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BRANDON TAKES TOOLMINDER
Brandon Hire has installed the Toolminder safety and maintenance software package that provides data on the vibration levels of power tools. It has been developed by Earlsmere ID Systems in partnership with Makita.
The software, which has been loaded on to multiple servers that support the hirer’s 240 depot network, carries comprehensive tri-axial vibration ratings for equipment, as well as data on noise pressure, dust risks and personal protective equipment.
The program calculates the appropriate exposure action value (EAV) and exposure limit value (ELV), and provides the HSE points total for specific tools. It is supplied with data on Makita products, but if also loaded with comparable information for additional brands, a list of performance levels can show the optimum tool with the lowest risk.
Brandon Buyer, Bob Baber, says “Toolminder will be extremely beneficial to our depot staff, who get an increasing number of enquiries from operators needing to prepare accurate risk assessments. Now, when a tool goes out on hire we can also print and issue a safety report. We will initially list the main power items on the fleet and eventually have all items on record in all Brandon depots.”
Campbell increases Volvo fleet
Campbell Plant Hire (Lochaber) Ltd has added two more Volvo EC25 2.5 tonne mini excavators to its fleet, bringing to 14 the total of Volvo machines it offers, ranging from 1.5-5.5 tonne.
The hirer, which is based to the north of Fort William, also offers small tools and equipment. It serves customers throughout the north west of Scotland, has a mobile engineer and can draw on indirect support from associate company, Campbell Plant Ltd of Inverness, which is a Volvo parts dealer. Proprietor Angus Campbell said, “It hasn’t taken long for my regular customers to ask for the Volvo minis by name - they are that
Seddons launches charity initiative
Seddons (Plant & Engineers), along with its parent Seddon Group, has formed a two-year, £250,000 charity partnership with The Christie, an organisation researching into a cure for cancer. Seddons has chosen in particular to support the development of a pioneering treatment called the Magic Bullet, potentially a more accurate method of combating the disease.
The Group has also become official sponsor of the charity’s sporting events programme for 2009 and 2010. The entire Seddon workforce is going to be campaigning together to raise money for the research, and the company is also aiming to match pound for pound all funds raised by its employees.
Speedy boxes clever with Armorgard
Speedy Hire reports “outstanding” sales of Armorgard Security Products’ BarroBox, which the hirer recently added to its catalogue. Resembling a wheelbarrow, it functions as a mobile site security box for tools and equipment. Its wheels can be locked in any position once it has been moved to the desired location.
The lid is made from 3mm steel and five-lever deadlocks are incorporated, as well as a serial number for added security. The unit is narrow enough to be wheeled through a standard doorway. Armorgard says the product is designed specifically for contractors working during the fit-out stages of a construction project.
Contractor wins free hire in HSS draw
A Manchester-based heating, ventilation and plumbing contractor, AQC Ltd, has scooped up to £100,000 worth of free hire from HSS Hire as the prize in a nationwide draw.
Every HSS customer who placed an order during January was entered into the draw. The competition was held in order to help boost business at a traditionally quiet time of the year.
Paul Butterworth, AQC Director, said, “we were really shocked but absolutely delighted to have won - it’s fantastic news for the whole business and will really help boost the books. In effect, it means we will get all our hire equipment free for the next 12 months.”
HSS Area Sales Manager, Tony Jackson added, “AQC has been an HSS customer for more than 15 years and we’ve always had a great relationship, so I’m really pleased for them that they’ve won.”
Redband’s upbeat Kanga prospects
Leicester-based Redband UK, which distributes the Kanga range of compact loaders, anticipates increased business following Kanga’s recent acquisition by fellow Australian company, Digga Manufacturing. Digga makes gearboxes, machinery attachments and wear parts for the earthmoving industry, and developed attachments specifically for the Kanga machines.
“It’s very much business as usual for us and the acquisition enhances the overall operation,” said Redband MD, Andy Cairns. “Digga now has the ability to develop even more implements for the Kanga loaders, increasing their versatility still further.”
Redband, which will continue to supply Kanga parts and service backup, will promote the machines at SED later this month on the stand of Digga Europe, the Australian manufacturer’s Andover-based operation, which will continue to distribute the existing Digga range of parts and attachments.
SHC opens in Northallerton
Skipton Hire Centres has just opened a new depot in Northallerton, joining others in Ilkley, Ripon and Skipton. Formed in 1981, the tool and plant hire company also operates specialist access, event and power divisions. EHN will provide a full report on the new facility in a future issue.