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It’s not every year one gets to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one’s own business. But Lift Services Inc. has been giving Windsorites a boost for the past decade, as of this upcoming August.
Commuters in the small communities around Halifax can turn to one rental store brand for everything from excavators to lobster pots thanks to Alan Soulsby and the team at Bay Equipment Rentals.
Things are sort of bananas at Little Monkey Rentals – the home-based business of Scott Welsman and Jennifer MacLean. The married couple, who live in Saanich, near Victoria, are partners in a business that rents infants’ and children’s gear like car seats, cribs, strollers and even toys.
What is 113 years old and goes really fast? Answer: Raymond Brothers, the tent and event rental store owned by the supercharged Jacobs family in London, Ont.
The striking orange and black sign quickly becomes visible while driving up St. Amable, Que.,’s main street as it starkly contrasts with the day’s abundant snow fall. Cornering the intersection between the street and the small parking lot, a yellow mid-size John Deer loader and a pick-up truck rigged with a plow on the front bumper act as inanimate greeters.
If there’s one way to celebrate becoming the new president of the Canadian Rental Association, travelling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras is not a bad option.
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again. Rick Moss, formerly of downtown Toronto, currently of central Newfoundland, is a case in point.
Ralph Warner is all about having fun at the workplace. The owner of Kamloops, B.C.-based Warner Rentals, a nearly 40-year-old expanding equipment rental company, greets a writer with a huge smile, firm handshake and a lime green T-shirt that reads “Keep Calm and Rent On.”
It’s not every day that you see generators hoisted up in the air by cranes on the grounds of a rental business.
Once upon a time a young salesman and an old salesman were having a beer.
Just off the sometimes-treacherous Highway 99, about halfway between Vancouver and Whistler lies the town of Squamish.
Darren Kershaw is a bubbling pot of ideas. One wonders how he ever sat still long enough to pilot an aircraft in his days as a pilot for the former Canadian Airlines. Then again, maybe all that time looking out into the bright blue sky gave him an opportunity for deep thinking.
June 24, 2015 - LineWise introduces its latest breakthrough in utility line equipment, the Phase Lifter, a patent-pending insulated crane attachment that can safely support up to three energized lines at once.
June 24, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to expand their M18 Cordless system with the introduction of the jobsite fan. Designed for the demands of a jobsite, the new M18 Jobsite Fan delivers the most powerful airflow on the market to circulate air over 40ft (12m), and provides unmatched run-time for a full day’s work on a single battery charge.
June 24, 2015 - The new EW100 wheeled excavator from Wacker Neuson features a more powerful engine, significantly reduced turning radius, increased digging depth and simplified operation.
June 16, 2015 - Enerpac introduces its new LL-Series Level Lift System for safe and even lifting and lowering of unbalanced loads. Featuring a robust yet simple design, the Level Lift System can control up to four lift points at one time without complicated electronics or sensors at each lift point.
June 10, 2015 - Backhoe owners and operators can finally experience the unparalleled durability, comfort and traction of McLaren's Nu-Air semi-pneumatic tires - now for both front and rear backhoe tires.
June 5, 2015 - The Landoll Corporation Trailer Division unveiled the “Next Generation Landoll”.
June 3, 2015 - Atlas Copco has launched its XAS 90 air compressor.
June 2, 2015 - Grove Gear's expanded range of LeCentric helical in-line reducers offers advantages for OEM and MRO applications alike, with quick delivery, high levels of customization, and the cost-effectiveness of pre-assembled GEAR+MOTOR units that combine the LeCentric reducer with a choice of Regal electric motors. The four new cast-iron models are torque-rated from 5,974 lb-in to 18,587 lb-in, with a maximum input of 1/3 hp to 40 hp. Units are available with ratios up to 680.03:1, with double and triple reduction designs and efficiencies as high as 97 percent. A wide range of removable bases and mounting hardware makes the new reducers a drop-in replacement for industry-standard configurations.
CASE Construction Equipment announced that its 621F and 721F wheel loaders now meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards. Like the Tier 4 Interim models, each model is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) solution that treats emissions separately with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and does not require the engine to re-circulate exhaust gas. This proves extremely practical, as it improves fuel efficiency (up to 20 percent greater than previous solutions), lowers exhaust temperatures and fuel consumption, and provides excellent throttle response and simplified maintenance without sacrificing power. It also requires no diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration or maintenance – optimizing uptime for greater productivity.
Slice off some profits for your store with advanced equipment for cutting and grinding.
For centuries, hose distributors have been attaching fittings and couplings to hoses with methods that date back to our ancestors. Back when the only hoses around were leather ones used on the fire department wagon, wire was used to keep the original pin lug coupling in the hose.
May 20, 2015 - Kaeser Compressors has just launched a new Mobilair™ portable compressor, the M130.
June 16, 2015 - Canadian Rental Service is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Rental Operator Of The Year award, the ROOTY. The ROOTY award will be presented at the Canadian Rental Mart, March 8 and 9 in Toronto.
April 24, 2015 - The international CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction industries exhibition captured the lead spot in the just-released “Top 250” trade show ranking of North American-based expositions. The Trade Show News Network (TSSN) compiles the annual list, based on net square feet of exhibit space.
The ties that bind Canada’s rental industry were never more evident than at the 2015 rental shows this spring. Friends and family of two late business owners – Dale Pardy of Butler Scaffolding and Rentool and Jim Johnson of Cavalier Industries – were offered condolences and fond memories by their communities amid the usual buying, learning and laughter that accompanies the Canadian Rental Association’s flagship events. 
April 7, 2015 - The Ontario Canadian Rental Association put learning at the forefront of its conference program March 25 at the Holiday Inn in Guelph, Ont. The event drew praise and increased attendance with its full morning of education sessions featuring access to experts that rental store owners would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Saskatoon put its best foot forward at the March 14 Prairie Show, thanks to double-digit temperatures and another strong combined effort by the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Canadian Rental Association locals. About 160 attendees made for a lively show floor and over 50 visitors enjoyed a Friday tour of some impressive Saskatoon rental operations. But the big news of the show was the announcement that it would move to Edmonton in 2016.
March 19, 2015 - Trade shows usually remain quiet around opening time – most activity revolves around the various kiosks where sales reps get ready to meet and greet rental business owners, hoping they got in an early “Black Friday” mode to buy the various equipments, ranging from light powertools to heavily-polished lifts and vehicles. But on March 11, this relative sense of calmness contrasted with the excitement of one dynamo who kept running up and down the aisles of Laval’s Plaza Forzani, which held Quebexpo 2015.
March 13, 2015 - Tons of big iron took over the massive International Centre for the 2015 edition of the National Heavy Equipment Show, which took place March 5th and 6th in Mississauga.
March 11, 2015 - Even with greater anticipation and increased expectations for The Rental Show 2015 in New Orleans, the optimism and energy could be felt from all facets of the rental industry throughout the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Feb. 22-25.
March 4, 2015 - This Thursday and Friday (March 5th & 6th), tons of big iron will take over the International Centre in Mississauga for the 2015 edition of the National Heavy Equipment Show.
March 3, 2015 - About 100 rental professionals braved the towering snowbanks of Moncton, N.B., to participate in the Canadian Rental Association's Atlantic Regional Trade Show at Casino New Brunswick. Attendees toured booths featuring 42 exhibitors and swapped stories of their struggles with the extreme winter weather that has clobbered the region for the past month. Some significant buying went on, with broad smiles on the faces at the Brooks Construction booth, among others.
Feb. 24, 2015 - The American Rental Association's Rental Show opened on Monday in New Orleans with over 675 companies exhibiting including 75 first-time exhibitors. The opening session was well attended with football star Peyton Manning the keynote speaker. Once the show opened the aisles were jammed with attendees viewing the many new products on display.
May 21, 2015 - Leonard Hawk, 91, one of the founders and the first president of the American Rental Association (ARA), died May 6, 2015, in Moline, Ill.
In business, the goal is always to get out as much or more than you put in. After 35 years of involvement with the Canadian Rental Association, and many hundreds of hours volunteered as an executive at all levels, I can tell you that participation in your rental organization is an investment that pays off. My small store and my professional career would not be where they are today without the friends I made and the experiences I had inside the CRA. The benefits have been huge, and direct.
Happy spring to all! It certainly looks like spring has sprung in good ol’ Winnipeg. Weather has been pretty darn fine – just praying we haven’t peaked early. As I contemplated what to write for this column (valiantly fighting off writer’s block), I settled for a bit of a potpourri of topics to touch on.
May 5, 2015 - The three-year term of your current National Supplier Director, Dean Nasato, is coming to an end. These types of positions demand tremendous dedication and therefore we would like to thank him for volunteering his time, and for a job well done!
There was so much to talk about at the Canadian Rental Association’s meetings this spring that I couldn’t fit it all in to my last column. So here’s the rest of what we worked on.
April 16, 2015 - About 45 members of the CRA Ontario chapter were on hand for the last meeting of the season at Rentquip Canada.
As I officially commence my upcoming term as CRA president, which officially began in New Orleans at the end of February, I would like to share some of the experiences at the recent meetings of our board and the Global Alliance, as well as the AGM meetings.
March 9, 2015 - The 13th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held recently at The Rental Show 2015 in New Orleans, La.
Shows are a great chance to show your support.
Jan. 26, 2015 - From the moment I stepped off the plane on Friday morning right through to when I flew back to Toronto on Sunday, the skies in Surrey, B.C. - home of the Canadian Rental Association BC trade show - treated everyone to a non-stop downpour. That, however, did not stop some 230 rental professionals from taking part in this annual event Jan. 23 and 24.
Jan. 22, 2015 - The Ontario Canadian Rental Association had its first meeting of 2015 in Brampton, Ont., hosted by landscaping equipment manufacturer, Vermeer. About 50 attendees gathered in Vermeer's service facility to enjoy a beverage and some networking before heading to the nearby Hilton Garden Inn for a beef and chicken dinner and an educational presentation on Kaizen business practices from Craig Nolan, one of Vermeer's continuous improvement experts.
Jan. 20, 2015 - A strengthened economy, growth in employment and lower gas prices at the pump, generating increased disposable income, all spell favorable news for consumers as well as the equipment rental industry in the United States.
June 4, 2015 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a Top 10 list of common underground utility myths, along with the facts for safe underground utility installation, repair and maintenance.
Upon conviction of an offense, Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Canada provides for a range of penalties that include tickets, monetary fines and/or jail time. For truly egregious behaviours, the law provides for prosecution under the Criminal Code of Canada, which provides for lengthy prison time as well as unlimited fine amounts. In the past, even though the law provided for jail time, the consequences for conviction under OHS offenses were usually limited to monetary penalties. However, the law can be likened to that of an organism, in that it tends to change over time. It would appear that a time of change is upon us.
As the owner of a rental business, your equipment is one of your most important assets. Many of you have wondered if you can report your deadbeat clients who have not returned your equipment to the authorities for theft.
The Flannery family recently took the traditional Canadian trip to Florida, complete with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. I was expecting the visit to be mildly interesting, but actually found it amazingly eye-opening and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling on the east side of Florida.
Most of you reading this article employ individuals. You are generally responsible at law for the acts and/or omissions of your employees if they are doing something within the scope of their employment. When you are dealing with someone from another company, it is often difficult to determine whether that person possesses the authourity to bind his or her employer.
Another spring show season has come and gone in the rental industry and there are a few takeaways. The first is an observation of how important just one energetic, committed person can be to a region, an organization and an event. The Canadian rental industry lost two such individuals late last year and early this year in Dale Pardy of Butler Scaffolding Rentals in Halifax and Jim Johnson of Cavalier Industries in Edmonton. Both these men were leaders in the classic sense that they inspired others around them to do more and do better.
Every employer should have a health and safety management system. Such a system describe, in written form, what an employer will do to protect workers and who has what responsibilities for those actions. Such a system, when it performs properly, then forms the basis upon which an employer may establish due diligence in the event of an accident or incident.
The Canadian Truck King Challenge has concerned itself with real-world pickup truck testing since 2006 and still does. However, over the past few years a one-of-a-kind metamorphosis has taken place in the commercial van market in Canada, one that simply had to be investigated more closely.
Every business has problem employees. Sometimes even the best employees do bad things that warrant disciplinary measures. If you have an employment law matter on which you require advice, you should consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your own provincial jurisdiction. That said, here are some helpful general tips for dealing with your employees.
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March 12, 2015 - Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division has launched a new blog Simply Said to share Skyjack President Brad Boehler’s insights on the aerial work platform industry.
Feb. 26, 2015 - “These single-stage blowers are the only reason we can do this contract.”  Jeff Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell Property Maintenance in Millbank, Ontario, is beyond pleased with a customized REIST 2000 series snow thrower he has mounted on a fleet of ultra-compact Steiner tractors.
April 10, 2015 - InTempo Software Inc. today announced that it has commenced operating with a mission of providing solutions to regional and local rental businesses.
March 4, 2015 - Point-of-Rental® Software and Positek RFID together announced the first fully integrated RFID solution for inventory management software in the rental industry.
February 9, 2015 - As an integral part of its award winning Sirius e, this unique e-commerce solution for rental asset management allows rental companies to manage their customers’ assets in addition to offering their own rental items. This solution is offering one central web site to place rental orders with availability management in real time and combines both equipment owned by their customers and their own.
Maximizing your metrics is the path to profits. These rental-specific software packages can help.
May 27, 2014 - Point-of-Rental Systems has designed an easier way for rental stores to stay up-to-date on prospective customers with its new module, SalesForceSync.
Solutions by Computer has introduced a new capability for its Enfinity rental management system that makes it easy to capture commitments from customers who are not physically present. Enfinity e-Sign is an electronic signature capability that can be used to confirm deliveries, process rental contracts and execute other documents over the Internet. Enfinity’s e-Sign functionality offers complete end-to-end signature tracking from the rental business to the customer’s handheld device or desktop system.
Mobile WorkForce from Point-of-Rental empowers workers on a jobsite as well as in the rental yard, capitalizing on their mobility.
Canadian rental businesses looking for a quick fix to an increasingly vexing challenge – getting their web presence to look good on all screen sizes, be it on smart phones, tablets or desktop PCs – may want to turn to YouTube.
May 1, 2013 – Point-of-Rental has begun releasing its Enterprise 2013 update. Currently being installed on a rolling schedule to users on software support, the software maker is calling Enterprise 2013 the most monumental update in Point-of-Rental’s 30-year history. The entire rental management software program has been converted to the Microsoft .NET Framework which has been a long laborious task.
Point-of-Rental’s latest software revision is the conversion of its award-winning enterprise software to Microsoft’s .NET Framework, today’s platform choice for application software. The updated software has a look and feel enhanced for tablets and touch devices with cleaner, sharper and easier-to-read displays.
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June 26, 2015 - When looking for a diamond blade, contractors usually are looking for a mix of economy, production, and convenience. Star Diamond Tools has developed a blade that meets all those criteria, but also takes into account operator safety.
May 19, 2015 - Morbark® is adding a new 12″ chipper to its Beever product line.
May 11, 2015 - Bobcat Company has expanded its Model Year (MY) 15 utility vehicle lineup, introducing the new 3600 and 3650 hydrostatic-drive models.
April 1, 2015 - Morbark, Inc., has expanded the availability of its ChipSafe Operator Safety Shield as an option to the Beever M6R and M8D model brush chippers.
March 12, 2015 - Titan™ has upgraded its PowrLiner™ Series models 4955, 6955 and 8955 line stripers with new features that deliver more control, convenience and comfort.  These hydraulic PowrLiner models are for striping pavement, grass or turf, and are designed for heavy duty, long-term use on medium, large and giant scale striping projects.
March 6, 2015 - Classen has added a new pro sod cutter to its innovative line of turf equipment.
March 6, 2015 - Camoplast Solideal launches three new skid steer tires bringing improved performance, durability and cost savings to its premium Solideal SKS tirelines.
March 3, 2015 - Split-Fire Sales introduces a new electric powered log splitter.
February 17, 2015 - Seco Group USA ( is unveiling its new 2015 model Goliath 4X4 rough cut mower during ARA’s The Rental Show, Feb. 22-25 in New Orleans.
Sept. 18, 2014 - CEAttachments, Inc.  has added a new EDGE Rotary Brush Mower – 72” High-Flow model to the lineup of mower attachments for any brand or model skid steer or track loader, just in time for Fal.
June 6, 2014 - The DSRM-200 Grass Trimmer has all the conveniences of a cordless unit, but built with the power of ECHO know-how featuring a 36V DC motor that provides more cutting power than lower voltage alternatives, and the standard 94 watt-hour Lithium-Ion battery provides extended run time.
April 4, 2014 - The Terramac RT9 multi-purpose crawler carrier is designed for customization and versatility to tackle a wide variety of asphalt, aggregates, concrete, construction, earthmoving, lifting, mining and utility applications. The largest mid-sized rubber track carrier that does not require special oversize permitting to transport the machine.
June 17, 2015 - Trimble has introduced the Spectra Precision LT58 Laser Tool, a new line laser for interior construction ideally suited for acoustic ceiling installations.
June 5, 2015 - The Model R Drain Cleaning Machine from Electric Eel features a Flex Leader and an extra heavy-duty frame constructed of 1-1/4” steel tubing.
May 12, 2015 - The new Hilti Breaker TE 1000-AVR second generation takes demolition performance to a new level.
April 30, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver unprecedented innovation with the introduction of the new M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Magnetic Drill & M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Lineman Magnetic Drill.  Part of the premium M18 FUEL line, utilizing the most advanced technologies available, these new tools are faster than their corded counterparts, deliver the strongest magnetic hold on ¼” steel, and can drill up to (40) 13/16” holes per charge.
April 28, 2015 - The new QuakerBlast Portable Skid Unit is a totally self-contained system that allows for 100% portable cleaning.
April 27, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver productivity-enhancing solutions to the professional tradesman with the introduction of the new M12 Four Bay Sequential Charger (48-59-1204).
April 27, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to revolutionize the reciprocating saw category with a new cordless M18 SAWZALL Recip Saw that offers unmatched durability, speed and runtime.
April 27, 2015 - KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA has announced the launch of their new SK25 compact excavator model as well as their enhanced SK17 model. These machines are compact, yet tough performers that offer full-size benefits with short-radius capabilities and exceptional features.
April 27, 2015 - RIDGID has announced a new line of professional-grade wet/dry vacs built specifically for commercial and industrial users. This line features 12 vacs designed to exceed jobsite and user demands and driven by customer feedback.
April 24, 2015 - The original dual cable sectional drain & sewer cleaning machine from Electric Eel. The Model C cleans 3" - 10" diameter lines with up to 200 Ft. of 1-1/4" self-feeding dual cable in 8 Ft. or 10 Ft. sections.
April 23, 2015 - Danmatech has introduced five models of mini-dumpers for the Canadian rental industry.
April 22, 2015 - The original dual cable sectional drain and sewer cleaning machine from Electric Eel.
June 4, 2015 - Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new light tower to the North American market with the introduction of the CPLT M10 KD4. Offering a high luminosity of up to 30,400 square meters, the new light tower is ideal for construction and mining work, sporting events and emergency applications.
May 12, 2015 - National Event Supply now stocks spandex chair covers.
April 22, 2015 - Chillin Products has introduced the "Little Chiller Table".
March 20, 2015 - Loudmouth Wireless PA system from Ritron, Inc., allows rental facilities of all kinds to use an existing portable two-way radio, base station or mobile radio to deliver “live” voice messages at a distance of up to two miles away. It is ideal for varied situations including general paging or announcements, weather emergencies, security announcements, and more.
March 13, 2015 - Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, responds to the industry demand for a reliable oscillating circulation fan with Twister by Schaefer product line.
March 12, 2015 - Tentnology, a Canadian manufacturer of tent structures, has introduced the Kubit, its newest tent.
March 9, 2015 - Why spend a lot of money on an expensive booth with a pricey camera and computer, only to have the added expense of costly photo paper and ink, when most people just want to use their own cell phone to take a picture which they can upload directly to their social media?
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March 10, 2014 - Quest Brands Inc is pleased to introduce their newest creation for the polyfence industry – Barricade Fence 4’ x 50’. The increased visibility of this design enhances safety, and sends a strong message to keep away from potential dangers beyond the barrier.
Anchor’s new F3 frame tent promises to make a big difference for tent rental operators.
Chad Struthers, vice-president of Warner Shelter Systems, has been in the tent business for 17 years. He started out as an installer, but was quickly promoted to supervisor then head of Warner’s rental and construction business. He started spending more time on operations in 2002, but moved into sales a year later.
McCourt Manufacturing, maker of rental-grade event furniture, announces its newest product: Ovation Dance Floor.

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