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EXECUTIVE REPORT


Genquip displayed some of its latest welfare units.


Sunny Scotplant


Alan Guthrie provides a quick overview of new products shown at the popular exhibition for plant professionals north of the border.


The bright sunshine that graced the recent Scotplant exhibition in Edinburgh was something of a surprise, since much of Scotland had been gripped by ice, snow, rain and distinctly unseasonable weather since the official start of spring on 20 March. Less surprising were the number of new products on


Takeuchi unveiled its TB225 mini excavator. display and the prevailing upbeat mood of industry professionals.


“We are currently very busy serving new and existing customers,” said Pat Lawlor, Business Solutions Manager with Point of Rental Software (www.pointofrental.co.uk). “Programs like our Syrinx system are being developed all the time and hirers want to benefit from additions such as apps for workshop, driver and operator tasks, and web-based functionality.” Point of Rental will also exhibit at Hillhead later this month.


Similarly, Mark Taylor, Head of Sales with inspHire (www.inspHire.com), said that interest in features such as apps for mobile working continues to increase, especially as businesses aim to work in a paperless manner. “We are also seeing demand for our Telematics Hub that enables hirers to monitor the location and condition of their equipment all on one screen, regardless of which telematics systems are in use.”


New machines on display included Takeuchi’s (www.takeuchi- mfg.co.uk) TB225 mini excavator, being seen for the first time in the UK. Weighing 2,241kg with a canopy or 2,376kg with a cab, it meets requirements for legal towing together with attachments and tools. The manufacturer also believes that the 16.5kW engine provides enhanced power for a model in this class. The track width can be reduced from 1,500mm to 1,100mm for accessibility and four tie-down anchoring points are incorporated.


Takeuchi, which will also exhibit at Hillhead, says the thumb-operated slider on the machine joystick gives precise hydraulic control when


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using auxiliary attachments, and LED work lights are positioned on the cab and boom to facilitate work in dark conditions.


On the Young Plant Sales dealership stand, EHN came across Colin Inglis, MD of Glasgow hirer Eagle Plant Hire, who recently invested in equipment from several of the company’s brands. This includes Kubota (www.kubota.co.uk) mini excavators from 1 tonne to 1.5 tonnes to the value of £500,000, along with Probst block splitters and manual handing products. Eagle has also increased its fleet of Youngman Boss towers, survey and safety equipment such as Radiodetection cable avoidance tools and Leica lasers, and has bought six JCB site dumpers comprising 1-tonne and 3-tonne models.


To help protect plant, Police Scotland gave advice on theft deterrence and general security. Police Constable Willie Johnstone said, “At Scotplant we are providing information on the Cesar anti-theft system and products like steering locks that can be fitted on exposed steering rams. We also work with housebuilders and other plant users about how they can protect hired equipment on their sites.”


In addition, Stuart Ward, who is Police Scotland’s National Designing Out Crime Manager, said that advice can be given to architects and occupiers of buildings to help reduce the risk of break-ins, such as fitting window shutters, alarms and secure key stores.


Colin Inglis of Eagle Plant Hire has bought a variety of Kubota machines.


AJC Trailers promoted the Ecosmart Solar welfare cabin, which incorporates a system to optimise switching between using solar power and the on-board generator. The company (www.easycabin.co.uk), which will also be exhibiting at Hillhead, says that water can be kept hot for up to four hours without the generator running. This Ecosmart technology is also built in to the new Exclusive Sleeper 20 temporary accommodation unit, which was seen at the show on the Nixon Hire stand (see the separate article on page 24.)


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