Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Industry Veteran Mitch Garfinkel Joins Team Durante Rentals


Adam Zunic
Durante Rentals, LLC


Industry Veteran Mitch Garfinkel Joins Team Durante Rentals

Durante Rentals Welcomes Thirty-Seven Year Industry Veteran Mitch Garfinkel to Head their New and Used Sales Divisions

New York, N.Y., June 13th, 2017 – Durante Rentals, a four-time INC 5000 winner, has announced the hiring of Mitch Garfinkel to a senior sales position with the company. Mitch brings almost four decades of construction equipment sales experience to the role, where he will be instrumental in expanding Durante’s new and used sales divisions, as well Durante Rentals future stages of expansion.

“Mitch brings his dynamic personality and countless years of experience to the position. We are thrilled to have him on the team as Durante Rentals continues to grow,” said Durante Rentals Co-Founder, Anthony Durante.

Mitch’s unique salesmanship and in-depth understanding of construction equipment is unmatched amongst his peers. In the early eighties, Mitch got his first opportunity in the construction industry as a sales rep for a line of diamond blade products. His career took off soon thereafter and within a couple of years he found success selling skid steers, telehandlers, and a variety of other construction equipment. Mitch eventually moved to a new position as a manufacturer’s sales representative. Along the way, he introduced new, cutting-edge sales processes that are still a staple within the industry to this day. In 1991, he opened his own wholesale, retail, and export equipment company supplying equipment to customers all over the country. After many successful years in business, a new opportunity presented itself allowing him to build a thriving New Jersey-based equipment dealership from the ground up.

“It is a privilege and honor to be a part of Durante Rentals. I am excited for the opportunity to apply my expertise in all areas of equipment sales and rentals,” said Mitch.  “I have known Durante Rentals co-founders John and Anthony for 34 years and I am confident Durante Rentals will be the final stop along my career path.”

Mitch is an avid tennis player, music lover and dedicated family man to Catherine, his wife of 36 years, and their two sons, Ian and Zachary. Mitch’s home-base of operations will be the Flushing, Queens office and he can be reached for inquiries at 718-697-6969 Ext. 449 and via email at mgarfinkel@duranterentals.com.

About Durante Rentals

Founded in 2009 by three entrepreneurs, Durante Rentals is the most dependable name in construction equipment and tool rentals in the New York Tri-State area. Construction professionals look to Durante for all their equipment needs including excavators, skid steers, light towers, generators, compressors, forklifts, air tools, boom lifts and more. Now with seven convenient locations and counting, their geographic footprint continues to expand while servicing all five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties, Connecticut and New Jersey. For more information about Durante Rentals, visit www.DuranteRentals.com. For more information about our earth-moving equipment division, visit www.NYTakeuchi.com.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Come Visit Durante Rentals and New York Takeuchi at the 29th NYC Parks Construction Equipment & Vehicle Show

Adam Zunic
Durante Rentals LLC
718-697-6969 x431


Come Visit Durante Rentals and New York Takeuchi at the 29th NYC Parks Construction Equipment & Vehicle Show

Thursday, May 11th, 9:00am till 2:00pm in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

FLUSHING, NEW YORK, May 8th, 2017 – Durante Rentals and their earth-moving division, New York Takeuchi, will be showcasing their construction equipment and tools at the 29th NYC Parks Construction Equipment and Vehicle Show. The event hosted by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services and NYC Parks will take place on Thursday, May 11th, from 9:00am till 2:00pm, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 12th.

Durante Rentals will have an assortment of construction equipment on display around the circumference of the Unisphere, including new Takeuchi excavators, skid steers and track loaders. This year they are featuring the new Takeuchi TB216H hybrid electric excavator. Attendees are encouraged to take an up-close look at these powerful, rugged, cutting-edge machines and to take advantage of special show pricing.

This is Durante Rentals third consecutive appearance at this free event. Last year’s show had the highest attendance to date with attendees enjoying free vendor giveaways, complimentary lunch, and interactive product demonstrations. “We love exhibiting at this show,” said Adam Zunic, Durante Rentals Director of Marketing. “You feel the enthusiasm of the crowd as soon as you enter the exhibition area around the Unisphere. The NYC Parks crew does a great job of creating an extremely festive atmosphere.”

The show highlights vendors like Durante Rentals and New York Takeuchi who support NYC’s Clean Fleet and Vision Zero initiatives. There will be other vendors offering a wide array of products to improve vehicle safety including cameras, truck side guards, systems to track and manage fleets, and systems to avoid or mitigate collisions. The show also highlights construction vehicles and equipment with alternative fuels and emissions reducing technologies, along with the latest in light and heavy-duty vehicles, trucks, horticultural equipment, tools, fleet services, and more.

Event Location:
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. and College Point Blvd.,
Park Drive E.
Flushing Queens, NY 11375

About Durante Rentals

Founded in 2009 by three entrepreneurs, Durante Rentals is the most dependable name in construction equipment rentals with locations in the Bronx, Brewster, Carmel, Elmsford, Flushing, Mt. Vernon and West Nyack. Contractors look to Durante for all their construction equipment needs including telehandlers, scissor lifts, generators, boom lifts, conveyors, track loaders, skid steers, ride-on rollers, forklifts and more. Durante Rentals services all five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Rockland County, Putnam County, Connecticut and New Jersey. For more information about Durante Rentals, visit www.DuranteRentals.com or call 1-800-DURANTE.

About New York Takeuchi 

New York Takeuchi is an authorized dealer for the New York City, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland County areas. They specialize in sales, rentals, service and parts for the full Takeuchi fleet of earth-moving machines including track loaders, wheel loaders, skid steers, and mini excavators. NY Takeuchi features all of the latest Takeuchi models like the TL12V2 Compact Track Loader. New York Takeuchi is a division of Durante Rentals. For more information, visit www.nytakeuchi.com.

A few of the Durante Rentals Team, from left to right: Christopher Hamblet, Tim Collins and Adam Zunic


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Guide to Buying Used Construction Equipment - 7 Red Flags to Avoid

1) Unusually High or Low Hours

Photo of hours meter with high hours
The first thing you should look at is the hour meter. High hours can ultimately lead to big bucks in repairs. If you are on the fence, ask the seller to provide updated maintenance records to prove the equipment has been regularly maintained and serviced. Unusually low hours can also be a red flag as unscrupulous sellers have been known to replace the hour meter without relaying this information to the buyer. A good tip is to check the screws that hold the meter in place for scuffs and wear indicating it may have been changed.

2) Untrustworthy Dealers

Suspicious equipment dealer in front of "like new" sign
Always make sure you are purchasing from a reputable equipment dealer or rental house. Do a background check for online reviews, customer testimonials, and Better Business Bureau reports. This due diligence can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs and legal fees. The last thing you want to do is get into legal trouble by purchasing stolen equipment or equipment with outstanding bank liens. Trust your seller or look elsewhere.

3) Missing or Incomplete Service Records

A pile of blank service records
When purchasing used construction equipment, always ask for service records. These maintenance records can tell you a great deal about a machine's history. A regularly serviced piece of equipment can perform at optimal levels for years to come. A machine without service records will leave you guessing. Always check that the fluids have been changed regularly and check for major repairs the equipment has undergone over the course of it's lifetime. If you spot any red flags, it may be time to move on to the next machine.

4) Leaks and Other Obvious Visual Issues

Before making a used equipment purchase, make sure to perform a "walk around" of the machine. Check for any obvious oil or hydraulic leaks that might point to a larger issue.
Hydraulic component leaking oilAlso look for any signs that the machine has undergone additional welding since it's manufacture as fresh welds may be hiding a more serious issue.

Hairline cracks on the frame or undercarriage may indicate that the machine has been in an accident. This is especially true for the undercarriage, which can be expensive to repair or replace.

While inspecting the machine, make sure to check all fluid levels and colors (coolant, transmission fluids, engine oil, hydraulic oil, etc.). Low fluid levels or dirty fluid may suggest that the previous owner may not have given the machine the care it needs.

5) Issues When Starting and Running the Machine 
Three colors of smoke pouring out of exhaust pipe

Always attempt to start the machine before making your final decision. If the equipment does not start after the first crank or two, it's time to investigate further as there could be serious engine issues. It can also be something minor like a dead battery or loose wire. If the unit does start, run it cold for a few minutes or so, checking the color of the smoke exiting the exhaust system. Extremely dark black, blue, or white smoke can indicate severe engine troubles. Blue smoke can indicate that the engine is burning oil. Black smoke can indicate that the engine fuel mixture is too rich and white smoke can indicate that there is coolant leakage into one or more combustion chambers.

Trucks, boom lifts, and excavator submerged in water from flood

6) Equipment Originating from Flood Zones

In areas that have recently been flooded, you may see an increased number of construction vehicles and equipment hit the market. While these machines may look like great deals with low hours and clean exteriors, water may have made its way into the engine compartment, transmission, and electrical system. Waterlogged components are often expensive to repair and may not be easy to spot until your equipment starts to break down. 

Excavator on a trailer with "for sale" sign7) Suspicious Deals

When a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is, so don't be afraid to walk away. Be wary of machines that are priced significantly lower than similar units on the market. Remember, not all issues are easy to spot during a brief inspection, Unscrupulous dealers have been known to unload faulty equipment to overly enthusiastic buyers. 

For further questions regarding the purchasing of used construction equipment, call 1-800-DURANTE or visit us online at DuranteRentals.com or our earth moving equipment division, New York Takeuchi.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Introducing the Takeuchi TB216H Hybrid Excavator and the IMER IMR19 Atrium Spider Lift

Did You Know That We Had....
NEW  IMER Atrium Spider Lift Model IMR19
Offering state-of-the-art a wireless radio-control system, the IMER R19 provides you with fast and versatile handling. With traction and stability for building sites and rough terrain and automatic leveling, this spider excels at reaching the heights other can’t reach while maintaining a limited outrigger footprint.   
  • Working Height: 62 Feet
  • Platform Height: 56 Feet
  • Platform Capacity: 440 lbs.
  • Hydraulically Adjustable Track Width
  • Wireless Radio Control Box
  • Compact dimensions for enhanced accessibility on most any job-site
  • 17.33 Feet Long when Stowed
  • 3.45 Feet Wide when Stowed
  • 6.58 Feet High when Stowed
  • Rugged engine guard for improved protection from debris and obstructions
  • 11 HP Honda GX-390 Engine
  • Gas Powered Engine for Outdoor Use
  • 230V - 16A Electro-Pump for Indoor Use
Brazo Articulado IM R19
NEW Takeuchi TB216H HYBRID Excavator
 The compact size and dual power capabilities of the Takeuchi TB216H allow it to work in a wide range of applications that may have limited accessability and noise and clean air requirements.  It is ideal for plumbing, landscaping, utility installation, interior demolition, and rental applications.  Performance is identical between the diesel engine and electric motor, and the controls are the same regardless of operating mode.
  • Operating Weight: 4,277 lbs.
  • Horsepower: Diesel 14.9, Electric 14.2
  • Dig Depth: 7'10"
  • Reach: 13' 5"
  • Bucket Breakout Force: 4,250 lbs.
  • Powerful Electric Motor
  • Final Tier 4 Yanmar Engine
  • Independent Pumps for Motor & Engine
  • Identical Controls
  • Top Mounted Boom Cylinder
  • Easy Operation Diesel or Electric Mode
  • Pilot Joystick Controls
  • Pattern Change Valve
  • Multi-Information LED Display
  • See full manufacturer specs
DMS Takeuchi TB216 Hybrid - emission-free excavator!- Structure and function
  • Watch the video to see the new Takeuchi TB216H Hybrid in action.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

What Chain Does My Chainsaw Need? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Chainsaw Chain

Man cuts log with Husqvarna Chainsaw

Even the highest quality chainsaw will need to have the chain replaced eventually. Your chainsaw will only function properly if fitted with the proper chain. So how do you decide which chain fits your chainsaw? 

In order to choose the correct chain for your specific chainsaw, you will need to know the following four sets of numbers:
  1. Bar length
  2. Pitch
  3. Gauge
  4. Drive Lengths (quantity)
These numbers can usually be found printed at the base of the chainsaw's bar. For the saw pictured to the left, the bar length would be 24”/60cm; the pitch would be 3/8”; the gauge would be .050”; and it has a total of 84 drive links (DL).
Demonstration of finding chain measurements on Husqvarna chainsaw

Some older chainsaws may not have these numbers printed on their bar or perhaps the numbers have worn out over time. In these cases, you can find your bar length, pitch, gauge, and number of drive lengths by using the guidelines below. You can also take your chainsaw to your local dealer.

Bar Length

You can find this number by measuring the length of the bar from the front of the chainsaw base to the farthest point on the cutting side of the bar. The “bar length” is always rounded to the nearest inch. 

Diagram of finding bar length on Husqvarna chainsaw

Note: The bar length should be calculated from the main body of the chainsaw to the tip of the bar, not from the base of the bar itself which sits inside your chainsaw frame.


Demonstration of finding chain pitch with rulerPitch is the distance between your chainsaw’s drive links. Drive links are the small metal pieces sticking inwards on your blade that fit into your bar. Simply take a ruler and measure the distance from the center of one rivet to the center of the second rivet adjacent to it and divide by two. This simple calculation will give you your pitch.

Number of Drive Links

To ensure you've chosen the right chainsaw chain, count the number of drive links on the chain. The easiest way to count them is to set up your chain so that the drive lengths are aligned. You can then count them easily, two at a time, down the length of the chain.

Chainsaw chain with labeled drive links


Diagram of a finding gauge widthThis number refers to the width of the groove in your chainsaw bar holding the drive links. One way to find this number is to measure your drive links with a tool called a caliper. If you don't have a caliper handy, start by cleaning one of the grooves using a knife or screwdriver. Then, try inserting a dime, a penny, and a quarter into the groove. The coin that fits snugly without forcing it will tell you the gauge.

Penny= .058"
Quarter= .063"

Buying your New Chainsaw Chain

Package of STIHL chainsaw blade with labels

Once you your bar length, pitch, gauge, and drive number you are ready to buy your new chain. Most chains will have the numbers clearly labeled somewhere on the packaging (see below). Chains come in various models and tooth options but if the numbers on the chain match the numbers you worked out for your chainsaw, you now have the right chainsaw chain and you're ready to get to work.

To purchase a new chainsaw chain, chainsaw accessories, or a new chainsaw, please visit DuranteRentals.com or call 1-800-DURANTE today!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Excavator Track Maintenance: Get The Most Out Of Your Excavator Tracks

"The key to achieving optimal results in construction is to choose the right equipment and protect it with regular maintenance and care," said Jesse Pettit of Durante Rentals.

Use The Right Tracks

Jesse points out, "New tracks can retail anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 so it is important to keep your project in mind when choosing excavator tracks."

Always consider the environment you will be working in. Firmer ground like hard packed soil or rocky terrain calls for a narrower track width or “shoe width”. However, muddy or soft ground will require a wider shoe width for even weight distribution and to keep your machine from sinking.

TB1140 Takeuchi Excavator on tarmac

Drive Smarter

 Drive smarter and extend the life of your tracks.
  • Do not drive over sharp / damaging materials
  • Do not drive over curbs
  • Avoid steep inclines / declines when possible
  • Always look forward (face your drive motor towards the back of your machine)
  • Avoid driving over chemicals, salt, oil, etc.
  • Avoid overly sharp turns
  • Minimize time on abrasive materials like concrete or asphalt

Takeuchi TB240 Excavator digging on construction site

Keeping these best-practices in mind will help prevent undue stress on your machine while extending the life of your tracks.

Keep Your Tracks Clean and Maintain Your Equipment

“Tracks should be cleaned of dirt and debris with a track spade or power washer after each use. If you skip this quick step, debris sitting on your tracks can eventually cause premature wear. After enough dirt accumulates, the added weight can also negatively effect your gas mileage. In the winter, frozen dirt can rub on the bolts, loosen the guiding and seize the rollers. When our rental machines come back, the first thing we do is make sure they are thoroughly cleaned,” says Jesse.

Man cleans mud out off Takeuchi excavator track

Regularly check the undercarriage of your machine for wear and tear. Worn sprockets, oil leaks, projecting bolts, or worn out rollers can seriously damage your tracks. Small cuts in a track will have little effect, but serious cuts/cracks can reflect damage to the cords. A deep cut will allow moisture into your cords, seriously shortening the life of your tracks.

Make sure to check track tension regularly. Loose tracks can damage your undercarriage and cause your tracks to slip off your machine while overly tight tracks can lead to serious performance issues.

Proper Storage

Try not to store your tracks in direct sunlight over long periods of time. Ideally, tracks should be stored in a dry, cool environment. If you know you your machine will be sitting for a while, make sure you take it for a spin every two weeks or so to prevent the tracks from warping.

Take Care While Installing New Tracks

"Be careful if installing new tracks yourself. Better yet, have a professional do it for you," says Jesse. Improper installation can damage your rollers or crack the track. If you still think you'd rather do it yourself, make sure you wear the correct safety gear, including boots, gloves, and safety glasses. As always, it’s best practice to take a few moments and familiarize yourself with both the operators and service manuals.

Man changes a track on a Takeuchi Excavator

TECH TIP: Always replace both tracks simultaneously. Matching worn components with new components can considerably shorten their lifespan.

For questions, or to learn about what kind of excavator is right for you, call 1-800-DURANTE or check our mini excavator page here.