MH Equipment Blog


  • Higher productivity with Hyster Empty Container Handlers


    The Hyster H360HD2-EC4 container handler can stack 9’6” or 8’6” empty containers four-high. Hyster intelligent design delivers class leading lift speeds, 30% less RPM thanks to 5 gear transmission and extremely low noise levels.


  • Manufacturing Excellence - Building Hyster Big Trucks

    See how Hyster's 190-360HD2 high capacity forklift trucks are built in our factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Highly skilled craftsmen work with top quality tools and lean manufacturing processes to produce tough Hyster® Big Trucks.

  • How they are built: Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker Mast Assembly

    Watch the mast being assembled on the Hyster Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker as the trucks reach the final stage of the production line.

  • Why Electric? Breaking Down the Benefits of Electric Forklifts

    Electric forklifts are steadily gaining popularity over their older cousins, the diesel and internal combustion (IC) forklifts. Businesses favor the electric model for many reasons, including lowering their carbon footprint, lowering their ownership and maintenance costs over the life of the machine, and creating a safer work environment for employees. The electric forklift’s numerous benefits for both the owner and operator, combined with continual improvements by manufacturers, have made this workhorse the star of many warehouses.

    Business owners have increasingly chosen the electric forklifts over IC and diesel models for a variety of reasons. The cost advantages of electric in a new forklift for sale cannot be ignored, as they are quite significant. Average operating costs per hour range from $0.80 to $3.00, which is far below the costs of competing models. The electric forklift requires an initial purchase of a battery charger, but even that cost is minor when compared with fuel expenses, and the bonus is that the cost is quickly offset during the life of the equipment.

    Other cost advantages come directly from fuel: an electric forklift doesn’t require fuel, and thus, there is no need for fuel storage. Fuel prices are expensive and can fluctuate over time, leading to increased operating costs.

    Owners will also discover cost advantages with regard to maintenance, as electric forklift motors are easier and more affordable to maintain at optimum levels. Simpler routine maintenance (and a machine that requires that maintenance at longer intervals than diesel or IC models) also provides cost savings.

    Electric forklift operators typically experience fewer repetitive motion injuries and have greater productivity because the equipment is easier to use, and requires fewer hand/arm/leg motions for operation. The electric forklift for sale includes automatic braking activated when the operator removes his/her foot from the gas pedal, which decreases stress on the operator and in turn, the brake pedal itself. This increases the number of hours an individual can spend operating the machinery without fatigue, and also reduces the possibility of on-site injuries, which leads to downtime, insurance claims, and increased costs to the business and owner.

    Business owners, forklift operators, and warehouse employees all agree that the electric forklift has distinct advantages over IC and diesel models. Employees appreciate the enhanced safety that comes from zero tailpipe emissions, especially when the forklift is operated indoors in a closed environment.

    If you’re in the market for a Yale or Hyster forklift for your business, contact MH Equipment today to discuss the best solutions for your individual needs.

  • What to Look For in Your Next Rental

    In warehousing and construction, we know seasonal jobs make up a fair amount of your annual workload. Warehouse managers and construction site foremen understand that forklift and aerial equipment rental is just one way to reduce short-term costs. At MH Equipment, you can rent forklifts, scissor lifts and various other material handling equipment by the day, week, month or season. If you see a spike in business and can't afford to make an investment just yet, rental is your best option. But how do you know which kind of rental to go with? Begin by asking the right questions! We break down the best questions to ask when renting equipment in this blog.

    For specialty equipment like aerial and boom lifts, some of the most important questions to ask are about lift reach and maneuverability.

    1. Which is more important: Horizontal reach, or reaching difficult-to-see places?

    Horizontal reach refers to the height of the lift. If your main priority is getting your workers into very difficult to reach places due to height, ask about telescopic boom lifts—they’re perfect for indoor or outdoor applications and can reach up to 80ft. If you need to pivot or move around and reach multiple areas, you can’t go wrong with an articulating boom lift from Genie.

    Other options include:

    o Scissor lifts for tight spaces

    o Telehandlers for moving material to high locations—not people

    o Vertical mast lifts for moving/lifting products or people while completely elevated

    o Trailer mounted booms, which can be towed behind a pickup truck or SUV.

    Choosing the right forklift for rent, on the other hand, requires knowing the answer to different questions:

    2. Are you using your forklift inside or outside?

    Many forklifts are good for both indoor and outdoor usage, but if you’re working predominately in one or the other, picking the right forklift for the job is critical.

    For indoors, some of your best options include:

    o Yale 3 Wheel Electric forklifts are a perfect option for indoor use—they’re zero emission vehicles and can maneuver well in tight warehouse spaces.

    o Hyster 4 Wheel Electric forklifts are another good choice for indoor use and come in different tire configurations, too.

    For outdoors, your best bets are:

    o Hyster Container Handlers, which are essential for any shipping operation, especially as you’re loading and unloading directly from a semi-truck.

    o Hyster High Capacity Forklifts are another solid choice for outdoor lifting—especially when your lift needs are closer to the 20k lbs. range.

    o Hyster Internal Combustion Forklifts are ideal for either construction sites or warehouses since cushion or pneumatic tires are available for a variety of models.

    3. How narrow are your aisles?

    For very narrow aisles, you need to be mindful of how easily and safely your operators will move between aisles. Every forklift has a clearance radius, so you will need to measure your warehouse aisles accordingly and choose a forklift that best fits your needs. In general, a narrow aisle forklift from Hyster or a narrow aisle forklift from Yale would be the best forklift to meet your needs. With a minimum turning radius of 88.6’, you’ll safely be able to move in tight squeezes throughout your warehouse.

    For more information on rental options, please contact us at any of our 27 locations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

  • Increase Productivity and Fuel Economy with New Industrial Engines Featuring Hyster® Variable Power Technology™

    Hyster Company has launched a new line of industrial engines designed to increase productivity and fuel economy for its 3,000 – 7,000 lb. Class IV and V product lines. The new engines from Power Solutions International (PSI) feature Hyster® Variable Power Technology™ and offer a more powerful and efficient solution for demanding applications.

    The Hyster® S30-40FTS cushion tire trucks and H30-40FTS pneumatic tire trucks include the new PSI 2.0L LP engine. Higher capacity models including the Hyster® S40-70FT and S50CT cushion tire trucks and H40- 70FT and H50CT pneumatic tire trucks contain the new PSI 2.4L LP or dual fuel engine. The optional dual fuel engine provides flexibility to run on LP or gas, an ideal feature for rental applications.

    An advanced feature that comes standard with the new PSI industrial engines includes Hyster Variable Power Technology. This technology provides adjustable performance modes that allow customers to maximize productivity or fuel economy to fit their specific application requirements. Hyster Variable Power Technology offers the ability to achieve a balance of enhanced performance and superior fuel economy or to maximize productivity during peak business periods when moving more loads is integral to the success of the operation.

    To realize greater fuel efficiency and improve emissions, the PSI engines also utilize the latest E-controls fuel system with an electronically controlled regulator. Hyster® trucks powered by the new PSI engines see increased maximum travel and hoist speeds, with or without a load, and increased horsepower – up to 10 percent over the previous engine.

    “Our engine development and testing program is industry leading,” said Bill Pfleger, Vice President, Counterbalanced Solutions, Hyster Company. “We focus on developing engines that are designed to maximize the productivity and performance of the lift truck series they will power. The new PSI engines have exceeded expectations and will deliver great value to our customers.”

    During development, the new industrial engines endured over 30,000 hours of rigorous testing, confirming engine component durability and performance dependability. This toughness is reflected in the extended service intervals and elimination of previous maintenance requirements – helping customers incur less downtime and increase operational productivity.

    About Hyster Company

    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading world-wide 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 105,000 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 part of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), a wholly owned subsidiary of HysterYale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its subsidiaries employ approximately 5,200 people world-wide.

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • Hyster Receives GOOD DESIGN™ Award for Tough but Intelligent Walkie Pallet Truck

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (February 10, 2015) – Hyster Company announces that it has received a 2014 GOOD DESIGN™ award for its W45ZHD walkie pallet truck. Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, GOOD DESIGN honors yearly achievements of the best industrial designers, graphic designers and world manufacturers for extraordinary design excellence.

    “The GOOD DESIGN award highlights Hyster’s continuing efforts to help boost customer efficiency and productivity through innovative design and technology,” said Matt Hoffman, Senior Functional Engineer, who led the design… READ MORE…

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    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • Keeping Up With The Demands of an Active Container Business

    Challenge: Southeastern Intermodal Industries needed reliable and productive materials handling equipment that could keep up with the demands of their busy container business.

    Solution: Southeastern Intermodal Industries turned to Hyster Company and their full line of products to handle the company’s numerous materials handling needs. The company’s most recent purchase, the Hyster® H450HD-EC empty container handler, features superior ergonomic design of the cab and controls.

    Impact: Due to the increased productivity from the lift truck’s durable construction and ergonomic design, along with outstanding service from their dealer, Briggs Industrial Equipment, Southeastern Intermodal Industries has experienced decreased downtime—benefiting the company’s bottom line and making them a loyal customer of Hyster and Briggs.  Click Here to read the full Case Study

     

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • The HON Company

    Due to HON’s relationship with MH Equipment, Central Region Warehouse’s lift truck uptime has increased by nearly 50 percent. In addition, the Central Region Warehouse’s Fortis lift truck fleet has shown a 50 percent reduction in cost per runtime hour.

  • The Great Day Team takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from MH Equipment

    The Great Day on KCWI 23 Team takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from MH Equipment in Des Moines! Their bucket is bigger than yours!!!

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    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information MH Equipment a please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories