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ROCKET SET FOR BLAST-OFF
Rocket Rentals of Dursley in Gloucestershire has taken delivery of
20 Kubota mini excavators to meet growing demand. Supplied by dealer, Chepstow Construction Equipment, the order comprised four U17-4 models, six U27-4s, five U55-4 machines and five KX057-4s.
“We now have 60 Kubota minis in our total fleet of 300 excavators, and the brand is now our preferred choice for machines of up to
8 tonne,” MD Simon Tomblin told EHN. “They are reliable, customers like them and they maintain their residual value well. In fact, we plan to order more in the near future, and we have also recently bought two Kubota RTV all-terrain vehicles for the fleet.”
To accommodate its expanding fleet, Rocket Rentals plans to move into larger premises by the end of the year, a mile from its current location. This will also enable the company to add tool
hire to its activities, complementing its plant and access machinery hire operation. “The new two-acre site is situated on the main
A38 road, with purpose-built offices and workshops, as well as a retail facility,” said Simon. “We see considerable potential for tool hire in our area, and we have been investing steadily in equipment for the fleet, from suppliers including Makita, Husqvarna, Belle and OX Group.”
A-Plant opens new Burton depot
A-Plant has opened a new depot in Burton-on-Trent which will offer equipment from both its Tool Hire Express operation and its FLG Services lifting hire division.
Service Manager Tom Hall said, “The new facility is located in the centre of the town, so it is easily accessible for walk-in trade, and there is ample on-site parking.” FLG will also offer a repair, testing and calibration service for customers’ own lifting equipment.
Hire Station adds Warriors
Hire Station has added 350 Warrior wheelbarrows from Altrad Belle, which will
be offered for hire and sale. The product has a tray made from high-density polyethylene that is claimed to be virtually indestructible under normal usage
and is designed for easy cleaning.
“We have specified the barrows with puncture-resistant tyres rather than conventional pneumatic ones,” Purchasing Manager Paul Smith told EHN.
“The steel used on many barrows now is typically so thin that a brick dropped into them from a height will go straight through them.
Users also appreciate the Warrior’s ergonomically-designed handles that are at the optimum height to avoid having to bend over.”
Genquip’s Scottish success
Genquip reports that the market for welfare units is increasing steadily amongst hirers north of the border, and that its recent participation
in Executive Hire Show Scotland in Glasgow, in association with its
sales partner, D&S Plant Services, enabled it to meet up with a good number of customers.
D&S MD David Paterson founded the business in Glasgow 14 years ago, and it undertakes servicing and maintenance work for Genquip’s Groundhog products,
as well as offering training. The manufacturer says that having a dedicated regional presence for the Scottish market is helping it win more business.
Nixon adds service vehicles
Nixon Hire has bought ten 7.5-tonne Isuzu trucks
for its nationwide service fleet, bringing its total
to 50. The vehicles have vacuum tank bodies for portable sanitation and welfare unit servicing applications, including waste emptying and fresh water delivery.
The split tanks can hold up to 1360 litres of clean water and 2270 litres of waste water, and the trucks have been fitted with reverse cameras, LED warning lamps and protection for pedestrians and cyclists. Group Logistics Manager, Graham Wood, says the vehicles have a planned six-year life, covering 50,000 miles per annum.
A&Y Equipment has recently supplied a variety of Yanmar and Ammann machinery to Selwood for distribution throughout the hirer’s depots network. Amongst these are several Yanmar mini excavator models, including reduced tail swing 1.5-tonne SV16 and
2.6-tonne SV26s, 5-tonne ViO50 machines and 8-tonne ViO080s.
Compaction machines supplied include Ammann ARX 12 tandem rollers and ACR 60 rammers,
as well as Rammax 1575 trench rollers, which are now fitted with extendable drums.
Artisan’s Advanced driving
Swindon-based Artisan Hire’s MD Chris Comer recently experienced being driven at racing speeds at the nearby Castle Combe circuit, in a new car belonging to Advanced KFS MD Ian Knight. As we reported in our June issue, Ian’s hobby is motor sport and he has recently bought a 330hp Seat Supercopa.
“We have a dozen Advanced KFS vehicles in our delivery fleet, including Plant & Go trucks and tail-lift units, but this was an opportunity to see something out of the ordinary,” said Chris, pictured left. “I went to have a look and ended up as Ian’s passenger as we did 15 laps at speeds of up to 127mph. It was certainly a different experience to driving a truck with a 1-tonne digger at the back.” Ian, whose main sponsor is chassis manufacturer AL-KO, says that, as a factory-built car rather than an adapted vehicle, the Seat can be entered into more competitions.
Boss provides Tower Hire solution
WernerCo Boss Zone 1 fibreglass access towers hired from Tower Hire Services enabled contractors working for BT Openreach to remove telegraph poles safely
and efficiently from residential gardens as part of a project in Lincolnshire.
“An access solution was needed that would get through narrow walkways and could be erected quickly to ensure minimal disruption,” said Neil Eltringham of Tower Hire Services, which has depots in Warrington and Wakefield. “The Boss Zone 1 tower was selected primarily for its non-conductive and non-sparking qualities, and it provided a safe platform for the contractors to undertake their work.”
Moore Equipment Hire
Grangemouth-based Moore Equipment Hire has introduced a variety of Hilti tools into its fleet, including TE 6-A36 cordless rotary hammers, TE 30-C-AVR and TE 80 ATC/AVR combi-hammers, and TE 1000-AVR breakers, together with a DD 110-D diamond coring drill and a DX 460 powder-actuated fixing tool.
The business was established this March by MD Stan Moore, who has previously worked for HSS, Speedy and Hire Station. He is pictured, right, with Hilti’s Steve Young.
Volvos Already for action
Already Hire has taken delivery of six new Volvo ECR25D zero tail swing 2.8-tonne mini excavators, along with two of the manufacturer’s DD25B double-drum rollers, to meet growing customer demand.
The hirer, which has depots in Slough, Heathrow, Tower Bridge and Dartford, now has 26 Volvo minis in its fleet, ranging from the 1.5-tonne EC15C up to the 3.0-tonne EC27C model.
727 to take off again
The 727 hire brand is set to return this month, with the opening of 727 Tool Hire in Great Dunmow, Essex. It is being established by Ricky Ellam, who, with ex-Kendrick Hire colleague Barry Dean, co-founded the original 727 Plant Ltd business in 1989, which was subsequently acquired by Vp in 1998.
At that time it had six depots in London and the Home Counties, with its head office in Great Dunmow, and the business has been able to secure the same premises where the company originated. Ricky Ellam, who has also previously worked with Speedy and GAP, says 727 Tool Hire will offer a diverse tool and compact plant fleet, with a particular emphasis on concrete preparation equipment.
Irreplaceable Crosshire retires
We are saddened, both personally and professionally, to let you know that our Crosshire columnist has retired due to failing health.
In his e-mail, he simply says ‘the time has come for me to call it a day as I don’t want to end up writing second rate material which
I fear is inevitable if I keep going.’
Crosshire - the identity of the writer being one of our industry’s best-kept secrets - has appeared regularly in EHN since our July/August 1997 issue. Since that time, however lavishly-produced our Contents page is at the front of EHN, many readers invariably head straight to Crosshire at the back of the magazine. One hirer says, ‘Crosshire is my ‘go to’ article each month. It is always a topical and very informative read, with an underlying message, and is obviously written by someone with a wealth of experience within our industry. If every hire company took note of the message contained within each Crosshire, our industry would be in a very good position.’
Within a couple of hours of speaking to Artisan Hire MD Chris Comer on a separate issue, he penned the following eloquent tribute. ‘The date was August 1997 when Oasis released their
third album ‘Be Here Now’, and we lost Diana, Princess of Wales. Back then, a new column appeared in EHN, called Crosshire. I was a mere lad of 25, having been in our hire industry for almost ten
years, when I first read about this seemingly grumpy chap who suffered the very same problems that were occurring on a daily basis in my working life.
‘Crosshire topics throughout the months and years that I have avidly read the column were always current with what was happening at the sharp end of our business. Whatever scenario Crosshire considered, these same issues were being re-enacted by hire controllers throughout the UK. Every hirer, from directors to workshop engineers, could relate to his often hilarious anecdotes
of life in our industry. Crosshire - and his team of Young Arnold,
Big Fred and Rocket Raymond - will all be sorely missed.’
And so say all at EHN. Crosshire has been an integral part of our magazine for nearly 20 years and the column is impossible to replace. It is with great sadness that we must now retire the Crosshire column. However,
we will be scouring our industry for a worthy replacement for this great man. Do you know of anyone? If you do, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.