MH Equipment Blog

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2006 Hyster H50FT

    Type: IC Pneumatic

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 5000 lbs

    Lift Height: 189?

    Lowered Height: 84?

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

  • Meet Brad Klosterman – Material Handling Specialist, Cincinnati, OH

    Introducing… Brad Klosterman!  Brad is a Material Handling Specialist and has been with MH Equipment in Cincinnati since August 1, 2011 when MH Equipment acquired Yale Materials Handling in a deal that would make MH Equipment one of the first dual-brand dealerships in Ohio.

    Brad says the most satisfying thing about working for MH Equipment has been the unquestioned support he’s received from everyone since joining the team.  He appreciates the fact that everyone supports what he is trying to do.

    The Class II part of our business – Narrow Aisle and Very Narrow Aisle trucks really spark Brad’s interests because applications for this product usually require a deeper level of involvement with the customers’ business as well a high level of attention to detail.  Brad says this really affords him the opportunity to add value to what the customer is trying to accomplish.

    Over the years Brad has been involved in a number of sales but the most unique was an application for the Department of Energy.  They needed to vertically transport barrels of waste product related to the processing of uranium.  Brad ended up selling them a mast assembly – no forklift – which was mounted to the floor and used essentially as an elevator for the barrels.

    Brad celebrated 10 years of marriage to his wife Jennifer this last spring.  Together they have two children, Macy is 7 and their son Kellan is 6.  As a family they enjoy doing anything outdoors – soccer, baseball, going to the park, nature walks – you name it! They also enjoy movie night on Saturdays with the kids.  Brad has recently taught himself to play guitar.  He says it’s important to him to expose his children to music at a young age. When he has downtime he loves spending it with his kids.  It doesn’t matter what they are doing as long as they are doing it together.  Brad also likes to play golf (although he says he doesn’t get to very often anymore) and he enjoys staying physically active and working out.

    Brad says he’s been a Cincinnati Reds fan for as long as he can remember – even when he was a kid growing up in Illinois!  He and his family would go to Chicago at least once a year when the Reds were playing the Cubs.  He must have had a little premonition that he was going to live in Cincinnati one day because he moved there after he graduated from College!

    Brad says the best thing about working for MH Is getting the support of what a large corporation can offer combined with the feeling of working for a smaller company.

    Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us Brad!  All of us within the MH Family welcome you and look forward to sharing in your successes!

  • Meet Shanell Lewis!

    This week we would like you to meet Shanell Lewis!  Shanell is our GM Parts Coordinator at the Cincinnati, OH branch.

    Shanell had originally applied for a position at a staffing agency but when she went for the interview they told her they actually had another position that was better suited to her qualifications. They thought she’d be a great fit for our company – So, Shanell decided to go for it… and here she is 6 years later!

    Shanell and her husband Aaron were married on February 26, 2011 after being together 10 years!!  (Congratulations!) They have two children together – Jaylin who’s 9 and Jordin who’s 8.  As a family they enjoy spending time together and taking turns enjoying each other’s hobbies.  Jaylin loves to read so she reads to them as a family and Jordin is really into Marvel comics – so they always have to see the latest Marvel Comic movie.  Aaron is really into football– Shanell likes to watch it with him (Cincinnati Bengals of course!) and said she’s actually learned quite a bit! Shanell said she also really enjoys reading in her free time, after being in school for the last two years she hasn’t had a lot of time for leisure reading – she’s done now and can’t wait to start a good book! They recently took a fabulous family vacation to Sea Grove Beach, FL and had a BLAST!  They would love to make it an annual trip.

    Shanell also is an online Supplemental Educational Services (SES) tutor for students who attend schools that have not performed well on the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) or the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). SES provides assistance with reading, language arts and mathematics to the lowest-achieving students from low-income families who attend a Title I school in the second year of School Improvement or higher

    She says the most rewarding thing about her time with MH Equipment has been the personal growth she has seen within herself.  Completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management was a huge accomplishment and she thanks the many people within the company that provided advice on different assignments.

    Shanell’s strong points are definitely her ability to build effective relationships with her co-workers and customers and she has a keen sense for resolving business issues.  She says the thing she likes most about working at MH Equipment is definitely the people and the mission of the company.


  • ReSales Feature of the Week!


    2003 Hyster H50XM-C

    Type: IC Pneumatic

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 5000 lbs

    Lift Height: 130?

    Lowered Height: 86?

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


  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2010 Hyster W40ZA

    Type: Electric Hand

    Power: 24 v. Electric

    Capacity: 4000 lbs

    Lift Height: 140?

    Lowered Height: 92

    This piece of equipment is located at our E. Peoria, IL  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Meet Mike DeFrancisco!

    This week we are excited to introduce Mike DeFrancisco!  Mike is the Regional Rental Manager for MH Equipment’s entire Western Division.  Mike has been with the company for just shy of 4 years.  (Happy Anniversary on 11/27 Mike!)

    Prior to joining the MH Team, Mike worked for a large full line construction rental company.  He was in search of something more and was looking for a company that would recognize him for who he is instead of just another number – He wanted the opportunity to grow…  MH Equipment was the perfect fit!

    Mike says he has been married to his wonderful and lovely wife Linda for 13 years. Mike has a daughter, Jessica, who is 17 and will be starting college next year and a son, Austin, who is 16 and is a junior in high school.  The DeFrancisco family enjoy spending their summers at their cabin on Lost Island Lake near the little town of Ruthven, IA.

    Mike loves pheasant hunting, biking, running, and just hanging out with family and friends.  He and his family also volunteer as a foster home for a non-profit German Shorthair Pointer Dog Rescue.  Mike is also a big Iowa State Cyclones fan – he got that from working in Ames, IA and doing business with the University for a number of years.  (GO Clones!)  Mike also told me that back in his “young and crazy days” he was a bull rider in local Iowa rodeos – “just for fun” – he added!  (WOWZA!)

    Mike says, “Rental is what I live and breathe every day.  Being part of a winning team that continues to grow year after year has been the most rewarding and satisfying experience since joining the MH Equipment team.  It’s the people, atmosphere, and culture that make it such a great place to work!”

    We’re happy to have Mike on board here at MH Equipment!  Remember to give him a call for any and all of your equipment rental needs – from forklifts to backhoes – it’s YOURS WHEN YOU NEED IT… and OURS WHEN YOU DON’T!

  • Value-Based Purchasing vs. Sticker Price

    When buying a new forklift, you want to make sure you are not only getting the best value for your money, but you are also getting the right piece of equipment for the job.  The initial purchase price of the truck doesn’t accurately portray the actual cost or value of the equipment over the long run.  There are many factors to consider over the lifetime of the truck.

    Before making a purchase based on sticker price there are a few fairly basic questions you should ask yourself: 

    Will you be operating in an outdoor lumberyard or possibly in a freezer?  Maybe you’ll be in a nice warm warehouse – Possibly even a combination of environments. If the equipment is going to be outdoors will you be in sunny California or be facing the harsh winters of the Upper Mid-West?

    The surface you’ll be working on will affect what type of equipment you select. Some lift trucks are designed to work on smooth, level surfaces (such as concrete floors) and will not function effectively or safely on outdoor rough terrain.  Rough-terrain lift trucks, on the other hand, are equipped with additional suspensions and are wider than a standard forklift providing a more stable work platform and lower center of gravity, thus making them more efficient on uneven ground.

    How your lift truck is powered will also be determined by the type of environment you will be operating in.  When it comes to loading and lifting indoors in a warehouse, electric trucks make more sense because they are quiet and non-polluting. Gasoline powered lift trucks are well suited for outdoor applications or in colder conditions where there will be a lot of starting and stopping.  Diesel is preferred when the terrain is rugged and the engine will be running constantly.  And Liquid Petroleum (LP) is ideal for indoor/outdoor use.

    Electric and LP powered lift trucks are by far the most popular because they have zero emissions,  a longer lifespan, produce little noise and are very easy to maintain.  Even with these advantages over fuel driven forklifts sometimes a gasoline, diesel, or LP forklift is a better choice – especially for outdoor applications that often see inclement weather.

    All forklifts are rated for loads at a specified maximum weight and a specified forward center of gravity.  This is the lift truck’s Lifting Capacity. You’ll want to be sure that the heaviest load you plan to move with the forklift you are purchasing does not exceed this limit.

    This is important to consider so that you are not overloading your truck.  This can be an especially dangerous safety issue if there is a chance the truck could tip.  On the other hand, if you choose a truck that is rated for weights well above what you will be moving, your operating costs will be much more than they could be with a truck more suited to your needs.Whatever the size of your typical load is will determine the capacity you need.  Forklift capacity is usually based on a 24” load center – the distance from the center of gravity to the sides of the load.

    You’ll want to make sure that the equipment you are purchasing is going to be able to fully operate in the space available.  If the aisles are very narrow a typical lift truck might not be the appropriate machine for the job.

    A narrow-aisle lift truck might be the right option depending on how it will be used.  There are two primary functions of narrow-aisle lift trucks – rack interface and order picking.

    Keven Trenga, Product Marketing Manager for Hyster warehouse trucks explains it like this:  “A reach truck is a rack interface truck.  It does put away and let down of full pallet loads on either side of an aisle as narrow as 96 inches.  Orderpickers are operator-up trucks designed for picking cases and units of product and are not for rack interface with pallet loads.”

    Will you be primarily moving equipment from a truck to the floor? Or will you be stacking pallets 30 or 40 feet overhead on racks?  The lifting height will also affect the lifting capacity.  As your lifting height goes up the truck capacity will need to be higher because the load center will be different – For example –  a forklift can carry 4000 pounds at a 24 inches load center, but only 2666 pounds at a 36 load center.

    The absolute best way to know that you are getting the right truck for your application as well as the best value for your money is to consult with a Material Handling expert.  They will evaluate your specific requirements and offer a solution that will work for you.

    Our Material Handling Specialists at MH Equipment are experienced in knowing what the appropriate solutions are for your unique applications!  They will also help you evaluate the purchase price vs. the cost of ownership so you can make a value based purchasing decision.



  • Am I Being Safe at this Very Moment?

    On the average there are 10 accidental deaths and about 1000 disabling injuries every hour in the United States. In every instance the victim was somebody who did not plan or expect they would be hurt or killed.

    In just a matter of seconds, your whole world could change.

    It’s impossible to predict every single hazard you will encounter in a day since there is never a total absence of risks in our lives.  Risks are voluntary actions and can be managed by constantly asking ourselves: “Am I being safe at this very moment?”

    Think about the job at hand and evaluate for hazardous conditions:

    Think before you act:

    Think Clean! Good housekeeping prevents many injuries:

    Think about driving more cautiously especially as inclement weather approaches:

    Think about your coworkers’ safety:

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2007 Hyster S60FT*

    Type: IC Cushion

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 6000 lbs

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 88?

    *Attachment is not included with unit.

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

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    This piece of equipment is located in our Cincinnati, OH branch. For more information, submit a contact form or call our branch at 513-681-2200.

  • Hyster Named Supplier of the Year!

    Greenville, NC, United States
    Hyster Company has been named Supplier of the Year by ZF Group’s North American operations.

    Hyster Distribution president Jonathan Dawley thanked Great Lakes Power Lift for providing Hyster forklifts and support to the national ZF facilities. “This award would not be possible without the incredible service they provide, which is integral to a successful, long-term partnership.”

    ZF is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for driveline and chassis technology with 117 production companies in 26 countries.




  • Introducing…!

    MH Equipment is proud to announce the launch of our new website created specifically for the Rail Car Mover market!

    Since 1990, Rail King Rail Car Movers have supported railcar switching operations throughout North America and overseas. Rail King is considered the Best Value in the industry and are engineered to maximize efficiency, safety and operator comfort.

    When it comes time for a new or used railcar mover at your facility, MH Equipment’s experienced personnel will conduct a track survey to determine which model railcar mover fits your needs. Visit our NEW Rail Car Mover Website for more information!

  • Maintaining a Safe Environment is Everyone’s Responsibility

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slips, trips, and falls account for the majority of general industry accidents. That adds up to a lot of injuries every year, and even some deaths.

    In most workplaces a variety of slip, trip, and fall hazards can develop during the course of a workday or workweek. Loose flooring or carpeting, wet spots, uneven walking surfaces, clutter and electrical cords are just a few.  The most important thing to remember is to be observant of potential hazards.  While preventing these hazards seems obvious, the unfortunate truth is  those measures are often ignored.

    Maintaining a safe environment is everyone’s responsibility.  Here are a few housekeeping tips to help you prevent slips, trips, and falls in your workplace:


    Daily Safety Advisor

  • Oh How I Love that Extra Hour of Sleep!

    Can you believe it’s already November?  It seems the year has flown by!  It’s also Daylight Savings Time!  This weekend, in addition to setting your clocks back an hour, take this opportunity to make sure your family is safe for the winter months to come – and also get that extra hour of sleep!  Oh yeah!

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2006 Hyster S30FT -3ST-F

    Type: IC Cushion

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 3000 lbs

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 82?

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