotes high standards of fleet operations, including ways in which vehicles and depots are run safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner. It also recognises commitment to continuous improvement in service, Health & Safety and staff training.
The accreditation process included an on-site audit to assess internal processes, including daily transport operations, safe working procedures and risk assessments, and staff training.
MD Neil Graham told EHN, “We took the decision to apply for FORS accreditation to assist several customers, and, as a result, can now better service clients across all TfL sites, particularly Crossrail. We are already working towards achieving the higher silver level of the Scheme.”
Highly Commended Alide
Alide Hire Services sent us this image of its team at last month’s HAE Hire Awards of Excellence. According to Operations Director Brett Thompson, “It was the first time Alide has attended the Awards and we were honoured to be shortlisted in four categories, HAE Company of the Year (Up to 5 Outlets), Catalogue of the Year, Depot Manager of the Year and Workshop Manager of the Year. We were proud to receive a High Commendation in the HAE Company of the Year category and we had a great team bonding experience in the prestigious Savoy venue. We will definitely be returning next year.”
Whilst Alide is the only hirer that contacted us following the presentation, HAE tells us a full list of Award winners can be found at www.hae.org.uk/hire_awards_of_excellence_2014/winners.cfm
We downloaded the full winners line-up from this site.
Hares Hire helps BBC programme
Essex-based Hares Hire recently supplied equipment for use during filming for an episode in the BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ series, where local businesses rally round to help a deserving cause.
“We heard via social media that the BBC needed equipment for a project in Basildon, converting a house to make it more wheelchair friendly for a family with a disabled youngster,” MD Daren Hare told EHN. “We contacted the producers and they were delighted we could help them. We supplied everything from barrows and breakers, to compaction plates and dehumidifiers, all from our newly opened Rainham depot. Many other local businesses participated, and it was truly humbling to see how people pulled together to help the family. The programme is scheduled to be screened later this year.”
Chicago Pneumatic launches new generators
Chicago Pneumatic has introduced a new range of portable and stationary generators, complementing its company’s existing portfolio of tools and equipment. The CPPG portable machines are designed for use on construction sites and include engine alarms to protect crucial components, an hour meter, maintenance-free battery, and automatic voltage regulation (AVR) to improve the quality of electricity supplied. They also incorporate extra protection for vulnerable parts such as the alternator and silencer.
The stationary CPSG generators are based on a frame-and-canopy configuration and are designed for the construction, mining and industrial markets. They are claimed to be able to operate at 100% load at an ambient temperature of 40°C, and to provide good access for maintenance via large removable 45º panels.
Plantool takes ten Kubotas
Plantool has just bought ten additional Kubota minis from local dealer BTE Plant Sales. The order comprised six K008-3 machines and four KX015-4 models, which will be distributed across its network of branches, which comprises Daventry, Kettering, Lutterworth, Nuneaton, Stratford upon Avon and Warwick.
The deal was placed by Plantool MD Ben Jones while visiting the recent Executive Hire Show. “It was a great opportunity to discuss our requirements on BTE’s stand, and it ensured we moved things forward as quickly as possible. We now have 24 Kubota minis in the fleet and they are in steady demand.
“At the end of March we re-located our Daventry head office to a much larger building with a better retail area, training room, offices and increased workshop space, and we are shortly to install a Wash Rack unit in the yard from TowerLight, which we also bought at the Show.”
Hire4Lower raises Hilti fleet
Hire 4 Lower of Lambeth has taken delivery of the first tranche of a £50,000 order for new breakers placed with Hilti at the recent Show. MD Colin Tall commented, “Although there are other manufacturers who sell a cheaper product, we have found that, once out of warranty after 12 months, the costs of parts to maintain and service the kit can soon mount up. Downtime can also be a problem because of the refusal of some manufacturers to deal directly with hire companies, which leads sometimes to long delays awaiting parts via a dealer network.
“With Hilti, for three years we have absolutely no direct repair costs, and an indirect saving due to the time saved by our fitters, who no longer have to take machines apart, order and wait for spares, then reassemble them. In our previous experience, most tools we send to Hilti for repair are collected from us, and returned, within 72 hours, although we have had them back within 48 hours.
“We intend to remove all remaining non-Hilti breakers from our hire fleet over the next two years,” added Colin.
Hewden to open Bedford hub depot
Hewden is building an additional hub depot on a 3.35 acre brownfield site in Bedford, close to the M1 motorway. £1.6m is being invested in the site, which is scheduled to open in August, and it will incorporate environmental measures such as a water recycling wash bay and a rainwater harvesting system.
Hewden’s Core Business Director, Mark Hogg, said, “A significant slice of the £51m fleet investment we announced for 2014 is being spent on core products for this location.”
Vertikal set for lift-off
The annual Vertikal Days lifting and access equipment event will take place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 May at Haydock Park. At noon on the first day, CPA will host the second Stars of the Future plant mechanic apprentice awards, recognising the achievements of Level 2 and 3 students from colleges nationwide. 20 regional winners will be announced, from which national winners at each Level will be selected.
The LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) will unveil the eighth edition of its Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment, which identifies and addresses common causes of lifting and handling accidents. The updated publication is said to have a more user-friendly format, and product groups covered include chain blocks and hoists, winches, slewing jib cranes, runways and girder trolleys, slings, magnetic and vacuum lifters, and other lifting equipment and attachments.
Amongst exhibitors at the Show, Manitou will display access platforms from its electric and diesel powered ranges, including the battery powered 100VJR and the bi-energy 150AETJ-L. Making its UK debut on JCB’s stand will be the upgraded 540-200 telehandler, offering a 20m lift height.
Promax Access will display models from the Reedyk range of compact cranes, for which it is UK distributor, including the battery powered C4405 which has a 3000kg lift capacity. Hinowa UK, which was acquired last year by Access Platform Sales, will show the Lightlift 20.10 Performance IIIS tracked boom lift, designed to facilitate work close to walls, while JLG’s stand line-up will include the Toucan 12E Plus electric vertical lift mast.
Ground-Guards will promote its lightweight temporary roadway system, which, the company reports, is being added by more hirers to offer alongside excavators and dumpers. Deutz AG, which this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary, will show its Tier 4 Final class TCD 2.9 L4 engine, and staff will be ready to talk to visitors about the latest emissions technology available, as well as what might be expected for Tier 5, the next regulations expected in 2019.
To register to attend the exhibition, visit www.vertikaldays.net