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Executive Hire News › Archives › October 2011 › Executive Report : Executive news

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A Niftylift SD120T supplied recently by Southend-based Mark 1 Hire enabled essential maintenance to be completed on a historic building in Essex. The Round House in Havering-atte-Bower, a three storey Grade II listed Georgian villa, was in need of important repair work to its lead guttering and roof. Surrounded by steeply sloping grass, the area to be worked on was difficult to reach without causing damage to either the turf itself, or to the basement rooms located underneath, which limited the ground’s load supporting capacity.
Mark 1 Hire assessed the site and suggested using one of the newest additions to its access fleet, the 2260kg Niftylift SD120T. The machine provides a 12.2m working height and 6.1m outreach, and its low weight enabled it to manoeuvre around the site easily with minimal impact on the grass. Its hydraulic outriggers allowed it to set up and operate on the slopes, while its lightweight footprint ensured there was no risk of damage to the underground rooms.
Mark 1 Hire says that the SD120T has quickly proved popular with customers because it is economical to transport to and from site, manoeuvres easily on rough, sloping or unmade terrain, and can be used for many different applications.

Hirers add Cormidi dumpers

Ammann Equipment, the UK distributor of Cormidi tracked dumpers, reports that an increasing number of hirers are adding the machines to
their fleets. Enfield-based Mr Plant Hire recently bought a C6.50HI model, which has a payload capacity of 500kg and provides a tipping height of 1430mm. The machine is powered by a Honda petrol engine, and a ‘rocking roller’ system is incorporated on the undercarriage to enable it to travel smoothly over obstacles and uneven ground, as well as for enhanced stability.
Mr Plant Hire MD, Dave Elsdon, said he liked the fact that the machine has no belts or pulleys, being fitted with direct drive controls. The company’s fleet also includes Yanmar mini excavators supplied by Ammann Equipment.
Another hirer that has just purchased Cormidi machines is Healey Tool Hire & Sales, which operates from depots in Colchester and Clacton. It has bought three new C6.60DHE dumpers, which are the latest models in the Cormidi line-up. This unit is fitted with a Yanmar diesel engine and provides a carrying capacity of 600kg, with a maximum tipping height of 1675mm.
“We were continually being asked for tracked dumpers and forever turning people away,” said Director Dave Healey. “We looked at a few makes and models, but none of them came close to the build quality and performance of the Cormidis.”

KJN’s Manitou proves popular

KJN Services of Bicester recently added a compact Maniscopic MT625T telehandler from local Manitou dealer, Leach Lewis of Stanton Harcourt, and it reports that it has quickly impressed customers with its versatility and performance.
Director Alastair North said, “Customers are pleasantly surprised that, for such a small machine, the MT625T can lift to a height of 6m and has a load capacity of 2500kg. It is also excellent for working on smaller ‘in fill’ developments in urban areas, since its very tight turning circle enables operators to offload building materials and then position the loads precisely without driving onto an adjacent road.”
KJN’s hire fleet currently encompasses 400 categories of plant and equipment, including telehandlers, mini excavators of up to 8 tonne, compact dumpers, rollers, skid steer loaders, powered access platforms, generators, compaction equipment and grounds care machinery. It also offers training courses, as well as operating a builders’ merchant and plumbing supplies business, which is located on the Bicester site.

Show of success for DEH

Visiting the Executive Hire Show has certainly proved beneficial for DEH Equipment Hire of Stoke. Director Phil Cross’ business card was drawn out of the hat when the Innovation Zone Prize Draw was made at this year’s event, and he put his £500 winnings towards a Zarges Teletower, the telescopic mobile scaffold tower that was voted by hirers as the winning Zone product.
“We have since added more Teletowers to the fleet,” Phil told EHN. “Tradesmen love its compactness and versatility, since it offers seven platform heights from 0.33-2m. We have also just bought a Bobcat E10 mini following contacts made at the Show, and at the 2010 exhibition we purchased our KFS Plant & Go low-loading vehicle.
“I have attended every Executive Hire Show. It is the perfect way of seeing new products, asking questions and finding out the latest industry developments. You can never have too much knowledge. It also coincides with our year end, so we are invariably on the lookout to make new purchases and do some deals.
“Business is very good at the moment. In fact, if I didn’t watch the doom and gloom on the national media, I would think we were in a boom time. The recession has made contractors appreciate the service and flexibility that
hard-working independents like us can provide.”

HSS wins Kier contract

HSS has secured a contract as preferred supplier for the hire of small plant and tools with the Kier Group. The agreement will also see the hirer supply heating, cooling and lifting equipment, as one of three selected suppliers for these services.

Active develops emergency solution

Active Plant Hire of Upminster in Essex has developed a remote control emergency cut-out device for use with mini excavators.
“We originally designed our Remote Cut-Out system as a solution for a customer working on a power supply contract in Tilbury,” Business Development Manager, Mark Scutt, told EHN. “It enables a banksman to stop an excavator instantly, with no tracking or slewing, if he sees a potentially unsafe situation developing. He can also use it to isolate a machine quickly if he needs to concentrate on something else, such as a delivery or a phone call.”
The system comprises two components, with the main device being incorporated discreetly into the electric and hydraulic circuits of the host machine. The battery powered controller is roughly the size of a mobile phone and has two buttons for stopping and resuming operation.
As well as fitting the system to its own fleet, Active Plant Hire is now offering it to other companies.

Martin Plant Hire’s safety focus

Health & Safety issues were highlighted during an open day held last month by Martin Plant Hire at its depot in Govan, just outside Glasgow city centre.
“We wanted to do something different from previous events we have held, so we organised presentations on work at height, workplace dust and HAV, with appropriate demonstrations given by some of our suppliers, including Turner Access, Dustcontrol and Reactec,” said MD Andy Martin. “It also gave an opportunity for manufacturers to show visitors new products we have recently added to our fleet, including Makita power tools, HPC Kaiser compressors, SPE floor preparation equipment, MBW utility tools, standby machines from Harrington Generators International, and LPG from BP Gases.
“It proved a great way of interacting with our customers. Health & Safety is still a hugely important driver of hire business, and many visitors went away having learned about new equipment and techniques they can benefit from.”


We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary in our upcoming November/December issue. in which we’ll review the four decades of the magazine, which started life as Hire News in December 1971. We have borrowed the 1970s Hire News issues from the original publisher and, having acquired the magazine in 1993, we can happily review the decade of the 1990s and the 2000s.
However, the 1980s are a lost decade and we need your help. If you were in hire in the 1980s, our first request is to loan us any Hire News magazines that you might have lying around anywhere. We’ll happily pay postage and return the magazines to you as soon as the 40th Anniversary issue is complete.
Alternatively, e-mail us and tell us your thoughts on the decade. What were the milestone events of the 1980s? Who were the main ‘movers and shakers’ in hire at that time? Who were the industry personalities that either inspired or infuriated you? What were the profitable new products that you were adding to your fleet? Which items bombed and didn’t work? What was your experience of the Hirex shows during the 1980s? Please tell us your stories, your memories, your tales from that era.
We’d love to hear from you for EHN November/December issue by Tuesday 25 October at the latest. Please e-mail robert@executivehirenews.co.uk

GAP innovates in Croydon

GAP held an Innovation Day at its Croydon depot last month to enable customers to see the latest equipment it offers. GAP stages several such events each year at regional locations, the previous one having taken place in Warrington in May.
Hilti, Scot JCB, Pike Signals and Marwood Group, a provider of non-mechanical lifting and safety equipment, were amongst the suppliers participating in the event. The hirer’s staff also gave details concerning Health & Safety issues, and on its GAP One service for major account customers.
Joint MD Douglas Anderson said, “We are keen to ensure that we listen to and understand our customers’ needs, and these Innovation Days really allow us to do so. It is an opportunity for clients to see the latest plant and tools in the market and for them to give us feedback on what they would like to see added to our fleet.”

New CEO for MCS

Guy van der Knaap, previously hire software supplier MCS’ Customer Services Director, has taken over the role of CEO from his father, Richard, who is stepping down after over 30 years. “I set up the company in 1982 to serve the hire industry with software and solutions,” said Richard, “but I now feel the time is right to hand over to Guy after seeing the company grow from a start-up to an international business with installations in 14 different countries.”
Guy has been involved in the business for the last seven years, having also been Head of International Sales Customer Services. “These are exciting times for MCS, as we will be launching a new version of MCS-rm, our flagship product, in the next few months, and we are working towards extending the market share that we have both in the UK and abroad,” he said.

Speedy re-locates London Power depot

Speedy Services has relocated its specialist London Power depot to Erith and has invested over £1m in new equipment and services at the site.
The 120,000ft2 site was chosen for its proximity to the Thames Crossing and the M25 to provide faster response times and increased reach across Greater London and the south east of England.
New equipment that has been bought for the fleet includes SDMO Rental Compact generators and Doosan 7/13G compressors. 15 jobs have been created, comprising five specialist staff for dedicated pumps, compressors and generator hire desks, and ten engineers. The depot, which replaces Speedy’s previous power facility in Charlton, will also act as the base for 20 round-the clock call out engineers, and has an on-site workshop.


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