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RM Fieldbook: The Rental Show, General Tool/Homemaker
04/08/2013

The Rental Show 2013

Feb. 10-13, 2013, Las Vegas

Editor’s note: This year, the General Tool/Homeowner section of the floor saw a healthy amount of traffic and orders right from the opening of the trade show floor at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas. New products, innovations and deals were plentiful and many exhibitors were pleased with the prospect of new business. Meanwhile, attendees hit the floor running, lists in hand. “This was a very good show for us,” says Jason Stanczyk, marketing manager for EDCO — Equipment Development Co., Frederick, Md. “We are excited about coming to a new location and the timing was good for us to release the first major update to our floor grinder in decades. There is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the show and the future of rental.” Product offerings included different uses of technology and several updates to existing products. From hydraulics and solar to hybrid machinery and compact equipment, there was something for everyone in the general tool area.

 

LawnShark USA vacuum

866-904-9071; lawnsharkusa.com

Wet or dry leaves, dead grass, sticks, acorns, pinecones, paper and plastic are quickly eaten up by the Lawn Shark LTL-32, a litter and leaf two-stage vacuum collection system from LawnShark USA, Geneva, Neb. The vacuum features cyclonic suction, as well as counter-rotating brushes under the main deck that can clear a 32-in. area. In addition, this model can fit through a 36-in. gate and has been tailored for the residential customer. Once the two-stage system collects lawn material, it is pulverized and stored in a 5.2-bushel double-layered bag with a semi-rigid base. A patent-pending agitating device helps prevent material from clogging at the mouth of the impeller. It is powered by a
9.5-hp Honda engine and has a six-speed transmission.
 

   

ECHO Bear Cat wheeled trimmer

888-625-4520; bearcatproducts.com

The wheeled trimmer from ECHO Bear Cat, West Fargo, N.D., is designed to be an easy-to-handle trimmer for fences and barriers, naturescapes, and trails and tree lines. The machine can be used with the company’s Cross-Fire trimmer line, a sabre tooth blade or triple blade brush cutter. The machine has an adjustable handle and the WT24T can tilt 5, 10 or 14 degrees.

 

Rock Line Products trailers

909-392-2170; airtow.com

While used for many things, the
Air-tow Trailer by Rock Line Products, La Verne, Calif., also can be used to transport chairs, tents, inflatables, grills, tables or any other event equipment, the company says. The Air-tow trailers have ground-level loading and can
be loaded while unattached to a tow vehicle. Options include utility and flatbed models in deck sizes ranging
from 4 ft. 9 in. wide by 10 ft. long to 6 ft. 3 in. wide by 14 ft. long, and capacities from 5,500 lbs. to 12,000 lbs. Larger trailers also may be used for skid-steers, scissor lifts or concrete tent weights, the company says. The trailers work on an air suspension system to keep the trailer level during travel.

 
   

GreenMech chippers

+44 01789 400044; greenmech.co.uk;
801-886-0600; apparatus-es.com

The Arborist 130 and 150 chippers from GreenMech, Warwickshire, U.K., have a more than 38-in.-by-31-in. chute and a deep beam high tensile steel chassis construction for strength. The wide in-feed chute is designed for bushy brush reduction and the chippers have a folding tailgate for storage. Once the Arborist is in the working position, the folding tailgate also provides a guide as to the maximum height from ground level for the in-feed table, combined with the use of the adjustable drawbar. The Arborist 150 has a choice of either a 26-hp or 34-hp Kubota diesel engine while the Arborist 130 has a Briggs & Stratton engine. Both chippers have a flywheel that will accept either the straight blade or disc blade options and disc blades are fitted as standard. GreenMech is available in the U.S. via Apparatus Equipment & Service, Salt Lake City.

 

Point-of-Rental Systems mobile workforce app

800-944-7368; point-of-rental.com

Point-of-Rental Systems, Grand Prairie, Texas, has a new mobile workforce app that can update contract-related information in real time from mobile phones or tablets, without running the entire counter system or a remote desktop computer. This way, drivers, yard staff or employees can add a call log, photo or signature, check in for arrival and departure or close a service contract at a job site or in the warehouse. It is designed to eliminate the need to re-enter information written down at the job site once the employee is back in the office. The application is web-based, rather than a device-specific “app,” so Mobile Workforce can be used with any mobile device, including an iPhone, Android, any number of tablet devices or a laptop.

 
   

MK Diamond profiler

800-421-5830; mkdiamond.com

The MK-EZ profiler has a 1.25-hp engine and is designed for
shaping tile, granite, marble and limestone. The 48-lb. machine measures 36 in. by 24 in. by 11 in. Features include a cast aluminum control head with adjustable depth and location controls, and MK-Safeswitch™ to prevent the profiler from being operated when the locking key is removed.

 

Tsurumi Pump generators

888-878-7864; tsurumiamerica.com

The TPG4 series generators from Tsurumi Pump, Glendale Heights, Ill., are designed for construction and industrial sites, and include four different models. The 3000HDX has a 5.5-hp Honda OHV engine with a low oil level alert system, a 4.2-gal. fuel tank and a rated load run time of 12.1 hours. The 4500HDX has an 8-hp Honda OHV engine, also with a low oil level alert system, a 6.6-gal. tank and a run time of 12.5 hours. The 6000HDX has a 11hp Honda engine, also with the low oil level alert system, a 6.6-gal. fuel tank, automatic idle control and an 8.8-hour run time. The 7000HDX/7000HDXE has a 13-hp Honda engine with a low oil level alert system, a 6.6-gal. tank, and a 7.6-hour run time. This model is available in an electric start.

 

 

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Topeka Metal Specialties cooling device

785-862-1071; topekametal.com

Sometimes, you just want to take your air conditioner with you. Bowing to that wish, Topeka Metal Specialties, Topeka, Kan., has introduced the Power Breezer Mobile Cooling Device, manufactured by Breezer Holdings, Deerfield Beach, Fla. The compact tank can hold up to 100 gal. of water, and the lid becomes a misting fan that can cool up to 3,000 sq. ft. You can adjust the fan height from 67 in. to 84 in., and the water can last up to five days, figuring 10-12 hours of use per day. The Power Breezer requires a
110 or 220V power source and the entire unit measures about 42 in. high for storage. The company says the unit can lower the temperature by 27 degrees in one minute.
 

Bartell Morrison USA light tower

888-999-1570; bartellmorrison.com

Bartell Morrison USA, Keyport, N.J., is now the North American distributor for Tower Light, an Italian light tower company. The VT8 mobile light tower has a 28.25-ft. vertical rising mast with four 1,000W metal halide lamps that can illuminate an area of more than 44,000 sq. ft. The VT8 is offered with a choice of a Kohler or Kubota diesel three-cylinder, 1800 rpm engine. The company says the vertical mast makes the VT8 safer than light towers with swing up masts and its compact design means lower transport costs.
 

Hilti diamond coring system

800-879-8000; us.hilti.com

The DD 160 diamond coring system from Hilti, Tulsa, Okla., completes the company’s lineup of core rigs by providing optimized performance in rig-based wet coring work on concrete walls and floor decks, including drilling holes in diameters up to 8 in. It has a 2,200W motor and three-speed gearing. It is available with a choice of two drill stands — a basic version with a compact base plate for anchor fastening and a premium stand that has a tilt mechanism and vacuum base plate for vacuum fastening.
 

OdorStop ozone generator

888-956-7468; odorstop.com

If you need odor and the odor-causing bacteria out of an unoccupied space, OdorStop, Hamburg, N.Y., has a solution. The company has three professional ozone generators, the 1500, 2500 and the 3500 UV, for eliminating odors and sanitizing areas. Each 120V generator has a pre-filter, a 12-hour timer, a
110-cfm fan output and measures 7.5 in. high, 9 in. wide and 12.5 in. deep. The 9.25-lb. 1500 has one ozone plate, a variable ozone output of 50mg/h to 600 mg/h and can cover 1,500 ft. The 9.5-lb. 2500 has two ozone plates, an ozone output of 100 mg/h to 1,080 mg/h and can cover 2,500 sq. ft. The 10-lb. 3500 UV has a UV lamp, an ozone output of 150 mg/h to 1,400 mg/h and covers about 3,500 sq. ft.
 

Falcon Pro Solutions steamers

888-755-5266; efalcon-inc.com

If you have customers who need to kill bed bugs, Falcon Pro Solutions, San Antonio, has a steam cleaner for you. The Peregrine series of steamers use boiler technology and have indicators for all functions — steam, vacuum and chemical dispensing — as well as a maintenance indicator. A digital display shows steam temperature and pressure levels, and visual and audible warning signals alert the operator when the unit is out of water or chemicals. Operators can control settings from the handle, so you don’t have to walk back to the machine. The line includes four models and all require a 120V/60Hz power supply. The maximum temperature ranges from 316 degrees to 338 degrees — more than enough to kill bed bugs, sanitize restrooms or clean tile and grout, the company says. The machine package also includes video and training information.
 

   

Granite Industries stair step scaffolding

877-447-2648; graniteind.com

Sometimes you just shouldn’t use a ladder and neither should your customers, especially on stairs or uneven surfaces. Enter the 4-ft. scaffolding for stair steps from Granite Industries, Archbold, Ohio. The 72-lb. Snappy Jr. measures 4 ft. long by 4 ft. tall and 24 in. wide to fit within a stairwell. This system has an 18-in.-by-48-in. height adjustment — the deck can be lowered to 18 in. and can go up to 4 ft. off the ground. It also has 5-in. locking casters for safe stair usage.

 

Morbark Boxer skid-steer

800-831-0042; morbark.com;
boxerequipment.com

Morbark, Winn, Mich., recently acquired Boxer Equipment, which has four series lines, including the 532DX skid-steer. Powered by a Kubota engine, the 500 series track-widening undercarriage can expand from 35 in. to 43.5 in., allowing it to get through a 36-in. gate, but still cover a lot of area once extended. The 532DX has 2,100-lb. tip capacity, 1,050-lb. operating capacity with a 50 percent tip load, 735-lb. operating capacity with a
35 percent tip load, variable flow hydraulics, a dedicated oil cooler for hydraulic heat generation and a
stand-on platform.

 

 

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Smith Manufacturing Co. scarifier

800-653-9311; smithmfg.com

The self-propelled scarifier and diamond shaver, model FS350sp, from Smith Manufacturing Co., Pompano Beach, Fla., can work with either gas or electric, and can prepare the surface of an area up to 14 in. wide, and 3/8 in. in depth per pass. The FS350sp has a speed of about 3,400 linear ft. per hour as well as variable depth adjustment. The 495-lb. machine measures 48 in. by 26 in. by 44 in.
 

Clarke floor cleaner

800-253-0367; clarkeus.com

The Focus® II MicroRider™ is a small, maneuverable floor scrubber from Clarke, Plymouth, Minn., that is designed to clean the areas that are inaccessible with larger riders—including those with limited access or tight corners. It comes with a 26- or 28-in. deck and as the machine turns, the deck stays in line with path of the squeegee for
100 percent water pick-up, the company says.
 

Barreto Manufacturing stump grinder

800-525-7348; barretomfg.com

The 30SG stump grinder from Barreto Manufacturing, La Grande, Ore., is based on the company's track trencher platform and has a skid-steer-type drive. A hydraulic direct drive is designed to eliminate the need for drive belts and a brake on the cutting wheel makes for safer operation, the company says. Measuring 35.5 in. wide, it can fit through 36-in. gates and is designed to maneuver over uneven terrain. The stump grinder has a 14-in. cutting depth, a 32-in. cutting height and comes with either a 31-hp Briggs Vanguard or Kohler Command PRO 29-hp EFI engine. The company also has a new E622GT garden tiller and 712T micro trencher.
 

Concrete Polishing HQ grinding and polishing machines

888-799-2747; concretepolishinghq.com

If you need to grind or polish, but aren't near an outlet to plug anything in, Concrete Polishing HQ, Las Cruces, N.M., has the answer. The Lavina® 25G-S and 30G-S grinding and polishing machines by Superabrasive, Hoschton, Ga., are powered by propane and have new floating heads for QuickChange tools, as well as new security plate locks. The nozzle-free, anti-clogging water delivery system lets the operator pick between spraying beneath or in front of the machine for wet grinding and polishing. The 30G-S has a low-profile base.
 

 

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. remote

920-734-9821; millerwelds.com

Changing a welding machine can be a huge time waster, but the PipeWorx 350 FieldPro remote from Miller Electric Manufacturing Co., Appleton, Wis., means welders don’t have to trace their cables to the power source system to change parameters. Instead, the remote has the same front panel as the PipeWorx 350 FieldPro system. The remote also can reduce weld defects by automatically setting the correct polarity for each welding process with no need to manually swap cables. That means safer welding because the remote will eliminate the need to “get by” with less than optimal settings, the company says.

 
   

Infinite Solar Solutions MSTL 900 light tower

855-477-7657; infinitesolarsolutions.com

Need light, but don't have a generator? No problem. The MSTL 900 light tower from Infinite Solar Solutions, Laguna Niguel, Calif., runs on sunlight. The light tower is powered by three high-yield solar panels and 10 heavy-duty gel deep discharge cycle batteries with a run time of 32 hours when the system is fully charged. The sliding solar panels can move to a 45 degree angle to catch the sun’s rays and produce 300W each. The LED lights can produce up to 54,000 lumens and have a more than 30,000-hour lifetime. The lights are housed in a water-resistant steel structure and mounted on a hydraulic mast that can reach 30 ft. in the air in less than 10 seconds. The lights also can rotate 359 degrees from the base AL-KO trailer.

 

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Ariens and Parker Razor lawnmower

920-756-2141; ariens.com

The Razor® 21-in. walk-behind mower from Ariens and Parker, Brillion, Wis., has a Rite-Hite™ handle bar height adjustment that allows operators to adjust the height of the handle bar while standing in the operating position. The handle bars also can be folded down or into an upright position for more compact storage or to fit in a car. Controls include a squeeze box on the handle bar for variable speed adjustment from zero to 3.2 mph. Features also include a 14-gauge steel deck, a high-lift blade for an even cut and a single point height-of-cut adjustment with seven cutting positions in half-inch increments from 1 to 4 in.
 

Sept USA

+33 472 46 9350; sept-tools.com

The “autonomous” panel lift from Sept USA, Charvieu-Chavagneux, France, allows a single worker to lift a 4-ft.-by-8-ft. plywood or drywall panel flush with a 13.2-ft. high ceiling or to a 18.48-ft. wall. The unit is light and collapses down to be rolled like a hand-rolled golf bag cart.
 

Big Ass Fans misting system

877-244-3267; bigassfans.com

You can now turn the AirGo® and Yellow Jacket® fans from Big Ass Fans, Lexington, Ky., into into a mister with the company's misting system, which features an ultra-fine atomized mist that absorbs heat in the air and creates a cooling zone, reducing
the temperature up to 30 degrees, the company says. The attachment system hooks right on the fan and includes a misting pump with a 5-micron filter, as well as  stainless-steel misting rings with brass nozzles. The system can work with a standard garden hose and comes with an 8-ft. outdoor-rated power cord with integrated GFCI.
 

   

iQ Power Tools concrete and  masonry cutter

888-274-7744; iqpowertools.com

When you need to cut concrete and can’t use water, iQ Power Tools, Moreno Valley, Calif., has an answer. The iQ PC 912 concrete and masonry power cutter has a fully integrated vacuum and filter system that captures 90 percent of the dust. With the iQ PC 912, masons can dry-cut while keeping the job site cleaner and safer, the company says. The iQ PC 912 is designed to eliminate water and slurry cleanup, and features an engine powered vacuum and a quick spin filter cleaning system for dust collection residue disposal. Using the interchangeable
snap-on job specific Dust-Stops, workers can optimize the dust collection for the material type being cut. The saw itself holds about 5 lbs. of dust, which then is periodically discarded into the larger dust containment bucket with bag. The iQ PC 912 features a 12-in. blade, 99cc and a 6.0-hp engine that meets EPA3 certification.

 

Orec America rotary brush mower

425-988-6200; orecamerica.com

The rotary brush mower from Orec America, Kent, Wash., has a three-position handlebar and a cutting swath of 27.5 in. The S72 Samurai Mower Hydro has a variable speed hydraulic transmission and a 337cc Honda engine. The mower features a cutting system with a fixed central blade with two smaller blades on either side and a single lever to adjust the cutting height from 2 to 4 in.

 
   

Rhino Tool Co. gas-powered driver

866-707-1808; rhinotool.com

Driving posts isn’t always a one-person job, but can be with the gas-powered driver by Rhino Tool Co., Kewanee Ill. The 35-lb. GPD-30™ is powered by a Honda four-cycle engine, and has a 2-in. chuck to fit most posts. The driver features a hammer and anvil, a one-piece pinion gear and clutch drum, a spur gear, connecting rod and piston, heat-treated aluminum castings, oilite bearings, a one-piece crankshaft and aircraft-quality stainless-steel hardware. In addition, the GPD-30 has ergonomic handles and a fully enclosed vibration dampening system for one-person operation.

 

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Airtech Tools Turbo Digger™

865-250-4646; airtechtools.com

Digging with pneumatic power is better than elbow grease alone. The Turbo Digger™ from Airtech Tools, Knoxville, Tenn., uses one handle with a set of attachments to create a pneumatic tool that almost any tradesperson can use. Applications include removing bushes, digging trenches or removing tile. Attachments in the standard kit include a Turbo Digger™, a point chisel, a 25-mm flat chisel, a 80-mm delta chisel, a 130-mm spade, a shovel and a pull cart. Operation requires an air compressor rated at a minimum 10.6 cfm, at 100 psi, and an air hose.
 

   

National Flooring Equipment
shot blaster

800-245-0267; nationalequipment.com

Residents who need a shot blaster can’t always fit a big machine in the space. Enter the shot blaster from National Flooring Equipment, Minneapolis, an 8-in. machine that has a blasting power of 1.5 hp, only requires a 110V power supply and has an in-line separation system, which means better separation of abrasive and dust. The 100-lb. blaster can blast up to 400 sq. ft. an hour and measures 11.6 in. wide, 40 in. tall and 41 in. wide.

 

EDCO — Equipment Development Co. floor grinder

800-638-3326; edcoinc.com

A new design for floor grinders does away with the old wood wedges that have been used for years in machines from EDCO – Equipment Development Co., Frederick, Md., and incorporates a new leveling system that allows for even, efficient grinding with a variety of accessories, no matter the thickness. A VELCRO® dust shroud is adjustable after the height of the machine is set. The leveling not only makes grinding quicker and smoother, but extends the life of the grinding accessories, the company says. The machine also has a multi-vac port that allows the use of a 2-in. or 3-in. vacuum hose. Also new to the machine is a laser-cut weight tray that accepts
up to 80 lbs. of extra weight.

 
   

Impact Restoration Supply dehumidifier

800-684-0518; impactrestorationsupply.com

Lightweight and odor reducing are not normally associated with dehumidifiers, but the 106-lb. SureDry™ LGR dehumidifier from Impact Restoration Supply, Phoenix, has a carbon filter on the front, which cleans the particulates in the air and helps with odor. The unit has a stackable polyurethane housing, can pull 170 pints of liquid at pure saturation and 100 pints at AHAM standard, and works with flex ducting. The machine measures 21.3 in. by 31.9 in. by 21.3 in. and also has wheels and a travel handle for rolling.

 

 

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