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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.
It must be quite a promising business that brings a Brazilian man to live in Winnipeg, you might be thinking while heading to an interview in the midst of a January polar vortex.
It began, like a lot of these things, by accident. “It started on the farm just north of Regina (in Southey) back in 1959,” says Don Flaman, of his family’s business, the Flaman Group.
April 16, 2015 – Boasting a robust design and exceptional maneuverability, Terex® compact wheel loaders, ranging from 50 hp to 101 hp, are built to excel in the most challenging applications, from general construction, earthmoving and agricultural work to specialized tasks such as landscaping, utility and municipal work.
April 8, 2015 - Vermeer's new S725TX fits in the middle of the company's product lineup and can accommodate a wide range of attachments.
March 31, 2015 - JCB has developed the 325T ForestMaster, a compact track loader designed specifically to deal with the arduous working conditions found in the forestry and timber industries.
March 26, 2015 - The new CR 7 reversible soil compactor from Weber MT is a small but mighty machine that delivers powerful compaction performance without causing operator fatigue.
The rain came hard in the area around Calgary for those three days in June 2013. The higher country just west of the city experienced between 7.8 and 11.8 inches of rain in just 72 hours, depending on where it was measured.
March 20, 2015 - Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd. (ODG) has introduced two new models of its ARGO Frontier line-up, featuring new Kohler engines with electronic fuel injection (EFI). With EFI engines, the amphibious Frontier 6-wheeled and 8-wheeled UTVs now offer unmatched high-altitude performance along with easier, dependable cold-weather starts, significant fuel savings and simpler maintenance.
March 19, 2015 - BJM Pumps introduces the new patent pending SKG Series submersible pumps, designed and engineered for wipes and other difficult solids in wastewater. The SKG Series pumps can easily obliterate items once considered too difficult or near impossible to pump.
March 19, 2015 - The Beka-Lube Products Inc. PICO Central Lubrication Pump has been the trusted response to the industry’s request for a reliable automated lubrication system for compact equipment. According to Jacquie McDougall, President of Beka-Lube Products, “It is the compact, automated pump that fits right in where others can’t.”
March 17, 2015 - The new twin-handled, walk behind vibrating screed has a compact, single-beam vibrating screed allows contractors to level concrete in a variety of applications, including garage floors and driveways as well as in confined areas.
March 17, 2015 - The new Atlas Copco XATS 400 JD iT4 compressor tackles a wide range of projects with its dependable output and variable pressure capabilities.
March 16, 2015 - ECHO Power Equipment (Canada), the national distributor of SnowEx products in Canada, has announced an addition to the SnowEx product line-up for 2015-2016.
March 15, 2015 - The all new stand-on track trencher from Barreto features a fixed platform and unique fine tuning control adjustment that uses a rod linkage instead of cables.
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.
Our interview with Darren Kershaw, owner of Special Event Rentals, moments after receiving recognition as Rental Operator of the Year at the Canadian Rental Mart.
John Fanjoy of Norton Saint Gobain talks about his company’s big presence at Canada’s rental show.
Jeff Hill of Billy Goat talks sod cutters with Canadian Rental Service editor, Pat Flannery, at the Canadian Rental Mart.
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.
Jan. 20, 2015 - The Canadian Rental Association has released details of its Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in room 241 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans, La. It coincides with the American Rental Association's Rental Show, happening Feb. 22 to 25.
Jan. 13, 2015 - Chris Wehrman, CEO of ARA will speak to the remarkable 50-year plus working relationship of rental members in Canada and the United States, through the CRA and ARA at the CRA Ontario Conference 2015.
A hearty “Hello” to all! I trust everyone had a safe and joyous holiday season.
As we head into the heart of winter, for many this is a season to catch our breath, reflect on the year gone by and plan for the challenges coming at us in the upcoming year.
Nov. 11, 2014 - The Canadian Rental Association Ontario Regulatory Affairs Committee has announced a new partnership with Fuels Learning Centre (FLC). In this partnership, FLC will be updating members on the recent changes to the B149 Propane Storage and Handling Code that affect those rental companies involved in the retail sale of propane. Committee chair Gord Ellis of HosePower Canada commented, “This strategic alliance with FLC will not only keep our members informed, but will do so in a timely manner, as the changes happen”. Through a series of CRA  Ontario Newsletter articles, FLC will detail recent changes to the code and the associated impact on rental companies. The first article in the series appears in the October CRA Ontario newsletter.
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.
Hooray! The overhaul of our website,, is finally complete and the new, totally redone site is now live for you to go and take a look. I think this new layout is going to provide a huge improvement to the online experience for all our readers.
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.
The goal of Canadian health and safety law is to protect workers from the risks inherent in the workplace.
Last month in this space I discussed rental contracts and the important elements that every contract should have.
It’s March and that means it is time for our annual focus on the party and event rental sector.
Your most regular customers probably never use social media. They are busy guys who spend their days on a job site or behind the wheel of a pickup truck and their evenings in front of the hockey game. Facebook, Twitter and the like are at best an occasional diversion, at worst, an annoying waste of time.
If you are anything like most owners of a business, you either inherited a form of contract or drafted one in haste because you had many other things on your to-do list.
I mentioned the price of oil last month and how nice it is for all of us to get a break at the pumps, even though it is not so nice for those of us attached to the industry that pumps the stuff out of the ground.
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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Use these advanced software products to find efficiencies in your business.
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.
April 3, 2014 - John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) has introduced John Deere PowerSight, a new technology solution for John Deere diesel engines installed in OEM equipment. John Deere PowerSight represents another JDPS solution that provides reliable uptime and low cost of operation in off-highway applications.
A stump grinder can be a powerful attachment tool when mounted on a skid steer loader, but only when it is kept in peak running condition.
The Toro BC-25 brush chipper fits through a standard 36-inch gate to get to any project and generates fine mulch ideal for planter beds and walking paths.
April 6, 2015 - General Pipe Cleaners’ Model 88 sectional drain cleaner makes drain cleaning easier.
March 6, 2015 - A new catalogue of drain cleaning tools designed for the rental industry is available from General Pipe Cleaners.
March 3, 2015 - The recent acquisition of the Plugr® brand of aerators complements Billy Goat’s new 30” hydro aerator and creates the most comprehensive offering of reciprocating aerators on the market.
February 17, 2015 - Legend Brands engineers have designed the new Dri-Eaz Dragon® 3600 indirect-fired furnace for restoration industry – and to be the highest quality, most reliable and easiest to operate heater yet. 
February 17, 2015 - Sullair, a supplier of compressed air solutions since 1965, today announced its agenda for The ARA Rental Show. 
February 17, 2015 - Bobcat compact excavator owners can increase performance, profitability and productivity by adding the new Bobcat Depth Check system option — a grade control system.
February 5, 2015 - Configured to meet the rental market’s need for a low acquisition cost, high-performance backhoe, the Terex® TLB840R backhoe loader is designed to give rental business owners a more immediate return on investment without sacrificing performance or quality.
February 5, 2015 - Electric Eel has introduced the Model CT. It features unique variable speed motor control that gives the operator maximum cable control and exceptional cleaning power from 75 to 350 RPM with constant torque. Professionally engineered to clean 3/4" – 2-1/2" dia. drain lines up to 50 Ft., the Model CT is the counter-top drain cleaner to count on for top performance.
Dec. 12, 2014 - The new lightweight and portable PipeBench 170 from Exact Pipe Tools, Inc. provides proper support for pipe cutting where it is needed.
Nov. 13, 2014 - 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. The 12" Flex Leader helps negotiate bends and traps, and is now standard with the Model R Tool Set. The unit is designed to clean 3” - 6” diameter lines up to 100 feet with the unique TRI-MAX inner core cable — the toughest cable in the industry — available in 5/8” and 3/4" diameters. The Model R is powered by a heavy-duty 1/3 H.P. capacitor Baldor motor and utilizes easy “snap-lock” tool connectors. Belt Guard makes maintenance and repair faster and easier. This compact and rugged machine is ideal in situations with limited work space.
Sept. 5, 2014 - General Pipe Cleaners Easy Rooter and Easy Rooter Junior are easier to use. They now includes a patented chuck to secure the cable during operation. With just a quarter turn, the chuck tightens firmly on the cable to secure it while the machine drives the cable into the line. Then, the chuck can be released just as quickly to pull more cable from the drum. It's faster, safer, and easier to use than a thumb screw.
July 4, 2014 - The compact, yet powerful JM-1450 electric jet from General Pipe Cleaners uses high pressure water to clear drain lines clogged with grease, sand, sludge and ice. Thrust pulls the hose down the line, pressure cuts through tough grease stoppages, and water flow flushes it away for wall to wall cleaning action.
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?
Wedding season approaches. Is your event rental fleet prepared with these top items?
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.
Event planners love to talk online about what they think is going to be the next big thing. Let’s listen in.
Video walls are growing in popularity by the day. Part of their appeal is how they inspire imagination. While static signs remind us of the past, video walls tell us the future is now and deliver the “wow” factor, whether for a company looking to convey an image of cutting-edge technology or a retailer elevating its brand.
Crown Verity has introduced a new economy hand sink, the CV-EHS. The non–heated hand sink is suitable for both outdoor and indoor applications that require an interim solution, for shared usage, or for locations where fixed plumbing is not an alternative.  

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