MH Equipment Blog

  • 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.

  • Hyster Company Names Dealer of Distinction Recipients

    Hyster Company recently honored its top-performing dealers with its prestigious Dealer of Distinction award. The 2011 award-winning celebration, held on Kiawah Island, S.C., marked the 18th year that Hyster has honored its dealers for their industry-leading level of performance in all areas of the materials handling business. “Hyster Company’s Dealer of Distinction Awards Program recognizes dealers with focused leadership who have driven their companies to the highest level of performance in all areas of the business,” said Jonathan Dawley, president of Hyster Distribution. “The dealers that make this commitment to strive for distinction elevate their organization to this elite level.”To become a Dealer of Distinction, dealers must reach elevated goals in customer satisfaction, dealer performance, general management, truck sales, short-term rental, training, aftermarket sales, and parts and service operations.

    Recipients of the 2011 Dealer of Distinction award include:

    Arnold Machinery Company – Utah
    MH Equipment – Iowa Division
    MH Equipment – Kentuckiana
    Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Portland
    Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Eugene
    Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Central Washington
    Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Sacramento
    Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Spokane
    Sellers Equipment, Inc.
    Wajax Industries – West
    Arnold Machinery’s Colorado Division was named a Dealer of Merit.

  • ReSales Feature | Motrec T-210

    The Motrec T-210 standup tow tractor is powered by an 8 hp 24 volt motor and can tow a 10,000 lb. load.  It will accept a 24 volt industrial battery and travels at speeds up to 6 mph un-laden.

    The T-210 has been designed for applications that require frequent stops.  Large wheels provide a smooth ride and an ergonomically positioned steering wheel contribute to operator comfort.

    Well suited for congested industrial settings, the Motrec T-210’s standup operator position makes it convenient to frequently mount and dismount while providing excellent visibility to the operator.

  • Skilled Technicians Wanted!

    If you answered ‘Yes’ and are looking for a position where you can grow and develop in an atmosphere where People Matter, Passion Inspires, and Purpose Unites, then MH Equipment is the company for you!
    When you join MH Equipment, you’ll be joining one of the leading material handling dealerships in the country and one of the largest in the Midwest. We have 26 locations in 10 states and over 600 hardworking and dedicated employees.
    We are always searching for the best talent to join our team! Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package and a positive work environment.



  • The New Rail King is Here!

    It was quite an exciting morning at our Des Moines Branch yesterday!  A new Rail King RK320 arrived at our dock doors in all of its bright orange glory!

    If you’d like to see this amazing piece of machinery in person just stop by our facility or contact MH Equipment for more information!



  • ReSales Feature | 2006 Hyster S50FT

    2006 Hyster S50FT

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 5,000 lbs.

    Type: IC Cushion

    Lift Height: 189?

    Lowered Height: 83?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Cincinnati, OH  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • ReSales Feature | 2006 Yale GLP120

    2007 Yale GLP120

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 12,000 lbs.

    Type: IC Pneumatic

    This piece of equipment is located in our St. Louis, MO  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • ReSales Feature | 2006 Yale GLP040

    2006 Yale GLP040VXNUAE08

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 4,000 lbs.Type: IC Cushion

    Lift Height: 189?

    Lowered Height: 84?

    This piece of equipment is located in our St. Louis, MO  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Heavy Equipment is a Tempting Target for Theives

    The Facts:

    Heavy equipment theft is a growing problem throughout North America. As with vehicle theft, organized crime rings are the primary driving force behind heavy equipment theft. In many instances, these sophisticated criminals have equipment shopping lists. They know the types of equipment they want and where to find it, and frequently target construction sites rather than secured dealer lots.

    Many of these organized criminal rings send stolen construction equipment to other countries. Stolen equipment is often transported to the nearest port or across the border prior to its being reported as stolen.

    To help combat this problem, equipment manufacturers adopted a standard worldwide 17-digit product identification number (PIN) system beginning with their year 2000 models. With this format, international law enforcement computer systems can better check, verify, and track equipment reported stolen.

    Theft Prevention Tips:

    If you suspect insurance fraud or theft, speak up!  Call the National Insurance Crime Bureau
    toll-free hotline at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422.  Your call is free.  Your call can be anonymous.  You could be eligible for a reward.

  • ReSales Feature | 2007 Yale GLC040SVX

    2007 Yale GLC040SVX

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 4,000 lbs.Type: IC Cushion

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 82?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Ottawa, IL  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.