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Hatz helps Robinsons meet demand


To meet demand from hirers, pump supplier W Robinson & Sons is stepping up production of its Hatz engine- powered sets, and particularly its Koshin 2in units and RED B2/B3 diesel transfer models.


Ten Doosan minis for Smiths


Smiths (Gloucester) Ltd, a family-owned business based in Stonehouse whose activities include plant hire, has purchased five new Doosan DX27Z mini excavators and five DX62R-3 models for its fleet. The zero tail swing model DX27Z has an operating weight of 2,790kg when


equipped with a cab and rubber tracks, and has compact dimensions to facilitate work in confined spaces and in restricted areas around buildings. The 6-tonne DX62R-3 reduced tail swing model has been designed to maximise hydraulic performance, delivering a flow rate of up to 132 litres per minute. Smiths’ Divisional Plant Manager, Gerry Fehily, said, “We have run Doosan minis in the past and know they are cracking machines that are ideal for the hire business.”


W Robinson’s Peter Hey said, “We are witnessing a real


rise in demand for portable, diesel powered pumps, with the Hatz engine becoming a preferred option. Our customers tell us that this is due primarily to the reliability of the units, plus the quick and efficient availability of spare parts.” The company assembles the pumps in the UK. Models include centrifugal, high pressure and trash duty units.


Rapid hoist expansion


After recently investing over £1m in 24 new powered access machines and two delivery vehicles, Rapid Platforms has followed this up by expanding its fleet of goods and passenger hoists. The Hertfordshire-based company has taken delivery of


20 new hoists, ranging from Bumpa elevator hoists from Mace Industries, with a payload capacity of 80kg, through to Geda goods and passenger hoists with lifting capabilities of up to 850kg. Rapid’s Hoist and Transport Manager, Paul Moss said, “This represents a substantial expansion of the range and type of hoists that we supply and is due to an increase in demand from all areas of the construction industry. The Geda hoists are particularly popular because they can be dismantled into small components for use where access is restricted.”





For the latest compact plant trends in hire, see our Market Report beginning on page 44.


Service Pump adds Generac machines


Wigan-based Service Pump Ltd has added a range of Generac pumps to its fleet, including 4in DWP-4S and 6in DWP-6S models. The silenced vacuum units are self-priming and are designed to deal with water including solids up to 75mm, sand and mud particulates. They also have a run-dry protection system. The machines are offered for a variety of applications in construction, civil


engineering, quarrying, mining and at industrial locations where high-volume fluid displacement is required.


New appointment at Harrington


Harrington Generators (HGI) has appointed Andy Collins as Sales Director for its commercial products range. He was formerly the UK Manager for Kohler-Lombardini Engines. HGI’s Martyn Drinkwater has moved to the new position of Director of Business Development, concentrating on other markets. “Having worked extensively with HGI developing new products over many years, I am


looking forward to this exciting new chapter,” Andy told EHN. “The Executive Hire Show has always been a fantastic event for HGI and for 2018 we will be launching several new diesel models, designed to provide a competitive offering to the industry whilst continuing to deliver reliable and fuel-efficient performance.”


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