26.02.2018

ARA Rental show wrap up

This year’s Rental Show in New Orleans is over with most exhibitors reporting solid order intake and a positive result.

In terms of innovations unveiled at the show, Skyjack, GMG, Snorkel and MEC probably led the way, although the biggest surprise was found on the JLG stand, where the company launched its version of the recently announced 33 metre Hinowa Spider lift – the X1000AJ – a good two months before the Hinowa launch.

Of all the innovations the strongest theme concerns overhead warning/protection systems for scissor lifts, which look as though they will rapidly go mainstream, especially in Europe where demand is growing. The following is brief look at some of the highlights – in alphabetical order!
The Bailey Crane stand, with the new Brandon Mini and Brandon Trax

The Brandon Trax has a 2.2 tonne maximum capacity, a four section 7.2 metre boom plus a 1.5 metre luffing jib

The Balymore stand with two Dingli scissor lifts

CMC spider lifts on the All Access stand, the 25 metre model is currently the most popular but the new 22 metre is expected to do even better when it starts to ship

Steve and Justin Kissinger on the Compact Equipment stand, all units are now modified to meet the new ANSI standards and include a number of product improvements

Easy Lift and Cormidi on a shared stand

While there were no new models on the Genie stand it did show a number of accessories, such as the aluminium mesh panels, while stressing new services, with a strong emphasis on its used and rebuild programmes

Full micro mesh side panels velcro into place around and under the platform to protect small components from falling overboard

GMG launched a 10m mast boom and 15ft scissor lift

The GMG 1530ED is full specification 15ft micro scissor lift that weighs just 860kg

GMG also announced a new radar type operator protection system, which warns of approaching overhead obstacles and then cuts out, the operator can then overide it and proceed with caution, his decision is recorded in the machine's data log

The GMG demonstration machine had a separate beam emitter, but this will be incorporated into the control box on production units

No new products from Haulotte, which is focusing on Intermat this year, but news of a major investment in North American product support

The JCB stand, no news of further aerial lift product launches - perhaps at Vertikal Days?

The Jekko stand with both spider and pick & carry cranes on display

The all new JLG X1000AJ 33 metre spider lift

The new JLG/Hinowa spider lift features 180 degrees of jib articulation, thanks to an additional link in the mechanism

Both JLG and Hinowa versions of the new spider lift will feature standard SkyGuard secondary guarding

The Landoll PT40 heavy duty industrial telehandler can lift 18.8 tonnes to six metres high

Ricardo Magni on the Magni Telehandlers stand

Manitou used the show for the North American launch of its aerial lift line, starting with five of its more popular boom lifts. The company is taking the long view to market share gains

Two versions of the ATJ 16 - ATJ 46 in USA - the ATJ16 Plus (R) and the global launch of the all new ATJ16 MKIII (L) Changes include a new boom & riser and a smaller engine, with load management system EU launch at Intermat

The new Manitou ATJ 16/ ATJ46 includes additional lifting eyes on the superstructure

The Manitowoc stand with Amy Marten and Michael Heinrich talking carry deck cranes from Grove and Shuttlelift

MEC launched a new 45ft articulated boom, the 45AJ - very Genie

The MEC 45AJ features a two part right hand wrap around cover with greater protection from the elements during transport, better access and lower noise levels

MEC also launched the Micro 19 scissor lift, which is shorter than most 19ft scissors and weighs less than a tonne

MEC's ultrasound overhead warning and protection system for boom lifts - unveiled last year - is now in production - with a cost of around 0

The Nifty lift stand well stocked and very popular with the full production version of its 40ft telescopic trailer lift

Platform Basket on the Tracked Lifts stand

Reachmaster with TCA Falcon and Blue lift spider lifts, Winlet glass handling robots and Ruthmann, the company has just moved to new premises in order to cope with increased demand and larger products

Back for a second year, Forever ODM and what it calls a scissor boom, this being the 32/15 - 32ft platform height/15ft outreach. The company also has a 45ft/22ft version on the drawing board for launch next year

Skyjack's Big Cab SJ519 TH compact telehandler

Skyjack also announced a large number of innovations and programmes, including the Platform Protection Alert using ultrasound to warn of overhead obstacles which it is currently testing and evaluating

The Skyjack PPA system uses four ultra sound emitters located on the guardrails

Skyjack also launched an all new heavy duty composite control box which is virtually indestructible

Skyjack also announced two new partnerships - one with Trackunit for its new Telematics system and another with Serious Labs for Virtual Reality training

Snorkel S3215L

The chassis and fork pockets feature major cutaways to reduce weight

Snorkel also unveiled its first telehandler part of a new agreement to badge Faresin products - possibly on a global basis

The Teupen stand

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