Back to the Big Easy

Jan. 1, 2012
The widespread devastation and dramatic impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, La., in August 2005 left such a mark that, ultimately,

The widespread devastation and dramatic impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, La., in August 2005 left such a mark that, ultimately, The Rental Show, planned for The Big Easy in February of the following year, had to be moved in the 11th hour to Las Vegas, the city that has hosted it for three of the past six years. With stops in Orlando, Fla., and a couple in Atlanta along the way, 2012 marks the return of the American Rental Association's Rental Show to Nawlins, The Crescent City, The Big Easy, NOLA or, as it is also known, New Orleans.

The 2012 Rental Show, Feb. 5-8 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will include new and expanded educational opportunities, events including an evening at Mardi Gras World and a keynote address from Aron Ralston, the subject of the Academy Award-nominated film “127 Hours.”

The 2012 show will offer 30 seminars on Feb. 5, 7 and 8, including new indoor/outdoor half-day product demonstration sessions. New events include Crescent City Carnival on Feb. 7, which will be held at Mardi Gras World where most of the floats, sculptures and props for the parades held during Mardi Gras are conceived and produced. ARA's Crescent City Carnival will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the floats and how they're created, with live entertainment, networking, food and beverages. Also new for 2012 is An Evening for ARAPAC, an event for ARA's political action committee on Feb. 6 at the National World War II Museum where invited guests will be able to tour the displays and exhibits.

In addition to many networking and education opportunities, dozens of new products will be introduced on the trade show floor in the convention center. RER previews just a few on the following pages. For more products, visit To visit the RER staff at the show, stop by Booth 6617.


Snorkel will showcase its A62JRT, a 62-foot platform height articulated boom built on the company's common Polaris chassis, at The Rental Show. The Polaris chassis is designed to deliver the best inside turning radius of any two-wheel-steer machine in its class, and offers very compact stowed dimensions for transport. The oscillating front axle, with hydrostatic four-wheel drive, keeps all four tires in contact with the ground, and works whether the machine is stowed or elevated. “We had originally intended to focus solely on our compact electric lifts at ARA, which proved a successful strategy last year,” said Richard Tindale, global sales & marketing director. “However, the feedback from the [Lift & Access] Showcase on the A62JRT was so positive that we have decided to take it to New Orleans.”

The Rental Show Booth 9913
Reader Service No. 149

Solutions by Computer

Solutions by Computer introduces its Card Payment Gateway, a payment processing module for credit and debit cards that gives Enfinity system users the option of three different payment processing vendors to choose from. Benefits to rental operators include non-proprietary integration with flexibility to shop three payment processors for competitive quotes and customer service capabilities; PCI-compliance — no card information is stored on Enfinity, which removes the system from the scope of PCI requirements; signature capture automatically applies to both card and contract; the card is automatically used for subsequent invoices on the same contract; and settlements are processed automatically overnight.

The Rental Show Booth 7041
Reader Service No. 150


Genie introduces three new rough-terrain electric scissorlifts designed to increase operator efficiencies both indoors and outdoors. The new models — GS-2669 DC, GS-3369 DC and GS-4069 DC — offer similar increased capacity and jobsite performance to that of Genie's RT family, but now in an electric model. The GS-4069 DC scissor is a 40-foot full-drive-height electric scissorlift — the first at that height in its class, according to the maker. The other two models also offer the full-drive-height feature. The electric-drive motors provide emissions-free performance in enclosed buildings and can be charged overnight so that lifts are ready to go the next morning.

The Rental Show Booth 8235
Reader Service No. 151

Corporate Services

Corporate Services offers TrakQuip, a software management solution designed to make it easy to track and manage valuable assets. TrakQuip can automate routine business operations, provide information to make better business decisions, and produce critical financial information to accurately run a rental business. The company provides client-requested enhancements to its software, and has the ability to meet the demands of businesses of all sizes. The company's support staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Rental Show Booth 8528
Reader Service No. 152

Little Beaver

Little Beaver's new HYD-NTV11H UN-Towable Drill is engineered to provide a transportable solution to one-man hole-digging projects. Unlike similar units that offer a 9-hp engine, the NTV11H is built with an 11-hp HondaGX340V engine, resulting in a 10-percent increased power advantage over competitive models. Hydraulic pressure of 2,500 psi and an operating speed of 150 rpm further enhance power output, the maker says. The unit is well suited for use by landscapers, fence and sign installation, and park and recreation departments.

The Rental Show Booth 6735
Reader Service No. 153


Subaru's new line of SGX commercial generators includes three models. Delivering a maximum output of 3,500 watts, the SGX3500 utilizes Subaru's EX21 7-hp engine and has a 4-gallon fuel tank to provide a continuous run time of 8 hours at the rated load. The SGX5000 utilizes the 9.5-hp EX30 engine and offers a maximum output of 4,900 watts. Fuel tank capacity is 7 gallons for a continuous run time of 9.4 hours at the rated load. The SGX7500E features a 14-hp EX40 engine and provides a maximum output of 7,300 watts. It offers a continuous run time of 7 hours at the rated load and a fuel tank capacity of 8 gallons. Additionally, the SGX7500E includes an electric starting system with recoil backup.

The Rental Show Booth 7013
Reader Service No. 154

General Equipment Co.

General Equipment Co. introduces the CTS12 Rip-R-Stripper for floor-covering removal projects, offering a fresh solution to removing ceramic tile, hardwood floor and other tough floor coverings. It also allows rental operators to make more revenue from the electric-powered breakers in their inventories. The CTS12 acts as a tool carrier for electric-powered breakers with ratings between 30 and 45 foot-pounds of force. The CTS12 provides a direct-impulse force, which supplies adequate power to break through the high bond strengths of today's mastics, glues and thin-set materials.

The Rental Show Booth 7235
Reader Service No. 155

General Pipe Cleaners

General Pipe Cleaners JM-2900 Jet-Set gas-powered water jet is an economical alternative to larger water jets. It has the power to quickly clear grease, sand and ice in 4- to 8-inch drain lines. The JM-2900 is lighter and more maneuverable, yet maintains the same pressure and flow rate as other jets in its class. The unit is driven by a 13-hp Honda engine connected directly to a 3,000-psi, 4-gpm triplex pump. Vibra-pulse helps the hose slide around tight bends in small lines and down long runs. A 200-foot-capacity hose reel with reel brake is mounted on a heavy-duty frame with two pneumatic tires. Safety features include a thermal relief valve to protect the pump from heat damage, along with a backflow check valve and inlet filter.

The Rental Show Booth 6513
Reader Service No. 156

The Rental Show 2012 Schedule

Friday, Feb. 3

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitor move-in

Saturday, Feb. 4

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitor move-in

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration open

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Events & Tents Industry Tour, Event Rental, Gretna, La.

3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Events & Tents Welcome

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Events & Tents Networking Reception, The Foundry

Sunday, Feb. 5

7 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration Open

7:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Events & Tents

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitor move-in

8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Rental Show seminars

10 p.m.-3 p.m. The Rental Show Golf Tournament, Audubon Park Golf Course

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch with ARA

5 p.m.-10 p.m. Next Generation Reception, Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar and Grill

Monday, Feb. 6

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m.-10 a.m. Keynote session, Aron Ralston, inspiration for the film “127 Hours”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit hall open

4 p.m.-5 p.m. First-time attendee Q&A

4 p.m.-5 p.m. Canadian Rental Association Annual General Meeting

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Regional Receptions

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. An Evening for ARAPAC: Your Voice in Government, National World War II Museum

Tuesday, Feb. 7

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The Rental Show Seminars

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit hall open

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Reception with a Purpose (Including ARA Foundation Charity Auction)

5 p.m.-7 p.m. International reception

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Crescent City Carnival, Mardi Gras World

Wednesday, Feb. 8

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The Rental Show Round Tables

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Exhibit hall open

1 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibitor move-out

Thursday, Feb. 9

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitor move-out