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July 25, 2018

Jaama drives forward

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 11:00 am

Jaama has introduced new functionality to its Key2 vehicle management system to enables users to utilise the data available following introduction of the vehicle emissions and MPG (miles per gallon) protocol, the worldwide harmonised light vehicles test procedure (WLTP).

Claimed to be more representative of ‘real-world’ driving, WLTP has been described as the world’s toughest emissions standard, the software developer states.

WLTP test results have been applied to all new car and lighter van models since September last year. From September 1, 2018 all cars and lighter vans (Class I up to 1305kg) must be tested under WLTP rules, along with new types of heavier vans (N1 Class II 1305-1760kg and III above 1760kg). From September 1, 2019 the rules apply to all heavier vans.

Jaama has added new functionality to its Key2 suite to manage this information, which takes vehicle data feeds from automotive industry providers, to give a greater insight into vehicle performance for fleet decision-makers.

MD Martin Evans said, “Introduction of the WLTP testing regime is one of the most significant developments to impact on the UK company car and van market since the turn of the century.” For more information, visit www.jaama.com

July 13, 2018

New Hitachi circular saws

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 1:56 pm

Hitachi Power Tools has added two heavy-duty 185mm circular saws to its range.

The C7SB3, which has a 1,710W fan-cooled motor, has an aluminium base with scale, a soft grip handle and comes with an 18-tooth TCT blade and guide. The C7UR model has a 1.800W motor and aluminium base and comes with a 55mm bevel and an adjustable metal cutting line guide.

Both saws incorporate a blower to direct debris away from the cutting line, and a dust extraction adapter is provided. The tools are also designed to facilitate adjustment for precise 90° cuts. For more details visit www.hitachi-powertools.co.uk

July 4, 2018

Vanguard of productivity

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 3:18 pm

New from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power is the Vanguard 200, a 6.5hp (gross) engine which is the first release from the brand’s line of single cylinder engines introduced for 2018.

The engine has been designed for low vibration, less noise, easy starting and reduced maintenance costs for increased productivity.

The manufacturer states that the main components have been engineered to lower vibration levels by 15%, enhancing operator comfort. It adds that, to improve overall engine noise, its acoustic engineers not only emphasised reducing decibel levels, but also the perceived harshness of the engine’s sound, claimed to give a sound level that is 40% quieter than some comparable models.

The Vanguard 200 can run for up to 200 hours between oil changes and a cyclonic air filtration system, fitted as standard, extends the recommended filter replacement intervals to 600 hours. For more details visit www.vanguardengines.com/hire

June 21, 2018

Leica’s total solution

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 5:10 pm

Leica Geosystems has launched a new generation of iCON construction total stations, including the iCR70 and iCR80 models.

The machines are designed to increase efficiency on construction sites by automatically identifying the prism and automatically re-locking to it, should the line of sight be lost, to deliver a simple automated setup routine.

The iCON system, comprising the total stations, the iCON CC80 field tablet and an enhanced version of the iCON software, is aligned with Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes to provide a seamless data flow of fully rendered 3D design models, between the office and field and vice versa.

Leica says that users adopting the system report an in productivity of approximately 80% compared with conventional layout practices with tapes and strings. For more details visit www.leica-geosystems.com

June 12, 2018

Kohler takes Command

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 8:15 am

Kohler has launched the 14hp Command Pro EFI ECH440 single-cylinder petrol engine which has been designed for easy starting and economical operation through the use of closed-loop electronic fuel injection (EFI) technology.

The power unit has been developed for use in a wide variety of equipment, such as generators, chippers, concrete saws, welders, utility vehicles, stump grinders, air compressors, tillers and pumps.

The fuel management system does away with a choke and carburettor, and the closed-loop arrangement is designed to optimise the flow of exhaust gases for efficient combustion, greater economy and prolonged engine life. For more information visit www.KohlerPower.com

June 1, 2018

Rugged IBEA mowers

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 1:33 pm

Autoculture says that its latest IBEA flail mower models can deal with tall grass, brush, thistles and weeds quickly and efficiently.

The machines are available with a range of Honda commercial engines from 5.5hp to 14hp and the controls are designed to be simple to use. For steep slopes or uneven terrain, versions with a crawler tracked transmission are available.

Models are available with widths from 60cm to 85cm and the handles can be swung to the side to facilitate cutting under trees and along fence lines. For more details visit www.ibeauk.co.uk

May 23, 2018

Morris adds more Halos

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 3:24 pm

Morris Site Machinery has launched two new versions of its Halo anti-glare lamp head. The existing 1200W model has been complemented by smaller 600W and 300W models.

They all have an extremely tough casing and a soft diffused light output, and the glare diffuser, but the new variants are designed to offer value and fuel saving benefits.

The 600W Halo head, pictured, fits on to the company’s SMC TL60 family of lights, which includes trolley, skid and road-tow options. The 300W version is a single segment lamp head on a stand which can be angled to provide directional illumination for specific tasks. For details go to www.morrismachinery.co.uk

May 10, 2018

Bobcat planer duo

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 3:38 pm

Bobcat has added two more models to its range of self-levelling planer attachments for use with its high-flow compact loaders, namely the PSL50 (50cm width) and PSL120 (120 cm width).

The PSL50 has offers the same functions as the existing PSL60 60cm model with self-levelling, side-shift and tilting, and Bobcat says its size makes it particularly suitable for fibre optic installations.

The PSL120 is wider than the existing PSL100, a 100cm width model, and the manufacturer says this can provide 20% more productivity on applications such as road maintenance projects. For further details visit www.bobcat.com

May 4, 2018

Hilti’s green laser

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 10:18 am

New from Hilti is the PM 40-MG interior multi-line laser, which uses green lines that are said to be four times easier to see than traditional red lines.

Powered by Lithium-ion batteries, the instrument can be used to align, square and plumb by producing four vertical lines, as well as being able to display a 360° horizontal line. Hilti says the product is suitable for working at distances of up to 20m for tasks such as installing dry walls, suspended ceilings, electrical conduits, piping and HVAC systems.

The manufacturer has also developed technology to keep the conical axicon lens firmly in place and to provide long-term, stable accuracy, even in extremes of temperatures and humidity. For more information www.hilti.co.uk/pm40

April 23, 2018

Jaama adds fleet functions

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 1:48 pm

Jaama has added new functionality to its Key2 asset management system to improve customers’ fleet operating efficiency and to provide additional controls.

The company has overhauled the Vehicle Event Manager area of the program and renamed it Compliance Manager. Additionally, the software can import vehicle details that are the subject of a motor manufacturer recall, along with the ability to capture the related rectification work.

The new Compliance Manager module enables managers to create their own regular and one-off events relating to vehicles to ensure that they are not missed, such as servicing, MoTs and commercial vehicle inspections. For more information visit www.jaama.co.uk

April 11, 2018

Tackle dust with Armorgard

Filed under: Whats New — EHN Team @ 7:42 am

Armorgard has introduced a new COSHH-compliant safety product designed to protect tradesmen from fumes or dust whilst cutting or grinding materials.

The XtractaBench is a mobile workbench with a special perforated downdraft surface to draw dust and fumes directly away from the working area. The manufacturer says it is compatible with most air and dust filtration systems.

Terry Mitchell, MD of Armorgard said, “Regularly breathing in dust, caused by cutting or grinding construction materials, can cause life-changing lung diseases which can lead to death.” For more details about the product, visit www.armorgard.co.uk

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

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