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  • Look Around for Safety | Harvest


    Because of the hot summer and drought across much of the Midwest, farmers are getting an

    earlier start than usual harvesting their fields.  The large, slow moving equipment can cause many hazards on the road.  As always want our customers and employees to be safe.

    Below are some tips and things to consider as you encounter this type of equipment on the road this year and every year.

    Difference in speeds: Most farm machinery is transported at 25mph or less while other vehicles travel faster. The difference causes motorist to miscalculate how fast they are approaching the farm machinery.

    Large equipment: Farm machinery is very large sometimes extending into several lanes of traffic creating a hazardous situation.

    Poor visibility: Corners, hills, curves and other blind spots reduce a motorist’s ability to see farm equipment pulling onto the roadway.

    Outdated equipment: Older equipment may have poor lighting which makes it difficult to see.

    Towing equipment too fast: The equipment may start to sway and cause the operator to lose control.

    Harvest: Heavy increase in farm machinery traffic during harvest season can produce a hazard for motorists.

    Operator error: You may be an alert and cautious driver, but the farm equipment/operator may cause hazards, such as, a tractor with bald tires or no brakes, passengers that could fall off, poor road conditions like large potholes that could cause the operator to lose control or equipment sliding off a trailer due to improper tie down.

    Thank you for Being Safe in the Moment this day and EVERYDAY!
    For more information about MH Equipment’s safety and training programs, please visit our website!

  • How much is your fleet costing you?

    MH Equipment invites you to attend our Fleet Management Seminar and Luncheon. Learn the benefits of Fleet Management such as:

    Reduction of costs: we’ll discuss how to reduce your service and parts expenses, how to save on your rental spend and equipment costs, and how to virtually eliminate abuse expenses.

    Productivity increases: we’ll discuss how you can increase your productivity with improved periodic maintenance and repairs as well as having the appropriate equipment specifications.

    Making more informed business decisions: we’ll discuss setting goals and measuring them for utilization, usage, costs per hour, abuse cost in ways meaningful to your business. We will also share ways to make decisions about fleet replacement, rotation, retirement, and retention, and creating a culture of accountability and involvement.

    Having the right tools: we’ll discuss the tools you need for a successful fleet management program and view a demo of MH Equipment’s new MH Fleet Management Software Solution.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact your local MH Equipment representative or call 515-698-9768. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

  • Unless you want a ‘forklift foot’, follow these safety tips Honey Boo Boo!

    As a mindless TV junkie, I was both intrigued AND horrified when the TLC hit show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” ran promos promising  to reveal the pint size pageant queen mom’s “forklift foot”.

    First, what is “forklift foot”? Well….

    In the episode they reveal that, “Mama” aka Honey Boo Boo’s mother, was involved in a forklift accident several years ago in which her foot was ran over, leaving it deformed.  So, today, I thought I’d provide a few safety tips so you never have to experience the horror of “forklift foot” for yourself…

    Foot care is important!

    Your feet are used to perform a variety of work-related tasks, such as climbing ladders and operating  machinery, yet some people neglect their feet by being careless on the job. For example, they jump off of forklift or other moving equipment, don’t wear the proper footwear, or don’t watch where they walk.

    As a result, feet or ankles may wind up with sprains, fractures, and other serious injuries that can keep a person off the job and result in lost income for days or even weeks or months. Amputation may occur if a loose pants leg or shoelace gets caught in moving parts or if your feet are crushed by machinery.

    Knowing how to avoid injuring your feet will help prevent serious incidents that can linger with you the rest of your life.

    Watch your step

    Wear the right footwear

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  • Back to School | Safe in the Moment


    Being Safe in the Moment is our mantra here at MH Equipment and can be applied in any aspect of your life – not just on the job site or in the office. With that in mind, we’d like to take a moment to remind parents and drivers to do their part to keep kids safe as they head back to school this year.

    Please drive carefully, be vigilant of children walking and getting on and off the school bus. This is also a great time to take the opportunity to talk about Being Safe in the Moment with your kids.

    Whether you are 8 or 80 – Safety is everyone’s responsibility and being safe in the Moment, every moment, will go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones out of harms way.


    Whether at home, in school, or on the job, safety is paramount. Safety training is one of the best investments you can make for your company and your employees. You cannot place a value on the peace of mind that comes with knowing your operation is up to safety standards and all of your employees are safe.

    Training your fork lift truck operators is an investment that will provide endless benefits for your work atmosphere including:

    MH Equipment offers specialized and comprehensive forklift training classes, materials and programs

    Contact a member of our team today by filling out the form below.  

  • 100 MPH Dragster!

    Check out the video of this JCB Backhoe going over 100 MPH AND popping wheelies!

    “On Your Marks” is an annual charity event supported by the ASDA Supermarket chain in the UK. This event gives people the chance to ride around Bruntingthorpe’s Proving Grounds in anything from supercars to some of ASDA’s own fleet of articulated lorries!

    Over lunch they thrill spectators with a series of ground and air displays from some of the UK best acts – such as this one from JCB!

    Even if you aren’t in the market for a super fast  backhoe dragster… MH JCB offers a wide variety of other construction equipment for all of you needs.  Contact a member of the MH JCB team today!

    Video published on Aug 14, 2012 by 



  • Olympic Fever | Hyster on the Scene!

    We’re finding more pictures of Hyster on the scene helping out at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  It’s giving us all a little bit of Olympic fever!  Check out more photos of the equipment used to help build the Olympic Stadium HERE!


    For more than 60 years, MH Equipment has been entrusted by thousands of companies to provide the comprehensive solutions and necessary innovations to meet their specific material handling applications. In addition to our Hyster Trucks, we currently offer an array of materials handling equipment such as trailer mounted equipment, compact forklifts, container handling equipment, industrial products and supplies, and much more. MH Equipment’s goal is to offer the necessary equipment to move materials and people to any place and over any terrain our customers require. To learn more about MH Equipment, visit our website.


    Photo Source: Fox News Gallery/News Limited

  • Hyster Helps Out at the London Olympic Games

    Well, would you look at that!  Hyster trucks helping to transform the London 2012 Olympics Stadium back to the Athletics track after the opening ceremony! The amount of work  involved to pull off an event like the  Olympic games is astounding!

    In addition to the hundreds of thousands of hours of man power and equipment, there’s all the great back stories.  I’d love to know the story behind the company that provided these trucks! What other companies have you seen that have played a behind the scenes part in the games?   Leave your comments below!

    If you need “extra help” at your next event, have a season spike, a boost in volume, or a breakdown, MH Equipment is here to help!  Just call a member of our Rental Team.  We have a wide range of equipment on hand and ready to rent.  From forklifts, to backhoes, scissor lifts, to scrubbers, and everything in between.  MH Equipment is THE LIFT TRUCK AND MATERIAL HANDLING PROFESSIONALS!


    Photo courtesy of the Hyster Europe Facebook Page.


  • 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:


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    Phone: (513) 681-2200 ext. 2238