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Executive Hire News › Archives › March 2019 › Executive Hire Show 2019 Review : Brimful of innovation

Executive Hire Show 2019 Review : Brimful of innovation

With every available inch of stand space filled by 190 exhibitors, this year’s Show had plenty of new products aimed at hire fleets. Dan Jenkins, Nick Johnson and Alan Guthrie report on some of the latest launches.


AJC EasyCabin steps on the gas

AJC EasyCabin literally took the wraps off its new product only when the Show opened. The unveiling revealed a model from a range of EcoSmart Zero welfare cabins powered by a combination of a hydrogen gas fuel cell and solar panels.
This is said to give almost totally silent operation with water vapour being the only by-product, making it suitable for sites such as those in low emission zones. The gas is readily available from local suppliers and the fuel cell only requires periodic replacement of air filters. There are no moving parts and no risk of ground contamination from fuel spills.

01582 486663    
www.easycabin.co.uk

 

Brendon targets dust

Brendon Powerwashers’ innovative Dustec DT400 is a dust suppression unit driven solely by water from a pressure washer, with no electrical supply being necessary.
It can be used with any pressure washer producing 100 to 250 bar at flow rates of 12 to 25 litres per minute, and a turbine drives a fan to create and project a fine mist. Excess water is fed back via a return hose to be recycled, and the DT400 can be positioned up to 75m away from the host machine.

01984 624500    
www.powerwashers.co.uk

 

Connect with Stihl

Stihl showed its Smart Connector device, which provides accurate information on hours of use to monitor workers’ exposure to HAV, and to ensure timely servicing of equipment to minimise wear and tear.
Linking to a smartphone via Bluetooth, users can view power tool data via an app or on the web. The Stihl Connect Pro portal provides an overview of the locations of all equipment and gives information on the timing of maintenance.
The manufacturer also displayed a new range of mowers, including the RM655RS, designed with the UK homeowner’s love of striped lawns in mind. Improvements over the Viking MB655RV it replaces include a metal rear roller and fold-down mono-handle.

01276 417678           
www.stihl.co.uk

 

The quiet life for Makinex

Makinex’s 10kVA Portable Generator is claimed to be the most compact on the market when it comes to output. Providing single and three-phase capabilities, it is rated from 10A to 32A capacity.
The company showed an early prototype last year, but the production model is now housed in a casing which dampens noise down to 68.4dB at 6m, or 67.1dB at 7m with an 80% load.
Mounted on a trolley and weighing just 155kg, it is designed to be easily manoeuvrable by hand and also easy to transport in a van or pick-up truck. Standard features include a lifting point and RCD earth protection, as well as RCBO surge protection for both machine and user.

0121 280 3012    
www.makinex.co.uk

 

Sealey’s battery-free jump starter sparks interest

Sealey Group says its quest to produce ever-more effective jump starters has seen it ditch the battery pack for a set of supercapacitors. Based on the same stop-start technology found in modern cars, its zero-maintenance unit holds its charge for years, yet still functions when called upon, states the manufacturer.
Priced from £250, the company says this makes it a great potential up-sell for hirers, or for use by their own service technicians. The device comes in two sizes: an 800A 12V version for compact plant, cars and LCVs, and a 1600A variant suitable for bigger vehicles and machines with up to 6-litre petrol or 4-litre diesel engines.

01284 757500    
www.sealey.co.uk

 

On safari with HGI

The Show enabled HGI’s (Harrington Generators International) new MD Stuart Winhope to make contact with hire industry professionals. He is pictured, left, with his predecessor Bryan Harris who is retiring. Stuart has previously worked in industries such as cleaning equipment manufacture, plant, quarrying and other markets served by hirers.
The machines on the stand were adorned with eye-catching images of wild animals like elephants, lions and gorillas to stress the message of power associated with them. New models include the heavy-duty HRD060, a 6kVA generator designed for hire, and the standard-specification
HSD 200, a 20kVA machine. HGI, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, is donating the HRD060 from the stand to the Born Free Foundation to power wildlife care projects in Africa.

01629 824284    
www.HGIgenerators.com

 

Innovative cleaners from Killis

Sheffield-based Killis exhibited its i-mop range of hand-held floor cleaners which, it claims, can match the performance of equivalent walk-behind or ride-on machines.
The i-mop delivers 22kg of brush pressure, while its 45cm cleaning width is equivalent to a far larger 60 litre walk-behind machine, states the company. It is also compact, making it easy to transport and store.
Power comes from a Lithium-ion battery providing one hour of run time, and taking one hour to recharge from flat, meaning two battery packs support continuous use.

0114 269 8686    
www.killis.co.uk

 

Power Towers’ dynamic Duo

Power Towers launched its new Duo two-person lift. Designed as an efficient alternative to scaffold towers, it provides a maximum working height of 5.1m and a 250kg lift capacity, rated for two people with tools.
The push-around machine, pictured, is just 780mm wide, meaning it can pass through a standard doorway. It has Power Towers’ patented automatic stabiliser deployment, as well as its interlock safety system, which prevents the machine from elevating until the stabilisers are properly deployed. Weighing less than 400kg, it is easily transported in a light commercial vehicle.
The company also showed its new Pecolift 1.2, a smaller and lighter version of its established one-person model. Providing a maximum working height of 3.2m, it is designed as an alternative to ladders and podiums.

0116 200 1757    
www.powertowers.com

 

Spotlight on Shindaiwa

The ATEX-rated Ultra rechargeable floodlight from Shindaiwa’s Site Bright range made its UK debut at the Show. This lightweight, hand-held product is designed for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as in the oil and gas sector or whisky distilleries, and for survey work in sewers and tunnels, or inside tanks.
Conventional lights of this type can weigh more than 30kg, as their casings are made of steel. However, Shindaiwa’s model has a polycarbonate body, giving a weight of 6kg. It will even float if dropped into liquid, says the company. The Ultra provides eight hours of illumination at 3,200 lumens and has a nine-hour recharge time.

01902 791855    
www.shindaiwa.co.uk

 

New dust mask is on Trend

Trend Machinery launched its new Stealth half-mask, which it claims has the highest breathable rating on the UK market. With an Assigned Protection Factor of 20 and an AP3 rating, it is designed to protect the user against airborne particles and aerosols at 0.3 microns and above, such as asbestos and formaldehyde, as well as silica dust and carcinogens from MDF. It also contains a carbon layer ‘nuisance filter’ to eliminate strong odours, and the removable filters provide up to 720 hours of use.
The Stealth mask is available in two sizes: small-medium and medium-large. They are manufactured from durable medical-grade latex and are designed to be worn throughout the working day. Trend sees the product as a useful up-sell or retail item for hirers.

01923 249911    
www.trend-uk.com

 

Briggs & Stratton in the Vanguard

Briggs & Stratton promoted its Vanguard single-cylinder engine line-up designed for low vibration, reduced noise, easy starting and reduced maintenance. Models include the Vanguard 200 which can run for up to 250 hours between oil changes, and a cyclonic filter extends recommended filter replacement intervals to 600 hours.
Boels Rental recently announced that it will be specifying more equipment with Vanguard engines for its fleet, including Benassi turf cutters, an example of which was shown on the stand in the Netherlands-based hirer’s livery.

01606 862182    
www.vanguardengines.com

 

Doosan compressor sports bigger generator

Doosan Portable Power promoted its latest 7/31E+ portable air compressor complete with a bigger integral 8.5 kVA generator. Thus equipped, the machine weighs 643kg and has a 26.0kW (34.8hp) Yanmar 3IRH2NS Stage IIIA emissions compliant engine.
Features include the option of a Tough Top polymer canopy as well as a lockable control panel, fully-bunded base, reinforced undercarriage, ‘side swipe’ handbrake, increased clearance for the raised jockey wheel and heavy-duty rear light guards. The compressor provides a free air delivery of 3.0 m3/min (106cfm) at an output pressure of 7 bar.

01942 266907    
www.doosan.com

 

Prepare with National Flooring

As well as arousing interest amongst hirers in its surface preparation products, National Flooring Equipment was looking to appoint some as distributors as the market for the US-based company’s items grows.
Nick White, UK & Ireland Country Manager, said that many hirers start by adding pedestrian machines to their fleet like the 550 floor scraper, the 5280 model with forward propulsion, or the 6280-COM and 6280 HD, with forward and reverse drive, for soft and hard surfaces respectively. Many then consider the larger ride-on models.
The company also launched the ION4K ioniser for dust suppression. It is designed to create droplets of moisture which capture particles, making them heavier so that they fall to the floor, avoiding the formation of dust clouds.

07727 288811    
www.nationalequipment.com

 

Tracked Carriers’ eager Beaver

Manufactured in Essex, the innovative range of remote-controlled battery-powered Tracked Carriers (named after the company offering them) are designed to simplify manual handling.
Designer Tom Cannon told EHN the crawler chassis is designed for low ground pressure to facilitate use on soft ground, turf or floors with low load-bearing characteristics. Available now is the Beaver 10.07 which can carry 1 tonne and is 700mm wide, with smaller and larger units in development. The company believes the products lend themselves to transporting heavy deliveries from vehicles to specific areas on site across challenging terrain.

01621 810999    
www.trackedcarriers.co.uk

 

Trailer Engineering launches full AdBlue range

West Midlands-based Trailer Engineering made the relatively short journey to the Ricoh Arena to unveil its comprehensive new range of six AdBlue tanks and bowsers, as additions to its established line-up of fuel and water bowsers.
The product suite starts with the compact 110-litre bunded AdBlue ‘bowset’ with a hand pump, which is just 0.76m wide. The smallest towable model is the 120-litre AdBlue dispensing tank, which Trailer Engineering can retrofit to customers’ existing 950 and 2,140-litre diesel bowsers,
to provide an all-in-one solution. The range also includes the 950-litre Polycube, which can be stacked three high when empty, and a towable 2,140-litre site bowser with optional electric pump and digital flowmeter.

01384 564765    
www.trailerengineering.co.uk

 

Demon launches Lithium-ion model

Demon’s continued focus on greener and less noisy machines has led the Plymouth-based manufacturer to develop what it claims to be the UK’s first Lithium-ion powered pressure washer, the Tornado Electron. This cold water mini-bowser is designed for quieter cleaning in public places such as hospitals, and schools.
Delivering up to 1,200 psi at 11 litres per minute, it might appear more expensive than equivalent petrol and diesel models, but Demon believes the cost of recharging the unit is tiny compared to the fuel costs of a conventional machine. Having an electric motor, it also requires less service and maintenance.

01752 690690    
www.demon-pressure-washers.co.uk

 

Kohler-SDMO ready for the Stage

Kohler-SDMO highlighted the need for hirers and end users to be aware of the new EU Stage V emissions regulations. The company states that many hirers have been ordering Stage IIIa compliant generators to replace existing ones, but that when stocks are used up, by law only Stage V models can be supplied, with maintenance and cost implications.
The manufacturer has developed a range of ‘rental ready’ models, including the 50kVA R50 C5 which was on display. Sales Director Dave Mallon believes demand for Stage V machines will be accelerated by the need for contractors to have appropriate equipment to meet the requirements of low-emission zones in London and other cities.

01606 838120    
www.kohlersdmo.com

 

CESAR’s celebration

The 2.5-tonne TB225 mini excavator on Takeuchi’s stand Show was very special because it was the 300,000th machine to be registered on the Construction Equipment Association’s CESAR Scheme. This milestone was marked by Kevin Howells, MD of Datatag, presenting a commemorative plaque to Tomonori Tamaru, MD of Takeuchi Mfg (UK).
The scheme helps deter machine theft by deploying multi-layered technologies supplied by Datatag. These include uniquely numbered tamper-evident triangular ID plates, hidden RFID transponders, microscopic Datadots and a forensic DNA solution. Machine information is recorded on a secure database which is accessible to the police round-the-clock, enabling them to identify machines of interest.
Tomonori Tamaru said, “The CESAR scheme has proven to be a massive success for plant security and anti-theft. Takeuchi adopted it right from the outset in 2007 and we continue to see the benefits of it.”

01784 778310    
www.cesarscheme.org

 

Big reveal for small Cat

Dealer Finning provided the first reveal of |one of the ‘Next Generation’ Caterpillar compact excavators at a European exhibition. Now designed and made by Caterpillar, these new machines will progressively replace the current models that have been made for Caterpillar by Wacker Neuson in Austria.
The machine on show was the 1.5-tonne class 301.5 which has standard tail swing and is fitted with a canopy. Other models include the 301.6 (1.5-tonne class, standard tail swing, with cab), the 301.7 CR (1.7-tonne class, compact radius, with canopy), the 301.8 (1.8-tonne class, standard tail swing, with either canopy or cab) and the 302 CR (2.0-tonne class, compact radius, with either canopy or cab). All models are available with a variable width undercarriage.
These minis utilise a 14.3kW (19.2hp) Cat C1.1 three-cylinder diesel engine designed to meet Stage V emission standards, and load-sensing hydraulics. An exclusive characteristic of these Next Generation models is the standard stick-steer system, which allows the operator to switch, at the touch of a button, from conventional lever/foot-pedal steering controls to left-hand joystick control.

01543 461410    
www.finning.com

 

Bomag’s big Zero

Bomag GB emphasised the operational advantages of its latest remote-controlled compactors. Big silver zero helium balloons above the machines highlighted the fact that they can be operated without any risk of HAV.
Two models with the combination cable/radio remote control were displayed. These were the Hatz-engined BPH 80/65S reversible hydraulic plate, which has a working width of 800mm and weighs 750kg, and the articulated BMP8500 sheep’s-foot compactor that is 610/850mm wide (depending on the drums fitted) and weighs 1,595kg.

01622 716611    
www.bomag.co.uk

 

Armorgard opens the box

Visitors were able to have a first look at Armorgard’s revamped TuffBank site box, which will officially launch in April. Improvements include safety features such as the lid-stay system, which will prevent the lid from snapping shut even in the event of strut failure.
The site box also now comes with a U-channel for cable access, so users can recharge equipment while still keeping the lid shut. An optional extra is an in-box charger with USB port for smartphones and tablets.
Armorgard also launched its Flexi Cart pallet carrier, a response to growing demand from contractors to keep goods off the ground. The company plans an extensive series of further product launches throughout 2019.

023 9238 0280            
www.armorgard.co.uk

 

Stair climber from Stanley

Stanley Handling exhibited 150kg and 190kg stair climbers at last year’s Show; for 2019 it went bigger and better with a 250kg model.
The Sprinter 250 enables a single person to move awkward loads up and down stairways. Weighing just 27kg, it could be an attractive hire item for sectors such as events, removals, white goods, vending and gaming, retail, and heating and plumbing. It can achieve speeds of either 32 or 41 steps per minute, with a battery capacity of up to 1,400 steps and a recharge time of 2.5 hours.

0800 298 2980    
www.stanleyhandling.co.uk

 

HSC’s bright ideas

The Hire Supply Co unveiled two brand new products aimed at core ranges in a typical fleet, and designed to HSC’s exact specifications. The Delta Light is a 110V 36W LED uplighter producing 3,000 lumens of 360° illumination. It has two take-offs for power tools and two USB sockets for charging equipment, even including a cradle in which to place a mobile phone being charged. A carrying handle is also incorporated.
Also new are a range of transformers in HSC’s Elite line-up. These are designed to prevent the user from overloading the unit, resulting in downtime for the user and complaints to hirers when it might be the customer’s responsibility. A thermostat is incorporated to cut the power if a pre-set temperature is reached. The stackable units have recessed sockets and a cable tidy, and are available in 3 and 5kVA.

0845 309 0909    
www.hscuk.co.uk

 

Sun shines on Genquip Groundhog

Dominating the Genquip Groundhog stand was the company’s most popular static welfare unit, the SWO7600 Fusion Pulse, with solar trickle charging.  It heating system is designed for efficiency and it was displayed with new, tilting solar panels configuration for more efficient charging, further reducing the need of the on board generator.
The unit on display had a roof-mounted 340W panel and a 50W panel on each of the four windows, which fold back into secure shutters when not in use. With more sites now having mixed use and demanding a higher level of toilet provision, this unit also has separate male and female toilet facilities with full flush capability, and no chemicals are required.

01639 823484    
www.groundhog.co.uk

 

Husqvarna cuts it

Husqvarna Construction Products showed the K770 VAC, a version of its K770 disc cutter with a redesigned blade guard to facilitate dust collection in work areas where a water supply for wet cutting is not available.
The machine has a flexible hose connection for attachment to an external dust collector, with debris being gathered at source. A 12in blade is fitted and the tool’s design gives a cutting depth close to that of a typical 14in equivalent, states Husqvarna.
Also on show was the new K535i cordless disc cutter which has a 35cc motor and is powered by a 36V battery. Designed for wet or dry cutting, it has a 9in blade and Husqvarna has developed a new range of blades and abrasives for optimum performance.

0344 844 4569    
www.husqvarnacp.co.uk

 

Trime’s new Baby

On the Trime UK stand, EHN bumped into Guy Cremer, Director of Fleet Operations with Boels Rental of Holland, with Jim Field, Commercial Director of Boels Rental UK, and his colleague Dermott Kelly, Asset/Purchase Manager. They were looking at the manufacturer’s new X-Baby compact portable lighting tower.
The machine has two 70W LED lamps and is powered by an AGM battery giving a maximum running time of 18 hours, with an output of 20 lux. The manual mast has a maximum height of 2m.

01480 220500    
www.trimeuk.com

 

Superior Maeda spider

Master Maeda distributor, Kranlyft UK, exhibited the recently introduced Mark 3 version of the popular MC285CWME spider crane from Japan. This improved mini machine weighs 2,160kg, has a maximum capacity of 2,820kg and is now powered by both a Stage V emissions compliant Yanmar engine rated at 7.4kW (10.1hp) and an electric motor.
New features include a slew limit setting, a 7in colour display panel, radio remote control and a detachable electric motor to make it easier to move the crane in a construction hoist. The latest model also gets a new multi-position outrigger system controlled by load moment limiter to maximise lifting capacities, even when the outriggers are deployed at less than their fully extended width.

0117 982 6661            
www.kranlyft.com

 

New Mecalac duo

Mecalac’s biggest attraction was the new-generation 6.0-tonne payload 6MDX cab-equipped site dumper that is now reported to be gaining popularity with hire companies.
Also attracting attention was the soon-to-become available update on the popular MBR71 pedestrian controlled mobile roller breaker, pictured. This stalwart machine has been extensively redesigned and will now be powered by a Stage V emissions-compliant Hatz diesel engine with electric start.
The 710mm drum width roller has a new hydraulic motor for vibration that eliminates the previous belt and clutch arrangement. Other improvements include a bigger capacity water tank, an easy-to-use safety handle and one switch to control drive, vibration and breaker.

024 7633 9400    
www.mecalac.com

 

MHM generates interest

Several new products caught the eye on the MHM stand, including the compact Fuel Caddi-105, a portable IBC fuel container with a 105-litre capacity. Also new is the MGTP 10 S-Event, a 10kVA generator with a quoted noise rating of just 50dB(A).
A lot of interest was aroused by the range of Solar Hybrid-Gen generators, pictured. available in 6kVA and 10kVA. The machines run off a combination of solar and battery power, giving self-charge capabilities, with backup from a small diesel engine.

0808 168 9099    
www.mhmplant.com

 

Hilti’s petrol performer

Hilti’s new DSH 600-X petrol cut-off received its official launch at the Show. The tool accepts 12in-diameter blades and Hilti claims that it offers the cutting capability of a 14in equivalent. It can reach a maximum depth of 120mm which equates to thickness of a brick wall with a layer of plaster, increasing operational efficiency.
The saw can be connected to the new DSH-P water pump for dust suppression. This is driven by the tool itself and can suck water from a bucket or, even, a puddle if there is no convenient mains supply.
Walid Hussain, National Tool Hire Manager (UK) for Hilti (Gt. Britain) Ltd reports steady levels of business from tool hirers and that the manufacturer’s Fleet Management programme, whereby a fixed monthly charge covers servicing and repairs for three years, is enabling them to invest in new equipment more easily.

0800 866 100    
www.hilti.co.uk

 

On the move with CLM

Dominating the CLM Construction Supplies stand was a selection of material handing products made by the Danish company, AL-Lift. The one-man AL-Mobivac is designed for work with porous tiles and stones, having a high vacuum flow provided by an integral Honda generator. Also on display was the Flexmover, a battery-operated trolley for moving boards and other materials. The front and rear axles move simultaneously and it has a safe working load (SWL) of 1,100kg.
The two-man, battery powered AL-Butler 200 has a maximum SWL of 200kg, while the two-man AL-Manolay can be used for moving porous slabs and kerb stones with interchangeable suction pads, and has a SWL of 140kg.
The AL-Typhoon 100 vacuum lift can be attached to a crane or mini excavator to handle items of up to 1,000kg, and is powered by a petrol engine.

0844 800 1750    
www.clm-supplies.com

 

Puddle Pal Junior from T-T Pumps

Celebrating 60 years in business in 2019, T-T Pumps has extended its range of Puddle Pal submersible drainage pumps with a lighter and more compact model, the Puddle Pal Junior. Designed to fit inside sumps less than 200mm wide, it is fully submersible thanks to IP 68-grade protection.
With intake from 15mm and suction down to 1mm depth, this portable unit is intended for emergency drainage applications where the water has to be completely removed, such as in flooded cellars. Weighing just 3.77kg, it has a non-return valve to prevent backflow.

01630 647200    
www.ttpumps.com

 

GeoRipper’s handy trencher

Making its UK debut, the GeoRipper is a hand-held trencher which, its manufacturer claims, is the first of its kind. It is smaller, more portable and lower in cost than a conventional trencher, while offering substantial productivity gains over digging with a spade.
Aimed at the landscaper and estate management sectors, it comes in three sizes: the GR16, with a 400mm digging bar to trench up to 400mm deep; GR20, which has a 500mm digging bar; and the 700mm GR27. All come with a 38mm chain, but they can also be configured with a 25mm or 50mm chain.

01225 891158    
www.georipper.co.uk

 

Dustcontrol debuts LPG machine

Dustcontrol’s new LPG-powered dust extractor, the DC Storm LPG, is designed for use in work places which have a limited electricity supply. Aimed at the construction industry, it has a 21hp motor and can work in conjunction with floor grinders and cutting equipment.
This cordless machine provides up to eight hours of operation on one tank of propane. Fitted with a HEPA H13 filter, it is H-class approved for use with hazardous particles. Other features include a USB port to enable on-site charging of phones and other devices.

01327 858001    
www.dustcontroluk.co.uk

 

Doing a deal with Yanmar

As well as highlighting its new, more direct distribution strategy for the UK, Yanmar Construction Equipment exhibited a 1,235kg ViO12 zero tail swing mini excavator and an 800kg-payload C08 compact tracked dumper.
As part of its determination to build UK market share through a growing network of regional dealers, Yanmar Area Manager Bart Verstraete and Sam Reddish of BNP Paribas Leading Solutions promoted the manufacturer’s readiness to provide 0% finance deals on certain models at the Show.

0033 32 55 63 975    
www.yanmarconstruction.co.uk

 

Truxta Snowplough

British micro dumper maker, Tufftruk, exhibited its new snowplough attachment fitted onto a Truxta Bendie B300-E electric model with a 1000W 24V DC brushless electric motor.
The 1150mm-wide snow blade can be manually angled 45° left or right and it is raised and lowered by means of a lever on the right of the machine. The dumper carrying it was fitted with a corrosion-proof galvanised skip able to contain a load of salt.
Late last year, Tufftruk moved into a new 650m2 factory unit on the Prince Street Business Park in Leek, where it has established a longer main assembly line. MD Ron Blackhurst reports considerable interest in the electric Truxtas, which now account for around 90% of the company’s increased production levels.

01298 84687    
www.truxta.com

 

Altrad Belle pumps up the pressure

As previewed exclusively in our January/February issue, Altrad Belle unveiled its BWX 15/250 bowser pressure washer, designed to withstand the rigours of the hire industry and fitted with a quality Inter pump.
A 1,125-litre baffled tank is fitted and double taps are incorporated so that the pump can be drained separately if freezing conditions are forecast. Forklift points are also included.
Also new is the GPX tester to measure voltage frequency and amp output from a generator for on-site diagnostics, and which has 110V and 230V capability.

01298 84606    
www.Altrad-Belle.com

 

Sunwards shown by JMac

Three Sunward mini excavators were displayed by J Mac Excavators which has recently become the new UK and Ireland dealer for this big Chinese construction equipment maker. The machine shown inside the Atrium was the 2.0-tonne SWE20B that weighs 1,940kg with cab and features a 13.3kW (17.8hp) Yanmar 3TNV76-SSU diesel engine and a variable width undercarriage.
The available range extends from the 1.0-tonne class SWE08B up to the 9.5-tonne SWE90UF. J Mac states that it will be importing standard-sized Sunward excavators as well as the two models of skid steer loader and the compact tracked loader.

01564 703262    
www.jmacuk.com

 

AKFS order from Foxhall Plant Hire

Foxhall Plant & Tool Hire ordered a Plant & Go delivery vehicle from Advanced KFS Special Vehicles at the Show. Louth-based Foxhall specialises in skip loaders and mini excavators, and wanted a delivery vehicle specifically designed for transporting those products.
Ian Fairburn, owner of Foxhall, with his son Edward, who is Hire Controller, said, “The Plant & Go is ideal for us. It makes it very easy to transport diggers. Furthermore, the service from Phil Simcox, their Sales Manager, has been excellent; he really looks after us.”
The Plant & Go is a sub-3.5 tonne light commercial vehicle, meaning it can be driven by anyone with a standard UK driving licence. It is accredited with automotive OEMs, including PSA Group, Renault and Volkswagen.

01246 250022    
www.advanced-kfs.co.uk

 

Euro Towers roars ahead

Euro Towers’ new Securi-Panel system is designed to prevent theft of mobile towers as well as unauthorised access. Available in various sizes to suit different towers, the aluminium mesh panels enclose the base of the structure, with a coded lock on the gate doing away with keys which could be lost.
The company yet again had themed chocolate treats for visitors, this year’s chosen brand being Lion bars. MD Roger Verallo said this was because the company’s products are a roaring success, and a ‘mane’ attraction at the Show.

01604 644774             
www.eurotowers.co.uk

 

Rough-terrain Snorkel machine

Having taken a larger stand this year, Snorkel UK was able to show the S755RT rough terrain scissor lift. Measuring 1.45m wide and weighing 2,750kg, the machine is designed for work in confined spaces or on job sites with restricted access, and can be towed on a trailer by a car or commercial vehicle. Offering a working height of up to 10.4m and a platform capacity of 300kg, it is also available with a bi-energy power source option for indoor/outdoor applications.

0845 1400 758    
www.snorkellifts.co.uk

 

New JCB duo

JCB unveiled its new CT260-120 vibrating tandem roller which has an operating weight of 2,560kg and a drum width of 1,200mm. It has gained a Stage V emissions-compliant 18.5kW (24.8hp) Kubota D1703 engine that does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The new design gives better visibility to the drum edges, easier to use controls with a single drive lever and three switchable vibration settings, as well as lower transport weight. Also available is the CT260-100 (with 1,000mm wide drums) and later this year JCB will introduce CT160-80 and CT160-100 models.
Being able to see the production version of JCB’s new electric mini excavator in action on the stand generated a lot of interest. Initially available with a ROPS/TOPS and FOGS certified canopy, the 1.9-tonne 19C-1E is claimed to be able to deliver all of the performance of its diesel-powered counterpart.
The quiet, fume-free machine has load-sensing hydraulics, three or four Lithium-ion battery packs providing a 15-20kWh storage capacity, a sophisticated battery management system and a convenient on-board charger with 110V input for 12-hour recharging capability. The 19C-1E has three digging modes, controlled by a rotary dial. In the ‘low’ setting the electric motor runs at 1,200rpm, in ‘general’ it operates at 1,600rpm and in ‘high’ mode the motor spins at 1,800rpm. 

0800 581761    
www.jcb.com

 

Pramac-Generac shows hybrid model

Designed in association with a major hire company, the Pramac P1800 ComBy Welfare hybrid generator is a 13kW diesel-engined machine with a bank of 350Ah AGM (adsorption glass mat) batteries and a 5kVA inverter for economical and environmentally friendly operation. When running on batteries, the unit creates no noise, and it has been designed to fit neatly in the back of a welfare cabin, with essential components located in one place for easy servicing. Solar panels can also be incorporated.

01270 445777    
www.pramac.com

 

Turf love from PSD Groundscare

PSD Groundscare showcased the Eliet Turfaway 600, a tracked turf cutter which enables the user to precisely loosen a thin layer of a lawn. Vibration dampers are fitted in the handles, while the joystick and clutch combination is designed for easy operation. The machine has an impressive 60cm working width.
PSD, which offers equipment under its Ready4Rent brand, also brought an all-electric version of the Eliet Maestro City shredder to the Show. Designed for the hire market, this 40mm machine can obviously be laid on its side in a car boot or van without the risk of an engine flooding.

08450 773773    
www.psdgroundscare.co.uk

 

Smaller C&F Dumper

C&F Dumpers UK highlighted examples of compact tracked dumpers made by C&F Srl in Italy. Of particular interest was the narrower width T60 that has a payload of 600kg and is 680mm wide, whereas its bigger brothers - the 800kg T80 and 1,500kg T120 - are 780mm wide.
The T60, which was officially being launched at the Show, has a hydrostatic transmission and can be supplied with either a Honda GX270 or Yanmar L70N engine. Conveniently controlled by a single joystick, the T60 can be fitted with a choice of skips, including the high-tip version on display.

0161 494 6000    
www.cfminidumper.co.uk

 

Scanprobe goes beyond the bend

The TrapJumper from Scanprobe Techniques is a compact and lightweight probe camera for pipeline inspection. This portable device weighs less than 10kg, making it ideal for jobs where it is not practical to carry a full-size unit, such as up a long flight of stairs.
Both the camera head and the push rod are designed to be flexible enough to handle tight bends and traps, while retaining the strength required for distances of up to 40m. Scanprobe’s Ben Gane, pictured, says that a benefit for existing customers is that the TrapJumper is compatible with the company’s Maxprobe control box, saving cost and space, and making the product suite more versatile for the hire market.

0203 253 2001             
www.scanprobe.com

 

APS becomes Boss mini scissor distributor

Access Platform Sales highlighted the recent development that WernerCo has appointed the company as its exclusive distribution partner in the UK and Ireland for the popular Boss X-Series of low-level access platforms.
The companies have launched a new marketing campaign focused on the X-Series, aimed at the hire and facilities management market. The range consists of the X3X model, which has a maximum platform height of 3.2m, and the X3 at 2.55m. Both machines provide a safe working load of 240kg and are designed for use indoors in confined spaces as they fit through standard doorways and corridors as well as in passenger lifts.

01480 891 251    
www.accessplatforms.co.uk

 

Duro shows its metal

Duro highlighted its new Du-Mital diamond blade, which is claimed to be particularly cost-effective. Designed to cut a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials up to 40mm thick, including titanium, it is available in five sizes from 115mm to 350mm.
Duro states that the Du-Mital has a working life of up to 100 times longer than an abrasive disc, meaning fewer blade changes are required, increasing productivity. It also creates fewer sparks during the cutting process and leaves virtually no dust residue.

01909 552470    
www.duro-diamonds.com

 

New plant trailer from ATE

ATE unveiled a new plant trailer with additional safety characteristics. The pivot axle system smooths out shocks and helps to prevent equipment from being dislodged when the trailer goes over harsh bumps such as a pavement kerb.
The manufacturer has also fitted glow-in-the-dark grip tape on the bed, with the option of bed lighting, for safer loading and unloading at night-time. Various options are available on its latest 2,700kg and 3,500kg models, which can come with tailgates, full ramps, or adjustable twin ramps.

01206 585439    
www.ate-uk.com

 

Stephill set for Stage V

Stephill’s new SSD15000M is a 14.5kVA, 3,000rpm multi-phase diesel generator designed to meet the new Euro Stage V emission regulations. Emitting 69dB at 7m, it is also claimed to be very quiet for its size and power.
Thanks to a 37-litre fuel tank, it can run continuously at 100% load for eight hours, or up to 34 hours at 25% load. With compact dimensions, it can be towed on a trailer or is available trolley-mounted. Stephill offers a two-wheel trolley kit with a gross weight of 444kg when holding a full tank of fuel, or a road-tow trailer option weighing 486kg.

01933 677911    
www.stephill-generators.co.uk

 

New name, new lines from Molson

Having previously regularly exhibited at the Show as A&Y Equipment, 2019 saw this prominent plant distributor under its new name of Molson Compact Plant. MD Robert Brown and his team were busy highlighting their new line of Kobelco compact excavators from Japan, as well as unveiling a new range of hydraulic breaker attachments from Daemo in South Korea.
Gaining the Kobelco mini line has now enabled Molson Compact Plant to sell a 1.7-tonne mini excavator with a cab, and this bonus was highlighted by a cab-equipped SK17SR-3 being on show. This Mitsubishi-engined machine with side extending tracks was displayed carrying a 100mm-wide Whites deep-dig cabling bucket.
The utility theme was extended to the surrounding Ammann compaction products - a 29kg ATR30 trench rammer with 80mm wide foot and a 330mm wide APF 10/30 vibrating plate compactor.
To provide an example of the new Daemo breaker line, an Alicon B30 was shown connected to the Geith quick-hitch on a Kobelco SK28SR-6 mini. Molson Compact Plant is now able to offer six sizes of Alicon series Daemo breakers to fit compact excavators weighing from 1 to 8 tonnes.

01789 414525    
www.molsoncompact.co.uk

 

Topcon in control

Amongst the equipment shown by Topcon were instruments that can be used for machine control. Nic Voller of National Accounts Sales said that “this sort of system is now becoming the norm on machines of, say, 8 tonnes and above, while smaller plant can be used with manual systems.” Models displayed included the LS-B10 and the LS-B110W.
As well as being used to achieve levels and gradients during construction projects, such equipment is also in demand for initial site clearance work to leave a site ready for work to commence.

0845 450 4300
www.topconpositioning.com/gb

 

Lucky 13 for Bristol Street Motors

Bristol Street Motors, which has attended all 13 Executive Hire Shows (initially as Gordons Ford) showcased a new Ford Transit body designed specifically for the hire industry.
This front-wheel drive Transit has a drop-side body with tail lift for easy loading and unloading of tools and compact plant.
In partnership with VFS and Del Tail Lifts, the company has developed an even lighter body with a one-piece floor and narrower bulkhead for extra load space. Additional standard features now include powder-coated panels for durability.

0330 096 4698    
www.bristolstreet.co.uk

     
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