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RM Fieldbook, General Tool/Homeowner Equipment: The Rental Show, Feb. 5-8, 2012

The Rental Show, Feb. 5-8, 2012, New Orleans

Editor’s note: The General Tool/Homeowner section of the exhibit floor is often a popular destination for attendees and this year was no exception as waves of buyers made their way through the aisles of the usual and unusual products available to add to their inventories, leaving exhibitors weary, but happy with leads and sales. Throughout the area, we found a variety of new products for floor care, lawn and garden, renovation work and more with portable tile saws, pumps, battery-powered carts, engines and even a plug-in electric-powered rammer.

Billy Goat brushcutter

Handles hillsides The BC2600 Outback® brushcutter from Billy Goat Industries, Lee’s Summit, Mo., has a 26-in. deck, higher tip speed, wider plow-style handles and a Tuff Torque hydro transmission with traction control to handle hillsides, and wet and uneven conditions. The floating deck pivots plus or minus 12 degrees with a proprietary return to neutral. The machine comes with either a 12.5-hp Briggs & Stratton or a 13-hp Honda engine.



  Clarke Vantage scrubber

Scrub down The Vantage 14 battery-operated scrubber from Clarke, Plymouth, Minn., has a foldable handle, a quick-disc battery that is separately loaded and a built-in, on-board charger. The 3-gal. tank scrubber has a swiveling deck. The scrubber, water and vacuum can run independently or all together as needed. A maintenance-free battery has a two-hour run time.



Croft Trailer Supply pan tilt trailer

Low rider The pan tilt trailer from Croft Trailer Supply, Kansas City, Mo., is designed to handle low-riding equipment as well as four-wheelers, lawn mowers, motorcycles, snow mobiles and a variety of other equipment. The trailer has a cushion cylinder, protected wiring, rubber-mounted sealed lights, 2-in.-by-6-in. oak decking and a powder-coated finish.



  Demco coupler

Getting hitched The patented eZ-Latch coupler from Demco, Boyden, Iowa, has a cast housing rated up to 21,000 lbs. for attachment to channel-equipped actuators. The couplers are available in zinc or primed finish and now have a nylon handle.



Custom Concrete Creations 'sucker'

Suck it up The “Big Sidewalk Sucker” from Custom Concrete Creations, St. Louis, uses vacuum technology to lift sections of concrete for replacement and leveling. The machine works with any size lift and features a vacuum power surge, which means there is “no waiting for the vacuum to build up,” the company says. The “Big Sidewalk Sucker” has a vacuum gauge, an industrial vacuum filter, a digital vacuum leakage alarm, a gasoline engine, a vacuum pump and control handles to help guide the slabs back into their beds.





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Dri-Eaz Products

How dry I am The LGR 7000 dehumidifier from Dri-Eaz Products, Burlington, Wash., can operate at temperatures up to 125 degrees F because it uses low grain refrigerant. The unit can remove up to 130 pints of water per day at 80 degrees F and 60 percent relative humidity. The company says the unit is quicker and easier to maintain because the rotomolded housing only has four bolts to remove to get to the heat exchanger, which can be lifted out of the unit for cleaning.



  EDCO burnisher, scrubber

Cleaning up The 27-in. high-speed propane burnisher from EDCO – Equipment Development Co., Frederick, Md., includes dust control, an EPA-certified Kawasaki 603cc propane engine and a working rate of 33,000 sq. ft. per hour. The 20-in. automatic proscrubber is designed to wet scrub and dry vacuum in one pass, the company says. The scrubber has a 12-gal. solution tank, a 15-gal. recovery tank, a scrubbing pressure of
65 lbs., uses two 12V deep cycle lead/acid batteries and can clean 16,000 sq. ft. per hour.



General Pipe Cleaners connectors

Go with the flow The ClogChopper™ multi-function cutting connectors from General Pipe Cleaners, a Div. of General Wire Spring Co., McKees Rocks, Pa., attach to drain cleaning machines and are designed to maneuver around tight ends and traps to clean metal, plastic and clay pipes. ClogChoppers come in 2-in., 3-in. and 4-in. sizes and have six self-sharpening blades designed to grind up stoppages without risking pipe damage, the company says.



  First Choice Equipment Sales drying system

Tube dried The PDS-21 portable pressurized drying system from Viking Air Movers, Hesperia, Calif., and offered by First Choice Equipment Sales, Penrose, Colo., uses a vacuum motor and air-tight housing to pressurize and heat air prior to discharging it through 21 tubes. The tubing can fit behind cabinets and between walls to speed drying time. The company's layflat duct connectors are flat rings used to connect tubing for airflow ducting. Available from 6 in. to 18 in. in diameter, tubing is pulled through the hole, folded over the edge, inserted into a cut tube and released so that air pressure holds the connector seal.



Granite Industries carts

Recharging carts The line of battery-powered carts from Granite Industries, Archbold, Ohio, features EcoDrive and has an operating time of 5 to 7.5 hours continuously, or 7.5 to 11.25 hours with start/stop. The carts have a removeable rechargeable battery and a built-in battery charger. Charge time is six to eight hours. The high-density polyethylene tub can hold 750 lbs. flat and 500 lbs. at a 3:1 incline. Models include a 44-in. or a 27-in. chassis.



  Hilti diamond coring system

Drilling deeper The DD 150-U diamond coring system from Hilti, Tulsa, Okla., is designed to allow the operator to drill by hand or with a core stand in wet or dry conditions. The system has a 6-in. capacity for drilling the most popular sizes of holes for anchoring, blind holes and through holes. The company says the system can handle a variety of base materials from reinforced concrete to brick, concrete block and natural stone. It also has a 360-degree adjustable side handle with integrated dust and water management functions. It can be ordered with a standard 1¼-in. threaded chuck or with a quick-connect chuck that does not require the use of any tools to remove the core bit.




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Honda spline shaft V-Twin engine

No head gasket The GX630 and GX690 spline shaft V-Twin engine models from Honda Engines, Alpharetta, Ga., have a more compact design, with a shaft that is flush with the engine, allowing the engine to fit into smaller spaces and on hydraulic power pump machines such as vibratory rollers and trenchers. Both models have a 36-blade low-noise resin cooling fan and an integrated cylinder and head, which eliminates the need for a head gasket. The V-Twin has higher fuel efficiency because of an advanced combustion chamber design and a digital capactive discharge ignition (CDI) with variable ignition timing and twin barrel inner-vent carburetion, the company says.



  Honda Power Equipment generator

Bigger power The EB10000 industrial generator from Honda Power Equipment, Alpharetta, Ga., has a maximum AC output of 10,000W and is powered by a Honda GX V-Twin engine. The generator, available this summer, is the largest Honda has ever produced, the cmopany says, and includes a standard electric start, folding transport handles, a removable air cleaner cover and an 8.1-gal. fuel tank capacity. An i-Monitor display includes an hour meter, battery voltage indicator, output voltage and eight diagnostic codes.



Husqvarna pole saw

Reaching higher The telescopic tube pole saw from Husqvarna Professional Outdoor Products, Charlotte, N.C., can extend to about 13 ft. The company says the advantage of the telescopic design is that the unit can be compact for transportation, keeps the cable covered and does not have to be assembled or disassembled. In addition, the unit comes with a harness that has flexible suspension to reduce stress on the operator’s arms in all working positions and helps the operator better balance and support the saw.



  Hydra-Tech Pumps submersible pump

Tight fit The S4TLPAL 4-in. hydraulic submersible trash pump from Hydra-Tech Pumps, Nesquehoning, Pa., is designed with a low profile to fit into tight spaces and can be used for tank truck mounting for direct loading/offloading using on-board hydraulics. The model comes in ductile iron or aluminum, has a two-vane channel impeller to pass 3-in./75mm semi-solids and a variable speed hydraulic drive.



Kuhns Power Equipment brush mower

Out of the weeds The Ambush weed and brush mower from Kuhns Power Equipment, Nappanee, Ind., has a hydro drive with instant forward and reverse. The machine, powered by a Honda 390 engine, also can run at variable speed on the go.


  Kushlan Products mixer

Mixing it up The 350 direct-drive mixer from Kushlan Products, Sugar Land, Texas, is supported by a heavy-gauge steel frame and polyurethane flat-free tires. The 3/4-hp electric motor produces 26 rotations per minute. The 5/16-in. gauge polyethylene drums are resistant to dents, cracks and rust, says the company, yet are easy to clean. The telescoping steel handles allow for easier breakdown, transport and storage. The 3.5-cu.-ft. capacity drum holds 3-4 bags of 60-lb. premixed concrete.




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Lackmond wet tile/stone saw

Roll-away saw The 10-in. wet tile/stone saw from Lackmond Products, Kennesaw, Ga., sits on a heavy-duty folding stand with integrated locking wheels and a carry handle that allows the user to roll the saw to wherever it needs to be just like a rolling suitcase. It also has a removable extension table with water channel, a laser guide for precision cutting and LED work light to illuminate the work area.



  Little Wonder/Mantis blower

Blow me down The self-propelled Optimax blower line from Little Wonder/Mantis, Div. of Schiller Ground Care, Southampton, Pa., has been redesigned from the base up, using reverse angle steel fans to provide power. Most models also have a remote split-stream air deflector control that can be adjusted from the operator’s handle, which is cushion-gripped and height adjustable. The blowers have continuously welded housings, one-piece lower decks, single tubular lower frames and two bolts for the upper handle connections.



Miller Electric Mfg. Co. welder/generators

Quieter and lighter The Bobcat line of engine-driven welder/generators from Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has been redesigned to reduce sound, weight and fuel use. The company says sound is reduced as much as 33 percent and the machine is up to 5 in. shorter and 55 lbs. lighter depending on the model. An electronic fuel injection (EFI) option with the Bobcat 250 reduces fuel use by as much as 27 percent compared to the carbureted models, the company says.



  Mi-T-M combination unit

Three-in-one The air compressor/generator/
welder combination from Mi-T-M Corp., Peosta, Iowa, puts three machines together, all running on the unit’s one engine. It has a 170A arc welder, a two-stage air compressor and a 5,000W generator. The company says the unit saves space, reduces load capacity and can save time on service parts and maintenance.



Packer Brothers electric rammer

No need for gas The PB88/PB98 electric rammer from Packer Brothers, Litchfield, Minn., can be plugged in and run in buildings for renovation work even when people are working on higher floors. The company says an equipment rental store asked Packer Brothers if they could make such a product, which was in development for about six months before coming to market.



  Powernail USA’s hand-held nailer

Nailed it The Power Palm from Powernail USA, Lake Zurich, Ill., allows the operator to use the same cleat as a larger nailer for the hard-to-reach spots when installing a wood floor. The company says using the same cleat improves the integrity of the floor and that the Power Palm connects to an air compressor hose to be ready for use.




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Rock Line Products trailer

Suspended The T12-10 trailer from Rock Line Products, La Verne, Calif., has a 10,000-lb. capacity and measures 6 ft. 3 in. wide to fit more equipment. The trailer is 12 ft. long, including an 18-in. ramp, and has air suspension for a smoother ride, the company says. The air ride suspension maintains the level of the trailer, allowing for curb-level or ground-level loading.



  Rolair compressor

Quiet, please The Rolair oil-less direct-drive compressor from Rolair Compressors, Hustisford, Wis., operates at a low rpm to generate only 60 dB of noise, the company says. The compressor has a start/stop pressure switch, a roll-cage design to protect the pump/motor, a safety relief valve, an intake filter/silencer and an 8-amp motor.



Schaefer Ventilation Equipment heater

The heat is on The HotZone electric radiant heater cart from Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, Sauk Rapids, Minn., is designed to be used at job sites, events or wherever portable heat is needed. The company offers a 3,000W and 5,000W version of the cart that plugs into a 220V outlet. In addition, there is a 15,000W version that sits on a tripod plugs into standard outlets. The heater head can be removed and the tripod folded for storage and transportation.



  Shark Pressure Washers aluminum S series

Compact adjustments The gas-powered cold water aluminum S series of pressure washers from Shark Pressure Washers, Camas, Wash., has a new lightweight design
with an adjustable folding handle, allowing the washer to fit under shelves and in car trunks, the company says.
The series ranges from 2.5 gpm at 2,700 psi to 3.8 gpm at 3,500 psi. All models have a 1.25-in. weldless aluminum tube frame, a crankcase, direct-drive pump on a unique support bracket and an engine set on four heavy-duty vibration isolators for smoother operation. hark pressure washers are ETL certified to UL-1776 and CETA standards, and are built in
ISO-9001 certified plants.



Sibore Drill auger

Ready, reverse The SiBore drill horizontal auger from Sibore Drill, Navarre, Ohio, has a new feature: reverse. Brent Gent, the inventor of the drill, said adding reverse helps solve any problems with the drill getting stuck. Instead of trying to pull the machine if it gets caught while drilling holes, now the operator can just flip the switch to reverse to remove the drill.



  Sotcher Measurement generator test set

Up to the test The Model 650 30kw generator test set from Sotcher Measurement, San Jose, Calif., performs self-contained load testing of AC generators. The company says the test set allows generator and engine performance to be evaluated and helps restore the full capacity to diesel powered generators by burning off the fuel deposits collected while operating under light loads.




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Square Scrub surface prep marble option

All the marbles The standard EBG-20/R surface preparation machine from Square Scrub, Jonesboro, Ark., can polish marble when adding five additional large weights, which puts its total weight at 255 lbs. The machine can be disassembled for transport. It also has an optional tank assembly for polishing marble or granite with a diamond plate.



  Subaru rammer engine

Balancing act The ER12 four-cycle rammer engine from Subaru Industrial Power Products, Lake Zurich, Ill., is specifically built for use with rammers. As a result, the company says the ER12 can power the largest 80kg rammer while it is smaller in size and designed to be better balanced than a general purpose engine modified for rammer use. The engine has a front-to-back center of gravity close to the mounting point so that the rammer can be balanced over the front with less angle to the rammer leg, so that more energy is transmitted to the ground, the company says.



Tsurumi Pump dewatering pump

Sensing level The LB-800A dewatering pump from Tsurumi Pump, Glendale Heights, Ill., has a solid-state level sensor that turns the unit off when liquid is not present, saving energy and extending the life of the machine, the company says. The sensor uses low-voltage, stainless-steel probes, an epoxy and rubber encapsulated timing relay, and has a dual inside mechanical seal with silicon carbide faces. An oil lifter provides lubrication and it has up to a 59-in shut-off head.



  Wallenstein log splitter

Split ‘em up The WP830 wood processor from Wallenstein — EMB Manufacturing, St. Clements, Ontario, Canada, is designed to make log splitting a one-step, hands-free process that operates at the same time as the user prepares the next block. The machine’s auto cycle powers the log through an adjustable four-way wedge and returns to the home position, ready for the next log. The company says the cycle time, full-stroke, is seven seconds.







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