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RM Fieldbook: The Rental Show, Heavy Construction/Industrial
RM Fieldbook: The Rental Show, Heavy Construction/Industrial

The Rental Show 2013

Feb. 10-13, 2013, Las Vegas

Editor’s note: The Construction/Industrial area of the show floor included more than 200 exhibitors and was crowded as soon as the exhibit floor opened on Feb. 11. Many attendees were eager to get quotes and make orders for new equipment like skid-steers and air compressors, several of which featured new ways to achieve Tier 4i and Tier 4 requirements without the need of filters or aftertreatment. The following pages include some of those products as well as other equipment that we found of interest on the show floor.


Construction/Industrial area active with buyers

For the first time in years, the Construction/Industrial area of the show floor was the place to be at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas. Aisles and booths quickly filled with attendees as soon as the exhibit floor opened on Monday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., leading to exhausted, but happy exhibitors writing up plenty of quotes as well as many orders.

Expectations were high as the Construction/Industrial area sold out well in advance, but the results exceeded the hopes of many exhibitors.

“The show was great. We wrote a lot of quotes,” says Jason Zylstra, marketing manager, Vermeer, Pella, Iowa.

“It was really busy with good foot traffic,” says Dave Smith, president, Snorkel, Elwood, Kan. “The first day usually is about tire kicking, but the general feeling was, ‘I haven’t bought in a few years and I need to buy.’ All in all, this was a very good show.”

“People came in looking for quotes immediately and buying. We had more sales on day one than the last few years and we had more orders by the end of day two than all of last year,” says Clay Eubanks, president, Takeuchi-US, Pendergrass, Ga. “The buzz, the excitement and the enthusiasm was there this year.”

Doosan Portable Power mobile generator

800-633-5206; www.doosanportablepower.com

The G70 mobile generator from Doosan Portable Power, Statesville, N.C., is described by the company as the “Swiss Army knife” generator because of its versatility to be used on construction job sites as well as for providing power near a wedding tent. It uses a Cummins engine that meets Tier 4i requirements by using a maintenance-free oxidation catalyst. The company says the generator produces less noise than the previous model with better fuel economy and has a quad voltage feature capable of providing 600V, 480V, 208V or 240V single-phase power from the same machine by using its switch.


Niftylift hybrid self-propelled lift

800-643-8954; niftylift.com

An innovative piece of lift equipment that attracted some attention at the show was the SP45 4x4 hybrid self-propelled work platform from Niftylift, Greer, S.C. The 10,500-lb. machine can be operated in electric-only mode for zero-emission operations and in hybrid mode with 4x4 for maneuvering on a grade.


Sakai America compactor

800-323-0535; sakaiamerica.com

The SA32L2-R compactor from Sakai America,
Adairsville, Ga., can be used for trench compacting
with 24-in. plates that can be extended with bolt-on
plates to 33 in. The internal vibratory shaft is not in the drum, but external so that the bottom piece of the frame vibrates. The compactor can provide 19,000 lbs. of centrifugal force and runs on a 26-hp Yanmar Isuzu engine.


Gehl Co. skid-steer

800-628-0491; gehl.com

The R190 is the smallest of the new R-Series radial lift skid-steers from Gehl, West Bend, Wis. The R190 has a lift height of 10.5 ft., a capacity of 1,900 lbs. and 69.3 hp at an operating weight of about 6,880 lbs. Besides Tier 4 engines with no-treatment DPF technology, the new machines offer an improved hydraulic system with auxiliary controls on the joystick.


John Deere compact tractor loader backhoe

800-537-8233; deere.com

The 1 Series tractors from John Deere, Moline, Ill., are being packaged as tractor loader backhoes from the factory and can be used for lawn, garden and landscaping. The machines have a Tier 4i 22.4-hp Yanmar diesel engine and a hydrostatic transmission.


Genie telehandler

800-536-1810; genielift.com

The GTH-844 telehandler from Genie, Redmond, Wash., extends the company’s product range into the 8,000-lb. size class. The company says the model has a new cab, increased operator visibility, simplified hydraulics and different locations for general maintenance components so that service can be completed without bending or digging into the back of the machine.


BOMAG Light Equipment Div. vibratory roller

309-853-3771; gobomag.com

The BW211-50 84-in. single-drum vibratory roller from BOMAG Light Equipment Div., Kewanee, Ill., meets Tier 4i requirements using only selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for after treatment. It also has a polymer hood and can run in “eco mode” to control engine rpm. If the machine senses there is no load when idling at 2,800 rpm, it will reduce the engine speed to 700 rpm, which the company says saves fuel.



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Cushman scissor lift

706-798-4311; cushman.com

Cushman, Augusta, Ga., is best known for its heavy-duty industrial utility vehicles, but the company is now offering a new twist by adding a scissor lift to its two-seat Titan line of burden carriers.

Thawzall portable heat

320-759-1588; thawzall.com

The TCH250 HeatZone ground heater from Thawzall, Alexandria, Minn., heats up to 3,000 ft. of glycol-filled hose. The company says it saves 24 gal. of fuel per day when compared to similar machines. A newly-designed, rear-located control panel allows the user to monitor and control each zone as well as fault status.

Takeuchi Manufacturing (U.S.) skid-steer

706-693-3600; takeuchi-us.com

The TS50V skid-steer loader from Takeuchi Manufacturing (U.S.), Pendergrass, Ga., is part of the company’s line of Tier 4i skid-steers that range in operating weight from 6,500 lbs. to 8,600 lbs.

Kohler Engines single-cylinder engine

800-544-2444; kohlerengines.com

The single-cylinder horizontal engine from Kohler Engines, Kohler, Wis., is designed with a gear reduction option to provide more torque with
reduced rpms to fill a void in the company’s product lineup. The company says the engine can be
used in equipment such as aerators, dethatchers and seeders.

Multi Sweep sweep attachment

855-737-8635; multisweep.com

The hydraulic sweeping attachment from Multi Sweep, Cork, Ireland, comes in four models to fit a variety of machines from forklifts to skid-steers to wheel loaders. The free floating booms have a sweeping width from 4 to 8 ft. wide and carry from 30 to 53 gal. of water. The MultiSweep is different than most sweeping attachments in that it has a collection system with a capacity of 71 to 238 gal. of collection depending on the model. Each of the models is available with a power pack or can be driven from auxiliary hydraulics.

Bandit Industries vacuum

800-952-0178; banditchippers.com

The ArborVAC leaf vacuum from Bandit Industries, Remus, Mich., can move mulch, stump grindings and other yard debris. The company says the vacuum is virtually impossible to plug as it pulls in material, chops it up and sends it out a directional chute or optional discharge tube.

Equipment Parts Wholesale portable power distribution

866-379-7278; epwparts.com

The Power Station portable power distribution unit from Equipment Parts Wholesale, Fresno, Calif., can help solve the need for additional receptacles on the job site or in a warehouse. It comes in 5-ft. and 10-ft. configurations with 16-series heavy-duty cam lock inputs and individually breakered 20A duplex receptacles. It is designed for providing temporary power and can be connected to a generator or service power to offer 120V and 240V single-phase, and 120V and 208V three-phase options.


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Watcher Total Protection access control system

877-289-2824; watcherprotect.com

The biometric access control system from Watcher Total Protection was receiving a lot of attention from show attendees as it looks like something from a James Bond movie. The reader can read 2,000 different fingerprints, 400 faces or accept access cards. The system comes with free networkable management software and, unlike normal key systems, allows the company to know which employee entered the building and when.

TurfMaker Corp. hydro-mulcher

800-551-2304; turfmaker.com

The Model 700 hydraulic hydro-mulcher from TurfMaker Corp., Rowlett, Texas, will apply any of the mulch products on the market, uses a positive displacement pump to provide the power needed for difficult job sites and difficult-to-pump mulch product. The company also offers various tower and gun options.

Yanmar America Corp. excavator

855-416-7091; us.yanmar.com

The ViO35-6 zero tail swing mini excavator from Yanmar America Corp., Adairsville, Ga., meets Tier 4 emissions standards without using a diesel particulate filter. The company added a three-pump hydraulic system so that the engine does not need to run at higher rpms. “When you dig down and pull up with a two-pump system, it has to rob from the engine rpms to operator. With a third hydraulic pump, the excavator doesn’t rob from the engine because it has a higher capacity,” says Jake Jeffords, product marketing manager, equipment division, Yanmar America Corp.


Case Construction Equipment skid-steer

866-542-2736; www.casece.com

The SR175 skid-steer from Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wis., is the company’s mid-range skid-steer model at or below 82 hp. To meet Tier 4 requirements, the SR175 uses a diesel oxidation catalyst and does not need any other filters or fluids, according to Tim O’Brien, marketing manager. “This is simpler and the catalyst is good for the life of the machine. We’ve gone beyond compliance with a simple solution that can work for rental clients. This has more horsepower, more torque and more hydraulics to handle jobs where previously you may have needed a larger machine,” O’Brien says.


Vermeer mini skid-steer

800-829-0051; vermeer.com

The S45TX mini skid-steer from Vermeer, Pella, Iowa, has a dedicated ride-on platform for safety, tracks instead of tires and a 27-hp Kohler gas engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI). The machine can accommodate a wide range of attachments and an operator presence system suspends the ground drive and attachment motion if the operator steps off the machine.


Magnum Power Products generator controller

800-926-9768; m-p-llc.com

The Power Zone controller, exclusive to mobile generators from Magnum Power Products, Berlin, Wis., is designed to integrate the engine and generator functions for easier operation, troubleshooting and maintenance. “When asked what they were looking for in the perfect user interface, mobile generator users were almost unanimous in their response,” said Ben Froland, product manager for power generation, Magnum Power Products. “They wanted simpler controls, easy-to-read graphics and improved troubleshooting capabilities.” A demonstration of the controller showed that the menu-driven interface allows for users to see only the level of information that concerns them. For instance, someone setting up the generator will see one set of displays, while a technician troubleshooting the generator can drill down to very fine detail, including the history of error codes on the machine.


FTG Equipment compressor

855-303-7900; ftgequipment.com

The GP75H gas-powered portable twin-screw compressor manufactured by Rotair in Italy and distributed in the U.S. by FTG Equipment Solutions, Carney’s Point, N.J., provides 76 cfm at 100 psi and is powered by a Honda twin-cylinder engine. The company says the compressor is capable of powering almost every air tool available up to and including a 90-lb. breaker.



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The Soda Works pneumatic blaster

800-267-8098; sodaworks.com

The pneumatic blaster from The Soda Works, Walla Walla, Wash., uses an air compressor instead of a 12V power supply, which the company says eliminates the service points and parts found in the electric model, making it a simpler machine to use and maintain. The company also says it will paint the blasters, which usually come in white, in a requested color if a company orders five or more.

JCB backhoe

912-447-2000; jcbamericas.com

The 3CX-14 backhoe from JCB, Pooler, Ga., meets Tier 4i requirements without aftermarket treatment, which the company says can reduce downtime and maintenance needs of the machine, which features EcoDig, EcoLoad and EcoRoad operation to improve fuel efficiency. Fluid checks are done automatically upon machine startup and the low hood line is designed to improve the operator’s visibility of the work area.

Husqvarna Construction Products N.A. demolition robot

800-288-5040; husqvarnacp.com

The DXR 140 remote-controlled demolition robot from Husqvarna Construction Products N.A., Olathe, Kan., is designed to work in tight spaces. The 2,116-lb. DXR 140 is the company’s smallest and lightest robot and has 20-hp output.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA couplers

800-527-2282; frdusa.com

The TEFRA coupler from Furukawa Rock Drill USA, Kent, Ohio, has a patented “Smart Valve” to ensure safety — the attachment and release sequence cannot be started until the coupler is orientated towards the operator and close to the ground. The Smart Valve can be totally enclosed within the hydraulic cylinder at the center of the coupler, which keeps the valve protected from contamination, the company says. The coupler requires no routine maintenance and works in conjunction with other warning systems, such as audible indicators, to ensure safe operation. There are seven different models to fit excavators, mini excavators and backhoes.

Progress Solar Solutions surveillance system

888-298-6657; progresssolar.com

The i4-POD property observation device from Progress Solar Solutions, Apex, N.C., can be combined with the company’s LED solar light towers to provide video that can be viewed remotely from any device with Internet access, creating an instant live portable surveillance system. The system has four cameras in a single weatherproof enclosure that mounts on the light tower pole and can record from 30 to 60 days of video.

Ditch Witch ride-on trencher

800-654-6481; ditchwitch.com

The RT30 ride-on trencher from Ditch Witch®, Perry, Okla., is the smallest ride-on trencher the company has offered in more than a decade. The dedicated trencher has smaller tires up front, which allow the turning radius to be 6 ft. shorter than the company’s next size trencher, and has a trenching capability
of up to 8 in. wide and 42 in. deep.


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Volvo Construction Equipment NA skid-steer

717-532-9181; volvoce.com/na

The MC115C skid-steer from Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Shippensburg, Pa., has a lower horsepower engine, which means the machine will not need a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet Tier 4 emission requirements. The company says the side entry also makes it easier for larger operators to get into the skid-steer.

Wacker Neuson Sales Americas mini excavator

800-770-0957; wackerneuson.com

The 803 mini excavator from Wacker Neuson Sales Americas, Menomonee Falls, Wis., is designed for getting into tight space or indoors for demolition work. The machine can fit through standard doorways at 27.5 in. wide, has rubber tracks for driving on interior floors and a foldable ROPS to reduce the machine height when necessary. A telescopic undercarriage can extend to 34 in. for greater stability and lifting power. It has a three-cylinder Yanmar Tier 4 diesel engine, hydraulics and can be used with a variety of attachments.

Custom Equipment scissor lift

262-644-1300; hybridlifts.com

The HB-830 self-propelled scissor lift from Custom Equipment, Richfield, Wis., can practically turn on a dime with a small turning radius. The lift has a dual-motor electric drive system, an integrated battery charger and includes a self-contained hydraulic lift pump and motor unit. Originally built for the European market, the North American models also have a low step height and a front-wheel steering system to help prevent carpet or tile damage.


Toro walk-behind power broom

800-344-8676; toro.com

Year-round rentals are bread and butter. The 36-in. walk-behind power broom from The Toro Co., Bloomington, Minn., is designed to be a year-round rental item, because it can handle lawn dethatching, light snow removal and debris cleanup. Powered by a Kohler CH270 engine, the power broom has power steering, independent control levers for the broom and ground drive, a thumb latch for 20-degree broom angle adjustment on either side, and variable speed shift-on-the-fly transmission.


Multivibe vibrating roller

877-220-6652; multivibe.com

The PT300 vibrating roller from Multivibe, Paducah, Ky., is designed to replace hand tamping for stamping decorative concrete. The company says the machine makes the task less taxing on the operator’s hands
and back.


Imer USA concrete mixer

800-275-5463; imerusa.com

The Mortarman Series concrete and mortar mixer from Imer USA, Hayward, Calif., uses a regular 110V power hookup to mix a 3-cu.-ft. batch every 2 to 3 minutes and will fit through a standard doorway. The company says the mixing action is well controlled, so the mud stays in the drum, allowing for mixing to be done indoors. The wheel configuration was designed to allow easier loading into the bed of a truck.

Easily Moved Equipment (EME) gantry cranes

888-679-5283; easilymovedequipment.com

The PRO Series gantry cranes from Easily Moved Equipment (EME), Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, can be used in many applications where something needs to be lifted, whether it is on a shop floor “or even on a helicopter pad,” says Michael Flynn, EME owner. Each of these machines comes with its own beam trolley. Also, the beams and legs have sets of holes to adjust the machine’s width and height for access on a tight shop floor, for instance. Swivel-and-wheel locking casters are standard. The gantry cranes break down into a small, handled aluminum box for transport.





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