MH Equipment Blog

  • A Pallet Truck Can Help Reduce Carbon Footprint

    As the demand for more environmentally friendly business practices grows, it’s important to remember that there are many aspects to consider when “greening” up your company.  According to this article from “The Pallet Truck Shop” based in the UK, Ideal Stelrad Group has made great strides in reducing the carbon footprint of their manufacturing facility by over 300 tons just by implementing the use of pallet trucks and making modifications to their forklifts.  AMAZING!

  • It’s a Hot One!

    Being Safe in the Moment isn’t just a mantra here at MH Equipment – We live it and breathe it every single day.  If you have watched any news at all in recent weeks you know the  whole country has been under an intense heat wave, and only in the last few days have we felt any relief at all. It appears we are on track for one of the hottest summers on record, and with the temperatures soaring, it’s important to protect yourself against heat related illnesses.

    Heat exhaustion and other heat related illnesses don’t just happen to people who are outdoors.  The heat can also take it’s toll while indoors, for example, while in a garage working on equipment, in a warehouse moving boxes, or in a factory working the assembly line.

    Heat related illnesses can strike anybody, but people who have other health conditions, the very young, and the elderly are most susceptible.  It’s important to protect yourself, take precautions, and know the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses so you don’t become one of the thousands of Americans each year who are affected.

    Here are a few easy tips to help avoid heat related illnesses this summer:

    • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
    • Take frequent breaks in a cool area.

    The symptoms for being over-heated can include:

    • Heavy sweating
    • Muscle cramps
    • Cold clammy skin
    • Fast shallow breathing
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Hot, dry skin
    • A weak and rapid pulse
    • High body temperature
    • Disorientation or confusion

    If you feel like you are having any of these symptoms or notice someone around you with these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

    It’s better to be safe than sorry.  Keep an eye on your co-workers and don’t ignore the warning signs, and as always, BE SAFE IN THE MOMENT!



  • Introducing a New Range of Forklift Trucks that Delivers Utility You Can Trust!

    There’s good news for users looking for an affordable answer to simple, everyday materials handling needs, and who want a supplier they can trust with the support of a reputable service organization.

    NACCO Materials Handling Group is pleased to announce the introduction of the new UTILEV® range of forklift trucks. This range of forklift provides an attractive option for users across many industries who require materials handling equipment, but don’t need advanced functionality or attachments.

    These IC-powered counterbalance lift trucks offer a no-nonsense, uncomplicated approach to materials handling, providing affordable, reliable and cost-effective solutions in applications where materials handling equipment is required to work intermittently during the working week. The range consists of 5,000-6,000 lbs. forklift trucks and is available in two different capacities with either LPG, dual-fuel or diesel power.

    What differentiates UTILEV products from similar offerings available on the market today is that these trucks are backed up by a network of specially chosen, experienced, independent distributors, who offer a wide range of support services to their customers. UTILEV products will now be available from MH Equipment, who has been selected by NACCO Materials Handling Group to distribute the product range in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.


    Offering a solution, which will reliably meet productivity targets, while keeping operating costs low, the UTILEV range has been designed to be easy to operate and maintain, delivering “Utility you can trust”.

    Simple to Use
    The ergonomically designed operator compartment, with a familiar automotive layout means that drivers will be able to work comfortably, reducing fatigue during materials handling operations. A range of standard features and options help to ensure that the truck is configured to the needs of the application.

    Easy to Maintain
    Thanks to the simplicity of the components and specification, servicing can be carried out quickly and easily, even when PCs, laptops or diagnostic tools are not available.

    Affordable to Own
    The use of high quality components – as well as efficient filtration and excellent cooling – helps contribute to the reliable operation of the trucks and lower wear and tear. This – together with a standard limited warranty and the fast availability of cost-effective replacement parts – helps to reduce service and maintenance requirements and costs.

    For more information on how UTILEV and MH Equipment can add value to your materials handling operations, please visit: or


  • Tier 4 Interim emissions explained: Greener Diesel Engines Technology

    Tier 4 Interim is the USA’s, Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new set of regulations for off-highway diesels. These regulations require large diesel engines to meet new standards.

    In order for manufacturers to meet the regulations they must cut Particulate Matter (PM) by 90%, and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) by 45%. This means manufacturers will have to develop significantly cleaner engines that are more fuel efficient and cleaner burning.

    Not only has Hyster met these regulations, the next generation of Hyster big trucks are cleaner, quieter, more responsive and significantly more fuel efficient by up to 30%.

    The following post from Adaptalift explains exactly what these new regulations mean:

    Cummins Tier 4 Interin Engines

    In January 2011 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set their new emission regulations for off-highway diesel engines. The new regulations affect heavy machinery such as tractors, wheel loaders, excavators and forklifts. The EPA first launched regulations on the 130-560kw diesel engine category. They then introduced the same regulations for the 56-129kw diesel engines a year later.

    The new requirements mean that diesel engines must cut Particulate matter (PM) emissions by 90%, an emission composed primarily of carbon soot and other combustion by-products, and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) by 45%, an emission composed of nitrogen and oxygen. This means manufacturers will have to develop significantly cleaner engines that are more fuel efficient and cleaner burning.

    The emissions standards for these power categories are: 2.0g/kW-hr Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and 0.02 g/kW-hr Particulate Matter (PM).

    What’s interesting is that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not actually regulated in the Tier 4 Interim regulations, but it looks like manufacturers are rising to the challenge. Cummins QSB and QSL engines are more fuel efficient by up to 15% and hence result in substantial CO2 reduction.

    In 2014, the EPA will introduce Tier 4 Final which will require another major emissions reduction for off-highway diesel engines. Tier 4 Final will first come into effect on the 130-560KW engine category, requiring a further 45% NOx reduction. This will result in a total emission reduction of 90% NOx and 90% MP compared with Tier 3 Standard. These extremely low levels can be described as “near zero” emission levels according to Cummins.

    The emissions standards for this power category are: 0.4g/kW-hr Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and 0.02 g/kW-hr Particulate Matter (PM) effective January 2014.

    There are 3 key approaches for meeting the Tier 4 Interim emissions standards. Here’s how they work:

    Hyster have worked closely with Cummins to meet Tier 4 Interim standards. Cummins QSB and QSL engines feature particulate filter exhaust after treatment system and a cooled Exhausted Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.

    Here is a summary of the enhancements and changes that Hyster and Cummins have made to meet Tier 4.

    Cummins engines utilise cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), allowing for cleaner combustion with NOx reduced by 45%, efficiently recirculating exhaust gas and lowering combustion temperatures.

    The key components of the Cummins cooled EGR system are:

    EGR Valve, EGR Cooler and Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGTTM).

    Tier 4 Interim EGR Schematic

    The Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) uses a sliding nozzle, which controls the exhaust flow into the turbine wheel; delivering rapid boost at lower engine rpm and then maintains high boost at higher rpm. The system also incorporates a larger and smaller turbocharger in a single unit, achieving significantly improved response.

    The Cummins EGR system not only meets emission standards, it also increases engine performance and improves fuel efficiency significantly.

    Cummins Particulate filters reduce Particulate Matter (PM) emissions by 90%. It replaces the Tier 3 muffler, providing equal if not better sound reduction. The Particulate filter collects carbon and other soot on the walls of the filter. The filter also has self-regenerating features; when sufficient exhaust temperatures are met the filter oxidizes particle matter.

    Particulate Matter Filter Diagram

    Cummins air filtration works as a 2-stage system with Sy-klone per-cleaner removing up to 80% of contamination in the first stage. After the pre-cleaner stage the Cummins Direct FlowTM air filter removes the remaining particles.

    Cummins direct flow air filter

    Developed specifically for Tier 4 Interim to provide more performance with a lower profile design saving up to 50% more space. The air cleaner uses a highly-efficient coalescing filter and crankcase ventilation system manufactured by Cummins Filtration. Air flow to the engine is improved with almost 100% efficiency over the life of the filter.

    The filter also features temperature barometric and atmospheric pressure sensors that provide data to the engine control module. A secondary safety filter is also fitted, that ensures protection of the engine if the main filter becomes compromised.

    Another requirement of Tier 4 Interim is that the crankcase emissions be eliminated. Cummins achieved this by using a highly efficient coalescing filter. The filter returns the oil to the crankcase, and also provides the benefit of removing oil mist and small oil droplets, resulting in an even cleaner engine and powertrain.

    Cummins Tier 4 Interim engine management system has been significantly upgraded, fitted with the latest electronic control module the CM2250. The new model provides 3 times faster processing power and the double memory capacity, in comparison to the Tier 3 models.

    One of the most exciting features that the new Tier 4 Interim Hyster range has is operator controlled selection of performance modes ECO-elo (fuel efficiency) or HiP (high performance)

    The normal operating mode is set to HiP (high performance), but when ECO-elo mode is turned on the maximum engine speed is reduced and the engine response becomes less aggressive, resulting in reduced fuel consumption with barely noticeable performance loss.

    This system will be combined with Hyster advanced cooling on demand and alternate engine idle speed, load sensing hydraulics, and RPM management, which contributes to additional fuel savings of up to 15%.

    Key features: Hyster trucks with Tier 4 Interim compliant engines can achieve up to 15% better fuel consumption, resulting in up to 30% fuel saving when combined with both Cummins and Hyster technology, while also providing significantly better engine response and reliability.

    Below is a diagram from Cummins showing the difference between the Tier 3 engines and the Tier 4 Interim engines. As shown below the muffler is replaced by the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which also acts as a muffler; plus the addition of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.

    Also seen below is the Cummins presumed solution to Tier 4 Final, with the addition of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) that is attached after the EGR.

    Tier 3- Tier 4 Final Diagrams

    The following model series are affected by the legislation and will benefit from the new Cummins engines and Hyster engine technology:

    Original Blog post by – Lindsay Whiffen via the Adaptalift Logistics & Materials Handling Blog

    If you have questions about the new Tier 4 Interim Emission Regulations or would like to speak to a salesperson about our Hyster Big Truck line, visit our website or contact:


    Twitter: @BigTruckGuye

    Phone: (513) 681-2200 ext. 2238

  • “Give me a lift!” Hyster Company Donates Reach Truck to Portland Art Museum

    It’s always so great to see what the fantastic network of Hyster Dealers are up to. Kudos to Hyster and Papé Material Handling for your contributions and doing your part in helping share these works of art with your community!

    Portland, OR. (May 14, 2012) – NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), in cooperation with its local dealer, Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Portland, has donated one of its Hyster® electric reach trucks to the Portland Art Museum. Hyster Company donated the electric reach truck and Papé Material Handling, Inc. donated the battery and charging unit.

    The Hyster® electric reach truck will be used in the museum’s storage facility to help move and store the valuable works of art displayed at the museum.

    “This is a small token of our appreciation that the Portland Art Museum brings to the community of Portland and the people of the Pacific Northwest.” said Jonathan Dawley, President of Hyster Distribution.

    “Like our friends and partners at the Hyster Company, we too are members of this community and are happy to give back.” said Shirley Papé. “I am excited to know that it will be Papé products that are helping to share these works of art with members of our community.”

    “We are very grateful to Papé and Hyster Company for this donation,” said Beth Heinrich. “They are both wonderful corporate citizens. Thanks to them, we will safely and confidently be able to move and lift precious works of art that we can share with our visitors.”

    About Portland Art Museum

    Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.

    The Museum’s collection of more than 45,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native people of North America, English silver and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its gallery space to permanent collection.

    About Papé Group, Inc.

    Headquartered in Eugene, OR, The Papé Group, Inc. is a holding company for capital equipment with dealerships throughout the West. The businesses of the Papé Group sell and service the premier brands of capital equipment used in construction projects, forestry, trucking, warehousing/materials handling and private aviation. The Papé Group businesses are Papé material Handling Inc., Bobcat West, Ditch Witch Northwest, Engineered Products, Flightcraft, Inc., Papé Rents, Papé Kenworth and Papé machinery, Inc. The operation serves seven western states – from Alaska to California. The cornerstone of all Papé Group operations since the first dealership was founded in 1938 has been their commitment to providing high quality products backed by consistent, high quality customer service whenever and wherever needed. For more information about The Papé Group Inc., visit

    About Hyster Company

    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 115,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

    Hyster Company is an operating division of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), which employs approximately 5,300 people worldwide. NMHG is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC).

    For all of your material handling needs in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Kentucky contact MH Equipment!

  • He’s the Real Deal!

    The origins of “The Thinker” statue date to 1880 when the French government commissioned Auguste Rodin to create a gate for a planned museum in Paris. He found inspiration in Michelangelo’s depiction of Hell in the Sistine Chapel paintings and in Dante’s epic poem “The Inferno”. Rodin created a prototype for a massive gate he called “The Gates of Hell”. It is two massive doors portraying condemned souls reaching up to the man called the “poet” who sat atop the gate, contemplating the condemned souls below. Paris never built the museum but Rodin never let go of the design of the man. Most residents in Louisville are not aware of the history and greatness of this piece of art. Its value is around $23M.

    According the University of Louisville website, The Thinker statue that sits in front of Grawemeyer Hall is the first large-scale bronze cast of The Thinker. French sculptor Auguste Rodin personally supervised the casting in Paris. It came out of the mold Dec. 25, 1903, and was completed in early 1904. The Thinker design has been cast many times. Eight were made before Rodin’s death in 1917.

    As the first large-scale Thinker ever cast, UofL’s Thinker claims priority as the most original.

    Rodin sent The Thinker to the 1904 World’s Fair. It was owned privately in Baltimore and later was displayed in the Walters Art Museum there. When Baltimore purchased another Thinker, the museum sold the sculpture to the estate of lawyer and art lover Arthur Hopkins, which bought it for the city of Louisville. The city decided to put The Thinker at the University of Louisville.

    The Thinker has sat in front of Grawemeyer Hall since 1949.

    Chemical reactions of acids in rainwater with copper compounds in the bronze had turned our Thinker green. Between December 2011 and February 2012, conservators cleaned the corrosion and gave him a black-over-green patina similar to that on other versions of The Thinker.

    MH Equipment’s Rental team, headed by Jill Marzian in Louisville, provided a forklift to assist in the move of the statue from its pedestal to a warehouse.  There the statue was  meticulously cleaned and restored.  Jill said it was a real pleasure to work so closely with Methods & Materials and several professors of art and restoration from different areas of the United States on the project.

    Jill was on-site from the beginning of the 5 hour move determining how the statue was mounted on the pedestal, making it safe to move, positioning and placing it on the pallet, and then moving it with the Hyster H50FT forklift.

    The final results are amazing!  Take a look at these pictures from the University of Louisville website to see the final results.



  • Congratulations to the 2011 East Side Sox!

    MH Equipment would like to congratulate the 2011 Des Moines East Side Sox!   Over the past 5 years, the Sox have boasted a 166 win and 35 loss record placing them in first place at 19 tournaments including the 2009 Global World Series in Kansas City, Mo.

    In 2011, the Sox finished 7th in the United States in Boys 14 & Under Major USSSA Baseball, 2nd in Iowa, and 3rd in the Midwest!

    Congratulations on an outstanding record and good luck in your future high school sports endeavors!


  • 2012 Branch Events are in Full Swing!

    MH Equipment’s 2012 Branch Events are in full swing!  We have recently completed events in Bowling Green, Dayton, Des Moines, and Lexington.  At each of these events we showcased our MH Fleet Software as well as all of the great people of our branches!


  • Bring Any Job Down to Size

    MH Equipment has the solution to your heavy duty industrial needs – without the commitment of purchasing a large piece of equipment! We currently have available in our rental fleet a Hyster® H550HD.

    The Hyster® H550HD offers best-in-class operator comfort; fast handling, reliable, proven components; and high productivity. If your operation needs a rugged, versatile lift truck, the Hyster H550HD is your performance solution –and it’s now available for rent!

    With a capacity of 55,000 lbs., these big truck models are ideally suited for a wide variety of applications such as steel manufacturing, and sea ports for general cargo or moving and stacking loaded and unloaded containers.  It includes a sideshifting and fork positioning carriage and superior ergonomic features for greater productivity.

    With over 1500 lift trucks in our Rental Fleet, including several 36,000 lb. Big Trucks, we have the Equipment that’s YOURS WHEN YOU NEED IT!

    CAPACITY: 55,000 lb at 48? load center, and 170” wheel base

    POWERTRAIN: Cummins Diesel QSC 8.3L Tier 3; 6 Cylinder creates 260hp @ 2000 rpm and 830 ft-lbs. of torque.

    MAST: 2 Stage 124? Max Fork Ht / 139” Lowered / 199? Ext Ht.

    CARRIAGE: 122? Wide Pin Type Apron Style SideShift with Fork Positioner- Carriage includes an apron side shifter allowing the outer carriage apron to move with the load as it is being side shifted. Also included in this carriage in an individual hydraulically adjustable fork positioner allowing the operator to control fork spacing while in the comfort of the cab.

    FORKS: 4.1? x 11.1? x 96? Long

    OPERATOR COMPARTMENT: Enclosed Cabin with Air Conditioning, Sunshades, and Deluxe Air Suspension Seat.


    Twitter: @BigTruckGuye

    Phone: (513) 681-2200 ext. 2238


  • The Next Generation of Rail Car Mover | Introducing G5

    Developed in 1990, Rail King supports railcar switching operations throughout North America. Engineered to maximize efficiency, safety and operator comfort, Rail King has been produced in five technologically improved generations including the next generation Rail King – the G5.

    Cummins QSB Tier 4i Low Emission Engine that offers:

    Newly designed SAE J1939 CANBUS Electrical System, with

    G5 Rail King Versatility and Dependability

    As in previous generations of Rail King Models, G5 series have independent road wheels and rail wheels for quick, easy mobility on both rail and roadways; an enclosed, insulated cab with unsurpassed visibility for operator safety and efficiency, and a center console with easy view digital panel.

    Now Available —G5

    In our full-width cab models that feature two independent operator control stations, left and right.


    MH Equipment is your authorized Rail King railcar mover dealer in all or parts of the Midwestern states of: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, and West Virginia. With 24 branch locations throughout these states, we have the manpower and services to take care of all of your railcar mover needs. So when it comes time for a new or used railcar mover at your facility, call MH Equipment and our experienced personnel will conduct a track survey to determine which model railcar mover fits your needs.

  • MH vs. Hunger | The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

    In 2011 MH Equipment started a friendly competition between our branches to see who could collect the most non-perishable food items to their choice of local food pantries.  Our Battle of the Branches to Benefit Community Food Banks is now over and the winner of the coveted “Battle of the Branches” trophy for 2012 is Scott City who collected an astounding 209.7 items per employee!

    We would also like to congratulate the Lexington branch for an amazing 2nd Place finish with 203.5 items collected per employee! Lexington was the winner last year and came very close to a repeat performance in 2012. Since the results for Scott City and Lexington were so close, The His First Foundation will be giving an $500.00 to the food pantries of their choice along with a pizza party for both branches.

    In 2011, which was our first year, we collected 12,381 items company-wide to donate to our local food banks. This year we collected 24,359 items – a 97% increase over last year! AMAZING!

    It’s incredible to see how much of an impact we can have when we work together as a team. We would like to thank all of the great people at MH Equipment for having the passion to serve your community!

  • Driving Home the Importance of Forklift Safety

    On May 17th 2012, MH Equipment’s Des Moines branch had the honor of hosting the Industrial Truck Association’s (ITA) OSHA Alliance Presentation entitled – “Forklift Safety: Operator, Machine, and Environment.”  The presentation was an overview of standard forklift safety, operation, mechanical, and regulation information for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Inspectors in Iowa.

    In attendance were approximately thirty OSHA personnel, as well as numerous MH Safety and Training personnel. The meeting was a success, proving to be an enjoyable and educational experience for all.  The ITA Presenters, Bill DeVries and Mike Frasier, did an exceptional job presenting the materials and answering questions from the attendees.

    From a personal standpoint, I thought it was interesting to learn how the Regulatory and the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) affects the development of standards for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and OSHA. It was also interesting to learn the different manufacturers’ positions on meeting these standards and on lift truck modifications.  The explanations regarding training, evaluation, retraining, and reevaluation were very informative as well. Seeing the Bureau of Labor’s data showing that almost 20,000 forklift accidents in 1995 dropped to less than 9,000 accidents in 2009 really drove home the benefits of operator training.

    On a final note, I was thrilled with the opportunity to be a guest presenter for the ITA.  With the large number of OSHA personnel in attendance, the ITA representatives asked if I would be willing to help with the product overview and inspection presentations.  I had the honor of presenting the Class I counterbalanced electric product information to the group. The OSHA personnel had great questions and showed an exceptional knowledge of the equipment.




  • What is Your Forklift Fleet Costing You?

    When it comes to optimizing and managing your fleet assets, the more information you have the better. And the better the information, the more effectively and efficiently you can improve your facility’s operating environment. Therefore, with optimal fleet solutions, you can reduce unnecessary capital expenditures.

    A fleet management program typically includes reviewing your current material handling fleet to determine current expenses, analyzing those expenses and looking for opportunities for potential cost savings, reviewing recommendations for maintenance and/or replacement of equipment as well as training and financing options, implementing selected recommendations, and finally monitoring and reporting fleet progress to ensure that your fleet remains in optimal condition.

    Having a fleet management program in place can help you increase productivity, improve asset utilization, and improve operator safety and accountability, all using intuitive web-based reporting.