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.

Pitch

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

Gauge

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.


Dime=.050"
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.