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Executive Hire News › Archives › June 2017 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Rocket Rentals of Slimbridge, in Gloucestershire, has increased the number of Bomag machines in its fleet with the purchase of six new tandem rollers, comprising two BW 80 models and four BW 120s, supplied in the hirer’s distinctive livery.
The deal was initially discussed at this year’s Executive Hire Show when MD Simon Tomblin visited the manufacturer’s stand, and the machines were delivered by local dealer CBL’s Bristol depot. The rollers were specified with Bomag’s Economizer system which is designed to show the amount of compaction achieved in real time for efficiency.
Rocket’s fleet includes BW 80, 120, 135 and 138 tandem rollers, BMP 8500 trench compactors and BW 177 single-drum rollers, all fitted with the system.
Bomag will be exhibiting at Plantworx in June, celebrating 50 years serving the British market. Our Preview of the Show starts on page 29.


Jetchem chooses Hatz

Jetchem Systems, a Lancashire-based manufacturer and hirer of specialist high pressure water jetting equipment, has opted to use Hatz’s 4H50 diesel engine to power its Sprint 120 model. Research and Development Manager, Duncan Alderson, told EHN, “We have worked with Hatz for many years and chose this 2-litre unit principally because of its excellent power to weight ratio, together with its compliance with current and proposed emissions legislation.”
Jetchem Systems operates five dedicated hire depots situated throughout the UK under the Superjet brand. It offers a wide variety of water jetting machines for long or short term hire.


A-Plant orders Doosan compressors

A-Plant has ordered more than 300 portable air compressors from Doosan Portable Power, said to have a value of £3m. These include 60 dual-mode 7/73-10/53 and 7/124-10/104 machines, with the others comprising 7/20, 7/26EG, 7/41 and 7/41G single and two-tool models, as well as the new 10/174 which is the manufacturer’s largest single-axle unit.
The dual-mode facility offers a choice of dual pressure and flow outputs which can be selected by pushing a button on the control keypad. Andrew Hatton, Business Director EMEA for Doosan Portable Power, describes it as a ‘two-for-one’ solution, replacing the need for two different-sized models in a hire fleet and giving greater operational flexibility.


Seven Samurais for Dale Hire

Dale Hire Centres has added seven new Canycom Samurai ride-on brush cutters to its fleet, which will be offered from its five depots in Braintree, Chelmsford, Halstead, Maldon and Witham.
Director Gordon Rogers said that he first saw the Canycom machines, which are distributed by ICB Plant & Machinery, at the Saltex exhibition last year. “We needed to replace our fleet so we invited our previous ride-on brush cutter supplier, and Canycom to demonstrate their models under very challenging conditions. We were very impressed with how well the Canycom performed, as well as the engineering advantages of shaft drive rather than belts, and the strength of the deck.” 
The Samurai is designed to cut through overgrown brush, long grass and wooded material up to 36mm. It has a low centre of gravity and incorporates hydrostatic drive. Dale Hire Centres has also become a Canycom dealer for Essex.


Mobile Mini expands its welfare fleet

Mobile Mini, which hires portable site accommodation and secure storage containers and has 16 depots throughout the UK, has made a further £1m investment into its mobile welfare fleet. It has ordered more Groundhog GP360 Fusion units from Genquip, which will result in the company increasing the number it has available by 50%, to meet growing demand.
The latest versions have improvements to the tow hitch, a more resilient plastic composite floor throughout and a smaller nose cone for efficiency.


New Nixon Castleford depot

Nixon Hire has opened a new depot in Castleford. The 3.5-acre site will see the hirer’s current outlets in Bradford and Wakefield merged to create one convenient location offering plant and tools, accommodation, portable toilets, welfare facilities and welfare vans.
The premises were previously occupied by Hewden’s Crane Division. However, Nixon’s negotiations were independent of the recent administration process. MD Graham Nixon commented, “The site has perfect facilities for each of the divisions we operate, but most importantly for our customers, it has excellent access and transport links to major road networks.”
The Castleford depot will be overseen by Tracey Stakes, previously Manager at Wakefield.


New Dumfries hirer adds Hilti

Dumfries-based sales business Billy’s Power Tools has introduced equipment from Hilti as it builds a fleet for its new hire operation. It will offer an initial fleet of 14 of the manufacturer’s most popular hire products including breakers, combi hammers and fastening tools, as well as a hand-held diamond drilling machine and an M-Class vacuum.
The equipment has been obtained through Hilti’s Fleet Management programme, whereby a fixed monthly charge covers service and repair costs for between two to four years, dependent upon the tool.
Billy Robertson, who founded the business in 2008, told EHN, “Tool hire had always been on our agenda, but we never stepped into the sector while we concentrated on our core business. While still very new, the immediate reaction from the local market has been very encouraging with utilisation high.” He is pictured, left, with Hilti’s Tool Hire Account Manager, Steven Young.


Successes for Trime (UK) 

Events Crew, a Somerset-based hirer specialising in equipment for concerts and other events, has added a number of X-Eco LED lighting towers from Trime (UK) to its fleet, for use at sites throughout the country. MD Brent Mitchell said the machines, two of which are pictures below, were chosen for their compact size, enabling more to be fitted on to a standard lorry, as well as for their energy efficiency.
Another hirer that has recently bought X-Eco LEDs is Eveready Hire, which has taken delivery of ten machines for its Watford outlet. Depot Manager, Jim Edwards, said, “They are whisper-quiet and combine environmental, fuel saving qualities with a robust build that is appreciated
by our clients.” Eveready also has branches in Leatherhead and Godstone.
• Trime (UK)’s CEO, Ray Caulfield, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 European Rental Awards in Amsterdam. “The judges’ citation described Ray as “a true veteran of the equipment rental industry, with a career spanning 52 years. In that time he has played a significant part in many aspects of rental - product development, training and the creation of environmentally friendly products. Just as important, our winner has always conducted himself with good humour and humility.”
Ray’s charitable activities resulted in him being granted Freedom of the City of London in 2013, having raised more than £300,000 for the Nordoff Robbins charity which, through music therapy, helps children born with mental disorders. “I am absolutely delighted to be given this Award,” he said. “I have worked alongside some very talented people throughout the years and seen most of them bring success to their own careers. To be formally recognised by the industry is both gratifying and humbling.”


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