A Place for Everything - A-Z Rental Centre in Waterloo, Ont.

A Place for Everything - A-Z Rental Centre in Waterloo, Ont.

With 40-plus years of rental service under his belt

Show season 2017 - CRA and ARA show preview

Show season 2017 - CRA and ARA show preview

Against a backdrop of a slowing economy in some areas and a weak dollar

More than muscle - 2017 Ford Super Duty review

More than muscle - 2017 Ford Super Duty review

Almost twenty years ago the Super Duty line of Ford trucks was born.

Since 1956, A&B Party and Event Rentals in Vancouver has always been a family business. For the Sebal family, it started when Tom Sebal was a vice-president of Woodward’s stores in the 1980s.
With 40-plus years of rental service under his belt, Peter Lavigne can speak at length about longevity in business. “You have to enjoy helping people everyday, solving their problems, giving them the right tools,” says the 61-year-old co-owner.
If you have not yet met Hank McInnis, now’s your opportunity to get to know him.  Starting in February, McInnis will become the next president of the Canadian Rental Association, and take over a one-year term to represent your organization’s best interests.
Peter Darbishire, editor of Canadian Rental Service between 1984 and 2007, shared his memories of the early days of the magazine, the rental industry and the Canadian Rental Mart.
“We welcome all inquiries whether they have anything to do with us directly, or not,” explains Ken Malott, vice president of Kensal Rental Service Ltd. “If you help someone out, they remember you and that’s good for future business.”
“Call us, we’ve likely got it” is the motto of Atlantic Rentals Ltd. “And if we haven’t got it, we’ll get it,” says Sandy MacBeath, the Moncton store manager of three years.
There’s a common perception that trying to bring a new generation of entrepreneurs in the rental business is a tough gig. But the young president of the Quebec rental association, the ALQ, is setting out to do something about it.
What’s in a name? If you’re Hamilton Equipment Rental Centre, it means everything. Considered one of southwestern Ontario’s leading rental service centres, HERC Equipment Rentals (as it is legally known in this bustling “Steeltown” burg), is finding itself embroiled in a titanic clash against Hertz.
It’s hard-nosed military training and mission-focused tactics that John Abraham brings to his start-up rental operation. As a former platoon commander, he’s using his lead-from-the-front, the buck-stops-here mindset to establish a beachhead in Toronto’s fiercely competitive construction market.
On the NJS website, owner Nancy Snell describes her business as “a speciality linen and decor rental company where relationships, listening to, and fulfilling the needs and wants of the customer go hand-in-hand with quality fabrics, fashionable concepts and imaginative vision.”
At its very core, the addition of a rental counter by Topmar Building Supplies of Fredericton, N.B., was a case of north and south. The opportunity presented itself in late October 2004, shortly after a local rental company moved to the south side of the Saint John River, a geographic boundary which bisects the city into Fredericton North and Fredericton South.
Fifteen years ago, Dale Benner was driving home from his job as a road builder for the logging industry, when he noticed a rental business in his hometown of Sechelt, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. After Dale walked in the door at home, he had an announcement to make to his wife.
As is customary, the Canadian Rental Association (CRA) held its annual general meeting February 27th during The Rental Show which this year was held in Orlando, Florida.
By now I hope you have read my piece in the February issue of Canadian Rental Service and have come to realize that I am all about the Canadian Rental Association benefits. As this is the party and event issue, I took some time to learn a little about that side of the business. Being an equipment guy, I knew nothing of the party and event business and after reading this you may say and I still don’t.
The Canadian Rental Association's Ontario local held its January meeting on Jan. 18 at Kubota Canada' huge distribution warehouse in Markham, Ont. About 50 attendees got an eyeful of a thoroughly modern construction equipment operation along with dinner and an informative talk on Tier IV diesel standards.
The meeting package for the Canadian Rental Association's national Annual General Meeting is now available to members. The AGM will take place Feb. 27 at 4:00 pm at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., room S319, during the American Rental Association's Rental Show.
Iam sitting here looking at my computer and thinking about what I am going to say in my first message as president. My first thought is to thank everyone for putting their faith in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity. 
November 17, 2016 - 50 members and guests of the Canadian Rental Association Ontario division converged on Whites LES in Toronto for the November membership meeting.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Do you know that your local’s success depends on you?
An interesting thing about injuries (it is incorrect to call them “accidents”) is that they never happen when it’s convenient and we seldom recognize the true cost to our businesses. This is particularly relevant in our rental world, as we tend to run our businesses with minimal staffing and often operate with very tight margins.
Nov. 1, 2016 - Two industry veterans from the manufacturing side of equipment rental will become the newest inductees into the Rental Hall of Fame next February. Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel, and Spencer Etzel, a visionary in tent rental now with Rainier, will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show® on Feb. 27.
October 17, 2016 - Despite the tee off times being moved to include some of BC's finest weather, the annual CRA - BC chapter golf tournament that was held in September was a huge success.
October 13, 2016 - On October 12th, over 40 professionals involved in the equipment and party rental business descended on Burlington for the latest Ontario chapter membership meeting.
September 15, 2016 - The annual Canadian Rental Association, Ontario division golf tournament took place in Guelph at the Springfield Golf and Country Club on September 13th.
March 21, 2017 - – Updating the legacy Genie® S™-105 and S-125 telescopic boom lifts, the new Genie SX-105 XC™ and SX-125 XC booms are engineered to work in more applications that require higher capacities.
March 20, 2017 - JCB has introduced the world’s first skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom.
March 16, 2017 - ASV LLC, a manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skidsteers, offers the Posi-Track RT-30 compact track loader as a heavy-duty commercial machine in a small package.
March 14, 2017 - Following its acquisition of the Terex Coventry plant’s compact construction business in December 2016, Mecalac is featuring the new Terex TLB840R backhoe loader.
March 14, 2017 - The key to any aerial rental business’s success is keeping equipment ready to work.
March 7, 2017 - Michelin Tweel Technologies has introduced a Hard Surface Traction (HST) version of its award-winning MICHELIN® 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Airless Radial Tire. 
TVH in the Americas (TVH) is now offering Smoothy90 polywheels and tires.
March 4, 2017 - Hilti is expanding its SDS-max rotary hammer portfolio with the introduction of the Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-max rotary hammer with chiseling.
March 3, 2017 - JCB has signaled its intention to become a major player in the $8-billion global powered-access market with the launch of a range of scissor lifts and articulated and telescopic booms.
March 2, 2017 - Introducing the first in the next generation of innovative accessories, the new Genie® Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm system offers a contemporary accessory that can, in some circumstances, provide additional operator protection.
March 1, 2017 - Skyjack unveiled its new class-leading articulating boom SJ85 AJ and displayed the largest telehandler from its range during American Rental Association’s The Rental Show 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
February 23, 2017 - Kubota Tractor Corporation announces the KX033-4 compact excavator, the newest member of the popular KX series.
Twitter, news outlets and newspaper headlines were resoundingly similar in wake of the tragedy that befell four individuals in Key Largo, Fla., on Jan. 16. They read, “One critically injured and three construction workers dead after drainage work accident”; “Three Florida construction workers killed on the job”; “Three dead while working in a trench in Key Largo Monday morning.” This has got to stop. These were three senseless, preventable tragedies. Three men leaving families and loved ones behind, performing what, on the surface, seemed to be a routine task.
If you want to take your customer service to the next level, it’s important to understand the “Four Ps” for any purchase to happen. They are: product, price, people and policies/procedures.
My daughter is 15, which means her default location is in her room with the door closed and earbuds in. Calling her for dinner, or for any other reason, is a challenge even to my abilities to project my voice – keeping in mind that I’m told I can be heard all over our office when I’m not careful to keep it down.
Feb. 3, 2017 - A new five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues released by the American Rental Association (ARA) shows a moderate strengthening compared to the November forecast. ARA now projects U.S. equipment rental revenue will reach $48.9 billion in 2017, but then grow at an average annual rate of 4.3 percent over the forecast to top $56 billion in 2020.
Change is a common term used in health and safety, and some changes that come along are way overdue. The CSA Group, formerly known as the Canadian Standards Association, are making changes to the two standards that apply to elevated or aerial work platforms, namely CSA 354.4-02 – Self Propelled Boom-Supported Elevating Work platforms and CSA 354.2-01 – Self Propelled Elevated Work Platforms. Changes are anticipated for early to mid 2017.
There I was in the tiny hamlet of Sechelt, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Sechelt is a short drive from Gibsons where the Beachcombers TV Series was filmed many years ago. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen. Lush, green trees, beautiful gardens, hummingbirds, and of course, the smell and sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
The federal government defines landscaping companies as companies primarily engaged in gardening-style activities such as planting trees and lawns and creating walkways, fences, decks and ponds. Note that word, “primarily.” While most landscaping companies do build walkways and other outdoor structures, companies that do this as the main focus of their business are not reflected in these numbers.   A glance at the numbers reveals an industry that is not unlike the rental industry itself: distributed across the country mostly according to population densities and consisting of many small, local, privately owned companies. In every region except Ontario, the largest number of companies is in the “micro” category, meaning companies with four or fewer employees. No doubt this reflects the local and service-oriented nature of the landscaping business – no one is going to phone Calgary to get their lawn cut in Red Deer, Alta.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.canadianrentalservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1#sigProGalleria52cd908842
This issue we pass along the sad news that Wally Carruthers passed away in November at the age of 89. Wally was a fixture at rental events across the country while he was selling for Kango and running his own rental operation in Barrie, Ont.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Canadian Equipment Rentals Corp. has announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016. The Company also announces that it has entered into a Fourth Amending Agreement with its lenders which expires on December 15, 2016.
Nov. 15, 2016 - The latest five-year forecast for the equipment rental industry released by the American Rental Association (ARA) remains positive, even as several economic factors point toward more modest increases over the next five years. ARA now projects equipment rental revenue reach $55.5 billion in the United States in 2020.
When considering parties that have established duties under occupational health and safety laws, we usually gravitate towards the contractor, employer, supervisor, and worker. Each province has clearly set duties that must be exercised.
There I was, sitting on a WestJet plane leaving Vancouver for Kauai, Hawaii, with my wife, Sonia. We were in one of the emergency rows and Keisha, one of the flight attendants, gave us instructions in case of an emergency and asked if there were any questions.
March 23, 2017 - Point of Rental Software has long since been integrated with DocuSign, one of the leading electronic signature services, but has now officially released Rental eSign, an electronic signature service designed specifically for rental processes.
One of the most familiar and earliest applications for event software is laying out floor plans. Much of the guesswork around what can be fit into a specified space is eliminated when the software can provide an accurate map of the area and model how your tables, chairs, decor, stages and equipment will fit into it. 
Feb. 3, 2017 - Azuga has announced the launch of Azuga Asset Tracker. The latest technology in the company’s line of award-winning fleet solutions will enhance customers’ real-time visibility of assets, ultimately helping them improve operations, reduce risk and lower costs. The solutions incorporate purpose-built asset tracking devices that integrate with Azuga’s cloud-based application for real-time monitoring and operations management, significantly simplifying delivery, service, recovery and billing for assets deployed in the field.    
February 2, 2017 - Point of Rental Software recently installed its Elite ERP product in Simplex Equipment Rental’s 41 locations throughout Quebec and eastern Ontario.
Jan. 23, 2017 - Point of Rental Software unveiled the first Customer Rewards app in the rental industry in its version 2016 update, enabling rental businesses around the world to easily manage a customer loyalty program.
Jan. 9, 2017 -  Milwaukee Tool continues to revolutionize the tool industry with the introduction of the TICK - a professional-grade Bluetooth tool and equipment tracker. Designed to withstand the harshest jobsite environments, the TICK can be easily attached and hidden from sight on any product, regardless of brand, providing users an invaluable way to track anything in their inventory through the ONE-KEY app.
December 22, 2016 - Charter Software, maker of ASPEN Business Management Software, announced additional enhancements to their existing Bobcat/Doosan, Mahindra, John Deere and PMPro integrations, designed to increase dealers’ productivity and profit margins.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Point of Rental Software joins Opportunity International in its mission to end global poverty this holiday season. Opportunity International supports local microfinance organizations that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create small businesses, and build vibrant communities.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Rouse Analytics has rolled out its rental rate and utilization benchmarking service to rental companies and equipment dealers in Canada.
December 2016 - The information technology you need to get an edge in business.
Sept. 20, 2016 - Alert Management Systems is pleased to announce its new corporate ownership, effective September 7, 2016. The company was purchased by two of its senior managers, who are also long-time Board members. Mary Crosslin and Kara Lawrence will serve as Co-Presidents (COO and CEO, respectively), and are equal owners.
August 4, 2016 - Point of Rental announces its first International Innovation Award.
March 9, 2017 - Barreto has introduced their newest entry into the small stump grinding market.
Help your landscaping clients prosper with these rental-ready lawn care products.
Spring is just around the corner, but your landscaping customers are probably still busy with their snow-removal contracts. Time to make sure your snow-pusher products are performing their best. Although most pushers require minimal maintenance, they’ll need some attention to be most effective in your rental fleet.
January 12, 2017 - ProBarrow is a professional grade electric powered wheelbarrow that was designed, built and tested here in Canada.
January 12, 2017 - Domax Construction Equipment has introduced a new muck truck.
Now any type of splitter can be wedgeless with the safe split system from Bavarian Wood Machines. BWM splitters use no-hands safe guides to centre any log and work together with the shear.
December 21, 2016 - Stihl has introduced a professional bike-handle trimmer with simplified starting, improved air filtration and 30% longer run time than the FS 90.
November 2, 2016 - Bandit Industries has reintroduced its extremely popular hand-fed drum chipper line with a new look, minor enhancements, and new model names that reflect the chipper’s rated chipping capacity.
October 31, 2016 - Sno-Way International has announced the introduction of a new controller for their poly v-box spreaders. 
September 14, 2016 - The improved MS 261 C-M chain saw was designed for professional use in forestry.
Sept. 6, 2016 - The new UltraGrinder by ArborWolf is the only stump grinder attachment in the industry with a radial piston motor for maximum productivity, a cushioned parallelogram mechanism for drivetrain protection and teeth on both sides of the cutting wheel to allow for dual-direction cutting. It also features proven Greenteeth® technology as standard equipment.
August 25, 2016 - Morbark adds the 223 stand-alone flail to its chipper line.
March 2, 2017 - The new Model DRZ-O economical power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners quickly and cleanly clears clogs from 1-1/4" to 3" sink, tub and laundry lines.
February 2, 2017 - The lightweight Gen-Eye POD® video inspection systems from General Pipe Cleaners now offer optional Wi-Fi capability.
February 1, 2017 - The fencing revolution has arrived as Stock-ade has introduced the ST400i stapler.
January 4, 2017 - The new Model DRZ-PH-O power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners offers a quick, clean way to clear clogged sink, tub and laundry drains in 1-1/4" to 3" lines.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Gray Tools Canada Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of a new vertical machining centre, thus furthering its commitment to domestic manufacturing. The commissioning of the equipment was the final step in a nearly 18-month process that involved countless hours of study, evaluation and consultation.
November 9, 2016 - Unique Quick-Fix™ from General Pipe Cleaners lets you quickly repair broken drain cleaning snakes in the field.
October 12, 2016 - The rotary hammer is the workhorse of any construction site, providing the power and torque to drill and chisel in materials that range from concrete to steel. But the real differentiator among these power tools is putting all of that performance in a package that delivers great power at low weight – and that’s the story of the Bosch GBH18V-26 1" SDS-plus® EC Brushless Rotary Hammer.
September 27, 2016 - Contractors are demanding more switch, handle and performance options for grinding and cut-off applications.
Sept. 6, 2016 - Milwaukee Tool has introduced the new M18 FUEL SDS Max Rotary Hammer. The SDS Max Rotary Hammer is the first cordless solution of its kind that provides the performance required for more demanding, heavy-duty drilling and chipping applications. With the launch of the new SDS Max, Milwaukee is now the only power tool manufacturer to provide a full line of rotary hammer solutions all on one M18 battery platform.
September 1, 2016 - Puncture-proof tires now make four popular, powerful Jet Set® water jets from General Pipe Cleaners even more rugged and reliable in the field.
August 31, 2016 - The compact, lightweight JM-1000 Mini-Jet™ from General Pipe Cleaners offers a great way to clear grease, sand and ice clogs – at a great price.
Reliable power is the key to customer satisfaction.
March 15, 2017 - Wertz Werkz has introduced a number of new games for the party rental industry.
Table skirts, tower heaters, security fence, stake covers and more...
February 6, 2016 - Signature Systems Group, announced the release of their new steel barricade system.
January 12, 2017 - OutFront Portable Solutions has introduced its latest fencing product for crowd control.
November 30, 2016 - Magic Jump Inflatables has introduced this unique pink and purple Gift Box bounce house.
October 27, 2016 - Crown Verity has introduced a quartz tube tower heater which brings a new look to outdoor heating.
September 12, 2016 - Constructed of elm wood, the National Event Supply Wood Cross Back Chairs are a fantastic addition to your rental inventory, banquet hall or restaurant.
September 1, 2016 - The NES Reliable Teardrop Back Banquet Chair is one of the most durable event chair that features a sturdy steel frame and 2.5" thick cushion for the comfort of guests.
May 25, 2016 - Twister Display has launched a line of new interactive games.
February 26, 2016 - Vitabri by Ins’TenT has launched Chest’Air, their new line of modern European inflatable furniture.
February 26, 2016 - Signature Systems Group, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring and fencing products for the special event industry, has announced their acquisition of California-based California Portable Dance Floor Company (CPDFC).
January 18, 2016  - Splat A Rat is the latest fun game from Twister Display.
It's your last chance to register for the CRA Ontario Conference and Product Expo taking place March 22 at the Holiday Inn in Guelph, Ont. While education seminars have been eliminated from other CRA trade shows, CRA Ontario has gone the opposite direction and built a one-day program with half the day dedicated entirely to industry information sessions, workshops and panel discussions.
Things are stabilizing a bit in Alberta if the Canadian Rental Association's Prairie show in Edmonton was any indication. The event attracted around 120 attendees to visit 56 exhibitors. As is usual for this show, the Saturday night banquet brought in an even bigger crowd to enjoy the DoubleTree Edmonton West's fine fare and a rolicking return performance by the Duelling Pianos.
Feb. 21, 2017 - Headed to CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE March 7-11 in Las Vegas? Make the most of your show experience with these “know before you go” tips so you don’t miss out on all that the shows have to offer.
February 21, 2017 - Two major snow storms during the week leading up to the CRA Atlantic show, which was held in Moncton February 17 & 18, did not damper the enthusiasm at this annual event.
Against a backdrop of a slowing economy in some areas and a weak dollar, the Canadian Rental Association is cautiously optimistic that the offer of rewards for attendees and exclusive buying opportunities will lure rental store operators to its local shows.
January 23, 2017 - Beautiful Surrey, BC hosted the Canadian Rental Association on January 20 & 21 for its annual regional trade show.
Jan. 16, 2017 -  Expect an entertaining and inspiring keynote session with this year's speaker, Jay Leno.
Jan. 16, 2017 -  Final preparations are underway for DEUTZ Corporation’s exhibit at the upcoming World of Concrete show. This year’s event is scheduled for January 17-19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jan. 9, 2017 -  Enerpac will exhibit its latest developments in Heavy Lifting Technology in Las Vegas at ConExpo 2017 from March 7-11, 2017. The outdoor display located in the Gold Lot, booth G1127, will showcase a wide range of tools and industry leading heavy lifting equipment for the construction market.
June 28, 2016 - Emerging technologies for the jobsite of the future, innovative wearables to enhance health, safety and productivity, cutting-edge skills for careers of the future, and new materials to enhance our nation’s infrastructure. These are just a few of the things attendees to the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience pavilion might experience as they step into the future of the construction industry. Today, the largest international gathering in the Western Hemisphere for the construction industries announced the new Tech Experience where attendees can actually step into the future and experience what’s new and next in the construction industry.
ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2017 are teaming up to unveil the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed construction excavator and the first large-scale use of steel in 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing. The excavator, which will be on display at the joint trade shows in March 2017, will bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show’s 2017 theme, “Imagine What’s Next.” In addition to the pre-printed excavator, show attendees will see a second excavator printing live on the show floor.
May 3, 2016 - The 2016 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo are concluding their run March 22-24 as the most successful ever, with record attendance of more than 9,000, and record exhibit and education numbers. The co-located shows are at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coming Events

Quebexpo
Tue Mar 28, 2017 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
National Heavy Equipment Show
Thu Apr 06, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Ontario CRA members meeting
Wed Apr 19, 2017 @ 6:00PM -
Canada North Resources Expo
Fri May 26, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Canada's Farm Progress Show
Wed Jun 21, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
CRA Ontario golf tournament
Tue Sep 19, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM