Hy-Brid Lifts appoints national account manager

Nik Fleischfresser will be the national account manager covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Celebrating storm recovery

Vermeer Corporation holds commemoration in honor of year-one tornado recovery efforts.

PERC offers resource about propane equipment

The Propane Education & Research Council released an online resource that details how business owners can improve operations by choosing propane-powered forklifts.

John Deere Construction & Forestry builds new training facility

John Deere recently completed its 7,500 square-foot facility in Coal Valley, Illinois.

JLG launches new parts-ordering platform

Online Express e-commerce-based system provides enhanced customer ordering experience.

Bureau of Labor Statistics releases June employment data

Payroll employment increases by 224,000 in June; unemployment rate changes little at 3.7 percent.

JCB announces North American Dealers of Excellence 

The annual awards recognize the highest performing JCB dealerships in the United States and Canada in the categories of customer service, product support and business development. 

Integrated e-commerce helps sell equipment

Alert Management Systems and partner to provide solutions to equipment rental businesses.

Yanmar to acquire ASV Holdings

Yanmar Holdings has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ASV Holdings Inc. (ASV) which makes compact tracked loaders (CTLs) and skid-steer loaders (SSLs).

LED job site lighting saves 200 million kilowatt-hours

Lind Equipment reports its LED Job site System significantly contributes to sustainable building practices in the construction industry.

Bomag appoints vice-president of sales and marketing

Cole Renken will be responsible for developing and executing short and long-term growth strategies.

Morbark appoints Showers

Jason Showers will be product manager of Tree Care Products.

Pro Contractor Rentals -- July-August 2019

In this issue:

Pro Contractor Rentals magazine July-August 2019 issueWelcome
Build your dream team

Rental Center
Dream team
Patriot Rentals & Equipment celebrates its first year in business with a team built from a well-prepared roster. 

Industry Outlook
Mini excavators
Industry experts share insights into rental opportunities with these versatile and increasingly popular pieces of equipment.

Rental Solutions
Tracked boom lifts add access
The Henry Hudson Bridge project proceeds with the assistance of JLG 400SC tracked boom lifts.

Service Tips
Engine replacement strategies
Why a new engine may be better than a new machine.

Build your Business
Maximize your telematics investment
How today’s OEM telematics systems can help improve efficiency and profitability.

Business Management
Name your price
Setting rates is more than looking at competitors’ rates; use it as a strategy to attract new customers.

These articles originally appeared in the July-August 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©Urbain Communications,LLC. All rights reserved. 





















Welcome -- Build your dream team

by Clair Urbain

Visiting with the seasoned professionals at this issue’s cover story, Patriot Rentals & Equipment, had a familiar ring to it.

Through no fault of their own, they were presented with an opportunity to band together and build on an opportunity to launch a business their way. For years, they dreamed of working together, but timing, until 2018, wasn’t right.

After the dust settled around the professional lives of Dan Martino, Tim Reiss and Tom Fasnacht, who had all worked together in rental operations in the St. Louis area, Fasnacht started the ball rolling, building the plan that could help the three finally realize the dream of their careers.

It’s a path that parallels my journey into owning and operating Urbain Communications LLC and Pro Contractor Rentals magazine and related properties.

The old adage, “Everything I have done in my career has perfectly prepared me for this opportunity” certainly fits the Patriot Rentals & Equipment trio. Each one in the group recognized the talents and strengths of each member. They also share a passion for customer service with a mix of savvy business sense.

Once they hit the ground running, they worked together to identify associates with whom they worked with in the past that they believed had the same fire in their belly for customer service and a passion for the equipment rental business. Today, they are a group of a dozen hard workers doing what they do best and more importantly, with a customer-first attitude they couldn’t fully embrace working for rental centers owned by investment bankers and run by bean counters.

Like them, I feel truly blessed to work with individuals who strive to do their very best and help brainstorm, develop, write, sell, manage and design each and every issue of this magazine. Not everyone has an opportunity to develop and work with a dream team!

I wish the Patriot Rentals & Equipment dream team the very best in the future and hope their story inspires you to follow your professional dreams.

This article originally appeared in the July-August 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©Urbain Communications,LLC. All rights reserved.

Business Management -- Name your price

Setting rates is more than looking at competitors’ rates; use it as a strategy to attract new customers.

Build Your Business -- Telematics-based fleet management

How today’s OEM telematics systems can help improve efficiency and profitability.

Service Tips -- Engine replacement options 

Why a new engine may be better than a new machine.

Rental Solutions -- Tracks add access

Crawler boom lift makes bridge rehab possible.

Product Focus: Portable compressors

100 cfm portable air compressor   
Whatever the project or job site condition may be, the Maxi-Air 100 Portable Air Compressor will maximize your jobsite productivity. Its heavy-duty, over-sized rotary screw air end runs at lower speed for longer life and fuel efficiency. Easy to use and start, the Maxi-Air 100 delivers 100 cfm and is equipped with a Tier 4 Final-compliant engine. It delivers powerful airflow in all climate conditions and is the worry-free way to keep job sites working.

Allmand portable air compressor
Airman portable air compresso

Fuel-efficient 100 psi @ 400 scfm
ANA offers the Airman PDS400S-6E1 portable air compressor that provides 400 scfm at 100 psi and is powered by a 108-horsepower Kubota diesel engine that provides best-in-class fuel efficiency at full load and more than 9 hours run time on a single tank of diesel fuel. A color digital control screen provides real-time status information to the operator; other standard features include gull-wing doors for easy maintenance, heavy-duty, weather-proofed steel construction and lowest in class sound levels – less than 76 dBa at full load. It is available in a dual pressure unit (PDS330DP-6E1) providing 375 cfm @ 100 psi and 330 cfm @ 150 psi.

High-pressure 185 cfm compressor 
Doosan Portable Power introduces the Doosan XP185WDO high-pressure compressor that produces 185 cfm and 125 psi, making it ideal for a variety of applications such as general construction, sandblasting, pneumatic tool operation, pipeline testing and fiber-optic cable installation. The XP185 can simultaneously power air and electrical tools when outfitted with an optional 4kW generator. The machine is equipped with two 120V duplex outlets with easy access on the curbside rear panel of the air compressor. An onboard toolbox allows for convenient storage of air-powered and electrical tools for safe transport and easy access on the job site. Powered by a 74-horsepower Doosan D24 Tier 4 Final-compliant engine with maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) aftertreatment system, the XP185 provides reliable productivity and fuel efficiency that adds money to your pocket instead of your fuel tank. It has a 10-hour run time at 100 percent load.

Doosan XP185 portable air compressor
APT portable air compressor

Compressor powers two breakers easily
The APT 110 powers two breakers with effortless ease, sources report. The compressor is designed for maximum performance and efficiency and is easy to transport. The canopy is made from extra-tough polyethylene, protecting the working parts and ensuring the compressor looks and performs to its maximum, day in and day out. The APT 110 features an ultra-efficient oil-injected air end and all air outlets are at the rear of the machine for ease of use. The reliable Kubota diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards without requiring exhaust aftertreatment components or filters. The compressor is easy to service with great access to filters, engine and air receivers. Options include cold-weather kits, aftercoolers, fine air filters and more on select models. It is trailer-mounted with road lights as standard.

Gas-powered portable compressor
Jenny Products, Inc. offers its J11HGA-30P single-stage, gas-powered compressor. The wheeled portable unit meets high volume requirements while upholding a durable, compact design. It includes a 30-gallon air tank and features a belt-driven single-stage, four-cylinder J pump with a high compression ratio for producing maximum air flow. It delivers 21.3 cfm at 100 psi or 20.9 cfm at 125 psi. It is powered by an 11-horsepower Honda GX gasoline engine. Pump temperature is kept low by the directional air shroud and large flywheel. Also, Jenny Ultimate Blue synthetic pump oil protects the unit’s pistons, crankshaft, bearings, rings and cylinders. The unit comes with two fully pneumatic tires, convenient lifting handles, manual tank drain, safety relief valve, large canister intake with replaceable filter elements, protected fittings and tank, regulator and outlet pressure gauges. Options include an oil sight glass, air line filter, lubricator and electric start.

Jenny J11JGA-30P portable air compressor
Atlas Copco portable compressor

Single-stage rotary-screw compressor
Atlas Copco Power Technique North America offers the XATS 250 single-stage, oil-injected, rotary-screw portable compressor. This compact, easy to move compressor gives the operator the added flexibility of being able to provide more pressure and flow. Pressure adjusts through cognitive electronics (PACE) technology so the operator can control the pressure of the machine, enabling multiple pressure and flow settings. The intuitive XC2003 controller is coupled with PACE functionality and adjusts the pressure in increments of one psi to as low as 58 psi to 100, 112, 124, 138 and 150 psi. With its HardHat canopy, it has the latest, toughest design and protects all internal components, keeping the machine as good as new and increases residual value. The unit comes with a spillage-free frame as standard with 100 percent fluid containment.

405 cfm portable air compressor
Kaeser Compressors’ M125 portable compressor produces 405 cfm at 145 psig and features Sigma Control Mobil controller for consistent performance over a wide range of pressures. It comes standard with an oversized fuel tank, the power-saving Sigma Profile rotary screw air end and heavy-duty Tier 4 Final-compliant Deutz diesel engine. The onboard Sigma Control Mobil controller enables variable pressure ranges between 85 and 205 psig to tackle the different pressures needed for powering breakers, cable blowing and high-pressure applications such as drilling. The optional clean air treatment packages make it an excellent choice for sandblasting and back-up plant air. The weatherproof canopy and wide-opening gull wing doors allow quick access to all components for easy servicing and also reduce noise levels. The steel chassis, torsion bar suspension, oversized tires and instrument and light package ensure easy portability and excellent road handling, while the high capacity, cold start battery assures year-round reliability.

Kaeser Mobilair M125 compressor
Sullair 400HH portable compressor

Tier 4 Final portable air compressors
Sullair adds Perkins engine-powered machines in its 375 Series of portable lubricated rotary-screw air compressors. The engines will be offered on the 375H, 400HH, 425H models in addition to current Caterpillar offerings. The units are powered by a Tier 4 Final emissions compliant Perkins 1204F-E44, 4-cylinder engine rated at 122 horsepower. The Perkins-powered machines feature the same durability, simple serviceability and maneuverability customers have come to expect from Sullair. Swing doors with slam latches on all four sides of the machine offer easy access and the units feature LED taillights, compressor discharge temperature (CDT) and air filter maintenance indicators for easy maintenance. The units use a Sullair 16-series air end assembled in the USA and an oversized 65-gallon fuel tank providing up to 10 hours of runtime at full load.

This article originally appeared in the July-August 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©Urbain Communications,LLC. All rights reserved.


Snorkel founder passes

Arthur Deshon Moore: 1924 – 2019

Product Focus: Skid Steer Loaders
and Attachments

New Holland skid-steer loader

Vertical-lift skid-steer loaders
New Holland’s L218 and L220 vertical lift skid steer loaders have 1,800 and 2,000 pounds rated operating capacity and bucket breakout forces of up to 5,550 and 7,300 pounds, respectively.  Overall efficiency is improved with the patented New Holland Super Boom vertical lift linkage, which delivers maximum reach at maximum height, allowing workers to precisely place loads in the center of trucks. The L218 and L220 feature a smooth, stable ride because of a longer wheelbase, low center of gravity and precise front-to-rear weight distribution. Self-leveling and ride control are optional. The wide cab is designed for optimal visibility and comfort and an industry-leading lower door threshold improves sightlines to the bucket cutting edge and to the trench, and the see-through roof provides a clear view of the bucket at full height. Rear visibility is increased with a large window and low engine hood with no rear frame towers. They are also easy to service with a swing-out rear door and hood for easy access to engine oil, fuel, hydraulic oil, coolant and radiator points all without tools.

D Series models
Caterpillar offers D Series skid steer loaders that feature a completely redesigned cab with a new lift arm design for improved sight lines and increased engine performance. The six skid steer loader models range in rated operating capacity from 1,800 to 3,700 pounds. The 236D and 242D are mid-size frame models and can be as narrow as 60 inches. The 236D now has a smaller platform size so it is a power-dense radial-lift-path model with 1,800-pound operating capacity and 123-inch hinge-pin height. The new large-frame 246D and 262D offer rated operating capacities of 2,150 and 2,700 pounds respectively. The largest 272D and 272D XHP are powered by a Cat C3.8 3.8-liter engine that produces 98 gross horsepower for the 272D and 110 net horsepower for the 272D XHP.

Cat D Series skid steer loaders
Case SV340 skid steer loader

Heavy-duty skid-steer loader
Case Construction Equipment introduces the SV340 skid steer, the company’s most powerful skid steer ever built, sources report. Rated at 3,400 pounds operating capacity and a bucket breakout force of 9,531 pounds, the vertical-lift skid steer provides extra power and performance, along with a stronger lift arm, H-link and upper chassis. It offers optional high-flow (38.7 gpm at 3,450 psi) and enhanced high-flow (35 gpm at 4,000 psi) auxiliary hydraulics for power and attachment versatility. Its heavy-duty 14 x 17.5 tires and additional counterweights make the SV340 the ideal operating platform for advanced attachments such as cold planers, tree spades and stump grinders. The skid steer can power more than 250 attachments, including the new Case sectional snow pushes, buckets, forks, brooms, rakes and more. The 90-horsepower FPT engine with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology eliminates the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF), and the associated downtime of other systems that require regeneration. The EZ-EH electro-hydraulic controls offer nine adjustable speed and control sensitivity settings that allows the operator to quickly switch between personalized settings for speed and control and to tailor machine performance to the application. The SV340 offers one of the widest cabs in the industry and the lowest entry threshold for easy access and greater bucket/attachment visibility. Routine service points are all located at the rear of the machine.

Battery-powered skid-steer loaders   
Triple E Equipment offers two mini skid steers that are completely battery powered that help companies cut operating costs, improve worker safety and help the environment. The compact Sherpa 100EHD is only 30 inches wide so it can get into tight and narrow spaces and be used almost anywhere. When safety is a concern, it can also be operated by remote control. It utilizes a microprocessor that works according to the programmable logic controller (PLC) principle, allowing users to get the most operating hours out of every recharge. The Sherpa 100 ECO is ideal for indoor demolition work. It doesn’t produce any exhaust fumes and is extremely quiet. While it’s less than 30 inches wide, its 2-horsepower front-mounted motor is quite powerful. With its 360-amp battery pack, it can run for up to eight hours between charges. Numerous attachments are available, including a grapple bucket, hydraulic hammer, vacuum system, pallet forks, auger and more.

Sherpa skid steer loaders
LiuGong skid steer loader

Skid steer loader
The versatile LiuGong 385B skid-steer loader maximizes productivity with features that save operators time and keep them at peak performance longer. With an operating weight of 8,250 pounds and 0.66 cubic yard bucket capacity, it has a mechanical quick coupler compatible with a wide range of attachments that makes switching implements fast and easy. Ergonomically located controls reduce operator fatigue in the comfortable, operator-friendly cab with easy-to-read electronic displays. Safety is enhanced by ROPS/FOPS protection and high-intensity LED light clusters on front and back offer maximum worksite visibility. The loader’s 72-horsepower Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine offers maximum torque with low fuel consumption and high reliability. The standard open-center hydraulic system provides a flow of 79 L/min.

Small-frame skid-steer loaders
John Deere offers four Tier 4 Final-compliant G-Series skid steer models: the 312GR, 314G, 316GR and 318G. The models promise reliability and serviceability with customer-requested features aimed at improving operator and machine productivity and uptime while lowering daily operating costs. They feature improvements in horsepower-to-weight ratios and an optimized boom design enables lift heights to more than 10 feet on the vertical lift models and a 20 percent increase in breakout forces on the radial-lift models. The vertical-lift design on the 314G, 318G) and 317G provides excellent all-around visibility with clear sight lines above and below the boom; the low-profile rear-hood design expands rear views. Flexible control choices on the 316GR and 318G allow users to choose between standard foot and hand controls, optional hands-only controls or enhanced (EH) joystick controls that are switchable between ISO- and H-patterns.

John Deere skid steer loader
Volvo skid steer loader

Revamped skid-steer loaders
The Volvo D Series MC110D, MC115D and MC135D skid-steer loaders offer more strength, greater capacities, improved safety and operator comfort. They have been revamped with a stronger boom design that provides up to 11 percent higher lifting capacities than past models. The cabs offer 30 percent more room and up to 60 percent greater visibility. The MC110D has a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 2,500 pounds and the MC115D has a ROC of 2,700 pounds. A fully enclosed attachment bracket eliminates the need for greasing and has a replaceable, reversible wear plate. The new visual indicator lets the operator know when the attachment is locked. The ROPS/FOPS cab offers more than 30 percent more room than standard skid-steer loaders. The wider side-entry door and new handrails allow operators to enter more safely without stepping over an attachment and require less effort to close the cab door thanks to a new cab air vent. With the curved single loader arm, large top window and narrow ROPS cab pillars, operators benefit from 270 degrees of visibility, which is up to 60 percent more than conventional models featuring the two-arm design. The forward-tilting cab makes maintenance easier. All maintenance points are arranged in a simple layout that can also be accessed using the large rear door.

74-horsepower skid-steer loaders
Takeuchi-US offers the large-frame TS80 series skid-steer loader with a 74-horsepower Tier 4 Final-compliant Deutz engine that delivers 192 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 rpm. The simple maintenance-free Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) does not require regeneration, cleaning, or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The Takeuchi TS80R2 radial-lift model has an operating weight of 7,950 pounds and a rated operating capacity of 2,825 pounds, bucket breakout force of 5,845 pounds, lift-arm force of 7,080 pounds and a maximum hinge pin height of 10 feet 5 inches. The TS80V2 vertical-lift model has an operating weight of 8,965 pounds and a rated operating capacity of 3,500 pounds and a bucket breakout force of 5,920 pounds, lift arm force of 6,200 pounds and a maximum hinge pin height of 10 feet 10 inches. Both models feature a functional and well-equipped operator’s station with a lower threshold for easier entry and exit. Ride control, bucket positioning and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics are optional.

Takeuchi skid steer loader
Wacker Neuson skid steer loader

Large-frame skid-steer loaders
Wacker Neuson adds the Series II SW24 and SW28 skid-steer models with the latest in enhanced cab design and service accessibility. Their cabs fully tip forward for complete access to all maintenance components. They have a simple, open mechanical design and efficient layout for less time on daily service checks. The 73.4-hiorsepower Kohler diesel engines feature a maintenance-free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system, eliminating the impact of extreme heat and downtime due to regeneration or the need for cleaning particulate filters. The models feature repositioned joysticks that promote intuitive and comfortable operation. The high-visibility cab has angled pedals and foot bed and conveniently located switches that significantly reduce operator fatigue. Operator access is easy with a wide door and step, plus there is no restrictive lap bar. Control options for any operator include mechanical hand-foot, electric-hydraulic (EH) hand-foot and selectable EH (ISO and H-pattern). The vertical-lift model offers class-leading hinge pin height; a variable-speed cooling fan maximizes efficiency, improves fuel economy and assists in cold starts.

Hands-free attachment changes
Bobcat Company introduces the Bobcat Bob-Dock hands-free hydraulic attachment mounting system. It is available for M2-Series T630, T650, T740 and T770 compact track loaders; S630, S650, S740 and S770 skid-steer loaders; and the A770 all-wheel steer loader. To connect an attachment, an operator lines up the loader with the attachment’s Bob-Dock adapter plate. The operator then presses the Power Bob-Tach switch inside the cab, which secures the attachment and automatically connects the hydraulics. To remove the attachment, simply retract the Bob-Tach wedges and pull away. The hydraulics instantly release, providing simple, hands-free removal. 

Bobcat BobDock attachment
JCB Teleskid

Optional canopy
JCB now offers an optional canopy for its Teleskid skid-steer and compact track loader, further enhancing the appeal of Teleskids for rental fleet owners and construction and agriculture applications. The canopy option provides a rugged, rental-ready alternative to the positive-pressure, climate-controlled cab that has been standard on all Teleskid machines since the product launch in March 2017. Both the cab and new canopy option provide a 33 percent larger operator environment and 60 percent better visibility than comparable machines, sources report.

Brush cutter
Solesbee’s brush cutter skid-steer attachment is ideal for tough clearing applications. The cutter comes in 60-inch or 72-inch cutting width and has a 6-inch cutting capacity. It’s equipped with three bi-directional blades powered by a high-torque piston motor and bearing housing. The blades are made with 5/8-inch AR400 steel and are housed in a 3/8-inch double clover leaf-shaped blade holder. The 3/16-inch deck sides are reinforced with AR400 steel for optimum clearing power. This brush cutter does not require case drains and offers a flow of 17 to 30 gpm.

Solesbee's cutter
Epiroc hammer

Breakers with dust suppression
The Epiroc SBU series hydraulic breaker range is designed to handle higher return pressures and are ideal for use in suburban and city areas. They come standard with an integrated water port for dust suppression, a feature that can assist in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) final silica rule dust regulations. They have a durable, slim and compact yet lightweight design. The integrated pressure relief valve protects the breaker against overloads to protect the breaker and increase the operator’s productivity. Epiroc SBU series breaker range includes the SBU 160 – carrier weight class: 5,000 to 11,000 pounds, SBU 220 – 6,000 to 13,000 pounds and SBU 340 – 10,000 to 20,000 pounds.

Vibratory roller attachments
MBW Inc.’s skid-steer vibratory roller attachments are one of the most innovative and cost-effective rollers on the market. The ATS smooth-drum and ATP padded-drum models are available in 73- and 84-inch working widths. All models feature hydraulically powered exciter systems lubricated by an oil mist design. They also feature a patented exciter shaft design that minimizes exciter shaft deflection, lower operating temperatures and provide the industry’s lowest incidence of bearing and seal failure. A knockdown blade is integral to the roller frame and vibrating drums are isolated from the frame, minimizing vibration transmission to the host machine. With low maintenance and high productivity, these rollers have become a staple in rental fleets and made contractor’s lives much easier, MBW sources report. The units have standard universal quick-attach system. compensating valve block and a patented eccentric shaft design.

MBW compactor
Kubota Land Pride sweeper

Hopper brooms
The Kubota HP3074/84 hopper brooms can help contractors keep job sites clean. The 26-inch diameter brush uses poly, wire, or combination poly and wire bristles to sweep dirt, aggregate or other light debris and trash into the bucket. The bucket shell is 3/16-inch steel and features a bolt-on cutting edge as standard equipment. The HB74 and HB84 are manufactured with an all-steel hood and has an overall height of 33 inches. For high-dust applications, the unit features an optional dust suppression kit. For applications that require additional width to reach curbs or along buildings, the Kubota HB can be ordered with an optional gutter brush, with or without dust suppression.

Hammer line
Soosan offers the SQ Series hammers for mini-excavators and skid-steer loaders that are available in seven models of compact hammers ranging from 250 to1500 foot-pound energy classes to fit carriers from 1,400 to 31,000 pounds. All feature quiet shock-mounted housing, only two moving parts and low cost of operation. Hammers can be equipped with fixed skid-steer or versatile combi-mounting bracket to fit an array of compact carriers.

Stumper stump removal

Mid-size stump grinder
The Stumper 240 is a mid-size grinder that chews up to 8 inches of stump per pass while still maintaining high- or low-flow hydraulic power options. The direct-drive system has no gear boxes or electrical connections to maintain. Built with the same robust, simple design of all Stumper models, the 240 is the optimal choice for small to mid-size contractors. The 240 is compatible with a mini and regular skid steer, mini excavator, backhoe and UTV.

Hydraulic stump grinder
MTB Mfg. offers the Baumalight S40 stump grinder that is powered by a bent-axis piston motor that can be matched to the skid steer’s hydraulic flow. The 1.25-inch thick steel rotor is the backbone for its 20 bolt-on carbide Green Teeth, making it simple to rotate and replace teeth. The extra-large blast shield is hinged and has dual rows of chain curtains to contain and control chips during grinding. The hinge allows the shield to be raised to get into tight areas and for easy access to the rotor and teeth. The swing control can use the skid steer’s internal control through its 8 or 14-pin AUX connection for standard skid steers or the 7-pin connection of Bobcat skid steers loaders.

Baumalight stump grinder
Striker line of breakers

Hydraulic breakers
Striker hydraulic breakers by Toku-America Inc. are hydraulic attachments that produce industry-leading impact energy while also increasing overall productivity. Models that range from 100 to 12,000 foot-pounds have patented, accumulator-free technology that removes pressure spikes and allows the breaker to be made with significantly fewer parts for lower downtime and overall operation cost. Models in the 100 to 1,000 foot-pound range can be interchanged between machines with an easy-to-use pin-and-bushing kit system.

Swivel log grapple
The Vermeer SLG46 swivel log grapple is the newest addition to the Vermeer mini skid-steer attachment line-up. Weighing in at 515 pounds, the swivel grapple helps haul materials around a landscape or tree care job site. Equipped with maximized reach and swivel capabilities to help efficiently load brush chippers, the Vermeer log grapple gives operators the ability to pick-up and transport material in a fluid and productive manner.

Vermeer skid steer grapple
Worksaver Grapplle

SATG grapple
Worksaver, Inc. offers the Sweep Action Tine Grapple (SATG) with a patent-pending grapple design that sweeps debris into the bucket, reducing clean-up time.  Material is moved into and retained in the bucket when the cylinder overcomes the spring pressure, causing the front rake to rotate toward the bucket in a sweeping motion.  Available in 72-, 78- and 84-inch models, it offers an open-tine bottom with its sweep-in grapples, making it ideal for handling site demolition debris, rocks, brush, wood and metal. The sweeping action allows operators to pick up small materials without leaving the cab, eliminating hand cleanup while leaving the dirt behind.

Auger attachment
The Lowe BP-210, planetary drive auger drive unit will add versatility to your hydraulic machinery. Made in the USA, the BP-210 features a Lowe-designed and -manufactured gearbox specifically for auger attachment use. Features include increased gear strength, stronger shaft support and a through-hardened alloy driveshaft. Shaft options include 2-inch diameter hex and 2 9/16-inch diameter round. Designed to operate with hydraulic flows between 15 and 30 gpm and offering efficient, high torque power, a 3,000 psi continuous flow motor, reverse direction capability and only two hydraulic hose connections. Easy-attach mountings are available for skid steer loaders and other equipment.

Lowe post-hole auger

This article originally appeared in the July-August 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©Urbain Communications,LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Focus: Mini excavators

Line of six mini excavators  
Case Construction Equipment’s line of mini excavators includes six models: the CX17C, CX26C, CX33C, CX37C, CX57C and CX60C. This lineup offers Case’s broadest range of sizes ever and provides a more comprehensive and feature-driven compact excavator solution to the construction, landscaping, utility and rental markets. The CX57C and CX60C provide greater power and performance than any previous Case mini excavators and offer best-in-class horsepower. They feature a variety of standard features designed to improve productivity and performance and have zero tail swing, short-radius or conventional design, adjustable boom offset and auto-shift travel system. An auxiliary hydraulic system with standard proportional controls, shut-off valve and easy-to-select joystick control patterns offer increased productivity, and a comfortable operator environment. 

The new models include: 
• CX17C: 16.8 horsepower; 3,910 pounds; bucket digging force 3,490 foot-pounds 
• CX26C: 24.8 horsepower; 5,520 pounds; bucket digging force 4,740 foot-pounds
• CX33C: 24.4 horsepower; 7,110 pounds; bucket digging force 6,900 foot-pounds
• CX37C: 24.4 horsepower; 7,990 pounds; bucket digging force 4,470 foot-pounds
• CX57C: 66.9 horsepower; 12,050 pounds; bucket digging force 9,550 foot-pounds
• CX60C: 64.7 horsepower; 12,940 pounds; bucket digging force 9,190 foot-pounds

Case mini excavators
Hyundai mini excavator

Upgraded compact excavator  
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas made a variety of improvements to its 3-1/2-ton class Hyundai R35Z-9A compact excavator. One of seven 9A series models, it features zero-tail swing for optimum maneuverability in confined work spaces. Also standard: a Werk Brau-compatible thumb bracket, diverter valve to easily switch between a thumb or attachment, proportional control levers with two-way piping, pin grabber-style dual-locking quick coupler and O/C piping, enhanced bucket design with lifting eye and two-piece tooth design for easy replacement, increased curve profile on dozer blade for better grade and cutting ability, an easily replaceable dozer cutting edge, a wider opening to the engine compartment, and a durable boom LED work light. The boom can offset 75 degrees to the left and 50 degrees to the right for close work along structures. Maximum digging depth is 10 feet 3 inches and has a bucket breakout force is 6,900 pounds of force.

Compact excavator 
LiuGong North America’s 9035EZTS compact excavator is its first zero tail-swing model in the 3.5 metric ton class. It is an ideal tool for utility work and residential construction. With an operating weight of 8,510 pounds, it tows easily with a 1-ton pickup truck. The 0.14-cubic-yard bucket with 5-foot 7-inch arm can dig up to 11 feet 3 inches and has a maximum ground level reach of 18 feet 9 inches. A quick-coupler allows operators to easily swap between bucket and attachments. It features a full-sized, ROPS-certified cab available in open and fully enclosed, climate-controlled options.

LiuGong mini excavator
Kubota mini excavator

Compact excavator with extendable dipper arm
The Kubota KX033-4 is part of Kubota’s KX Series that fits in the three-ton class but has the lifting capacity of a larger machine, sources report. Ideal for hard-to-reach areas, the KX033-4’s optional extendable dipper arm can easily extend an additional 31 inches for greater productivity. It offers a digging depth of 12 feet 2 inches and a digging reach of 18 feet 3 inches. Powered by Kubota’s direct-injection diesel engine with auto-shift and idle features, operators will also enjoy the easy-open front windows, deluxe suspension seat, cup holder, wrist rest and air conditioning. A large, easy-to-read digital panel is user friendly with simple settings and push-button operation.

Next Generation mini excavators  
Caterpillar offers four models in its Cat Next Generation (Next Gen) mini hydraulic excavator lineup in the 1- to 2-ton class. Engineered and manufactured by Caterpillar, the models are designed to provide users performance, versatility, safety, operator convenience and affordability. They offer joystick steering (Stick Steer) and a tilt-up canopy or cab, as well as new options, including air conditioning and expandable undercarriages across the range. The new models offer expanded choices for matching machine capabilities and features to the application. The 1.5 ton class 301.5 has standard tail swing and a canopy; the 1.7 ton class 301.7 CR offers a compact radius and canopy; the 1.8-ton class 301.8 has a standard tail swing and can be equipped with a canopy or cab; and the 2-ton class 302 CR is a compact radius machine with either canopy or cab. Dig depths are 7 feet 8 inches or 7 feet 9 inches, depending on the model, and an available long stick increases depth to 8 feet 4 inches or 8 feet 5 inches. Rubber track undercarriages are standard, with steel tracks available for all models.

Cat mini excavator
JCB mini excavator

Easy-to-transport compact excavators
The new JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators are easy-to-transport machines, configured to meet the needs of construction, landscaping and rental customers. The 19C-1 is a 4,211-pound conventional tailswing model; the 18Z-1 has an operating weight of 3,856 pounds and is JCB’s first zero tailswing machine in the 1-2 ton excavator class. They feature all-steel bodywork for maximum impact protection; rental-ready, durable design with protection for hydraulic components; 500-hour greasing intervals to minimize operator burden and reduce downtime; swing-out counterweight to provide full access to the engine bay; separate service-access door to perform daily checks; and integrated tie-down points to aid transport without track damage. The upgraded undercarriage has machined faces for optimal fit and extended life and a revised idler design improves ride quality and reduces track stalling in loose material. The redesigned dozer blade, with easy-to-install dozer wings, is available with standard arms or optional long-reach arms that enable digging close to the machine.

Compact hydraulic excavator 
The Takeuchi TB235-2 compact excavator has an operating weight of 7,474 pounds, dig depth of 10 feet 7.7 inches, maximum reach of 17 feet 3 inches and breakout force of 9,127 pounds. It’s easily transportable and offers excellent stability and performance. Daily checks and routine maintenance points are convenient with rear-engine access. Its triple-flange tracks maintain at least two points of contact at all times to help prevent de-tracking. The operator’s station is spacious and features an automotive-style interior with a multi-information display. Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) telematics system is standard equipment on the TB235-2 and provides free access for the first two years of ownership.

Takeuchi mini excavator
New Holland E37C mini excavator

Compact excavator with 4-way angle blade 
The New Holland E37C mini excavator combines power, performance and versatility to increase productivity on the job site. The C Series excavators feature a compact design and zero/short tail swing enabling workers to dig, fill and grade in the most confined and congested areas. Operator comfort is enhanced with a spacious cab and all-around visibility. 

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Compact excavator upgrades
Volvo Construction Equipment’s EC20E upgrades the Volvo D-Series models and the ultra short-swing ECR18E is an entirely new addition to the Volvo lineup. The EC18E features a rear overhang of only 0.5 inches when the tracks are fully extended. It has a top-mounted boom cylinder that’s protected during loading and braking, large tie-down points on upper frame for easy, safe transport, electric ISO/SAE pattern changer and purpose-built canopy with heavy duty pillars. The EC20E is the revamped 2-ton model that offers a 13 percent increase in tractive force, 22 percent increased lifting capacity at the front and 7 percent increased lifting capacity at the side. Additional features include: Auxiliary hydraulic flows that can be independently adjusted in each direction; optional second auxiliary line; optional auto engine idle and shutdown; fold-out coolers and electric ISO/SAE pattern changer. Both models are 79 inches tall and only 39 inches wide with the undercarriage retracted. Once in position, the undercarriage extends to 53 inches for excellent stability. They feature 50-hour greasing intervals and hinged access to fuel, oil and filters. Three cast-iron parts make up the counterweight and protect the rear while allowing easy component access to components.

This article originally appeared in the July-August 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©Urbain Communications,LLC. All rights reserved.

Volvo mini excavator

Rental Center feature: Dream Team

Patriot Rentals & Equipment is celebrating its first anniversary, but it’s built on decades of rental industry experience.

Industry Outlook: Mini excavators move up

Smaller sizes, increased power and hybrid-powered units open rental opportunities.

Brightstar Capital Partners forms InfraServ US, LLC; begins acquisitions

Acquires Gateway Bobcat, LLC in partnership with existing ownership and management; new capital will facilitate growth in consolidating fragmented industry.

Genie web site offers BIM tools

New web site features building information modeling for virtual construction in 3D and easier access to Genie product information.

Point of Rental, EquipmentWatch announce integration

Point of Rental Expert and Elite users will now have easy access to detailed specifications for their heavy equipment, thanks to a new integration with EquipmentWatch.

Genie names new sales executives in North America

Terex AWP announces the appointment of Joshua Meyer to the role of Genie vice president of North American Sales and promotes Doug Evans and Rick Penkert as Genie regional vice presidents.

Employment edges up in May; unemployment rate remains steady

Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up in May (+75,000), and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Get your AWP/MEWP questions answered

Genie experts to answer questions about the updated ANSI A92.22-2018 and CSA B354.7:17 standards.

Index sees construction Industry surging long with Economy 

The Marcum Commercial Construction Index for the first quarter of 2019 reports the highest levels of private nonresidential construction spending ever recorded.

Rouse Serices shares May 2019 Equipment Report

Early 2019 General Construction values have ticked up with auction values remaining relatively flat.

Takeuchi names technical trainer/content developer

Fred Hinton joins technical training group to keep up with the market growth Takeuchi has experienced.

MEWP supervisor training update

Check out this Genie A92 Minute on conducting supervisor training in accordance with the updated ANSI A92 and CSA B354 Standards.

JCB announces winner of the Win a Teleskid sweepstakes 

Chad Latta, Latta Earthworks, LLC in Athens, Ohio wins a 12-month lease on a special-edition JCB Teleskid compact track loader, plus $5,000 cash.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

April new business volume up 11 percent year-over-year, up 7 percent month-over-month and down 5 percent year-to-date.

Propane mowers create satisfied contractors

Latest Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) data reveals nearly all landscape contractors who purchase or convert one propane mower continue to buy propane equipment.

Brokk Inc. expands

Demolition machine manufacturer adds service/training center in St. Joseph, Missouri and hires two fleet managers.

Top tips for hosting VIP customers

Genie Aerial Pros shares seven easy-to-follow tips to assure a good customer event.

Trump ends steel, aluminum tariffs

Ending Section 232 Tariffs for Canada and Mexico a step in the right direction, reports the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Taking our electric future on - and off - the road

Anna Thordén, product manager, Electromobility for Volvo Trucks explains how buses, trucks and construction machines are steering toward an electric future.

NPK Construction Equipment purchases Genesis Attachments

NPK Construction Equipment , subsidiary of Nippon Pneumatic Mfg. Co. Ltd.  has purchased U.S.-based Genesis Attachments LLC and Germany-based Genesis Holdings  and Genesis GmbH.

Webinar on changes to MEWP standards

Scott Owyen, Genie senior training manager, does an extensive review of the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards.

Point of Rental to move to new North American HQ location

Company’s rapid growth fueled search for 35,000-sq. ft. Dallas-Fort Worth facility.

Engaging youth to technology

Felling Trailers supports area schools’ robotics teams.

Insight into Li-ion power for construction equipment

As Li-ion batteries come into use to power construction equipment, here are some interesting facts about how they are the same and different than those that power hand tools. 

Print ads most effective for all ages

Across all age groups, print ad are most effective at delivering memorable messages, according to research conducted by the USPS.

Food for thought: Building the case for buying (renting) local

May 5 to May 11, 2019, is National Small Business Week. Since 1963 this week has been designated to recognize the impact of America's entrepreneurs and small businesses.

ARA forecasts continued steady growth

Equipment and event rental industry revenue to surpass $60 billion in North America this year.

Workplace electrical hazards disproportionately fatal, costly

Electrical Safety Foundation International offers new workplace safety information to reduce electrical injuries.

Temporary power management alternative

Powr2's Hybrid Energy System (HES) eliminates wet stacking, increases service intervals and reduces fuel costs.

Terex AWP shares first quarter 2019 results

Terex AWP segment Q1 sales drop one percent to $ 728 million, and Terex AWP segment backlog remains stable at $1.1 billion vs. 2018.

Resources raise awareness of safe MEWP use

Genie AWP offers new content prepares customers for upcoming standards changes in North America.

Equipment Watch April 2019 market report

From February to March, both FMV and FLV declined by 0.6% and 0.9%, respectively.

Five ways new ANSI standards affect MEWP users

As standards fully come into effect in December, 2019,  changes will go into effect to create a more consistent approach to the safe use of MEWPs.

Epiroc USA appoints new general manager

Epiroc appoints Jon Torpy as general manager and president for Epiroc USA LLC, effective May 1, 2019.

Industry veteran joins MEC Aerial Work Platforms

Pat Schmetzer joins MEC as director, Product Training and Risk Management. 

Kohler shares its view on hybrid equipment power

Bauma show sets stage for Kohler's K-HEM hybrid electrical and mechanical combined power generation units.

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence eases in April

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market decreased in April after two consecutive months’ increases to 58.3, down from the March index of 60.4.

JDLink price reduction

John Deere Construction and Forestry Division announces JDLink Ultimate Subscription price reduction.

Case $25,000 Dire States equipment grant winner announced

Chapin, South Carolina wins 2019 Dire States Grant for East Chapin Sewer Force Main Project.

Haulotte Americas appoints U.S. general manager

Haulotte Americas appoints Shawn Boone as general manager of the Haulotte US subsidiary.

Volvo CE unveils electric compact models at bauma

Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled two zero-emissions machines – the ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader – from its new range of electric compact machines. 

Trade groups take on Trump tariff threats

Trade associations urge Trump not to impose tariffs on imported vehicles or motor vehicle parts.

Write a roadmap to customer satisfaction

Custom instructions and user manuals can guide renters to safe, productive use of equipment and tools that leads to a positive user experience.

Kinshofer acquires Hammer SRL

Breaker line completes Kinshofer product range.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame Call for Entries

Do you know a game-changer - an off-road equipment industry leader whose exceptional career accomplishments warrant recognition?

Grow your rental business with propane forklifts

New resource shares how propane forklifts in an equipment lineup can benefit equipment distributors and their customers.

Western Global adds rental and equipment sales division

John Cleary has been named the national sales manager of the division.

Training goes mobile

Learner Mobile introduces the market’s most versatile, affordable learning and training solution for employees.

EquipmentWatch launches new web search experience

New app now provides intuitive searching by manufacturer, model, serial number and equipment category.

Next-generation construction simulators

John Deere is rolling out its new construction simulators that further bridge the gap between the classroom and jobsite.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association releases February survey of economic activity

February new business volume down 24 percent year-over-year, 18 Percent month-over-month and 10 percent year-to-date.

Will automation ever take off in construction?

Volvo CE shares some insights from Paul Newman, co-founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor  at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

February Producer Price Index posted

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand edged up 0.1 percent in February, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

U.S. GDP will lose $290 billion due to tarrifs

IHS Markit reports tariffs will continue to raise costs for equipment manufacturers, reduce jobs.

ANSI-compliant supervisor training

Genie Lift Pro training includes a supervisor training course that meets ANSI requirements.

Auto pilots: What do customers want from automation?

Volvo CE’s Tina Lefebvre, global director Connected Services, and Koen Sips, vice president Customer Solutions, highlight how automated services are making every operator the world’s best.

Volvo CE appoints vice president uptime and customer support

Scott Young will be responsible for sales region Americas.

Automated self-checking introduced

Skyjack’s Self-Check machine shows remote system check capability. provides landscape/turf pros with tailored experience

PERC’s redesigned website offers landscape and turf management professionals a more complete look at using propane maintenance equipment.

Prepare for disasters

Take three steps to create innovative response solutions with ICUEE seminar.

OSHA offers carbon monoxide poisoning prevention tips

OSHA urges employers to prevent worker exposure to carbon monoxide.

Terex AWP announces Q4 and full-year 2018 results

Terex Corporation Q4 sales of $1.2 billion, up 16%; FY sales of $5.1 billion, up 18% and backlog up 19%; segment Q4 sales of $536 million, up 19%; segment FY sales of $2.6 billion, up 24% and backlog up 14%.

Next generation of Hy-Brid Lifts

Custom Equipment LLC announces the next generation of Hy-Brid Lifts to better align with individual user needs.

Manitou North America features rental solutions at 2019 The ARA Show

Manitou North America showcased rental solutions across its Manitou, Gehl and Mustang by Manitou brands at The ARA Show in Anaheim, California recently.

Show Report/Genie - Terex AWP

Genie introduces new models and technology to the ARA Show attendees.

Li-ion battery option now available

Genie GS scissor lifts equipped with Li-ion batteries are tailored for rental applications, performs in cold weather and right-sized for optimum performance.

Komatsu America Corp. purchases forestry machine manufacturer TimberPro

Acquisition expected to close on April 1, 2019, subject to completion of the closing conditions.

The Toro Company to acquire The Charles Machine Works, Inc.

Parent company of a strong portfolio of underground construction brands including Ditch Witch.

Business analysis: Top three issues in the equipment industry

Equipment companies used to compete mostly on product and price, but that was before customers could get whatever they needed with just a click of a button.

Product Focus: Pumps

Pump manufacturers share what's new in their pump lines.

Product Focus: Skid steer and compact track loaders

 Manufacturers share new models that fill in the gaps in their compact equipment lines.

Product Focus: Brush cutting and stump processing

Equipment manufacturers share new models to cut brush and process stumps.

Rental Center: Remove the friction

Partner Rentals aims to take the rub out of equipment rental, externally and internally.

Build your Business: 10 profit-building ideas

Even in good years, good managers must look for ways to add revenue to the rental business. Here are 10 tips to accomplish this

Business Management: Succession planning

Practical considerations when planning to sell your business

Service Tips: Tier 4-Final engine maintenance

Prevent wet stacking with proper sizing.

Rental Solutions: Pump alternatives

Are hydraulically driven submersible pumps a part of your pump fleet offerings?

How to select a submersible pump for harsh conditions

Register now for this free webinar sponsored by BJM Pump Feburary 13.

ANSI-compliant MEWP supervisor training launched

JLG Industries, Inc. adds MEWP Supervisor Training to its award-winning training program in response to the new ANSI standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) equipment. 

Rouse Services shares used equipment sales statistics

December market results demonstrated relative stability for heavy earthmoving equipment and moderate strength for general construction equipment.

Manitou Group posts 21 percent Q4 2018 revenue increase over 2017 

Q4 results makes 2018 another record year.

Volvo Construction Equipment sees sales up 27 percent in 2018

With fourth quarter sales up 21 percent and deliveries increase by 24 percent, the company ended its strongest year ever and commits to electric-powered equipment.

Job creation agreement expands

Workforce Opportunity Services and United Rentals Announce Commencement of Phase I of Service to Employment Program (STEP) Expansion.

Dynapac maximizes  uptime with Syncron

Leading compaction and paving equipment provider enhances customer experience through best-in-class fill rates. 

How data can build your business

From January 29 to February 1, the Ask Me Anything team at Genie AWP will be taking your questions on how to leverage equipment data in your rental operation.

12-step program to effective inventory management

The Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) is offering a free webinar to help you get a handle on your stock.

Construction outlook

Featuring FMI's latest forecast and 2019 outlook for U.S. and Canada construction.

New year, new website

Snorkel celebrates its 60th anniversary and launches its new website.

Equipment Leasing and Finance industry confidence eases further in January

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market eased further in January to 53.4, a decrease from the December index of 55.5.

BIM library expands

All JLG equipment models are now available for download. 

Volvo CE goes electric on smaller machines

Industry first: Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will launch an electric range of Volvo-branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators in 2020.

Genie Lift Pro training courses updated

Genie has updated its Lift Pro training programs to be in compliance with the new ANSI A92.22 standards for Safe Use and ANSI A92.24 standards for Training.

Producer Price index drops in December

The Producer Price Index for final demand fell 0.2 percent in December, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

New features for and

Updates expand site capabilities for easier customer access and more information.

Genie training courses updated to meet ANSI requirements

Genie has updated its operator training programs to meet the requirements in the new standards.

Bobcat warranty improves

Two-year, 2,000-hour warranty now standard on new Bobcat compact equipment.

JLG launches Crews Across America sweepstakes

This nine-month contest celebrates the company’s 50th year and the hard-working crews who use aerial work platforms and telescopic handlers.

American Rental Association’s new strategic plan

Two-day summit identifies future direction.

JLG Industries celebrates 50 years of innovation and leadership 

John L. Grove founded JLG on this day 50 years ago; pioneering the access industry.

Morbark acquires Denis Cimaf Inc.

Acquisition gives Morbark a strong, global mulcher attachment line and future growth.

Best practices for renting out equipment

Equipment Trader shares ideas for improving or increasing equipment rentals.

Bomag and Komatsu America make distribution pact

Company-owned dealers pave the way to new roadbuilding and construction market opportunities.

Grant provides $25,000 in free equipment use to one winning community to repair and/or build local infrastructure or other critical systems. 

2019 after-sales service predictions

Syncron offers a new whitepaper, 2019 After-sales Service Predictions: Powering the Journey to Servitization Through Maximized Product Uptime, that reinforces the value and importance of the growing service economy.

Show Report: What's hot at The ARA Show

Exhibitors offer a sneak peek at what attendees will see on the trade show floor.

Service Tips: 10-point check to hydraulic system health

Hydraulic system maintenance is a critical component to ensure your machinery stays in top working order.

Product Focus: Computer software and services

Check out what's now available in a wide variety of electronic offerings.

Product Focus: Compact wheel loaders

Check out what's new in compact wheel loaders.

Industry outlook: compact wheel loaders

Alternative to compact track and skid-steer loaders

Positioned for GROWTH

Capital City Equipment’s rental division aims to stay on the growth track as concrete, excavation and landscaping contractors take advantage of the active construction market.

Under new ownership

Welcome to 2019 and to a new chapter in the life of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine!

Season of giving

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has donated an articulated haul truck to train future equipment operators at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.

Paving school

BOMAG offers paving training programs to help operators and companies
get the most from their equipment.

Slight decrease in equipment leasing/finance confidence index

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the December Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI); this month’s index is 55.5, a decrease from the November index of 58.5.

Doosan Infracore North America expands

Opens 100,000-square-foot parts distribution center in Georgia.

Allmand Bros., inc. announces facility expansion

Expansion supports market demand and future growth for job site products.

Custom Equipment celebrates production milestone

Custom Equipment LLC announces production of their 10,000th Hy-Brid Lift.

New president and CEO for Kubota Tractor Corporation/Kubota North America 

Executive leadership changes continue to support Kubota’s future U.S. growth strategy.

BIM-compatible product library 

JLG Industries, Inc. has launched a BIM library on its website to assist engineers and building planners select the best size and configuration of equipment for a building project.

The silver lining of lease accounting

What organizations need to know about the new standard by Ralph Petta, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) president and CEO.

AEM hails North American leaders on signing USMCA, urges implementation

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) applaud the recent signing of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) by U.S., Mexican, and Canadian leaders. Here’s why…

 Point of Rental Software acquires RentalTrax

Third acquisition in three years expands European user base. 

“Ask Me Anything” event: Impact of parts on rental businesses

Ask Genie experts questions December 3 to 7, 2018, about how OEM parts drive business value for customers.

Hybrid power source introduced

Kohler presents the K-HEM, ushering in a new era of power generation that could have benefits around the world.

Hitachi Solutions America introduces Advanced Connect for Field Service 

New plug-and-play integration between Microsoft D365 F&O and D365 Field Service offers a quick and easy way to achieve seamless, end-to-end field service automation.

Terex Utilities shares tips for proper tandem-vane pump installation

Tech Tip No. 71 applies to certain digger derricks and aerial devices.

Beckler joins sales staff at Pro Contractor Rentals magazine and related properties

David Beckler has joined the Pro Contractor Rentals sales team as independent National Sales Manager.

ARA announces volunteer recognition award recipients

This year, the American Rental Association (ARA) honors  Frederick Dupy, Leon Kothman, Rick Long and Sam Castillo plus regional recognition awards winners.

LiuGong celebrates 60th anniversary, production of 400,000-plus loaders

LiuGong's 60th Anniversary Celebration was recently held at LiuGong International Industrial Park in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China where six new models were also introduced.

Electric heavy construction equipment shows promise

Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska have recorded groundbreaking results from their Electric Site research project.

North American rental revenue forecast to surpass $71 billion in 2022

The American Rental Association (ARA) five-year forecast updated in late October now forecasts equipment and event rental revenues in North America to exceed $71.7 billion in 2022, including $65.4 billion in the United States and $6.3 billion in Canada.

2019 Rental Hall of Fame inductees announced

Joseph Jabbour and William Veneris will be formally inducted on Feb. 17, 2019, at The ARA Show in Anaheim.

Genie expands its used equipment team

Anticipating an increase in demand for used aerial equipment in North America, Genie expands its used equipment team to support customers’ needs and market growth.

Vermeer Corporation announces acquisition of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

McLaughlin Group, Inc. and Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC come together as Vermeer MV Solutions.

Skyjack helps veterans STEP back into the workforce

Honoring veterans: Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division is working with their partners to help veterans step back into long-term permanent positions.

October 2018 produce price index rises

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand rose 0.6 percent in October, seasonally adjusted, the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand energy prices had the largest effect.

Equipment manufacturers want lawmakers to work together

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater asks for lawmakers to tackle important issues that affect the equipment manufacturing industry. 

Perkins opens regional logistics center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Engine maker charts a new course in data-driven global aftermarket support.

Custom Equipment appoints northeast territory manager

Paul Allen will serve as northeast U.S. territory manager, focusing on expansion and channel development of Hy-Brid Lifts.

Turfco adds Great Northern Equipment (GNE) as national rental sales distributor

Turfco Rental equipment will be sold exclusively through GNE direct to rental stores across the country.

Terex reports positive Q3 2018 financial performance

Terex Corporation Q3 sales is $1.2 billion, up 11% over 2017; Terex AWP segment Q3 sales $634 million, up 14% over 2017.

Terex shares positive Q3 2018 financial results

Terex Corporation Q3 sales $1.2 billion, up 11% over 2017; Terex AWP segment Q3 sales $634 million, up 14% over 2017.

Call out for editorial: Jan.-Feb. 019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals

Work is underway on the January-February 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals and we'd like to alert you to editorial opportunities that may be applicable to your company.

Manitou Group: Q3 2018 sales revenues increase

Compact Equipment Products division, which includes rentals, is up 26 percent over 2017.

Manitou North America unveils new models

New machines for construction, agriculture, industry and rental markets at annual dealer meeting.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity

September new business volume down 2 percent year-over-year; down 5 percent month-to-month; up 4 percent year-to-date.

Equipment fleet consulting products available

EquipmentWatch's new suite of fleet consulting products offers efficient solutions to large-scale fleet problems.

Terex AWP announces Genie vice president

Simon Meester appointed Genie vice president of global sales and marketing.

Volvo CE sales up 24 percent in Q3 2018

Continued momentum in Europe and the Americas, and good but slowing growth in China help drive sales in Volvo Construction Equipment’s third quarter of 2018.

JLG celebrates milestone

JLG has produced its 250,000th North American-manufactured self-propelled boom lift as the company nears its 50th anniversary.

Syncron announces $67 million growth investment

Summit Partners to fuel manufacturers’ journey to servitization.

Pro Contractor Rentals magazine under new ownership

Urbain Communications, LLC purchases the publication from Direct Business Media, LLC.

Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation updates 2018 outlook 

Q4 outlook forecasts 7.9 percent growth In equipment and software investment.

Point of Rental moves to improve mobile experience

Matt Gaffin to lead new mobile development team that will unify mobile experience across award-winning products.

Non-marking tires for telehandlers

JLG now offers innovative tires that prevent unwanted markings on the job site.

Engage for Equipment Dealers streamlines data

Hitachi Solutions America, has launched its latest addition to the Engage product line. 

September 2018 employment statistics released

The unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent in September, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 134,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. 

Case Construction Equipment announces 2018 Diamond, Gold  Dealer winners

Sixteen dealers across North America recognized for excellence in sales and support of Case Construction Equipment.

Point of Rental adds global director of Customer Care

Kristy Myrick, former Hilton director to bring extra hospitality to rental software.

Construction equipment sales outlook

Overall, auction volume is down year over year and as compared to the first half of 2018, according to Rouse Services LLC.

Service tips for mobile elevated work platforms

Ron Wixon, Genie’s national account service manager, shares tips on assuring aerial equipment reliability.

Milwaukee lands Komatsu facilities

Milwaukee's growing Harbor District is landing a major development with hundreds of jobs: offices and manufacturing operations for mining equipment maker Komatsu Mining Corp.

Perkins and affiliates to purchase IAT’s share of 400 Series joint venture

After a 23-year relationship between IHI Agri-Tech Corporation (IAT) and Perkins Engines Company Ltd. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., Perkins and its affiliates have agreed to purchase IAT’s remaining share of the joint venture. 

“Noisy expansion” for 2Q commercial construction idex 

That’s how Marcum LLP’s chief construction economist describes the newest edition of the Marcum Commercial Construction Index. produced by Marcum National Construction Services.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence increases in September

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation reports the September 2018  confidence in the equipment finance market rose in September to 65.5, up from the August index of 60.7.

Takeuchi-US hires technical trainer, content developer

Jim Ramsdail will be based out of Takeuchi-US headquarters in Pendergrass, Georgia and will train Takeuchi subsidiaries and distributors around the world.

Stanley Black & Decker invests in outdoor power equipment market

Stanley Black & Decker today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 20 percent stake in MTD Products Inc. for $234 million in cash.

Case telematics aligns with new standard

SiteWatch telematics portal is now aligned with the new Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) 2.0/ISO-15143-3 standard.

JCB acquires West Coast dealership 

Company buys five-branch JCB of Southern California.

Electric compact wheel loader concept

Volvo Construction Equipment's LX2 electric compact wheel loader delivers zero emissions, lower noise levels, improved efficiency and reduced operational costs.

Learn more about certified pre-owned lift equipment

Upcoming Genie “Ask Me Anything” event to address questions about certified pre-owned equipment.

August employment situation

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that payroll employment increased by 201,000 in August; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.9 percent.

STAFDA Tech Fair will be largest ever

STAFDA’s Tech Fair at its upcoming October 28-30 Phoenix Convention & Trade Show has 24 companies registered and counting!

Terex AWP announces changes to its aftermarket parts team in North America 

Under the leadership of Matt Treadwell, Genie vice president of Parts & Services, the Terex AWP aftermarket parts organization will continue to focus on customer uptime.

Terex to improve service parts pricing process

Terex chooses Syncron to help take global service parts pricing to a new level, sources report.

All Family of Companies names Columbus branch general manager

Rich Randall will cover south and southwestern Ohio.

Caterpillar to sell its purpose-built forestry business

Caterpillar, Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement with Weiler, Inc. to sell the Cat purpose-built forestry business.

Build your Business -- Grow from your strengths

The only sustainable way to capture new opportunities is to remain true to what your company does best.

Perkins appoints general managers

Mark Stratton appointed as general manager for large engines; David Goldspink is now general manager for medium engines.

Hitachi Construction Machinery enters rental business

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has acquired a 33.3 percent equity interest in ACME Lift Company.

Makinex announces new North American headquarters

Due to continued growth, Makinex has relocated its headquarters in Southern California.

State of the equipment sales process

Black Ink Technologies report finds present sales and marketing methods are fragmented and inefficient.

Terex AWP names new Genie vice president of Parts and Services

Matt Treadwell will work with the Terex global parts team to oversee parts and services activities worldwide for the Terex AWP business segment, driven by the Genie brand.

Terex Board elects chairman

Terex Corporation recently announced that John L. Garrison, Terex president and chief executive, will also assume the position of chairman of the Board.

Pettibone hires parts and service manager

Steve Vizanko has been named the new parts and service manager for Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC.

Nueces Power Equipment takes on Takeuchi line 

Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, the company will carry Takeuchi’s compact excavator and track loaders in their Houston and San Antonio locations.

ARA rental revenue forecast gains strength 

The American Rental Association (ARA), for the second quarter in a row, is projecting larger increases in rental revenue than it did in thefive-year forecast released in May.

How artificial intelligence is changing construction

After years of hype, the technology is finally here and can boost productivity, safety and other critical aspects of business success.

500,000 Cummins-powered vehicles recalled for emissions

EPA announces largest voluntary recall of medium- and heavy-duty trucks to replace faulty emissions control systems.

Tips on recruiting skilled workers

 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) August 23, 2018 webinar will share employee-hunting ideas.

July Producer Price Index

PPI for final demand is unchanged in July; goods advance 0.1% and services decline 0.1 percent.

Total cost of ownership metric can help maximize rental profitability

David Garton of Case Construction Equipment shares how to use Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in figuring profitability over the life of a piece of equipment.

BLS reports on July 2018 employment

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Venieri earthmoving equipment arrives in the United States

Applied Machinery Sales (AMS) expands its offering of material handling solutions to the United States market with the introduction of VF-Venieri loaders and backhoes.

Drones and construction equipment partner up

Komatsu and drone company Propeller Aero bring enterprise-grade drone analytics solutions to construction.

Doosan reaches worldwide milestone

Since 1978, it has produced more than 400,000 excavators and wheel loaders worldwide.

Case CE announces dealer network expansion, additions

Case Construction Equipment has announced several North American dealer territory expansions as the company continues to strengthen its nationwide dealer network.

BLS announces June employment cost index

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending in June 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Manitou Group evolves its brand strategy

The Manitou Group announces the evolution of its Mustang brand into "Mustang by Manitou".

Airo aerial platforms come to the United States

Applied Machinery Sales (AMS), expands its offering of material handling solutions with the introduction of Airo MEWPs (Mobile Elevation Work Platforms).

Mixed-fleet telematics standard gets ISO approval

Prepare now for download of the AEM/AEMP global standard.

Manitowoc lifts its service supply chain with Syncron 

Syncron Service Cloud allows global crane manufacturer to continue to improve customer experiences and financial performance.

Lind Equipment joins SmartEquip  

The SmartEquip Network currently supports more than 350 suppliers and is excited to partner with Lind Equipment.

Husqvarna refocuses its efforts

Increased emphasis on core brands Husqvarna and Gardena and restructuring of Consumer Brands division.

Vermeer plant devastated by tornado

More than 400 dealers in attendance for company’s 70th anniversary; few and minor injuries reported.

Upgrade hazard/warning strobe lights with LED

LED technology reduces power consumption while increasing the brightness of hazard and warning lights used in construction and utility vehicles.

Q2 Volvo Construction Equipment sales strong

Sales are up 32 percent, helping the Volvo Group to its best-ever quarter.

Black Forest volunteer wins Small Machines. Big Impact. contest

Neil Behnke, a volunteer with Black Forest Together, was chosen as the grand prize winner of the second annual John Deere Small Machines. Big Impact. contest.

Mobile work platform/aerial lift changes in a nutshell

Genie experts share the highlights of the coming ANSI A92 and CSA B354 regulations and what they mean to pre- and post-produced aerial lifts.  

Deutz Power Center Midwest expands to five service locations

Deutz Power Center (DPC) Midwest, located in North Kansas City, Missouri, adds Kansas to its coverage area.

Caterpillar names Digital Enabled Solutions vice president

Caterpillar Inc. announces that its board of directors has appointed Ogi Redzic as a vice president of the company.

Lee joins LiuGong as vice president of Sales and Marketing

LiuGong North Americaappoints Kevin Lee as its vice president of Sales and Marketing for Construction Equipment. Lee works out of the company’s Katy, Texas, office.

United Rentals To Buy BakerCorp.

Purchase price about $715 million; CFO William Plummer to retire.

Top 10 construction cities in the United States

Did your hometown make the List?

American Rental Association unveils new brand identity

For the first time in more than 40 years, The American Rental Association (ARA) unveils a new brand identity to reflect the evolution of the equipment and event rental industry.

Autonomous wheel loader

Volvo’s Zeux concept wheel l was jointly developed by Volvo Construction Equipment and Lego Technic.

ELFF predicts 5 percent growth in construction

In a recent study by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF), the near-term residential and commercial construction markets should continue to grow.

Midwest Equipment acquires Nighthawk Machinery

Midwest Equipment (MWE) has recently acquired Nighthawk Machinery to augment its tire and track offering.

Ditch Witch offers new vacuum excavation courses

New, comprehensive courses will prepare novice and expert operators for air- and hydro-excavation projects​.

Terex opens new service center

A new Terex Service Center has opened in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area.

Epiroc launches Marketplace

New web site for quality used mining and construction equipment.

Kubota Tractor Corporation purchases land

Future home for logistics campus and midwest division office in Edgerton, Kansas.

Future-proofing excavators

The excavator market has soared in recent years thanks to growing urbanization – with 2018 set to mark a record high. But what happens next?

New rental rate tool for fleet managers

The new Rate Group Report from EquipmentWatch determines average ownership and operating costs by size class for owned fleets.

Point of Rental names director of marketing

Lauren Harris, 2018 ARA Region One Person of the Year, takes next step.

Additional models approved for PERC's Propane Mower Incentive program

Program offers up to $1,000 back on nearly 70 more mower models.

Digitize the rental process

Increasingly, customers want to select, rent and pay online.

April 2018 equipment finance statistics

Five construction equipment lenders account for 74.5 percent of April total.

ASV adds Columbia, South Carolina dealer to network

ASV Holdings Inc. has added Thompson Rental Services to its dealer network.

Things your sales staff needs to know about the OSHA silica dust regulation

It could provide additional sales and rental opportunities.

OSHA proposes rule to ensure safe crane operators

It plans to clarify crane operator certification and reinstates the employer duty to ensure a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.

Hy-Brid Lifts appoints south-central territory manager

Custom Equipment, LLC welcomes Jesus Pedraza as its South-Central U.S. territory manager.

John Deere announces finalists of second annual “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest  

Public voting now open through June 24 on

Kohler gasoline engines names central distributor for Texas

Company expands its territory after acquiring small engines business from Waukesha-Pearce LLC

ARA Foundation announces 2018-2019 scholarship recipients

A record $94,000 in scholarships awarded.

Manitex invests in Tadano, Ltd.

Manitex International, Inc. recently announced the investment by Tadano, Ltd. of approximately $32.7 million in Manitex common stock.

John Deere extends compact equipment warranty to two years

Coverage includes new compact track loaders, skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact excavators.

Genie to host “Ask Me Anything” online event

Customers have an opportunity June 4 to 8, 2018  to ask Genie questions about customer-focused product innovations and how this mindset directly benefits them.

How to quickly capitalize on being busy

The American Rental Association offers ways to prevent your marketing activities from taking a back seat on your to-do list.

Deutz Power Centers become authorized Genie service centers

New service dealership structure expands parts and service availability for Genie aerial customers.

Doosan announces Hometown MVP Contest

Top award: Tickets for Game 4 of the 2018 MLB World Series presented by YouTube TV.

Deere-Hitachi celebrates 30 years

The companies are proud to celebrate more than three decades of their longstanding joint venture, the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation.

Long-term rental outlook looks even more rosy

ARA forecasts U.S. equipment and event rental industry revenue to exceed $64 billion in 2022.

Josh Nickell joins Point of Rental

Nickell takes a position as director of Global Strategy.

Polaris adds to its commercial national accounts team

Polaris Industries, Inc. welcomes Scott Smith as the new national account manager for the Commercial and Government Division.

Bomag hires new VP sales and marketing

Matt Cadnum brings more than 18 years of industry experience to North American business.

Ten telehandler safety tips

Terex' Genie training manager Scott Owyen share ideas to make telehandler operation safer.

JCB expands production in North America

Company will produce compact telescopic handlers near Savannah, Georgia.

Manitou Group announces new leadership roles

Manitou Group adds three new members to its North American leadership team.

Manitou Group achieves new quarterly record with 21 percent increase

High demand and inflationary pressures increase prices.

National Safety stand down events this week

JLG to participate in program to increase awareness about safety while working at heights.

Felling Trailers named 2018 Green Manufacturing Award recipient

Selects mikeroweWORKS Foundation as charity.

Terex AWP shares first quarter 2018 results 

Terex Corporation reported a strong start to 2018 with first quarter 2018 sales of $1.3 billion, up 25 percent vs. Q1 of 2017.

Deutz service center open house May 16

Facility in Elgin, IL sells and maintains Deutz engines, provides parts and emergency service.

Pettibone adds west coast dealer

Palmer Johnson Power Systems to serve southern, central California and Washington.

Service Tips: Mobile elevating work platforms

Maintenance can drive lower total  cost of ownership.

New vehicle leases will bring balance sheet changes

New IFRS standards go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

AGC offers guide to create a fleet safety program

The average fleet vehicle accident costs companies $59,000.

Suggestive selling

How to increase add-on sales without being sleazy.

10 ways to attract high-quality employees

How to recruit employees for small business.

Propane forklifts can lower emissions

PERC-commissioned study gives updated emissions statistics for greenhouse gases, pollutants.

Genie named Cat Rental 2017 Vendor of the Year

Recognition earned for being an exceptional partner.

Caterpillar announces executive office changes

As group president Rob Charter retires, Caterpillar Inc. announces changes in responsibilities for two group presidents and the appointment of a new group president.

Perkins SmartCap named a 2018 Gold Edison Award winner

Perkins wins at New York ceremony; awards celebrate 31 years of honoring innovators and innovation.

March Producer Price Index advances in March

The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.3 percent in March, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Komatsu America to move North American headquarters to Chicago

Open, collaborative work spaces, plus better access to O’Hare, public transportation and Chicagoland’s diverse talent pool all cited as leading factors in the decision.

Surrey, North Dakota wins 2018 Case Dire States grant

$25,000 grant will be used for city-wide drainage control and flood mitigation projects.

Epiroc adds Chicago Pneumatic excavator attachments

Chicago Pneumatic hydraulic excavator attachments joined the product lineup as part of the planned Epiroc split with Atlas Copco.

FMI issues Q1 construction outlook 

Group forecasts a 7 percent increase in engineering and construction spending in 2018.

New president of Teupen North America

David Kesser has been appointed president of Teupen North America.

Worldwide rental revenues increase 6 percent

Global Rental Alliance countries represent nearly $97 billion in combined rental revenue.

Doosan adds dealers

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, expands its dealer network with the two branches of ACT Construction Equipment.

ASV vice president announced

ASV Holdings Inc. appoints Justin Rupar as vice president of sales and marketing.

Case CE names Marchand vice president — North America   

Previously served as regional sales director for Canada.

February construction starts slide 3 percent

Dodge reports public works and electric utilities weaken, while nonresidential building advances.

Genie hosts "Ask Me Anything" online event

From March 26 to March 30, Genie webpage will provide information on rROIC and how it impacts rental businesses.

European tires: Understanding the basics

As Euro-style vans become more popular in North America, managers must understand differences in components that can significantly affect operations.

ARA partners with FutureTech Success initiative

The American Rental Association (ARA) and TechForce Foundation aim to raise the profile of trade and technical careers to support future growth in the rental industry.

Felling Trailers adds to sales team

Felling Trailers Inc. welcomes LeRoy Larson as OEM sales consultant.

Early-bird savings at Point of Rental Software’s conference

Seventh annual event builds knowledge and industry relationships.

Work Truck Show 2018 Innovation Awards

Workhorse’s electric pickup, J.W. Speaker Corp.’s LED headlight and the Carr van step take top honors.

AEM elects directors

Rusty Fowler, Rick Johnson and Bryan Rich take leadership roles in AG and CE sectors.

AWP rental market worth more than $24 billion by 2024

Greater focus on infrastructure development and worker safety driving interest in AWP rental market size.

American Pneumatic Tools has announced it will now be identified as APT.

Hitachi Power Tools to become Metabo HPT in North America

This name change applies to its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America.

Terex adds steel surcharge

In response to higher steel prices and recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Employment numbers increase in February 2018

Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities and mining,

Eliminate rental counter paperwork

Point of Rental introduces eSign Counter that makes it easy and affordable to collect electronic signatures at any rental counter.

Manitou Group announces 2017 results

Total revenue increased 19 percent in 2017 over 2016.

Virtual reality aerial training simulator

Scissor and boom lift scenarios allow operators to learn safe practices without the risk.

BlueBird Turf Products and Scotsco, Inc. establish partnership

BlueBird Turf Products and Scotsco, Inc. announced a partnership to benefit independent lawn and landscape dealers throughout nine western states.

IEDA Board of Directors news

The Independent Equipment Dealers Association adds three to Board of Directors and promotes one to vice president.

Rental center participates in excavation safety seminar

Durante Rentals and NY-NJ Takeuchi to sponsor the 2018 Rockland County Excavator Safety Seminar Series.

Genie certified pre-owned program launches in North America

Used and reconditioned Genie equipment backed by manufacturer’s warranty.

Oshkosh Corp. named a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company

Company is being honored for a third consecutive year by Ethisphere Institute.

Diggerland USA adds scissor lift ride

Construction-focused amusement park adds Genie scissor lift to its attractions.

Skyjack launches new mobile game

Aims to reinforce load capacity guidelines for its MEWPs.

Manitou enters North American MEWP market

Manitou announces a new line of diesel and electric mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) for North America.

Skyjack launches Elevate: more than telematics

Skyjack is disrupting the telematics industry with its newest service: Elevate, a fully customized solution designed specifically for off-highway rental fleets.

Komatsu America to purchase Pine Bush Equipment

East Coast distributor purchase continues to support long-term distributor growth and customer satisfaction goals.

Kubota Engine America introduces 1,000-hour oil change interval

Longer oil change interval applies to specific Kubota engine models; new models introduced at The Rental Show.

Industrial Truck Association names new chairman

Scott Johnson, vice president of CLARK, takes up the gavel.

New Takeuchi dealer for north New Jersey

Durante Rentals has been selected as the new Takeuchi dealer for North New Jersey.

Producer Price Indexes increased slightly in January 2018

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported February 15.

Dynapac North America partners with independent reps

Dynapac North America has announced partnerships with seven independent manufacturer representative agencies to provide sales and service to rental customers.

Celebrate 35 years of Point of Rental software

Cash prizes, drink specials and a Drone+VR giveaway at booth 1451 at The Rental Show.

Terex AWP releases 4Q, 2017 financial results

Terex Corporation reported a strong finish to the year, with Q4 net sales of nearly $1.1 billion, a 9.1 percent increase over 2016.

Talbert Manufacturing names top 10 2017 dealers

Talbert Manufacturing named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, as its top dealer for the 10th straight year.

Sunbelt Rentals launches user-friendly web site

The new site features an easier and faster equipment rental experience.

Second year for John Deere’s “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest

Building upon the success of last year's contest, John Deere launched its second "Small Machines. Big Impact." contest.

H&E Equipment Services to acquire Rental Inc.

Acquisition expands presence in Alabama, Florida and Western Georgia.

Volvo construction sales up 28 percent in Q4 2017

Full year Volvo CE sales up 31 percent, highest sales in company history.

New equipment line for commercial/rental use

Sneak peek at Generac Pro line coming at The Rental Show 2018.

Crescent Club memberships to dealerships

Ditch Witch honors its top 10 dealerships in 2017.

Morbark names Gold Tier dealers

It recognizes eight of its top equipment dealers, based on their performance during 2017.

Doosan Portable Power adds dealer

Doosan Portable Power recently named Six & Mango Equipment, LLP as an authorized dealer.

New Vanguard single-cylinder engines

Briggs & Stratton introduces the first in a new complete line of single-cylinder horizontal shaft commercial gasoline engines that can easily replace other engine brands in equipment.

PCA annual forecast revealed

Portland Cement Association (PCA) chief economist offers sneak peek: U.S. economy, tax reform, infrastructure key drivers of construction demand in 2018 and beyond.

Point of Rental continues to grow

New staff results in new locations.

The role of GVWR and GCWR in specifying work trucks

By Bob Raybuck, director of Technical Services, NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Genie redefines digital customer experience, Genie used equipment, Genie Lift Pro Operator Training and Genie Tech Pro Service Training sites receive a makeover.

Defoe appointed Atlas Copco North Region vice president

Eudes Defoe is responsible for managing the development and implementation of sales and marketing activities to achieve Atlas Copco’s targets and goals.

Able Equipment Inc. expands

Able Equipment Rental Inc. announced it has purchased the assets of Key Equipment Inc. of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania.

Point of Rental and uInnovate takes next step in user-driven innovation

Customers using Point of Rental will play an even bigger role in the software’s future.

Making sense out of telematics data

AEMP offers insights and online resources.

Get the lowdown on low-viscosity oils

As manufacturers roll out more choices, know how, when and where they can be used.

2018 ARA scholarship program

The ARA Foundation of the American Rental Association and its affiliate programs are offering 54 scholarships worth a total of $100,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.

American Rental Association elects new leaders

Bibbo named ARA president-elect; five new directors join ARA board.

2WD vs. 4WD boom lifts

Genie AWP experts share which is better for your rental operation.

Advantages of buying used aerial work platforms from OEMs

Check out the benefits of buying used equipment from the manufacturer.

Skyjack launches Building Information Models

Companies can now include virtual Skyjack models in their project schematics drawings.

Briggs & Stratton acquires Ground Logic Inc.

Acquisition of commercial spreader and sprayer product line supports growth in attractive lawn and turf market.

The employment situation December 2017

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 148,000 in December and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent.

Construction spending up 0.8 percent in November

Construction spending during November 2017 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,257.0 billion, 0.8 percent above October.

Tax reform: What does it means to small business?

Find out at a webinar on January 9, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EST, sponsored by the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) and Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA). 

Call for entries: third annual Dire States equipment grant

Case Construction Equipment to provide $25,000 in free equipment use to one selected community to repair and/or build local infrastructure.

IEDA 2018 annual meeting & expo in Orlando

Registration opens for Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) for its 2018 Annual Meeting, February 18 - 20 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Caterpillar extends full-machine warranty

Standard warranty increases 24 months or 2,000 hours for skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, multi-terrain loaders and mini excavators.

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment N.A. LLC renamed

Atlas Copco has announced Power Technique North America LLC as the new name of its Construction Equipment North America LLC, effective January 1, 2018.

Five things to consider in workforce development

Randy Stevens E-Z Drill executive retires

E-Z Drill announces the retirement of Randy Stevens, vice president of sales.

Takeuchi hires national parts manager

Takeuchi-US has announced the appointment of Rick MacLeish as national parts manager, effective immediately.

2018 equipment trends

Gary Brooks, CMO of after-sales service solution provider Syncron, shares his heavy equipment insights.

OSHA silica fact sheets

New and revised fact sheets on silica now available.

Felling Trailers, Inc. adds new fabrication center

In less than  a year, the company has streamlined its production process to increase manufacturing efficiencies.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s monthly leasing and finance index

November new business volume up 17 percent year-over-year, down 11 percent month-to-month, up 5 percent year-to-date.

What's hot at the 2018 ARA Rental Show

Pro Contractor Rentals asked leading equipment and supplier companies what they plan on showcasing this year at the American Rental Association’s Rental Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans February 27 through March 1.

Top 10 reasons to join IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a non-profit organization that shares best practices and improves the safety of powered access worldwide.

Manitou North America announces regional vice president and CEO

Mark Hanson builds on more than 28 years of experience.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation releases 2018 outlook

Overall, investment in most equipment verticals should be strong in 2018.

New mixed-fleet telematics standard earns ISO approval

New Holland Construction offers unlimited-hour, first-year warranty

Warranty update affects SuperBoom skid and track loaders.

Caterpillar introduces Yellowmark parts

Introducing a new tier of repair and replacement parts for the Caterpillar brand.

Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) Alert on tax reform bill

Learn more about how it views the proposed bill.

Denis renewed at Manitou Group

Michel Denis renewed as president and CEO for four more years.

Felling Trailers names sales manager

Felling Trailers Inc. has named Nathan Uphus sales manager.

What to watch in NAFTA talks

With the fifth round of talks concluded in Mexico City, and a new round on deck in January in Montreal, the Trump administration’s bid to renegotiate NAFTA has hit midair turbulence.

STAFDA elects 2018 officers

Michelle St. John is named STAFDA president; Sean Baird becomes vice president.

Zero-emission transportation at Green Truck Summit 2018

Held during Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, conference drives forward the future of commercial trucks.

Perkins builds on its rental strategy

Perkins Engines Company Limited has added a position to drive a go-to-market rental strategy: Andy Zuckerman appointed to global rental manager position; Ron Schultz named Americas Sales Director.

Online event to address MEWP operator training

Genie Ask Me Anything webpage will share how new ANSI/CSA standards will impact operator training on mobile elevated work platforms December 4-8, 2017.

JLG site helps customers understand coming AWP/MEWP changes

Updated standards govern aerial work platform design, safe use, and training.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry confidence higher in November

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 67.0 in November, an increase from 63.7 in October.

JCB dealer network expands

Norlift JCB will offer new, used and rental equipment; full product support and warranty service in Washington and Idaho.

Manitou Americas honored with Pillar of the Industry Award

AEM award recognizes manufacturers’ contributions to their communities.

Five ways to create a safety-first mindset for your rental business

Doosan Portable Power shares culture-changing tips to improve safety in your rental operation.

AEM announces 2018 officers, new directors

Richard Goldsbury of Doosan Bobcat is AEM Chair.

Manitou: Q3 2017 sales revenue

End of Q3 order book at €526m vs. €244m in Q3’16 and €344m in Q4’16.

AMS-Merlo continues sales team growth

Applied Machinery Sales (AMS-Merlo) has added Stephen Smith to its sales team.

JCB honored with Pillar of Industry award 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has recognized JCB for its contribution to the American manufacturing industry.

Kobelco USA expands mini excavator dealer network

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA adds AAA Equipment, Bridgeport Equipment, L&N Supply and Sound Heavy Machinery to its dealer network

Case extends full-machine warranty on skid steers, compact track loaders

Case Construction Equipment has doubled warranties to two years, 2,000 hours.

Deutz promotes Sauer to manager of technical training

Russell Sauer will responsible for day-to-day training operations in the Americas, which includes coordinating and supporting training programs taught by 16 certified instructors at 15 locations.

BLS: Unemployment edged downward to 4.1 percent in October

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 261,000 in October, after changing little in September. The unemployment rate edged down to 4.1 percent over the month.

Morbark acquires Rayco Mfg.

Morbark, LLC announced November 2, 2017 that it had completed the acquisition of Rayco Manufacturing, Inc.

Terex announces 3Q 2017 results

Terex Corporation announced 3Q 2017 income from continuing operations of $56.6 million, or $0.63 per share, on net sales of $1.1 billion.

Auctions on the rise

Latest one-day Kissimmee auction sets new international precedent for 2018 sales.

Tips for reducing total cost of ownership

Volvo shares three tips for significantly impacting three primary cost drivers of equipment ownership.

Kobelco USA to be honored with Pillar of the Industry award

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA will be honored with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) prestigious Pillar of the Industry award.

Briggs & Stratton to move production from Japan to U. S. plants

V-Twin Vanguard engines will be built in Statesboro, Georgia and Auburn, Alabama facilities.

Rental leaders to be named to the Rental Hall of Fame

Carl Newman and the late Melvin Williams will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show in New Orleans on Feb. 19.

Briggs & Stratton expands line of Commercial Series V-twin engines

The light-duty commercial line now includes nine models, ranging from 16 to 27 gross horsepower.

Combi rollers offer asphalt compaction benefits

their design and performance can benefit pavement contractors.

Rental Solutions: Reduce rental hassles

Electronic fuel injection helps reduce maintenance, increases reliability.

Business Managment: Top 10 tips for successful employee recruitment

Build your company’s brand and develop a candidate pool early.

Build your Business: What’s your Unique Selling Proposition?

Here’s how to identify it.

Service Tips: Make that first impression

Maintenance takes care of your customers.

Kubota announces $87 million expansion in Kansas

The expansion will add logistics hub, a fifth division and midwest sales office on 203 acres near Edgerton, Kansas.

Mirdha new Genie chief commercial officer

Arjun Mirdha has been appointed to the position of Genie chief commercial officer for Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP).

ELFI confidence holds firm in October

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released its October 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI).

Volvo CE sales up 34 percent in Q3

Market share gains and strong recoveries in Asia and Russia help propel Volvo Construction Equipment to a strong performance in the third quarter of 2017. 

Caterpillar to enter utility vehicle (UTV) market

The company has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

The end of the road for petrol and diesel vehicles poses new challenges for construction

Governments and manufacturers envision a diesel-free future for on-road vehicles; how will this impact the construction industry and how will it adapt?

Skyjack and Trackunit partner to provide machine connectivity

Their focus is on telematics compatibility, simplicity, and measurable benefits.

BigRentz appoints director of operations

Eric Esqivel to drive customer experience.

Q4 economic outlook forecasts equipment, software investment growth at 4.3 percent

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released its Q4 update to the 2017 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook.

IT expert Lisa Wessinger joins Point of Rental

Her experience will allow greater customization of reports.

Inside sales training December 5-6, 2017

The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) will be offering a two-day inside sales training seminar in Baltimore.

Remote management system added to Hyundai compact excavator models

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has added its exclusive Hi-Mate remote management system on three crawler and one wheeled excavator models.

Deere expands hurricane relief support 

Deere & Company will make a $1 million cash donation to support Habitat Hammers Back, a long-term recovery initiative organized by Habitat for Humanity International to help repair and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Schwing America acquires assets of Loop Belt Industries

Schwing America announced  the purchase of all the assets of Loop Belt Industries, makers of high-quality truck mounted telescopic conveyors.

Durante Rentals opens new location

New Bushwick Avenue store is its first in Brooklyn, New York, and ninth overall.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas updates dealer signage

As its North American dealer network expands, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas rolls out a comprehensive new dealer signage and identity campaign.

Preparing for mobile elevated work platform load sense

Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are expected to be finalized by the end of 2016 and go into effect in late 2017.

OSHA delays silica rule enforcement

Although the effective date of new silica rules was September 23, OSHA reports it will not issue citations for another 30 days.