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GUERNSEY HIRER EXPANDS YANMAR FLEET
Having started CP Plant Hire on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey in 2000, Colin Pengelley and his wife Jackie, together with their son Mark, who joined the business in 2006, have built up the company’s compact plant fleet to 24 machines with the purchase of two Yanmar ViO33 3.3 tonne zero tail swing mini excavators in the last two months.
According to Colin, “We bought the diggers due to increased demand on the island. The machines are good units, competitively priced and were available virtually from stock, whereas some suppliers were quoting up to six months delivery. We work with some of Guernsey’s leading contractors and we knew that Yanmar were popular machines, having operated a 4.5 tonne unit since 2004. With their zero tail swing, they are ideal for use on our tight, restricted sites and narrow roads. The machines have immediately gone to work on a number of ground works, drainage and paving projects.”
Other mini and micro excavators in the CP Plant fleet comprise Hitachi, New Holland, Wacker Neuson, Terex and Bobcat machines, as well as Thwaites 1 tonne dumpers. Earlier this year, the hirer added two JCB HTD-5 compact walk-behind, high tip Dumpsters to its fleet from local dealer J H Mahy & Sons Ltd. “All our diggers are out working most days, as there are always lots of small building jobs, like extensions to properties, all over the island. We buy all plant outright, with nothing leased. We also undertake all our own repairs, as well as carrying out repairs to contractors’ machines.”
For the last 20 years, Colin Pengelley has also operated a separate boat haulage business, using a tractor and hydraulic trailer, the latest version of which he has built himself in his own workshops.
Travis Perkins enhances hire support
Travis Perkins has introduced a dedicated tool hire service and support centre within its Warrington regional distribution centre, which was opened in April. It will support an additional 70 of the builders’ merchant’s locations where a tool hire counter has been added, and will offer next-day delivery on core fleet items, including mixers, breakers and plate compactors.
Mark Shepherd, Group Hire Sales Director, said, “We have traditionally placed key hire branches in strategic positions to service and repair the tools whilst supporting our wider tool hire network. This has always been successful, but we wanted to enhance service in the north west even further. The Warrington distribution centre has given us the capacity to make this a reality, with a team of trained engineers, backed by an increased stock holding. Customers can now order tool hire from a total of 137 branches in the north west.”
Construct-Equip’s diamond performer
A Hilti DCM 2 diamond core drilling rig, which entered Construct-Equip’s hire fleet in 1990, has been crowned winner of a trade-in competition to find the oldest diamond drilling tool.
The hirer, which has depots in Birmingham and Telford, ran the tool for 24 years before retiring the machine earlier this year, having used it selectively over the last five years for very specialist jobs. Director Karl Severn said, “We started the business in 1989 as specialists in diamond accessories, and purchased our first diamond drilling tools in 1990. These included a DCM 1, DCM 1.5 and the DCM 2. Over the years the tool has been on hundreds of jobs where 4-18in cores were required.” The company’s prize replacement is a DD 150-U machine, plus a stand and accessories.The quest for the oldest tool is part of a series of events being organised to mark the 30th anniversary of Hilti’s entry into the diamond drilling market.
Major Morris Leslie fleet investment
Following its acquisition of three former Ambrose Plant Hire depots in May 2013, Morris Leslie Plant Hire has invested more than £35m this year in 850 machines to support its growth plans. These include 400 telehandlers, 250 excavators, 175 dumpers and 30 rollers, from manufacturers including JCB, Manitou, Kubota, Case, Volvo, Thwaites and Hamm, and their purchase reflects the hirer’s growing order book in the construction, house building and commercial sectors throughout the UK.
For 2015, Morris Leslie says it will increase its capex by 30%, and is about to place a series of orders for 1,000 further machines, with a total investment in excess of £45m.
Tag solution from Atlantic Coast
Essex-based Hares Hire has become the first purchaser of Atlantic Coast Studios’ latest product. The manufacturer has introduced a simple polypropylene tag to quickly identify the owner of equipment on a site, particularly items such as barriers and safety fencing.
MD Graham Higdon said, “Safety fencing, especially the galvanised metal variety, has no identification other than, perhaps, the manufacturer’s stamp. Our fence ties provide a cost-effective way of not only identifying fencing on hire, but also an opportunity for hirers to promote their brand”.
The fence ties are manufactured from exterior grade polypropylene for durability and the inks used in are fade and water resistant.
Helpful Husqvarna app
Husqvarna has introduced a disc cutter user guide as an app for iPad users, giving advice on safe operation and maintenance. It offers advice on aspects such as ascertaining the optimum grip distance and other ergonomic considerations, as well as photographs, videos, and illustrations depicting cutting technique and achieving a safe working environment.
The app is available for download, and the information it contains can also be seen on the manufacturer’s website at www.husqvarnacp.co.uk
CPA conference takes shape
The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Philip White has been confirmed as a speaker at the CPA Plant Conference, taking place on 23 October at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, near St Neots.
The focus of the event is not just on the safe use of machines that are currently in use, but also about understanding and influencing the future of construction plant hire. Other speakers will include John Carroll, HS2 Construction and Logistics Deputy, who will speak about HS2’s planning and expectations for construction plant, and consultant Tim Watson will update the latest work on ground conditions for machinery.
For more information, visit www.cpa.uk.net/conference.
Atlas Copco wins Flannery order
Flannery Plant Hire has bought more than 100 Atlas Copco hydraulic breakers in a deal worth over £1m, comprising solid body small versions to suit carriers from 1.1 to 8 tonnes, and medium sized models for larger machines.
The attachments are designed to require less hydraulic input power from the carrier whilst maintaining performance, and to give low levels of vibration and noise. Dust protection is also incorporated to help prevent damage to the breaker and to increase reliability.
GAP plans Showman’s Event launch
GAP will officially introduce its new Event Services division at the Showman’s Show, being held on 22 and 23 October at the Newbury Showground. The operation has, in fact, already supplied equipment prior to its public launch, including fencing, barriers and lighting towers for events such as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Glastonbury Festival, the Tour de France and the Ryder Cup.
GGR trio for JT Mini Cranes
GGR Group has sold three compact Unic URW-295 spider cranes to specialist hirer, JT Mini Cranes, which serves customers in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
The 2.9 tonne capacity pedestrian machine measures 600mm wide and was chosen for its ability to fit through a standard doorframe, making it suitable for internal and external lifting operations. It can lift to a 9.8m height when fitted with a 700kg capacity combined fly jib and searcher hook.
The company’s fleet includes a range of Unic mini cranes of up to 6 tonnes capacity.
GEMMA GRATTON JOINS SHOW TEAM
The Executive Hire Show has undoubtedly established itself as a key event in our industry’s calendar since its launch in 2007. This year’s Show attracted a record attendance of passionate hire visitors, and stands at next year’s Show are almost entirely sold out, not to mention the fact that over 60% of exhibitors have already re-booked for the 2016 Show as well.
In view of this continuing success, we have created a new senior management role within the Show team and are thrilled to announce the appointment of Gemma Gratton as Development Manager.
Having worked for access and scaffolding supplier, Turner Access, tool hirer Hewden Hire Services and fall protection systems specialist, HCL Safety, in the 2000s, Gemma moved to the Middle East in 2009 and spent five years with SGB/Harsco Infrastructure in Dubai and
Abu Dhabi, latterly as Light Access Manager. In her own words, “I’ve now returned to the UK, fresh and energised and looking forward to this new challenge.”
In the build-up to next February’s Show, Gemma’s principal role will be to further develop the Show’s connections between passionate hirers and innovative suppliers. The first opportunity for hirers to meet Gemma will be at our regional Road Shows to be held later this month and in November.
Our confirmed Road Show events dates are:
• Midlands Region - Tuesday 14 October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, the Show’s ‘home’ venue.
• West & Wales Region - Thursday 16 October at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Filton, Bristol.
• South Region - Wednesday 19 November at The Wellington Arms, A33 between Basingstoke and Reading.
In order to attract as many hirers as possible, we have also put together a great line-up of key industry suppliers to support our Road Shows. In the same way that the Executive Hire Show offers Special Deals for two days only, suppliers have guaranteed that they will be offering Special Deals for our evening events. With Gemma’s help, these regional Road Shows will provide an ideal opportunity for hirers to meet informally to share and discuss industry issues. Our aim is to also mobilise and excite them to attend the annual industry Show on Wednesday
11 and Thursday 12 February at the Ricoh Arena.
Gemma is also part of our network of Visitor Campaign Managers throughout the UK and Ireland, who are now visiting many hundreds of hirers to, again, mobilise and excite them to visit the Show. Gemma is taking personal responsibility for these hire visits throughout southern England and Wales, as well as parts of London.
According to Show Director Robert Aplin, “As you can immediately see from the key tasks that need to be undertaken before the Show, this is not a job for the faint-hearted. With her passion and drive, Gemma was the standout candidate and I’m confident she will play a vital role as we continue to reach out to, and connect up, our industry.”