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Executive Hire News › Archives › September 2016 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Kubota minis for Rabbit and Dowling

Kubota has supplied six new mini excavators to Rabbit and Dowling, which hires plant and equipment from its two depots in Worthing
and Brighton.
The order comprised four 8-tonne KX080-4 machines and two zero tail swing U48-4 models, weighing in at 5 tonne. MD Steve Charman said, “We have used Kubota minis for several years, but this is the first time we have ventured into its larger machines due to significant demand from contractors for models in these weight classes.”

Survey & Laser pinpoints Cable Detection

The Exeter depot of Survey and Laser, a division of Supply UK Hire Shops, has added 40 EziCat i750 cable avoidance tools from Cable Detection to its fleet. The product incorporates a digital system to provide precise location of buried utilities, combined with GPS, Bluetooth and data-logging capabilities.
“The cable locator and signal transmitter kits provide a flexible solution to cater for all customer requirements,” said Depot Manager Lee Knowles. “They can be hired to users requiring a basic solution, as well as for more specialised tasks, such as for use by civil engineering companies working on, or near to, Network Rail infrastructure.”

More Skyjacks for Dromad

Dromad Hire of Dundalk has taken delivery of several new Skyjack access machines for its fleet, including a range of battery scissor lifts offering maximum operating heights from 5.7m to 11.8m, along with a rough terrain 9250 diesel scissor, as part of an on-going investment plan throughout 2016.
The machines join other Skyjack models in Dromad’s fleet, and MD Seamus Byrne says that more customers are requesting them because of their operating capabilities and reliability.

uni-power celebrates 30 years

uni-power, which specialises in supplying industrial engines and parts, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Based in Great Dunmow, Essex, the business was founded in June 1986 by Ray Brown, a former employee of Autocar Electrical Equipment, which claims to have been the first Briggs & Stratton UK distributor. His son, Phil, is now MD.
The company holds engine dealerships for Briggs & Stratton, Honda, Kohler, Lombardini, Kubota and Yanmar, and also supplies power products and spares for a variety of machinery.
A new website with an on-line shopping facility will be launched in the next few months, showing live stock availability and enhanced trade account functions.

College scheme boosts Selco team

Builders’ merchant, Selco, which operates a tool hire activity at all its depots, has filled three vacancies at its new outlet in Portsmouth by recruiting students through a scheme run by a college near by, in partnership with the local job centre.
From 11 participants, Mark Stallard, Stuart Green and Michael Hares were offered jobs after completing an employability and customer service course run by Eastleigh College, which also offers recruitment services to job seekers and employers. Selco gave each student a week’s work experience as part of their learning, to help them appreciate the nature of customer-facing roles.
Portsmouth Depot Manager, Rob Thorpe, said, “Ultimately recruiting nearly a third of the participants from the course is a fantastic achievement. The initiative enabled us to get to know each of the guys prior to employment, and to benefit from their input throughout their course.”
The new team members are being trained to work in all aspects of the Selco business, including the tool hire operation.

Acorn adds Volvo quintet

Acorn Hire of Staplehurst in Kent has purchased five Volvo compact excavators to replace older machines in its fleet. Proprietor Andy Glenie said, “We arranged a demonstration of both the 2.7-tonne conventional EC27C model and the 2.5-tonne zero tail swing ECR25D. We also asked one of our major customers to make an objective appraisal of them, and we got a very positive thumbs-up straight away. As a result, an order was placed for four EC27Cs and one ECR25D.”

New Hilti fastening tool

Hilti has launched what it claims to be the world’s first battery-powered fastening tool capable of driving nails into steel, concrete and solid brick, without the use of combustible propellants.
The BX 3 uses an electric motor and a belt system to tension two steel springs, which subsequently provide a pulse of energy of up to 85 joules when the trigger is pressed, says the manufacturer. The tool is powered by a 22V battery with a 5.2Ah capacity, and it is claimed to be able to fasten a minimum of 600 nails on a single charge.
The tool has been designed to minimise vibration, dust and noise levels, and work at height can be facilitated by using it with Hilti’s X-PT B3 pole extension for overhead tasks.

Ericsson replaces Jaguar at Ricoh Arena

As a matter of record, whilst we will continue to describe it as the Main Hall at the Executive Hire Show, Ricoh Arena has a new sponsor in the shape of communications equipment supplier, Ericsson, replacing Jaguar. Let’s hope as a result, the WiFi coverage improves!

GT Trax loads up with Multi-One

GT Trax, a Cambridgeshire-based hirer of temporary roadways and walkways, has taken delivery of a Multi-One 10.8 articulated loader to help with on-site installation.
The company says that, for some time, it had sought a machine that was able to lift and handle the panels used. MD Trevor Tinker says he first saw the Multi-One at the Executive Hire Show and arranged for a demonstration. “The machine has excelled in all departments, and it can be used with a number of attachments, which means that most of our challenges on site can be overcome.”

CPA drafts new guidance

CPA technical staff have devised a first draft of new guidance on the safe use of suction and vacuum excavators used in clearing ground around buried services and other sensitive areas.
The guidance, which is expected to be completed by early 2017, will address a range of operational procedures, as well as the training of personnel and emergency actions, and will encompass truck-mounted, trailer-mounted, self-propelled and static suction types of equipment. It will also cover legislative requirements for hirers and operators.

Charles Wilson chooses inspHire

Charles Wilson Engineers has installed hire management software from inspHire throughout its depot network. It has chosen the company’s Office Edition suite, which is designed to integrate with the Sage 200 accounts program.
The Harpenden-based hirer, which opened its 17th depot in Manchester earlier this year, says that it needed a flexible and easily adaptable system that can be developed as it continues to expand its operation.

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