MH Equipment Blog

  • 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.

  • Meet Eric Shock!

    This week we are pleased to spotlight Mr. Eric Shock! Eric is a Construction Equipment Specialist at our Charleston, WV branch.

    Eric is a newcomer to the company but since he started in July of this year he has sold 6 machines! His proudest moment so far was selling two machines to the City of Hurricane, WV. (We hope it’s your first of many proud moments to come Eric!). Before coming to MH Equipment Eric was the Assistant Vice President at Huntington Insurance and an Account Executive for Federated Insurance.

    Eric and his beautiful wife Amber have been married for 9 years and have 3 amazing children, Carson, Isaac, and Gracee who are all under the age of 7! As a family they enjoy attending church activities as well as local sporting events. Eric says his favorite team is the West Virgina University Mountaineers.

    When Eric isn’t working hard selling machinery or with his family he loves to go bow hunting and has been an active archer for over 15 years. He also enjoys landscaping and beautifying his yard with plants.

    If Eric could have dinner with anyone is history he says he would like to share a meal (preferably sushi) with Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was credited with establishing the National Parks System and since he also was an avid hunter they would have tons to talk about!

    Eric says he really enjoys the people at MH Equipment and the Values of the company and it’s employees.

    Thank you, Eric for sharing your story and we look forward to sharing continued success with you!

  • Wild ride for Teamster – IN A TOILET!

    Washington state man gets the ride of his life – courtesy of a forklift.  ”It was one of those situations where it’s hard not to laugh,” said Todd Nelson, spokesman for Washington Closure Hanford.

    Click HERE to read the full Story from the Tri-City Herold

  • Is Your Equipment Winter Ready?

    I think one thing we can all agree on is no one really looks forward to winter.  You never hear people say “Oh boy!  I can’t wait for it to be so cold I can’t feel my toes!”  ”Yay!  I have to shovel 13 inches of snow out of my driveway before I go to work!”  or “Wow!  Falling on the ice and breaking my hip was the most fun I’ve had in ages!

    No… you never hear that.

    You might hear “I just love the holidays!” or if you have kids they will be trilled out of their minds with the prospect of a snow day.  In general though, I really don’t think ANYBODY looks forward to winter.

    It’s tough on all of us. And it’s tough on our industrial equipment too!

    There are many reasons that you industrial equipment could malfunction during inclement weather.  Water in the fuel tank, frozen fuel lines, old filters, or a weak battery are just a few.

    When winterizing your heavy equipment this fall:

    Failing to properly prepare your equipment for winter can have disastrous effects and cause unnecessary downtime and expense.

    In addition to winterizing your equipment you’ll want to also take into consideration winter safety for your operators.  Make sure that your operators are properly trained to operate the equipment in wet and icy conditions.  Make sure that all daily inspections are being completed and make daily checks of vital components such as batteries, electrical systems and hydraulic systems.

    If you have questions or would like more information on winterizing your equipment please contact MH Equipment!

  • Straining for Zero Injuries?

    You bend over to pick up a box and YOUCH! There goes your back!  A strained back can be extremely painful and take days – if not weeks to recover from. Every move you make every step you take… it’ll be hurting you.

    Below are several tips to avoid strains and sprains and keep you SAFE and HEALTHY!

    • Be safe in the moment. Ask yourself “Is what I am doing being safe?” If not, don’t do it.

    • Don’t over reach. If you need to, walk around and lift the object properly. If object is up high use a step stool or ladder to reach the object.

    • Avoid bending and twisting.

    • Use proper lifting techniques. Squat close to the object, grip with your palms, lift with your legs.

    • Use lifting equipment for objects that are too large or awkward for one person.

    • Ask someone to help when dealing with an awkward load. Don’t try to do it alone.

    • Take care of yourself by maintaining a healthy weight. Extra pounds can cause stress on the lower back.

    • Exercise builds strong muscles and helps prevent injury.

    • Stretch to maintain flexibility.

    • Eat healthy! Good food builds a strong body, bones, and muscles.

    • Get a good night sleep. Rested muscles are stronger muscles!

    You can prevent strains and sprains by practicing good safety measures and always being SAFE IN THE MOMENT!