Giants for hire

Published:  08 July, 2011


Cooper SH, the UK’s leading distributor of Konecranes port and terminal equipment, has expanded its short-term rental fleet with a £3/4 million investment in four new heavy lifting machines.

 The investment represents both a modernisation of the existing fleet as well as an enlargement of the container handling rental equipment as the Warwickshire-based company looks to further strengthen its range of facilities.

 The fleet has now been expanded with additional 45 tonne laden reachstackers, a 25 tonne lift truck with fixed frame for either fork lift or 20’ box handling (aimed at the UK waste market) and finally a dedicated unladen model 108, empty reach stacker.

David Cooper, managing director of Cooper SH, commented: “The trucks can be considered as good as new, which is virtually unheard of for this size of machine in this sector. They are very low hour machines and most importantly, have the latest technology together with software and electronic hardware such as ECO drive – the award-winning fuel measurement tool.

“Short-term rental helps users manage their operational costs rather than impacting on capital expenditure and long-term cash flow. By introducing these latest specification trucks as part of our short-term rental fleet, we can provide our customers with a flexible, short-term heavy lifting solution while keeping costs to a minimum.”

 Cooper SH adopts a policy of only renting modern, quiet and low emission equipment with regular stock rotation to maintain a low average fleet age.

David continued: “Often, large rental trucks are old specification, and come with high maintenance and high exhaust emission that ultimately affect uptime and productivity. With our modern equipment, that reflects the very latest specifications, maintenance is kept to a minimum maximising truck utilisation and the operators are happy using modern, high performance equipment.”

He added: “There is unquestionably a need for this type of equipment on a casual basis. This maybe a seasonal demand, an unscheduled machine outage or, as the economy recovers and factory lead times extend, they become a useful ‘prop’ machine to cover for new equipment delivery.”


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