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April 3, 2018

Inverter generator from Cat

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 7:48 am

Caterpillar has introduced its first portable inverter generator, the Cat INV2000, which offers the capability of linking two units together to double the power output.

The machine is rated at 1,800W with a maximum output of 2,000W, and it is designed to produce spike-free power suitable for sensitive electronic equipment.

Along with two 230V 13A outlets, the generator has two built-in USB ports for charging devices such as phones, tablets and Bluetooth speakers. The unit also has a 12V battery charging outlet, along with a cable, for charging automotive style batteries. For more information visit www.cat.com/homeandoutdoor

March 27, 2018

JCB develops electric mini

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 2:25 pm

JCB has developed its first ever electric digger in response to demand for a zero emissions machine which can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas.

The 19C-1 E-Tec has an electric motor and three advanced Lithium-ion battery packs, to deliver a full energy capacity of 15kWh. The 1.9-tonne machine can be charged from a standard 230V supply, and JCB states that it can dig with the same speed and power as its diesel counterpart.

A ‘super-fast’ charging option will also be available for the new model, which is due for launch towards the end of this year, designed to reduce the re-charge time to 2.5 hours.

Speaking at the unveiling at JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Chairman Lord Bamford said, “With urbanisation, machines are operating more closely to people as well as digging underground, indoors, near hospitals and in food production environments. As a result, there is a new zero emissions sector emerging and it’s emerging very quickly. It’s for this reason we have put ourselves at the forefront of alternative power technologies and developed the first ever electric JCB digger.”

EHN will report on the 19C-1 E-Tec in more depth in our April/May issue, along with other new JCB product developments.

March 12, 2018

Ride-on shot blaster from National Flooring

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 12:37 pm

National Flooring Equipment has introduced released the A12 ride-on shot blaster, targeted particularly at contractors working in larger applications, such as airports, highways and bridge decks.

The machine is designed for compactness and manoeuvrability, and is powered by propane, removing the need for charging batteries or sourcing an electrical supply. It also has an internal dust collector with a Hepa filter.

The manufacturer says that the machine offers a particular benefit in being a self-contained unit, with no additional equipment or trailing leads being required, which enables it to be moved quickly to make way for on-site vehicles. For more information visit www.nationalequipment.com

March 9, 2018

Leica launches Lino lasers

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 1:50 pm

Leica Geosystems has introduced the new Lino series of cross and point line lasers, which have been designed for enhanced laser visibility.

The self-levelling units can be operated with Lithium-ion rechargeable or alkaline batteries, or can be connected directly to the power supply, for uninterrupted use. A versatile adapter system incorporating is designed to enable the lasers to be positioned quickly and simply.

Versions producing red and green laser lines are available. The green laser diodes are up to four times more visible, facilitating work in bright ambient light conditions. Vertical and horizontal alignment of the lines and points is very easy with these new self-levelling lasers. For further information go to: https://lasers.leica-geosystems.com/lino/l2p5g

March 2, 2018

Quiet light from Atlas Copco

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 9:06 am

Atlas Copco has introduced what it describes as an ultra-quiet, diesel-driven LED mobile lighting tower for use in urban and residential areas.

The re-designed HiLight B5+ is claimed to operate at noise levels as low as 55dBA and is targeted at users at events, temporary public lighting or construction sites.

The manufacturer states that the machine can illuminate an area of 5,000m2 at an average level of 20 lux, and that its compact dimensions enable up to 22 units to be transported on a single 13m truck.

The HiLight B5+ also incorporates SmartMast technology using in-built sensors to detect adverse environmental conditions, such as high winds. The system is designed to automatically lower the mast when safety or stability is compromised, and to provide stability assistance when installing the machine on irregular surfaces. For more details visit www.atlascopcogroup.com

February 6, 2018

Point of Rental flies high

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:52 am

Besides promoting their hire software and mobile resource management systems at the Executive Hire Show which opens tomorrow, Point of Rental and TSO Mobile will be holding a competition to win a drone and a virtual reality headset on both days.

Visitors to the stand who complete an entry form will be entered into a prize draw, with the winners being notified via phone or email before the exhibition closes.

The VR Skycontroller (pictured) has a 300m range and allows users to record high-definition videos while manoeuvring through the air for up to 25 minutes. A built-in GPS system facilitates navigation, while the goggles provide real-time viewing.

Point of Rental products include Elite ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, Expert hire management software for larger hire businesses, Syrinx for handling processes at hire depots of any size, and Essentials, a cloud-based system for straightforward hire operations. TSO Mobile provides mobile resource management and logistics services, including web-based software solutions. For details visit www.pointofrental.co.uk

January 31, 2018

Cat Compact products on Show

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 4:27 pm

Finning UK & Ireland will highlight its Ready2Go range at the Executive Hire Show next week at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The line-up is designed to offer hirers immediate access to various Cat Compact machines that are described as ‘available, accessible and affordable’. The three models included are the 300.9D 1-tonne micro excavator, 305E2 CR 5-tonne mini and the CB2.7 tandem vibratory roller.

As well as providing machines that are fully prepared and ready for delivery, the products are supported by Cat Financial with a range of flexible finance options. Each model also comes with a two-year service maintenance package, two-year unlimited hour warranty, and machine telemetry and tracking. For more information visit www.finning.com

January 30, 2018

Versatile Makita landscaping tool

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 1:45 pm

Makita has launched a 36V cordless multi-tool system for landscape maintenance tasks, together with a range of quick-fit attachments, running off twin 18V batteries.

The manufacturer states that the DUX60Z LXT is similar in terms of power and performance to petrol engine equivalents, while offering low noise and emissions.

It has a split-shaft motor unit with an effective output of 600W and a three-speed drive system that will run up to 9,700rpm in Hi mode, 8,200rpm in Medium setting and 5,700pm at Lo speed.

The tool also has, Makita’s Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) that shuts down power if the rotation speed suddenly reduces, or if the blade or line head snags. Attachments available include a brush cutter, line trimmer, cultivator, pole saw, hedge trimmer and lawn edger, as well as a pole extension for the pole saw and hedge trimmer. For more details visit www.makitauk.com

January 29, 2018

V-TUF shows how to accessorise

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 10:29 am

In September 2017, V-TUF launched its V-TUF M-Class Vacuum to provide an affordable solution to tradesmen and construction professionals.

The company reports that, following the product’s success, it has since introduced the V-TUF Synergy, an auxiliary plug adaptor enabling the synchronised use of a dust extraction vacuum with power tools.

Also launched at the end of November was the V-TUF Cobra, a shave hook dust extraction accessory focused on removing dust and small shavings during the removal of paintwork on wood surfaces.

V-TUF’s technical team will be demonstrating the dust extraction vacuum and newly launched accessories at the Executive Hire Show on 7 and 8 February at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. For more details about the products, go to www.v-tuf.com

January 23, 2018

Seddons to unveil Honda generator

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 4:05 pm

Seddons will unveil the new Honda EU22i portable generator on its stand at the Executive Hire Show next month.

The machine delivers 2,200W, representing a 200W increase over the previous model. Designed to meet the Euro5 emissions regulations, it has a Honda GXR120 engine, developed for low levels of noise and fuel consumption.

The EU22i provides clean and stable electricity to charge devices such as laptops, tablets and mobiles, and has an Eco-throttle mode to adjust engine speed to match electrical output with load, when maximum output is not required. For more details visit www.honda.co.uk/eu22

January 22, 2018

Shine with PPC Stars

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 12:55 pm

PPC Stars, an online marketing agency, will promote the various ways it can help hire companies raise their profile when it exhibits at the Executive Hire Show next month.

The company uses various digital marketing techniques in order to help a business get noticed and to drive more traffic to its website, promoting its message to customers in a crowded market place and targeting the right audience.

PPC Stars specialises in SEO (search engine optimisation), pay-per-click services, social media and website design, as well as providing professional website packages specifically designed for the tool and plant hire industry. For details visit www.ppcstars.co.uk

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.

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