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GAP continues expansion

GAP Hire Solutions is furthering its expansion in Scotland, with increased investment in premises, equipment and vehicles.
Family owned from the outset and headquartered in Glasgow, GAP employs 160 people, has 27 depots and offices, owns £104m of hire equipment and has a fleet of 150 vehicles servicing customers throughout Scotland.
Recent investment in new and improved depot premises includes the relocation of the Elgin depot to a £1.7m three acre site, with new purpose-built premises. The depot now supplies customers in the Moray region and further afield with plant, tools, non-mechanical, trenching & shoring, welfare and tanker services.
Likewise, the Inverness depot has just been moved to a £1.4m purpose-built 1.5 acre site. With four divisions operating out of this location - plant, tools, lifting and survey - and with the support of services from the Elgin depot, GAP now has the widest range and largest fleet holding servicing the Highlands and Islands.
GAP is currently searching for a new eight-acre site in the central belt of Scotland. While, at the beginning of 2020, it announced a £2m investment to launch its Tanker Services division. With a large fleet of welfare tankers ranging from 4x4, 3.5t, 7.5t and now 26t, GAP is able to empty, clean and sanitise toilets, welfare vans, mobile and static welfare units and supply water fills across the country.
Speaking of the recent moves, GAP’s Joint Managing Director, Douglas Anderson said: “Being privately owned allows us to take a long-term planning perspective under which we make consistent decisions that are in the best interests of our employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders - this is quite different from PLCs who can be a little less consistent in making decisions that are focused on their share price.”


Greenmech chipper loses weight

Greenmech’s brand-new EVO 165P SUB-750 features a wide infeed chute, twin horizontal rollers, all-steel bonnet and heavy-duty flywheel combined with the powerful 37hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard petrol engine. Bringing the machine into the sub-750kg bracket, the 165P SUB-750 also includes a redesigned chassis and alterations to its construction and specification - all without detriment to its overall performance.
Fitted as standard on the 165P SUB-750 is GreenMech’s patented disc blade technology, which provides up to 200 hours of chipping before re-sharpening is required, and a three year parts and labour warranty.
Commenting on the newest addition, Sales Director Martin Lucas said, “From the off, the EVO collection was very much driven by what the market demands and this is again the case with the sub-750kg EVO 165P SUB-750. The EVO has really established itself as providing more aggressive torque, bite and throughput than most other machines in its category and by incorporating this performance in a lighter weight package, we can meet the requirements of even more of today’s arborists.”


CLM has customers covered

Social distancing is a large part of business operations in 2020, and most establishments are enforcing strict maximum capacity policies on their premises. This can lead to customers having to wait outside, often exposed to the elements and other pedestrians.
The new Pedestrian Tunnel by Genius, and marketed by CLM Supplies, allows customers to wait outside a business, sheltered and without breaking any social distancing regulations. These 2.1m length tunnels can also be interlocked to form long structures, go around corners and even up stairways.
Advertising and corporate branding are further options, as the structures can accommodate 2.14m x 2m ‘UltraMesh’ signage banners, which also act as windbreakers. CLM offers a design and printing service, if required.
The Pedestrian Tunnels feature a strong polycarbonate cover, which is capable of absorbing accidental falls of debris, tools, materials and liquids. While a collapsible construction means that one person can erect a single tunnel unit in around minute.


Black Cat adds Bobcat

Barnsley company Black Cat Plant Hire has expanded its fleet with the purchase of new Bobcat E10z and E27z zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavators, which it sourced from AMS Bobcat, the local authorised Bobcat Dealer.
Jack Lycett, owner of the company, said: “I believe the Bobcat mini-excavator range is in a league of its own - I even named the business in honour of the Bobcat logo, to show the confidence I have in the brand. It’s the digging power Bobcat machines offer in all conditions including the tough limestone and clay soils we have to deal with in South Yorkshire, which all the Bobcat excavators find it easy to deal with.
“The first Bobcat excavator I bought was a 2013 second hand E26 model which really impressed me with its all-round performance and I have subsequently bought two more E26 models. The E26 is an easy-to-use, robust machine optimised for specific rental industry needs as well as those demanded by owner-operators. Again my first E10 or E10z as it is now known was second hand - it is an exceptional machine, providing the productivity you would expect of a 1.5 tonne mini-excavator rather than a 1 tonne machine.”


LFI boosts management team

Gloucestershire-based ladder manufacturing specialist LFI has made several promotions, bolstering its senior management team and ensuring the business is in the right shape for future developments.
As of 1 July Darren Smart and Andy Ferris will become operations and commercial directors respectively. This is apparently not the end of the managerial movements, however, as MD Ben Walker reveals.
“It’s all go at LFI,” he begins. “Just in the last year we have recruited four new managers into our team, including Graham Ridley, our R&D manager, who has spearheaded the introduction of over eight new products including our Widestep, Pro Combination Ladder and Low Level Platform - all manufactured here in Great Britain.
“Further to this, we look forward to championing our new brand and strengthening our product offering by recruiting the top industry talent, thereby ensuring we bring the best of British manufactured access solutions to any business in any sector.”


New JCB power pack range

JCB is launching a range of power packs to support its growing line of fully electric machinery, offering electrical back-up to remote and urban construction projects.
The maintenance power packs feature zero-emissions electrical supply and back-up facility; outputs of 5kVA in single phase; frequencies of 50Hz and 60Hz across the UK, Europe and North America, and a stackable 1m3 frame with fork pockets for easy handling.
The JCB power pack range will be available with a choice of four or eight maintenance-free lithium-ion batteries. The batteries’ depth of discharge is set to prolong the battery health and even after 2,000 full charge and discharge cycles (expected to be over 10 years), the batteries still have over 85% of their capacity left.
The power pack can be recharged from a mains supply or an on-site generator. The power packs can also be used to deliver back-up electricity for lighting and security during the night, when site generators may be turned off.


Clancy buys big at Thwaites

Clancy, one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the UK, has concluded a deal with Thwaites via its central England distributor, Shell Plant Sales, to expand its fleet of 3 tonne and 6 tonne power swivel dumpers with an order for 21 machines.
The new Power Swivel dumpers selected have hydrostatic transmission, ensuring the machines deliver maximum productivity and performance. With less maintenance required, on site optimisation is maximised.
To protect man and machine, the dumpers are fitted with all round visibility cameras in addition to market-leading Cantrack solutions, providing real time visibility on plant position and operational data to protect the asset and operator. In addition, each machine is registered to the CESAR detection deterrent system.
Clancy General Manager David Janes said: “Thwaites has always been the dumper of choice for The Clancy Group. The reliability and build quality is second to none.
“Power Swivel dumpers provide our on-site teams with the ideal solution when working alongside trenches, often in tight spaces. The majority of the new 3 tonne and 6 tonne Thwaites dumpers will be heading out to a new AMP 7 pipeline project the company is working on for Thames Water in Cirencester.”


Molson moves forward with Ammann

Molson Young Plant Sales has switched to Ammann in order to offer a full range of heavy and light compaction equipment. With the Ammann range well established within Molson divisions in England and Wales, the transition is set to be seamless with both machines and parts already in stock within the group.
Effective as of 1 October 2020, this change sees Molson Young Plant Sales terminate the existing agreement with Bomag for the distribution of light compaction equipment throughout Scotland, which has been in place since 2003.
Speaking of the switch, Molson Young Plant Sales Director, Mark Proudfoot said: “Being a Bomag dealer since 2003, we have a large number of customers that operate Bomag machines across Scotland.
It is important for them to know that although our dealership agreement with Bomag has been terminated, we will continue to support them with any requirements they have to keep their machines running with the same level of care and attention as we always have done.
“With their comprehensive range that is known for having the highest levels of build quality, I am sure that the Ammann range will prove as popular in Scotland as it has with our customers in England and Wales. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Bomag for all their work over the last 17 years of the partnership and wish them all the success in the future.”


Makita launches cordless bandsaws

Makita has expanded its range of LXT cordless tools with the launch of the DPB183Z and DPB184Z Brushless Portable Bandsaws.
The DPB183Z and DPB184Z offer the power and flexibility needed to tackle a wide range of metal-cutting tasks and are ideal for professional tradespeople working across sectors such as electrical, plumbing and metal fabrication.
The compact and lightweight design of the DPB183Z and DPB184Z (weighing 3.3kg and 3.6kg respectively) makes them easy to manoeuvre around tight working spaces. Angled specifically for comfort, the ergonomic handle design has been engineered to ensure ease of use in both horizontal and vertical operation. Both machines include durable aluminium housings, with an optional grip handle for even greater control.
The DPB183Z and DPB184Z also benefit from Makita’s variable speed control, which allows operators to select the ideal cutting speed for each application simply by adjusting a dial. Meanwhile, a twin LED job light with pre-glow function enables operators to accurately position the blade for a straight, accurate cut. This is also ensured by the adjustable blade tracking, which can be repositioned simply by turning the screw located on the tools’ housing with the hex wrench provided.
In purely practical terms, the DPB183Z can cut round pipe up to Ø66mm and square pipe up to 66 x 66mm, and the DPB184Z can cut round pipe up to Ø51mm and square pipe up to 51 x 51mm.  An adjustable stopper plate means that both models can safely cut various sized materials and can easily cut close to walls and ceilings.


Hird opens new West Midlands depot

Hird has opened a new depot in the West Midlands.
The company’s Western Operational Hub on the Hayes Trading Estate in Halesowen, will offer a full range of mini cranes, glass lifting equipment and access platforms.
The new depot enables Hird to offer its services more easily throughout the West Midlands and the west of England. It has 20,000 sq ft of indoor space for storage and machine maintenance, and is the regional centre for Hird’s industrial training services.
Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We’ve planned this move for some time and we’re already extremely pleased with the level of interest in our services in the West Midland region and beyond.
“We’re located just 10 minutes from the M5 with fantastic transport connections throughout central and west England and into Wales, so we’re excited to take this opportunity now.”
Hird has also appointed Alan Peck, a highly experienced crane and plant sales and hire professional, as its area manager in the West Midlands.


Flannery adds GKD safety system

Flannery Plant Hire, the largest provider of operated plant and heavy equipment in the UK, has specified the GKD 2RCi Rated Capacity indicator (RCI) system on a large number of its machines. The 2RCi system, in addition to height, slew and safe load indication, also has a digging depth indicator, which helps to reduce the over-digging of trenches and can assist in the placement of lifted items.
Explaining the recent investment, Flannery Plant Hire’s strategic manager Chris Matthew said, “It is important to us to have a variety of systems to evaluate and support client’s specific needs. It is clear to us that the GKD system has been designed to support the wide variety of applications for excavators on today’s construction site. It is also, in our opinion, a straightforward system for the operator, ultimately, we want to use an RCI that helps the operators stay safe and work with as much information as possible - but not so much that it becomes a distraction, the GKD system certainly delivers on these criteria.
“The system’s ability to record data is also very important for us, it allows us to monitor our operator’s performance and highlight any training needs. This ensures we are proactive with our operators training and can also help to manage customer expectations onsite.”


Say hello to Go Trade Local

A new web service called ‘Go Trade Local’ enables tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts to search for products in over 360 categories and buy or rent them from local tool and plant hire depots, builders’ merchants and skip hire companies.
The new website is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Harry Longworth and Martin Ainscough CBE DL, formerly of Ainscough Crane Hire. The team set out to make the construction industry more environmentally friendly by encouraging customers where possible to collect their goods - thereby reducing delivery costs, reducing carbon emissions and increasing profits for participating companies.
Although recently launched, Go Trade Local has already found favour with Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP (Speaker of the House of Commons), Onthetools.tv and the ‘DIY On a Budget’ Facebook Group, among others.
Boasting an attractive and straightforward interface, a Map Search function enables customers to see how far away companies are from them; the most local results being prioritised and always shown first.Unlike other directories, the easy to use platform also allows for price comparison requests and active leads to be sent straight to participating companies at no extra cost, thus enabling them to respond directly to potential new customers.
Packages start at £9.99 a month for a single location listing, although there are options to suite businesses of all shapes and sizes. However, to mark the launch of the new site, tool and plant hire businesses can take advantage of a three-month FREE trial.
To find out more, see www.gotradelocal.co.uk or call 01257 834595.


Hirehop adds compatibility

HireHop has improved the accounting integration of its equipment rental software to seamlessly interface with Sage 50, Xero, QuickBooks and Sage Business Cloud.
The new update allows users to integrate one installation of HireHop to multiple different company accounts, managed in different or the same accounting software. This solves the problem where companies register different companies for each depot, or different companies within a depot that supply different services - for example, where one does plant hire, the other tool hire. HireHop claims that no other software has managed to solve this problem until now.
HireHop has also added new languages, integration with VehoCheck and other features, such as support for carnets in light of Brexit. There are a number of other document upgrades too, including iPad or phone finger signatures that are available for free.
HireHop will soon be releasing the POS (hire desk cash register) that was showcased at the Executive Hire Show earlier this year.


Aspire Platforms in double acquisition

Aspire Platforms Ltd has acquired London Tower Services and LTS Powered Access Ltd, both well-established specialist access providers, in an all share transaction.
The deal, brokered by The Hire Exchange Ltd, is a clear statement of Aspire’s ambition to build the Aspire brand and create a national network of specialist access hire services. The company is also opening new specialist Aluminium Tower depots in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
Co-founder and Managing Director of the Aspire Group, Vinnie Rourke, said “The Hire Exchange found us the perfect partners in LTS and this acquisition delivers on all fronts. First, it gives us excellent geographic locations from which to service the wider London and South East market. Second, it gives us two well-respected brands and businesses with the resources and expertise to offer a comprehensive range of access solutions, from conventional aluminium towers to MEWPS and supported with specialist products and services to the rail/underground sector.”
The aluminium tower division will be led by newly appointed Managing Director Andy Davie, formerly of SGB, Loxam and Instant Upright. Paul Fairhall, a founding director of LTS Powered Access, will remain with the business and manage the London operation.


Pickerings top of the class

Pickerings, the supplier of portable site accommodation and related services, has been awarded a place on a new framework agreement for the public sector.
The framework is managed by YPO, which is 100% owned by 13 local authorities and provides products to schools, local authorities, charities, emergency services, public sector and other businesses. Running until 2024 and having national coverage, the framework has an estimated value of up to £15m.
Pickerings has been successful in seven lots, including the purchase of site accommodation, welfare units and mobile generators; and the hire of modular buildings, site accommodation and mobile classrooms.
Pickerings Managing Director, Neil Moss, said “We are extremely pleased to have been successful in being awarded a place on this new framework agreement. We have a strong reputation for providing high quality portable accommodation and customer service in the sectors we serve. We look forward to expanding our market share over the next four years by supplying to more local authorities and public sector organisations.”
Pickerings has twelve depots nationwide, providing modular buildings, portable cabins and associated products and services for customers to hire, buy or lease purchase. The company operates in many sectors including education, industry & commerce, health and construction.


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