Articles by John Wyatt

Electric Dozer
Published on: 09 May, 2008
Caterpillar unveiled its first ever electric drive dozer at ConExpo, a machine the company says will be +25% more fuel efficient than a conventional drive machine. John Wyatt reports.
Extreme sport: Don Ahern, Ahern Rentals
Published on: 07 May, 2008
Even with speculation that parts of the West are entering a recession, Ahern Rentals is doing better than ever. John Wyatt talks with its President, Don Ahern, in Las Vegas
Tele vision: commonality, serviceability and productivity
Published on: 07 May, 2008
The World of Concrete and Rental Show events gave manufacturers the chance to show some enhanced models, and ALH the chance to ask them about prospects for 2008. John Wyatt reports.
Marlboro man: John Miller, president of Millstone Cos
Published on: 07 May, 2008
With notable projects such as the White House and Capitol Hill, Millstone Cos continues to grow as one of the largest scaffold and access contractors in the US. John Wyatt talks to its president John Miller in Upper Marlboro, MD
Fire resistant: lifting this year's World of Concrete
Published on: 07 May, 2008
Even a slow start and an end-of-the-week fire couldn't stop another busy World of Concrete. John Wyatt reports on the hoists and mast climbers at the event
Texas T: Manitou North America gets aggressive
Published on: 07 May, 2008
As it marches into the New Year, Manitou North America gets aggressive with new products and further enhancements to its customer service capabilities. John Wyatt reports
Handlers Across: JCB start US manufacture of its telehandlers
Published on: 15 April, 2008
JCB's telehandler business in North America is getting a boost as the company starts to manufacture handlers at its Pooler, GA facility. John Wyatt reports.
Rough and tumble: telehandler or verticle mast forklift?
Published on: 15 April, 2008
Has the versatile and productive telehandler become the machine of choice, replacing the workhorse vertical mast forklift? John Wyatt reports
Small wonder: compact telehandlers
Published on: 19 March, 2008
Easy to transport, cheaper to buy and highly maneuverable, the compact handler is one of the fastest growing sectors of the telehandler market. John Wyatt talks to manufacturers and rental yards about the strengths of the mini handlers.
All in the family: John Wyatt talks to André Véronneau
Published on: 19 March, 2008
Celebrating its centennial, Montreal–based Simplex Equipment Rental is an industry role model. John Wyatt talks with President André Véronneau about the company's entry into the earthmoving market, multiple acquisitions, fleet investment and what it means to be a fourth generation family business.
Moving on
Published on: 18 March, 2008
Montreal-based Simplex Equipment Rental, which this year celebrates its 100th birthday, is going through a period of unprecedented growth. John Wyatt visited the company at its Montreal head office.
Savannah's sweet smell of success: JCB in the US
Published on: 17 March, 2008
As JCB continues to develop its large facility in Pooler, GA, its President Graeme Macdonald tells ALH about its interest in the South American market as well as comments on the handler market.
ALH-2020: Largest aerial work platform and telehandler rental fleets in North America 2007
Published on: 17 March, 2008
The ALH 20/20 survey of the top aerial and telehandler rental fleets in North America has some big names, but also some small independents, as John Wyatt reports.
Battle of the bulk: parts and components
Published on: 17 March, 2008
Every OEM and manufacturer supplier wants to offer the best service in parts and components, but the presence of independent suppliers and “will-fitters” dip into the market. John Wyatt reports
A fantastic run
Published on: 17 March, 2008
There may be a slow-down in residential construction, but RSC Equipment Rental's CEO Erik Olsson tells John Wyatt that prospects remain good for the rental market for a few years yet.
ISEA proposes new aerial lift harness
Published on: 17 March, 2008
US harness manufacturers have proposed a new restraint system designed specifically to prevent operators from being catapulted from boom-type aerial platforms. The system comprises an adjustable, non-energy absorbing lanyard shortened to about 3.5 feet and anchored at the base of the platform.
Skyjack to move into telehandlers
Published on: 17 March, 2008
Skyjack has agreed to buy Canadian telehandler manufacturer CareLift Equipment Ltd., based in Breslau, Ontario. Skyjack said the Carelift products complement its own scissor and boom lifts well, allowing it to offer a fuller range of machines to rental companies.
Looking good for 2008
Published on: 17 March, 2008
It's now a year since RSC Equipment Rental was divested by Atlas Copco Group, and just five months since the company's chief executive officer, Erik Olsson, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the company's public flotation. In other words, the company has undergone some big changes.
T time: is the time right for trailer-mounted aerials?
Published on: 12 March, 2008
Available for considerably less cost than self-propelled aerial platforms, manufacturers say their trailer-mounted aerials provide a great bang for the buck. John Wyatt reports.
Training day: OSHA advocates formalized telescopic forklift training
Published on: 12 March, 2008
Does the telescopic forklift training need a formalized training course? The industry says “absolutely” and OSHA requires it. John Wyatt reports
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