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January 18, 2018

Get a lift with Hird

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 9:00 am

Hird Group will be exhibiting a variety of specialist lifting equipment at the Executive Hire Show in February. The company is the UK distributor for Manitex Valla and Winlet vacuum robots.

The Valla 22E DC electric pedestrian controlled pick and carry crane has a 2,250kg safe working load and comes with a new adjustable fly jib offering a 450kg safe working load at the tip height of 5m, and a radius of 3.5mt. Weighing 1,975kg, the battery-powered machine can fit inside in a standard trade elevator.

New also is the Winlet 1000 vacuum robot, which has a 1,000kg lifting capacity and is designed to give improved lifting performance, being able to lift from the horizontal to above the head, and suitable for work with glass panels. For more details visit www.hird.co.uk

January 17, 2018

New Off Grid hybrids

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 2:05 pm

Off Grid Energy is set to launch its new universal hybrid power unit at this year’s Executive Hire Show.

The gridtogo Ingenium Series, which has been developed to offer improved capacity and ease of integration without impact on cost, is designed to reduce generator running hours and to allow for the use of smaller generators. This improves fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and decreases noise.

The company will also display the hand-portable gridtogo Nano, designed as an alternative to a petrol generator, and both the single phase and three phase gridtogo Powercubes, together with other monitoring and system management solutions. For more information visit http://www.offgrid-energy.co.uk/index.php

January 15, 2018

Power from Chicago

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 5:04 pm

Chicago Pneumatic will show its latest heavy-duty hydraulic power packs on its stand at the Executive Hire Show next month.

Models on display will include the petrol-driven Pac P9 model that comes equipped with hoses and a breaker. The manufacturer says that the power output provided by the machine when running a 25-32 kg breaker is equal to a 20-25hp compressor operating a 32 kg tool, helping to reduce fuel and maintenance costs.

The company’s range includes petrol and electrically driven versions, designed to provide portable power for a wide range of applications in the 20-40 litres per min at 140-172 bar range. For more details visit www.cp.com

January 12, 2018

Boss Cabins launches static range

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 4:23 pm

Boss Cabins has launched a range of energy-efficient static welfare units to meet high industry demand.

The cabins have an ‘Eco Ultimate’ electrical system which powers an on-demand generator at the flick of a switch, reducing fuel consumption to approximately 0.56p per day, according to the company.

“The whole idea behind our ‘Eco Ultimate’ approach is that it reduces the use of fossil fuels by minimising generator run-time,” said MD Matthew Wordsworth, who is pictured, right, with fellow Directors Niall, left, and Duncan Wordsworth.

Boss Cabins offers clients a full service, starting from the initial build, through to aftercare service with an in-house parts, accident and repair and refurbishment facility. The business was launched in 2010 and now employs almost 100 people at its base in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

The launch of the static range comes on the back of a 120-unit order of mobile and static cabins from LOC Hire, based in the north of Scotland. For details of the new line-up, visit bosscabins.co.uk/all-cabins/category/static-welfare-cabins/.

December 22, 2017

Cordless Makita angle grinders

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

Makita has introduced two heavy-duty cordless angle grinders to its industrial range powered by twin 18V batteries, giving 36V power to the brushless motor, which is claimed to deliver mains-machine type performance.

The LXT 180mm DGA700 and 230mm DGA900 models will run at up to 7,800rpm and 6,500rpm respectively. Maximum wheel thickness is 7.2mm and 6.5mm respectively. Both have the manufacturer’s new Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) which is designed to shut down the tool to protect the user if the rotation speed suddenly slows down.

The tools also have Makita’s Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT) which changes the cutting speed according to working conditions. For more details visit www.makitauk.com

December 7, 2017

Storm from Dustcontrol

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 5:26 pm

The DC Storm mobile dust extractor from Dustcontrol UK is said to provide the same level of performance as the manufacturer’s previous models, but its compact height allows for easy transport in regular-sized vans and trailers.

It is designed to collect the fine dusts and materials created through common construction techniques and can be connected to floor grinders, cutting tools, chisel hammers and saws.

Several variants are available, and all have a direct-driven, three-phase turbo pump designed for continuous operation, heavy material transport, spot extraction and cleaning. The manufacturer says the pump also provides sufficient airflow for simultaneous multiple use when used as a central unit in a semi-mobile system. As standard the machine has a semi-automatic reverse pulse filter cleaning system and an HEPA 13 filter. For further information visit www.dustcontroluk.co.uk

November 24, 2017

New Himoinsa Power Cubes

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 10:36 am

Himoinsa has added seven new models of Power Cube generator sets fitted with FPT engines, together with an electric radiator and a frequency changer to optimise fuel consumption.

The newcomers are designed to supply between 411kVA and 579kVA for the 50Hz and 60Hz markets. They have compact dimensions, being housed in 10ft containers, facilitating transport and logistics. The remote cooling system, installed on the top of the container, is configured to optimise space.

Two of the new models, the HPCW 420 D5/6 and the HPCW 505 D5/6 can run at 50Hz and 60Hz interchangeably. These dual-frequency models are said to be especially suitable for hire companies with customers working in diverse markets. For details visit www.himoinsa.com

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

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