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Construction Equipment Guide | Telehandler Rises to the Top as a Solution for Debris Removal

From: Construction Equipment Guide
Region: Midwest Edition | StoryID: 17328 | Published On: 12/10/2011

Telehandler Rises to the Top as a Solution for Debris Removal | The telehandler’s 5,000-lb. (2,268 kg) load capacity shaves hours off the loading time, while its greater lift height eliminates the need for a ramp and enables the crew to load bigger trucks with taller side rails. | Construction Equipment Guide PhotoDanny Manley, owner and president of AquaProof Inc., used to spend three days and hundreds of dollars hauling loads of dirt and concrete to the dump every single time he and his crew finished up a job. He realized he needed a better solution. Exploring his options led to a simple machine switch that’s saving Manley and his AquaProof crew thousands of dollars and many hours of tedious labor.

AquaProof Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, performs basement waterproofing, drainage work and foundation and structural repair. Founded in 2002, the company has 25 employees and serves both residential and commercial properties. Although the basement waterproofing industry is a competitive business, Manley has positioned AquaProof to provide completely customized services. Instead of prescribing basement waterproofing as a fix-all solution, AquaProof combines interior and exterior waterproofing techniques to repair damaged foundations and water-logged yards.

“Our niche is to customize our services for each project,” Manley said. “That’s why my company doesn’t specialize in just one service. Basement waterproofing is definitely the most common job we perform, but certainly not the only one.”

When a client comes to AquaProof for an estimate, Manley assesses all aspects of the problem from the yard and gutters to foundation cracks and basement flooding.

“Not only does waterproofing basements and fixing damaged foundations allow the homeowner to utilize that space again, but it also increases the home’s resale value,” Manley said.

Basement waterproofing can include interior work, exterior work or a combination of both. The first step for interior waterproofing is to place a protective layer of carpet and an exhaust fan in the basement. Then, AquaProof employees begin the heavy lifting. Using a jackhammer, they remove 12- to 18-in. (30.5 to 45.7 cm) of floor around the perimeter of the wall. Next, a trench is dug along the footing and shaved down 1-in. (2.5 cm) every 10 ft. (3 m) to create a pitch.

All of the dirt and concrete is hauled out of the basement in five-gallon buckets. When the excess material is gone, a soil separator is placed in the trench and covered with a layer of gravel, the floors are cleaned and the concrete is re-poured. Water is diverted out of the basement by pumps or gravity, depending on the specific problem in each home.

For exterior waterproofing, a trench is opened on the exterior walls of a home or building. AquaProof employees inspect the walls for cracks and repair any that are causing problems. Tar is applied to the entire exposed wall and plastic is lined on the bottom of the trench. A drainage mat is secured to the wall to prevent water from coming into contact with it. To finish up, filter fabric is placed in the trench on top of the plastic, perforated tile is laid on top of that and everything is covered by gravel. All of the soil is replaced and tamped down to prevent settling. Laying grass seed and straw are the final steps to completing the exterior waterproofing process.

AquaProof’s expertise extends well beyond just interior and exterior waterproofing.

“We combine the interior and exterior systems in applicable areas,” Manley explained. “Our additional services include sump pumps, grading, French drains, fixing bowed walls, stabilizing foundations, downspout lines and window well repair.”

Although it sounds counterproductive, the AquaProof crew must often create an even bigger mess before solving a homeowner’s original problem. Jackhammering basement floors and digging trenches stirs up a lot of dust and misplaces hundreds of pounds of concrete, gravel and dirt. During the exterior waterproofing process, displaced dirt is simply tamped back down into the hole once the wall cracks are repaired. When it comes to interior waterproofing, however, the process isn’t so easy. All of the excavated material must be hauled out of a basement by hand and transported back to the shop for temporary storage. Clients end up with a clean, leak-free home, while Manley and his employees are faced with mountains of rubble at their shop.

With two to three projects going on at one time, the pile of rubble amasses quickly. Until recently, Manley and his crew used a skid steer to load the excess material into Manley’s pickup trucks to be taken to the dump. Sometimes the process would take up to three days, becoming excessively costly and time consuming. The loaded skid steer had to be driven up a ramp in order to reach the bed of the trucks. When the trucks were filled, they had to be unloaded at the dump and driven back to repeat the process over and over. Manley not only paid for gas and wages for his employees, but also incurred a $35 dumping fee with each load. After three days and 57 loads, Manley had spent thousands of dollars. He needed a better solution.

Manley worked closely with his local JCB dealer, MH Equipment in Cincinnati, Ohio, to explore machinery options. His MH representative asked if Manley would be willing to try a different machine — a JCB 524-50 telescopic handler. Manley demoed the telehandler in his shop and was immediately convinced of the machine’s advantages over a traditional skid steer.

The telehandler streamlines the entire rubble-removal process. Due to his speedy little machine, Manley now has the ability to haul away the excess material in six hours instead of three days. The telehandler’s 5,000-lb. (2,268 kg) load capacity shaves hours off the loading time, while its greater lift height eliminates the need for a ramp and enables the crew to load bigger trucks with taller side rails. These larger trucks can hold three times much debris than the smaller trucks Manley was using before, and the dump charges them a small cost of only $15 per load. This more efficient process helps Manley save $2,500 to $3,000 per day when removing construction debris.

While Manley’s old skid steer was certainly a useful machine, the telescopic handler was simply a better fit for his unique needs. Skid steers are ideal on landscaping and construction sites when smaller loads need to be moved from one location to another. They also can be fitted with several different attachments including a forklift, bucket or snow plow, making them great all-purpose workhorses. However, according to Jim Blower, senior product marketing manager of JCB North America, compact telehandlers like Manley’s new JCB 524-50 can actually handle the same tasks as a skid steer and also are available with many attachments.

“Compact telehandlers can be outfitted with a number of attachments, making them able to perform many of the same tasks as a skid steer loader, for example,” Blower explained. “While skid steers are also highly maneuverable and useful in crowded spaces, compact telehandlers have an extendable boom that provides greater reach if you’ll be lifting any loads across obstacles or up to a higher level. Some compact telehandlers can even be used as a compact loader when outfitted with the appropriate bucket attachment.”

The 524-50 JCB model Manley purchased is an 85 hp (63 kW) machine with a 5,000-lb. load capacity. It’s capable of reaching a height of 17-ft. 4-in. (5.3 m) and, unlike a skid steer, it can travel up to 18.6 mph enabling it to be driven on roads between jobs if necessary. The telehandler’s robust load capacity isn’t inhibited by its small size either — the machine is only 6-ft. 11-in. (2.1 m) tall.

JCB carries a wide-range of other telescopic handlers to meet a variety of needs. The line-up includes telehandlers with 13 to 54-ft. (4 to 16 m) booms that can carry loads of 3,000 to 10,000-lbs. (1,361 to 4,536 kg). The smallest machines have been used by professionals who need the telehandler to fit through as small a space as a home doorway.

Manley said, “I save time by loading materials in the telehandler, because it’s a lot faster than using my skid loader. It saves wear and tear on my vehicles, and I only need one man on the job instead of three.”

Manley also uses the JCB telehandler to load trucks with supplies for the job site. The versatility of the machine is an added bonus. Saving time and money — two valuable resources for business owners — has made the most impact for Manley and AquaProof Inc.

“I think that this is an example of how important it is to always keep your eyes open for a better solution,” Manley said. “The new machine will pay for itself in savings in a little less than three years. If I hadn’t been open to the idea of replacing our skid steer with a telescopic handler, I’d still be paying thousands of dollars to get rid of the debris we generate at our job sites.”
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Meet Eric Shock!

This week we are pleased to spotlight Mr. Eric Shock! Eric is a Construction Equipment Specialist at our Charleston, WV branch.

Eric is a newcomer to the company but since he started in July of this year he has sold 6 machines! His proudest moment so far was selling two machines to the City of Hurricane, WV. (We hope it’s your first of many proud moments to come Eric!). Before coming to MH Equipment Eric was the Assistant Vice President at Huntington Insurance and an Account Executive for Federated Insurance.

Eric and his beautiful wife Amber have been married for 9 years and have 3 amazing children, Carson, Isaac, and Gracee who are all under the age of 7! As a family they enjoy attending church activities as well as local sporting events. Eric says his favorite team is the West Virgina University Mountaineers.

When Eric isn’t working hard selling machinery or with his family he loves to go bow hunting and has been an active archer for over 15 years. He also enjoys landscaping and beautifying his yard with plants.

If Eric could have dinner with anyone is history he says he would like to share a meal (preferably sushi) with Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was credited with establishing the National Parks System and since he also was an avid hunter they would have tons to talk about!

Eric says he really enjoys the people at MH Equipment and the Values of the company and it’s employees.

Thank you, Eric for sharing your story and we look forward to sharing continued success with you!

Meet Erik James

 Erik James is our newest Material Handling Specialist at our Columbus,Ohio Branch. He just recently joined us in February of this year, so I guess he can technically still be considered a ‘newbie’.  Erik was recruited to MH Equipment by Brian Wolfe, our Construction Equipment Specialist in the Cincinnati area, from Hilti, Inc. where he was a Civil Specialist selling civil engineering equipment to the construction industry.

During his time at MH Equipment, Erik says that the thing he likes most about working for MH is the people he gets to work with on a daily basis; and he says that his most memorable experience thus far was his first Hyster sale to a Columbus trucking company.

When he’s not working, Erik likes to spend time with his beautiful wife Bergen Lynn and their two children, Becket who is 3 and Zoe who is 1. Together they like spending time at the pool or Buckeye Lake (Ohio’s oldest state park!). Erik is also considered the ‘get-together’ guy in his social circle – frequently organizing and planning social events. Finally, when he’s not organizing social events or spending time with family, you can find Erik snow skiing or watching his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, play ball. (When asked why they were his favorite team, Erik simply replied “Because I’m a glutton for punishment….” Ouch.)

Erik says that Kurt Cobain is the one person in history that he would like to have dinner with. “There really isn’t a deep meaning behind wanting to have dinner with Kurt Cobain, I just grew up listening to his music and he was very influential in my childhood.  I’d like to ask him what was so wrong in his life that he needed to end it.  Most musicians love music, make good money and entertain people, or want to change the way society feels and thinks about issues at hand…he accomplished all three during and after his life.”

Please join me in welcoming aboard Erik James to the MH family – we look forward to his many years at MH Equipment!

Brake for Safety

At last, Spring has sprung and construction zone are popping up all over our roadways. Speeding and inattention are the two biggest reasons for collisions in road work zones. Construction zone accidents are most often caused by vehicles exceeding the appropriate speed in the designated zone. Not only are people inside the vehicle at risk, but the construction zone workers who are out on the road are also at risk. Also, each year thousands of farm vehicles are involved in accidents on public roads. Most of the collisions between slow-moving farm equipment and cars occur on dry, open highways during the day. With construction, farm equipment, school zones and other hazards, we have to make sure we are driving Safe in the Moment.

Safe driving tips for…

Farm communities:

  • Watch for - vehicles and adjust your speed before you get too close to them. Remember that farm equipment with a SMV emblem travels at 25 mph or less.
  • Many farm tractors and equipment are so large that they take up  most of the road. Slow down when approaching the tractor and only pass with caution (if laws permit passing).

Construction:

  • Some states have laws that prohibit talking on cell phones while in construction zones.
  • Be on the look out for a worker stepping out into the lane of traffic or a construction vehicle pulling out suddenly. Often members of the road crew are working very close to fast-moving traffic and any slip-ups can cause disasters.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This is important when driving through a construction zone where sudden stops and turns are likely.
  • Take turns while merging and be a courteous driver.

School:

  • With nicer weather, more kids may be walking or riding their bikes to and from school so watch out for children.
  • IL and other states have prohibited talking on your cell phone while driving through school zones.

Motorcycles:

  • Nicer weather also brings out the motorcycles. They can be difficult to spot, so always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Scooters do not travel as fast as motorcycles. Use caution when approaching one.
  • Allow more distance when following a motorcycle or scooter than you would when following a car.

In General:

  • Always look over your shoulder and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
  • No texting/emailing while driving.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Always signal your intentions.

We hope this post helps remind you of the “little” things we might forget while on the road. Spring weather also brings out a lot of factors that we’re not used to seeing due to colder weather. Be Safe in the Moment!

MH JCB

If you are our friend on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, you have probably seen posts and comments encouraging you to become acquainted with MH JCB.

After a couple weeks of building MH JCB’s online presence through Facebook and Twitter, we realized that we haven’t given you the necessary background information in order to extend your hand in friendship (or your mouse to the “like” or “follow” button). So, on our usual ‘Branch Highlight Wednesday’ we’re instead highlighting an important part of of the MH Equipment team: MH JCB.

In 1952, MH Equipment started in Peoria, Illinois as one of the smallest forklift dealerships in the United States. After decades of successful growth in the material handling industry, we decided we could deliver our unique brand of People, Passion, Purpose to the construction equipment industry. So, in 2004, we took on the full line of JCB constuction equipment. If you’re looking to purchase or rent a backhoe loader, compacter, excavator, skid steer, forklift or parts and service- MH JCB has got it. JCB construction equipment branches are located in Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston.

Now that you’re acquainted with MH JCB,”like” them on Facebook and “follow” them on Twitter to stay current on construction industry trends and the JCB Construction Company. For a little fun, check out the JCB Dancing Diggers video, one of our favorites.

Visit the MH JCB website to find out more about the construction equipment and services they/we offer.

Safe in the Moment: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Being Safe in the Moment has helped MH Equipment make great strides towards being an injury free company. Because our safety performance is well above the industry average, we received awards from the National Safety Council and the Ohio BWC in 2010. Hopefully our posts about Being Safe in the Moment will help you and yours.

A shoulder sprain is stretching or partial tearing of the ligaments and capsule that support the shoulder, specifically, the glenohumeral joint. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. The glenhumeral joint is the meeting of the upper arm bone, humerous, and the cup of the shoulder blade.

Main Causes of Shoulder Injury:

-Holding any muscle in one position too long

  • For example, if a typist’s keyboard is too high the shoulders must be kept in a raised position. To avoid injury, adjust the keyboard until it’s low enough to allow the shoulders to be down and to be relaxed while typing.
  • While driving, if the steering wheel is too high or far away, the shoulders may be placed in an awkward position. You should adjust the seat closer and lower the steering wheel to put the shoulders in a relaxed position and to avoid injury.
  • If you carry a backpack or computer bag over one shoulder for a long time, that can cause muscle strain. Take time to stretch out the neck and shoulder and carry the bag with your hand instead.

-Slouching

  • Muscles in the upper back (between the shoulder blades) may become strained as a result of slouching for long periods of time. Practice good body mechanics and good posture.

-Falling

  • Falling on an outstretched arm, forced twisting of the arm, or a blow to the shoulder can cause muscle strain. To avoid falling, practice good housekeeping and check mats and rugs for trip hazards.

Technitions Precautions:

  • Practice proper lifting techniques for lifting, moving, reaching, bending, etc.
  • Drink plenty of water especially in hot weather. Water lubricates the joints.
  • Cords picked up? Loose stairs? Practice good housekeeping to prevent trips and falls.
  • Warm up and stretching exercises before engaging in strenuous activity.
  • Use proper extensions on tools whenever possible to avoid straining to reach.
  • Use a ladder instead of trying to reach heavy items over head.

There is no safety precaution too small or trivial. Take proper steps to prevent all avoidable injuries and accidents.