Longer Reads

Rental proof
Atlas Copco Portable Air is developing lighter, smaller compressors and generators, and offering additional services targeted at rental buyers. Murray Pollok reports from the division's headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.
Compact 2 tonners
Terex Corp is launching new 2 t capacity site dumpers that will eventually replace the much larger 2 t PS2000 and PT2000 models. Patrick Hill reports from the launch in the West Midlands of the UK.
Crunch time
New waste management and recycling regulations in Europe will force contractors to take a new approach to managing waste materials on sites, and provide rental companies with a new opportunity, as Marcus Clay, managing director of Digbits, explains.
Kropp harvesting: continued rental success
“If you need a lift, either mentally or physically, call us,” says Al Kropp, president of Kropp Equipment Inc. These are pleasant words to hear during the holiday season and it's the professional slogan of a man who rides a helicopter to all of his four rental yard locations within Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Plenty of options: telehandler attachments under the spotlight
ALH provides an overview of the many telehandler attachments available from manufacturers and how these provide new ways to utilize your machines.
Happy trails? - trouble shooting transport requirements
Rental yard delivery personnel need more than a clean driving record and sense of direction. The transportation of equipment is a land mine of risks and hazards, say safety professionals. ALH reports
JLG has introduced its third compact telehandler -- and the first to be made in the US. ALH reports from JLG's ServicePlus facility in Georgia
A whole wide world
New hoists and mast climbers, including some interesting European models, should make this January's World of Concrete a must-visit for buyers of rack and pinion products.
Vertical stars: affordable products for low level work
Personnel lifts are affordable products that can be used by an interior contractor or maybe by a maintenance operative just to change the light bulb.
Mustang valley: moving into new markets
Known largely for its roots in dirt engaging equipment, Mustang is moving to establish itself as a prime telehandler supplier.
High bred machines: niche producer with global aspirations
Viewed as a producer of niche, lightweight scissor lifts, Custom Equipment brings in the new year with a new facility and global aspirations.
Take it slow: educate your staff with training
A thorough training program that is designed to really educate the end user is not a quick presentation briefing but a full review of hazards and risks associated with multiple types of equipment they will be using.
Step change: Jerry Rossiter looks at aerial platform evolution
Jerry Rossiter has been involved in the aerial platform industry for more than 30 years. Here, he looks back at the major steps in the evolution of the market, and looks forward with optimism.
Portal placement
A challenging brewery upgrade in Tanzania prompted heavy lift and transport company Vanguard to design a custom-made portal crane system for the installation of eight large storage tanks. IC reports
Street moves
Barnhart Crane and Rigging (BCR) transported a 685 US ton (612 tonne) reactor from the Port of Los Angeles, in the US, to a BP refinery in Carson, California. The 4.5 mile (7.2 km) journey took the heavy load on a winding route through city streets, before BCR erected and set the reactor into position. IC reports
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