Briggs Equipment has invested £5.5 million in its short-term rental (STR) fleet as part of a £20 million transition plan to become the UK’s leading distributor of Yale Materials Handling equipment.
The new STR fleet of 450 Yale machines consists of a range of counterbalance trucks, order pickers, power pallet trucks and reach trucks taking the total Yale product range to over 900 with an average age of below 18 months. All of the trucks reflect the very latest specifications from Yale to provide customers with optimum efficiency and flexibility.
Allan Parsons, asset manager of Briggs Equipment, explained: "We have made a huge step in our transition plan of replacing all of our old STR machines in the fleet with new Yale trucks. We want to be totally committed to our Yale dealership and supply the most reliable and cost effective short-term solutions for our clients who want to rent from as little as one day or up to one year.
"STR fleets are usually made up of very old equipment which come with high maintenance and repair costs. Our machines are virtually new which will see fewer breakdowns and will keep service costs to a minimum."
All of the trucks are highly specified with various modifications including special transmissions, oil cool disc brakes, numerous engine sizes, monitoring systems and speed limiters to ensure optimum safety and comfort.
Continued Allan: "STR users often have difficulty in finding the right truck to fit their specific operation; which can pose a real threat to health and safety. With a wide variety of modifications available on our machines, we can provide flexible short-term solutions to fit many different applications."
Currently, Briggs’s STR fleet is 30 per cent Yale and in the next six months it hopes to increase this to 55 per cent making a total of 1,200 machines.