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November 10, 2017

inspHire reaches Xero

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 5:54 pm

Integration with the Xero accounts package is now available with inspHire’s hire management software.

The company says this can significantly reduce administrative duties for users, as financial data entered into inspHire will automatically be posted to Xero. They can also automate month-end procedures and produce invoices rapidly, streamlining the cash flow process.

MD Graham Dobbs said, “Some customers had requested the ability to integrate with Xero and we frequently took new enquiries from businesses that were already using it. Therefore, to ensure our software continues to help streamline processes and make managing every aspect of a hire business easier, we made the decision to develop integration with Xero.” For more details visit www.inspHire.com

November 3, 2017

Hitachi tools to re-brand

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:55 am

Hitachi Koki Co. Ltd has announced that it will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co. Ltd from 1 June 1 2018, and will re-brand its line of Hitachi power tools under the new name, HiKOKI, effective from 1 October next year.

The company says its decision follows its new partnership with private equity group, KKR. It is also establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters, called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in Dusseldorf. This will commence operations later this month and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe.

October 30, 2017

Hilti diamond coring tool

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 5:00 pm

Hilti has launched the DD 30-W diamond coring tool which it describes as a faster, quieter and virtually vibration-free alternative to hammer drilling.

The manufacturer believes the tool is particularly suitable for applications where there is a need to make serial anchor holes in heavily reinforced concrete, especially in noise-sensitive environments.

The DD 30-W is said to be up to five times faster than conventional hammer drilling and, as it is impact-free, creates less vibration which also enables it to work on brittle materials like marble, tile and natural stone.

It incorporates a system called TopSpin that changes an eccentric rotation of the core bit into a backward-and-forward motion. This is claimed to minimise the contact force for fast drilling through rebar. The tool is capable of drilling to depths of up to 60cm, has a keyless chuck system makes and can accept core bits ranging from 8-35mm in diameter. For details visit www.hilti.co.uk

October 12, 2017

Tough Atlas Copco compressor

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:36 am

Atlas Copco has updated its XATS 138 single-axle portable compressor to provide hirers and end users with a tougher, more versatile machine.

It will now come equipped as standard with the manufacturer’s HardHat polyethylene canopy, which is configured for lightweight, corrosion protection and crack-resistance.

The unit is designed to power up to four hand-held hydraulic breakers at once, and incorporates Atlas Copco’s PACE (pressure adjustment through cognitive electronics) system to match air flow and pressure to a specific application needs. For further details visit www.atlascopco.com

October 11, 2017

Makita hammer duo

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 3:39 pm

Makita has introduced two new heavy-duty SDS+ rotary hammer drills that are available in either 110V or 240V mains configuration.

The HR2650 and HR2651 have an 800W motor providing 2.4 joules of impact energy and up to 4,600 blows per minute, and are said to be able to punch a 26mm hole in concrete using a normal TCT bit. They will also drive a 68mm TCT core or an 80mm diamond core through concrete, says the manufacturer.

The tools have a one-touch sliding SDS+ chuck and incorporate a dust collection system fitted with a Hepa filter, as well as a removable transparent case for disposal of collected particles. Both weigh 4.2kg. For more information visit www.makitauk.com

October 6, 2017

Lyte up to Standard

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 9:34 am

The LytePod from Lyte Ladders & Towers has been designed to enable end users to comply with the requirements of the BS 8620 Standard.

Last year, the former PAS250 (Publically Available Standard) relating to podiums and low level work platforms was converted to BS 8620 by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and it introduced a dimensional change to side protection and modifications to two tests.

The LytePod has been tested and certified to the new standard for strength, safety, stability and rigidity, and to provide a high level of user protection, says the manufacturer. The lightweight product has only two removable parts, meaning there is less risk of components being lost, and it has compact folding dimensions, ‘anti-surf’ protection and saloon-style gates for easy access and egress. It is available in three platform heights, and for more details visit www.lyteladders.co.uk

September 29, 2017

Low-height chassis units from LCVT

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 12:25 pm

A new range of low-height chassis conversion vehicles is being offered by Light Commercial Vehicle Technology Ltd (LCVT) for the tool and equipment hire industry.

The business was initially founded by Operations Director, Jamie Varney, to design and manufacture bespoke racing car transporters and exhibition units, but the new conversions have been engineered for the rigours of hire industry usage.

The low-height conversion available for various vehicles, including the Citroen Relay, Fiat Ducato, Nissan NV400, Peugeot Boxer, Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano. Steve Elwell recently joined LCVT as Sales & Marketing Director, who can be contacted on 07795 383707.

September 22, 2017

Innovation from Makita

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:27 am

Makita has introduced the 18V cordless DRT50, which the manufacturer describes as combining the key elements of both a router and a trimmer.

The machine has a brushless motor and can accept 3/8in and 1/4in collet sizes, whilst alternative bases offer a 0-40mm plunge capacity with the trimmer base, and 0-35mm with the plunge base.

Three different model options are available, with varying additional facilities, including tilt base, offset base, straight guide and trimmer guide. A spindle lock and dust extraction nozzle is standard with all three versions. For more information visit www.makitauk.com

September 4, 2017

Clean success for Trailer Engineering

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 12:33 pm

Trailer Engineering reports that its range of fuel storage solutions are proving popular, being designed to last for at least ten years with polyethylene inner tanks to keep the contents clean and rust-free.

The company’s 950-Litre Polycube was developed to meet demand for a robust, stackable and secure tank which was completely corrosion free and fully approved. It adds that customers mainly use these ‘cubes’ for fuelling generators, but a selection of pumps are also available as options.

A 2,000-litre Polycube is also offered, and Trailer Engineering says it will launch new additions to its range at the Executive Hire Show in February. For more details go to www.trailerengineering.co.uk

August 23, 2017

Clean coolers with Scotts

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:32 am

Scott Brothers has launched its SB-901 Evaporative Air Cooler Cleaner, which has been specially formulated for use with this type of machine.

The germicidal and anti-bacterial product is designed to eliminate mould spores and to kill bacteria, leaving a fresh-smelling scent. Two capfuls are diluted per five litres of water.

The company says it has developed SB-901 to overcome issues of machines with dirty, inefficient filters, and that it avoids having to use fluids or disinfectants that are not specifically designed for cleaning evaporative air coolers. It adds that Brandon Hire is amongst users of the product. For more information go to www.scottbrothersltd.co.uk

August 17, 2017

Bobcat extends forestry cutter range

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:57 am

Bobcat has extended its range of forestry cutter attachments with a third model, the new FRC150ST, for use on its smaller S630/H and S650/H skid steer loaders, and the T590/H and T650/H compact tracked loaders.

The 1.5m-wide FRC150ST incorporates improvements over the previous FRC150 model and is manufactured almost entirely from wear-resistant Hardox steel, with a new fixed motor designed for greater efficiency. It also has a lighter drum with carbide teeth, new hose routing and offers greater manoeuvrability, says the company.

The attachment is designed for continuous work on bushes and trees of 100mm to 120mm in diameter, intermittent use for trees with a diameter from 150mm to 200mm, and occasional use on trees of 220mm to 260mm in diameter. For further details go to www.bobcat.com

July 23, 2017

Ammann’s lightweight plates

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 2:41 pm

Ammann has released the APF range of forward travel plate compactors, designed for increased performance, manoeuvrability, travel speed and climbing ability, as well as reduced vibration.

The new models, available from A & Y Group, comprise the APF 12/33, APF 15/40, APF 15/50, and APF 20/50. They are described as the lightest of the manufacturer’s plate compactors, with weights ranging from 69kg to 107kg and widths from 330mm to 500mm. The current popular APF1033, which weighs 54kg, will remain in the range.

The machines are designed for a variety of applications, such as landscaping and road works. They are also available with an optional water sprinkler, Vulkollan polyurethane mat and transport wheel kit for asphalt applications and the laying of paving stones.

A patented Z-buffer is inserted into the handles to enable precise machine control whilst protecting the operator from vibration, with a quoted HAV level of less than 2.5 m/sec2. For more details visit www.aandygroup.com

July 11, 2017

Castle Brooke on display

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:42 am

Castle Brooke Tools (UK) says it is responding to demand from hire companies who want to add an additional revenue stream by offering retail items.

The company has introduced a range of free-standing display units that are designed to accommodate either a complete line of drill bits, or a mixture of similar consumables.

Items of differing sizes and types can be displayed by adjusting the mounting brackets. The range available includes masonry drills, HSS drills, cobalt drills, SDS- drills, hole saws and wood drills. A selection of wire brushes will also be added shortly. For more details visit www.castlebrooke.co.uk

July 7, 2017

Efficiency from MAC3

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 12:16 pm

MAC3 says its pneumatic tools are designed to provide ergonomic design, high productivity and low energy consumption. The new P9 GP pick hammer weighs approximately 12kg and is available in versions with standard hexagonal and round shanks. It incorporates a larger handle for better user comfort.

Components are designed so as to eliminate the need for lubrication, and the tools have been developed for low air consumption which, the company says, makes it easier for hirers to provide an appropriate compressor. The manufacturer states that one of its 90cfm, 7bar (100psi) models is sufficient to operate any two of its tools. For more information go to www.mac3europe.com

June 29, 2017

New Makita cordless hammer

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 9:31 am

Makita has introduced the new HR166D 10.8V brushless rotary hammer drill, which has a similar appearance to its 18V counterpart but is a third smaller in overall dimensions.

The tool can run at up to 680rpm and generates up to 4,800 impacts per minute. Delivering 1.1 joules of impact energy, it can make a hole of up to 16mm diameter in concrete, 13mm in wood and 10mm in steel.

The SDS-Plus chuck incorporates one-touch sliding operation and has two modes, rotary-only and rotary hammer, selected by a switch on the body. For more details go to www.makitauk.com

June 20, 2017

CAT generator trio

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 10:10 am

Caterpillar has launched its Cat RP Series of portable generators comprising three standard models, ranging from 2.5 to 4.4kW and designed for use by both professional contractors and home owners.

The RP2500, RP3100 and RP4400 have multiple outlets, switchable between 115V and 230V, as well as 12V DC charging points/power outlets. The main functions are altered via an LED-lit control panel, and a multi-function display enables users to toggle between lifetime running hours, session running hours, voltage and run-time to monitor performance and to determine when re-fuelling or service is required.

The machines are designed to be compact with a low centre of gravity for stability, and an automatic shutdown engages when oil levels are too low. For more information visit http://www.cat.com/homeandoutdoor

June 9, 2017

New JCB attachments

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 3:13 pm

JCB Attachments has launched a new range of bladed buckets for its excavator, backhoe loader, Hydradig wheeled loader and compact excavators.

The buckets are designed to help prevent electricity cable strikes and water pipe damage in utilities applications, and to enable the excavation of tidier, flat-bottomed trenches.

Also new is a range of quick-hitches incorporating a spring-activated safety lock, and which are designed for reduced maintenance. For more details go to www.jcb.com/en-gb/products/attachments.

June 2, 2017

Doosan mini swings in

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:41 am

Doosan’s DX17Z mini excavator is a 1.7-tonne zero tail swing model which also incoporates what the manufacture calls zero house swing, whereby the front upper structure remains within the swing circle of the machine’s extended tracks, facilitating work close to walls and other objects.

The machine has a standard operating weight of 1749kg and a maximum digging depth of 2249 mm. Options include a long dozer blade, and it can also be supplied with supplied with an optional certified ‘object handling device’, which consists of:a boom load holding valve, arm load holding valve, hooking device and overload warning device. For more information visit www.doosanequipment.eu

May 26, 2017

Broad Husqvarna floor prep range

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 9:15 am

Husqvarna is looking to grow its penetration of the concrete floor grinding market through offering products from HTC Floor Grinding Solutions and the dust management equipment manufacturer, Pullman Ermator, both of which it acquired earlier this year.

The company states that floor grinding equipment and tools can be used for many applications, from levelling and preparing a concrete floor before adding a new surface layer, to polishing the material to give an attractive and durable finish. Husqvarna believes there is considerable potential for the concept amongst architects, property owners, builders and flooring contractors. For more details visit www.husqvarnacp.com

May 17, 2017

Extended Boss tower range

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 11:06 am

New to the Boss range of mobile access products from WernerCo are the End-Linked Tower and the Extended-End Cantilever, designed to facilitate working over obstacles and at height.

Made from high-grade construction aluminium, the End-Linked Tower has been developed for working across buildings and large machinery. It can provide a continuous working area by joining two Boss towers using a new step-through ladder frame. With a 3.2m fixed deck, the uninterrupted area provides a bigger working platform using minimal components, says the manufacturer.

For tasks in or above areas such as porches, garages or stairways, the Extended-End Cantilever frame system can be used to convert a double width access tower, providing an additional platform area of up to 1.8m.

The End-Linked Tower has a load capacity of up to 275kg per platform level and the deck area can be erected at varying heights. The Extended-End Cantilever offers a platform height of up to 6.2m. Both systems have an integrated ladder with anti-slip rungs. For further information visit www.bossaccesstowers.com

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