MH Equipment Blog

  • 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!

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    This piece of equipment is located in our Ottawa, Illinois location. For more information, submit a contact form or call our branch at 309-699-4024.

  • Meet Hersh Atkinson!

    Hersh Atkinson is this week’s sales highlight. Hersh has been with MH Equipment since 2003 located in our Columbus, Ohio branch. Prior to joining MH Equipment, he worked for Bode-Finn for 6 years before MH Equipment acquired the territory. Hersh is currently a Material Handling Specialist responsible for the sale of new and used material handling equipment. Other previous careers include the management of a propane distribution center where he shared the common thread of being around propane fuel systems and forklifts.

    Although there have been many numerous rewarding experiences over his years in equipment sales, Hersh says that the one that stands out the most is his partnership with Safelite/Belron company. After almost ten years of trying, he finally landed their business and helped them to set up fleet programs for two distribution centers that included new Hyster forklifts, high efficiency batteries and charges, wire guidance, racking, and more. Here is a story about his persistence with Safelite in the MHEDA Journal.

    When asked what he likes most about working for MH Equipment, Hersh replied: “The opportunity to have access to and provide the needed equipment after determining the correct solution to a customer problem. We have the ability to represent a wide variety of products and services to truly be a solutions provider.”

    Hersh has been married to his lovely wife for over 27 years and together they have a small horse farm that takes a fair amount of their time. When he’s not working he likes flying, anything to do with automotives (he actually owns a very rare sports car – only 66 of them exist in the US!), and spending time on or around water – swimming and boating.

    Hersh is also a big fan of THE Ohio State University Buckeyes – having grown up in Columbus and attended OSU. He particularly enjoys the football program. His favorite food is Saganaki (pan seared Greek cheese). “It comes to the table and the waiter lights it on fire – gets the people in the restaurant excited every time!”

    Please join me in thanking Hersh for his hard work and dedication throughout his years at MH Equipment. We look forward to working with him for many more years to come.

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation®

    2010 PSA – Click to watch video

    Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish®experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

    Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.

    A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

    As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.



    Reduce unscheduled downtime and extend the life of major assemblies in your lift truck with MH Equipment’s Fluid Analysis service.  By having your lift truck’s fluids analyzed periodically we can reveal early warning signs of accelerated component wear and help reduce unforeseen, extensive repair costs associated with…

    While having regularly scheduled maintenance performed on your lift truck reduces unscheduled downtime, this does not provide the extensive analysis required to maintain all systems at peak performance levels.  By analyzing up to 21 trace elements, this easy-to-interpret report can identify systems in need of corrective action.

    Hydraulic Oil:  undetected wear in this system can lead to costly replacement of pumps and control valves.

    Differential Oil:   critical wear of axle shafts and drive pinion/gears can lead to costly differential overhauls.Coolant:  destructive corrosion spotted here can still exist in properly mixed antifreeze.

    Engine Oil:  extend engine life by having samples taken during oil changes to monitor wear on bearings, shafts, valves and pistons.

    Transmission Oil:  analyze this fluid periodically to detect early signs of wear leading to more extensive, costly overhauls.

    Extend equipment life and reduce repair costs.  Contact MH Equipment or your local Hyster dealer to learn more or schedule a Fluid Analysis.


  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2007 Hyster H100FT

    This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Louisville, KY branch. For more information on the feature, please call 502-962-6560  or submit a contact form, here. If you’re looking for other used material handling equipment, visit our website and search according to your needs.

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  • Quad Cities Hi-Lite

    The Quad Cities branch is one of the three original locations of MH Equipment.  Now located in Davenport, Iowa, their beginnings started in downtown Moline, Illinois, however in 1976, a fire destroyed the Moline location and the branch relocated to East Moline where it remained until June of 2008 when they moved to their current location.

    Nearly fifty employees make up the team at the Quad Cities branch including; Material Handling Specialist, Chuck Freeland, Aftermarket Representatives, Bill Baker and Mark Meyer, and Rental Manager, Jacob Greenwalt.  The Davenport branch includes a very large territory that spans over 320 miles from the southern most to northern most corners of the territory so these guys have a lot of land to cover when out on their daily sales calls.  To put it in perspective it would take six hours to drive from corner to corner of the territory!

    Part of our mission at MH Equipment is to support the communities in which we live.  As part of that culture the Quad Cities branch are annual supporters of the Quad Cities Festival of Trees.  The Festival of Trees is the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, a local not-for-profit arts agency. It takes more than 3,500 volunteers,  over 650 designers, nearly 3,500 CenterStage entertainers, and over 150 Sponsors help to make Festival of  Trees possible. Festival has a $2.5 million dollar economic impact on the community and is recognized as one of the top events in North America, raising over $4 million dollars in support of local arts over a 20 year period. Over 100,000 people experience Festival annually, making it one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. This fundraiser makes it possible for Quad City Arts to provide quality arts programming year round for residents of six counties in Eastern Iowa and Western IL.

    For the last seven years, Davenport has sponsored Upward Basketball for Underprivileged Kids. Upward Sports provides a fun kids sports experience based on healthy competition.  Upward Sports is one the world’s largest Christian sports league for children with leagues in nearly every major city.

    The Quad Cities is home to John Deere Corporate Headquarters, the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run, and the John Deere Commons which houses historical information on the company as well as a vintage 1900’s Deere dealership. Visitors to the Quad Cities also frequent the Rock Island Arsenal. During the civil war, the island was used as a prison camp, but today is utilized for production of military equipment such as the Howitzer & Abrams Tank.

    Even though Davenport has a large group they are a very close-knit, supportive bunch!  Not only is the Quad Cities a great branch to work at but the area is full of fun and historic activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family!


  • Hazard Points

    Working with machinery can pose many hazards due to the numerous constantly moving parts. Two of the hazards faced when working with machinery are pinch point injuries and crush point injuries.

    Pinch points are where two or more parts move together and one of them is moving in a circle, such as a pulley and belt system.  Conveyors are one of the most common type of machinery that would pose this type of hazard.

    Some simple rules to follow to avoid pinch point injuries are:

    Crush points
    are where two components move toward each other, like on a three-point hitch or hydraulic cylinder.

    Some simple rules to follow to avoid crush point injuries are:

    General safeguards that can prevent you from being a victim of a pinch or crush point accident include:

    You CAN avoid pinch point and crush point injuries by continually asking yourself;  “Am I being ‘Safe in the Moment’ right now?”

  • Featured Used Equipment


    This piece of equipment is located in our Peoria, Illinois location. For more information, submit a contact form or call our branch at 309-699-4024.

  • MH Equipment Hosted Open House!

    St. Louis, MO. (October 7, 2011) MH Equipment, hosted its first St. Louis Open House this past Wednesday, October 5th. This event served as an introduction of MH Equipment to their newly acquired Hyster and Yale territory as well as an educational opportunity for customers and prospects to learn more on how MH Equipment can service their material handling needs.

    The Open House was a success with customers and prospects viewing featured product demonstrations by Hyster and Yale lift trucks, Mariotti compact forklifts, PowerBoss sweepers and scrubbers, Rail King railcar movers, GNB and Enersys material handling batteries, and MH Equipment Aftermarket, Used Equipment, and Rental departments.

    Attendees also participated in fleet management seminars presented by Woody Hartwell, Director of Fleet Operations in our St. Louis area, and had a chance to meet and hear about the MH Equipment culture from John Wieland, MH Equipment CEO.

    “We are excited to have had the opportunity to connect with so many customers and prospects in one setting and to demonstrate how MH Equipment can really come along side them to be a true consultative partner.” says John Wieland. “Our MH Equipment culture is one where ‘People Matter’ and no where is that more evident than in the ways that we treat our customers. I think we did a good job of showing that during our Open House.”

  • Being Safe in the Moment for Others?

    Two things that you will read quite frequently when you read about MH Equipment are: “Be Safe in the Moment” and “People Matter

    Being Safe in the Moment means that we each must pay attention to what we’re doing each moment of each day and do it in a safe manner. That’s not the end of it, though - A primary value at MH is that “People Matter” – ALL people. With that in mind, Being Safe in the Moment includes all those people around us each day whether they are co-workers, customers, suppliers, other motorists, or anyone else that we may come in contact with.

    Some ways that Being Safe in the Moment and People Matter work together include: