Mast Climbers, Cranes and Telehandlers
Used Hydro Certified Specialists
Hydro Mobile, a manufacturer of mast climbing work platforms, has launched two Used Hydro Certified Specialists (UHCS). These centers will, in addition to carrying the traditional rental, sales and support operations, specialize in the refurbishing, maintenance, repair, re-certification and trade-in of used Hydro Mobile units. The first center to become a certified UHCS will be Leppo Rents, which will serve Ohio and Michigan through six locations. The second center will be located in the Hydro Mobile’s L’Assomption (Quebec) facility and will be mainly serving eastern Canada.
During the last few years, Hydro Mobile has seen a major increase in the demand for parts and secondhand equipment. As we all know, the economic situation has forced owners of platforms to either repair the units they own, or purchase used ones in order to minimize capital expenditure. As this situation has become almost generalized in the industry, Hydro Mobile has decided to take an active part in this market, so the users can benefit from the manufacturer’s expertise and maximize efficiency and safety on their jobsites. As is the case with almost any construction equipment, the key to ensure long-term durability and safety is proper maintenance and regular inspections.
“We have seen many of our users raise concerns about how and where they could have access to a one-stop shop that would maintain, inspect and refurbish platforms, so they can have the certainty that their older units are in proper functioning condition and comply with the regulations in place,” says Vincent Dequoy, general manager of Hydro Mobile. “In this mindset, it is in both the contractors’ and our best interest to set up Used Hydro Certified Specialists that will provide such a service and even more.”
As a manufacturer, Hydro Mobile is concerned about the safety of its users. Being aware of the wear and tear and, sometimes, harsh weather conditions to which the equipment is subjected, Used Hydro Mobile Certified Specialists will be authorized to inspect all aspects of the platforms (hydraulic system, power pack, paint, welding, structural integrity), and will even go to the extent of refurbishing the equipment in order to have it recertified with Hydro Mobile’s stamp of approval.
To get involved in this new activity, Hydro Mobile had to identify a partner with the capacity and expertise to provide outstanding service, while being located in an area of high demand.
“Leppo Rents definitely has the profile that we were looking for,” Dequoy says. “They have the resources, expertise and commitment to deliver high-quality standards, while being located in the Midwest. This territory counts the highest number of used Hydro Mobile platforms.”
Leppo Rents is a 65-year-old company that carries brands such as JLG, EZ Grout and Bobcat. Through six locations, Leppo offers rental, sales, support and service for all of its product lines.
“The success of our company is based on the commitment we have toward our customers and suppliers,” says Dan Lebeau, VP of sales at Leppo. “We pride ourselves on offering the highest standard of service, while helping our partners make the best decision in their own interest. Becoming a Used Hydro Certified Specialist is entirely in line with what has differentiated our company from everybody else.
“With experienced guys like Roy Darst and Kirk Lapps, who have more than 30 years of combined experienced in the field of mast climbing work platforms,” Lebeau says, “we are confident that we will achieve and exceed customers’ expectations.”
Leppo Rents also will offer, in collaboration with Hydro Mobile, a new trade-in program that will allow owners to get an advantageous price for old equipment, while purchasing new platforms. This program also will allow platform owners to have an easier access to refurbished and used parts or accessories for their existing units.
Cat TH514 Telehandler
With a capacity of 11,000 pounds and a lift height of 45 feet, the Cat TH514 telehandler is ideal for construction, oil rigging and wind farming applications. A limited slip differential in the front axle provides added traction and allows the machine to work effectively in harsh terrain. The telehandler reduces both fuel consumption and heat generation, with a load-sensing variable displacement piston pump that delivers flow on demand. The side-mounted, turbo-charged C4.4 DITAAC mechanical control engine with 101 hp reduces emissions and runs cleaner. A transmission disconnect button on the joystick delivers full engine power to the hydraulics without manually disconnecting the drive.
Gehl Telescopic Handler Receives Engine Upgrade
West Bend, Wis.
Gehl has implemented an engine upgrade on the RS5-19 Telescopic Handler. The EPA certified Interim Tier IV Yanmar 68 hp naturally aspirated engine provides reduced fuel consumption. The upgraded Interim Tier IV engine meets the latest emissions standards. The Gehl RS5-19 is designed with a compact frame and tight turning radius of 11 feet, allowing it to maneuver in low buildings and confined job sites. The RS5-19 is a low-profile machine with an overall height of six feet, four inches, making operating in buildings, under parking garages and in confined areas easy. The boom reaches to a height of 19 feet, one inch, and features the same welded box-section design that is on the proven Gehl Dynalift telescopic handlers.
Hyster Unveils Updated H190-H360HD2 Series
Hyster Co. has unveiled its revamped H190-360HD2 heavy duty pneumatic lift truck series. The series, with lifting capacities of 19,000 to 36,000 pounds, is ideal for precast, concrete and warehouse applications. The series features a standard low-emission Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 3 industrial diesel engine with turbocharger and intercooler. Adding to the series’ advanced dependability, the Hyster three-speed autoshift transmission allows for precise inching and smooth shifting. The Load Sensing Hydraulic System dramatically reduces fuel consumption by optimizing hydraulic flow to specific need. Hyster’s exclusive VISTA masts and updated right-side dash display optimize operators’ visibility. A multifunction display panel offers 16 warning lights, five gauges and a dual function LCD.
KNAACK Lift Kit
Crystal Lake, Ill.
Knaack LLC introduces a new Crane Lift Accessory Kit (Model #497) to improve the mobility of jobsite storage equipment. The kit works with the full KNAACK product line to provide secure attachment points, enabling quick and easy strapping and hoisting of jobsite boxes. After the one-time installation, the lift bracket system takes the guesswork out of tying and untying loads for moving, increasing productivity. Storage equipment weighing up to 2,500 pounds can be lifted and carried safely with this tested and secure system. The kit features four heavy-duty carbon steel lift brackets, mounting hardware, and installation instructions. Durability is enhanced with a weather-resistant, black enamel paint finish.
Lull 1044C-54 Series II
The Lull 1044C-54 Series II telehandler is ideal for general construction, steel erection, masonry or general applications. With a 10,000-pound capacity and 54 feet of lift height, the 1044C-54 Series II delivers fast and easy load placement with the exclusive horizontal load placement system. The telehandler has three steering modes: four-wheel circle, four-wheel crab and two-wheel front, which allows workers to navigate the job site according to terrain conditions. In addition, standard front outriggers provide added operator confidence with increased stability and extra lifting capacity. This telehandler has a variety of attachments for high versatility in handling job site challenges.
Mustang 519 Telehandler Engine Upgraded to Interim Tier IV
West Bend, Wis.
Mustang has improved its 519 Telehandler, which now features a powerful Yanmar Interim Tier IV compliant engine. The new 68 hp, naturally aspirated diesel engine meets the latest emission standards. Owners of the Mustang 519 telehandler also will note the upgraded engine uses less fuel, providing a significant overall cost savings. Key features of this upgraded model include a super-compact design and tight turning radius of 11 feet; a strong, welded box-section boom that reaches up to 19 feet, one inch; ability to move more material with a lift capacity up to 5,500 lbs.; and an internal wet disc service brakes and Spring–Applied, Hydraulic-Release parking brakes.
Nissan Forklift’s QX Series of Electric Lift Trucks
Nissan Forklift Corp.
Nissan Forklift Corp.’s QX Series offers safety, efficiency and value. The QX Series of 80-volt electric lift trucks, featuring four models ranging from 4,000- to 6,000-pound capacities, use 80-volt, 100 percent AC power, resulting in fast travel and lift speeds with lower operating costs than comparably sized engine-powered forklifts. The series features a tight turning radius for enhanced maneuverability and low center of gravity for greater capacity retention. The standard regenerative braking system reduces power consumption, allowing for longer operating hours for increased efficiency. Features include programmable PIN access to help prevent unauthorized use; an automatic mast-lock system that prevents mast or fork movement when an operator is not in the seat; and controlled rollback.
Scanclimber Mast Climbing Work Platform SC8000
Scanclimber launched the SC8000 mast climbing work platform, which climbs steplessly up the mast to a maximum height of 1,000 feet, using a heavy duty rack-and-pinion system of high-grade steel. It is supported at all four corners of the mast structure, for phenomenal torque resistance. Using “sandwich” construction, the drive unit for the SC8000 is strong, while weighing 850 lbs. The drive unit runs on 19 sets of tandem rollers, evenly spreading the loads into the mast structure through all four corners of the frame. A secondary support frame attached to the top of the drive unit provides for the massive loads and deck lengths.
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