Blkakley at CONEXPO 2014


Blkakley at CONEXPO 2014March 4th – 8th Blakley Equipment will be at CONEXPO 2014 with Ausa. Visit us in Silver Lot at Stand 6736.

CONEXPO will represent an immense unveiling of all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthrough in construction.

New times need investments that bring effective solutions. The AUSA equipment range has been designed to be cutting edge technology for maximum reliability. This way, even in the toughest environments, AUSA equipment has the lowest cost of operation and the highest levels of operator satisfaction.

Visit us and Ausa at the CONEXPO we hope to see you there! To register please click here.


Weather Factors and Aerial Work Platforms

Weather conditions can adversely affect aerial work platform lifting activities. They need to be thoroughly considered both during the planning and execution of a Boom lift or Scissor Lift. Special efforts may be required to ensure adequate warning is provided to avoid a sudden storm disrupting a lift in progress.


A great deal of judgment is required when assessing when it is too windy to continue lifting operations. Most crane manufacturers have some recommendations concerning the maximum permissible wind speed/gust, or how to derate the crane under windy conditions, since their load charts assume no wind at all. If there is no information on the load chart or in the operating manual instructions, the crane manufacturer should be consulted, and the maximum allowable wind speed/gust and derating information posted conspicuously in the cab or right on the load chart.

Note: In the absence of manufacturers’ specific written advice, seriously consider postponing the lift if the wind speed/gust is in the range of 15-20 mph (7-9 m/s). Above 20 mph (11 m/s), the lift must be canceled. When the craning operations have been postponed due to high wind/gust conditions loads must be landed and secured, the boom must be stowed and the following must be met prior to resuming operations.

  • Wind conditions must be monitored by the BNL Meteorology Services web site or contacting the Upton NY Weather Bureau.
  • There must be no immediate threat (enough time to secure all loads and stow the crane, 30-45 minutes), of wind speeds reaching the 20 mph reading.
  • These wind speeds will be recorded at 30 ft. above open ground or by the 10 meter height of the BNL tower.

Some of the issues to consider when faced with windy weather conditions are

The geometry and shape of the load

Is there a large area exposed to wind loads? How difficult will the load be to control if a gust of wind catches it?

How high is the load to be lifted?

Wind speed generally increases with height.

Backward stability.

Backward stability can be a problem when the wind is from the front and the boom is high.

Wind from behind a crane.

Wind coming from the rear of the crane can cause the load to be blown away from the crane, increasing the radius and decreasing the crane capacity.

Wind from the side of a crane.

Wind corning from the side can put a load on the side of the boom and blow the load off vertical; which, in turn, can place an additional side load on the boom. In the United States, most booms are designed for a 20 mph (9 m/s) wind velocity on the side of the boom, plus a side load equal to 2% of the rated load.

Operating a crane between structures.

Operating a crane between buildings or process equipment under windy conditions can be hazardous due to the “wind tunnel” effect. As air blows around obstructions, there can be local areas of increased velocity that may exceed the safe lifting limit even though the general wind speed is not a problem. A wind speed indicator (anemometer) fixed to the boom point is a good idea under these conditions.


Extremely cold weather can negatively affect crane and aerial work platform operations. When temperatures drop below 10oF, appropriate consideration should be made with respect to shock loading, crane hydraulics, and possible derating of the crane (consultation with the Plant Engineering Division’s Crane/Hoisting & Rigging Inspector and/or Plant Engineering Division’s Rigging Supervisors is required). The following is a listing of cold weather lifting restrictions:

-5oF (-15oC) to -22oF (-30oC) Avoid impact or shock loading of crane and rigging.Operations involving hydraulic cranes should be conducted with due regard to potential failure of hydraulic components.For critical lifts, cranes should be derated by 25%.

The effect of wind chill on operators, riggers, and signal persons should be considered. Lifting should be halted if these personnel are unable to operate efficiently and safely.

-22oF (-30oC) to -40oF (-40oC) Cranes should be derated by 40% for all lifts, and halting of all lifting activities should be considered.
Below -40oF (-40oC) All lifting prohibited except for extreme emergencies.


Other weather conditions can create hazardous conditions for lifting. Rain, fog, or snow could obscure the load, the signal person and/or the boom tip, making crane-lifting operations very dangerous. In addition, extreme heat, heavy rain, snowstorms, or even heavy snow flurries can be distracting to those involved in the lifting operation. It is important for those people to remain focused on the lift until the load is safety landed, and the load is off the hook. During bad weather such as rain, snow or fog, stop operation and stow the machine. Wait until visibility improves before resuming operation.

Crane booms can act as a lightning rod and great care should be taken to be aware of changing weather conditions if a thunderstorm should suddenly develop. At the first sign of a thunderstorm (or at least of lightning), lifting activities should be brought to an orderly close. The boom should be lowered and/or retracted as much as possible, and personnel should leave the area. If the crane is struck by lightning, it should be thoroughly inspected before being put back into service. The path of the electricity is difficult to predict and there may be hidden damage (pitting) where arcs have occurred (often in bearings).

Heavy rain, especially if wind-driven, also can affect crane operations. Water can get into friction elements (brakes, clutches, etc.) and render them inoperable. When these conditions exist on older friction-type cranes, operators may have to “dry out” the brakes by lightly engaging the device enough to produce enough heat to dry out the components.

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ARA of New York Board Member Election

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the recent American Rental Association of New York board election. Three board members have been elected by general members:

David BarduschTaylor Rental, Webster

Laura BentleyBentley Bros, Albion

Jennifer VodrazkaBlakley Equipment, Mount Vernon

Congratulations to these board members!

We would like to give a special Congratulations to our very own Jennifer Vodrazka.

Ausa Forklift Rentals

Blakley Equipment Becomes a New Dealer for AUSA

AUSABlakley Equipment has been serving the New York tri-state area’s man lift and material lift market for over 60 years from their full service branch in Mount Vernon, NY, just outside of New York City in Westchester County. Blakley Equipment has an outstanding reputation in their market. “They have all the attributes you look for in a dealer such as their training facility, service staff, and parts department. Blakley has the means and desire for AUSA to continue to be a very successful brand in the USA.” said Mark Benfield, AUSA USA & Canada Area Manager.

New York based Blakley Equipment has been importing forklifts and telehandlers from AUSA since 2005 for their own rental fleet. Blakley will now sell AUSA’s line of forklifts, telehandlers, and dumpers in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas. Its staff of equipment experts will perform warranty work, repairs, as well as ship parts to its customers in the United States.

We have used AUSA equipment for many years in almost every customer segment. Their equipment is very unique. AUSA equipment is compact, rugged, and can fit in locations that conventional equipment cannot.” said Samuel Blakley, President.

AUSA, a Spanish manufacturer, is a world leader in construction and industrial equipment. They are backed by over 50 years experience with an international presence. AUSA’s high performance material handling product lines include Forklifts to 11,000 lbs. Taurulifts to 6,000 lbs., Dumpers, Mixers, and Sweepers. AUSA offers one of the widest range of compact all-terrain telehandlers in the market with the Taurulift line.

Jennifer Vodrazka, Vice President of Blakley Equipment sees great potential being the AUSA dealer of the tri-state area. She states, “We chose AUSA because they have a successful history of always exceeding customer expectations. The focus on customer satisfaction always drives our decisions at Blakley Equipment”.

For more information on AUSA products, please visit: /AUSA

Generator Rentals and Sales

Purchase a Generator from Blakley Equipment.

Blakley Equipment carries Mi-T-M Generators with reliable Honda engines.

Generators Can Pay for Themselves

Having a generator as an emergency source of backup power is one of the best investments you can make for your home and family. If your power goes out more more than a day or so you can loose hundreds or even thousands of dollars on spoiled food in your refrigerator and your freezer. You can be forced to stay at and pay for a hotel so your family can have heat and hot water. A week after hurricane “Sandy” there are still people without power in the tri-state area. Having a reliable generator can help your family live comfortably in the event of a long power outage.

Mi-T-M Generators in Stock

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Mi-T-M Generators are regarded as some of the best generators you can buy. Mi-T-M is widely known for manufacturing high quality equipment and offering outstanding customer service in the industrial equipment industry. Mi-T-M added generators to there product line in the summer of 2005 with 18 models ranging from 1650 watts up to 13,000 watts. Today Mi-T-M manufactures a variety of quality generators including gas and diesel-powered generators, portable generators, and generators specifically designed for homes or industrial use.

Blakley Equipment Has Mi-T-M Generators

Blakley Equipment has Mi-T-M Generators in stock so call today and get your now before they sell out.Generator Sales and Rentals

Blakley Equipment
491 E. 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
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Equipment Rental Workshops

American Rental Association Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 – Clifton Park, NY
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 – Rochester, NY
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 – Mount Vernon, NY

Noon – 4:30 p.m. at each location

Your choice of location – Your choice of education!

Owners, managers, trainers and key personnel:Join us for the Fall Rental Education Workshop which has something for everyone!
There will be two afternoon educational sessions featuring two concurrent programs. The luncheon and seminars will be held at:

Milton CAT – Nov. 13
500 Commerce Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-877-8000
$15/person in advance – $20 on site

Admar Supply Co. Inc. – Nov. 15
1950 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
Rochester, NY 14623 585-272-9390
$15/person in advance – $20 on site

Blakley Equipment – Nov. 28
491 E. 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10553 914-664-5500
$25/person in advance – $30 on site

Rental Workshops Agenda and Sessions:

Noon – Registration
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 1st Session
3:00 p.m. – 2nd Session

For Construction and General Tool: (At Blakley Equipment)
Session I: Generator Sizing and Power Distribution, will detail how to determine the size of generator required for a job, using the power distribution correctly, maintaining your investment and rental applications.
Session II: Aerial Lift Safety, will cover the necessary guidelines and responsibilities of rental stores who provide lifts and how to protect their customers and their businesses.

For Party/ Event and Mixed Rental:
Session I: Proper Tent Ballasting, will outline the proper ballasting required and steps the rental industry must take to be proactive in light of recent events throughout the country that received wide media coverage.
Session II: Inflatable Safety, will discuss steps to take for internal safety training regarding all manner of inflatables and will also cover storage, maintenance and purchase decisions.

This is a great opportunity to brush up on the latest in proper use, applications, safety, and New York State requirements for each of these topics. There will be time during each presentation for a Q & A session as well as a break between sessions to check your messages.

Register for one of these workshops today!

Upcoming Aerial Work Platform Training 2012

Here is a list of our upcoming aerial work platform training classes that are being offered. Remember we can accommodate your company and schedule extra classes if we need to. So if none of the following dates work for you please don’t hesitate to call us and check for other availability.

Class Date Instructor
AWP Training 9/12/12 A. Acosta
AWP Training 9/19/12 A. Acosta
AWP Training 10/17/12 A. Acosta
AWP Training 11/14/12 A. Acosta
AWP Training 12/12/12 A. Acosta

A Guide to Scissor Lift Rentals

JLG Scissor Lift RentalsConstruction businesses depend heavily on scissor lifts for moving heavy equipment, basic materials and as make-shift bridges. So, if you are into a construction business, investing into a scissor lift may be an expensive affair, especially if you are dealing with short term projects. In such situations, scissor lift rentals are a viable financial option.

A scissor lift has extending platforms but can move only vertically. It is extremely handy in indoor and outdoor constructions. It can be maintained easily, has folding guardrails that can be effortlessly maneuvered at narrow entry points. A Scissor lift has a flashing beacon that warns workers when it is moving or is in operation. Hiring a scissor lift for temporary basis will not hurt your budget. So, while you are hiring one from scissor lift rentals, you need to make sure of certain things.

Types of Scissor Lifts

Scissor lift rentals offer various types of scissor lifts like hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical machines. Platform height ranges between 19 feet to 50 feet and horizontal platform extensions vary between 4 feet to 6 feet on the top. For lifting capacities, the options include between 500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.

When you contact lift rentals, look for features such as revolving, slanted and straight movement. Each has different power capabilities and you need to pick one depending on your requirement. Discuss your needs with the rental service and they may be able to guide you suitably.

Compare hiring prices

You need to get in touch with at least three scissor lift rentals, compare the fees and finalize based on your needs. Don’t go for the lowest bid just because you are on a tight budget. Keep the safety aspect and your requirements in mind and bargain for the right deal. You can also ask your friends in the industry about efficient scissor lift rentals.

You can also go through a rental company’s website to know about discounts and deals. Reading up reviews written about the scissor lift rentals can give you a good overview of the quality of lifts provided.

Safety of Lift Equipment

The onus for the safety of the equipment rental is on you. So, when you go to check out the scissor lift, ask an operator and a technician to tag along. Ask them to check for wear and tear, worn out parts that need to be replaced and also critically observe the overall condition of the equipment. You also need to ask for the maintenance record of the chosen scissor lift to ensure that there are no safety hazards.

Building a relation

You need to establish a firm and long standing relation with scissor lift rentals. Construction businesses face shortage of equipment and labor. In such a crunch time, a scissor lift rental can bail you out and give your order a priority over others.

What is a Forklift?

A forklift is a machine that is used in lifting and moving heavy items or pallets of items. Forklifts can be used for a variety of jobs around a warehouse or construction site. Forklifts are a vital part of most big jobs because without them many man Forklift Partshours would be lost moving supplies and equipment.

Westchester Forklifts

Forklifts come in many sizes and they are usually classed by how much lifting power they have. Many companies around the world produce forklifts but our favorite are the AUSA forklifts that we import from Spain. We have a full line of AUSA forklifts available to rent and we also offer AUSA forklifts for sale here in the United States.

Forklifts have a huge fork in the front of the machine that is positioned underneath any item that needs to be lifted. The fork is attached to a mast that allows the fork to move up and down. This allows a forklift to move its load up onto a rack or up to a second floor where workers may need supplies.

There are many specialized types of forklifts that are designed for very specific purposes. They have forklifts that can maneuver in narrow halls or aisles and Stacking forklifts used to make stack of materials or items.

Buy or Rent Forklifts

If you are in need of a forklift for your job site and need to rent one or buy one, contact Blakley Equipment.

When is Buying a Boom Lift a Good Idea?

Buy a Boom Lift in Westchester, NY

Should You buy a new Boom Lift instead of renting?

The first question you want to ask is why would you want to buy a Boom Lift.

The best reason for buying a new aerial work platform is the fact that it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty the same way a new car does. The length and terms may vary but is typically between one and two years, depending on what exactly you are using the boom lift for.

Ownership and tax write offs make buying new aerial equipment for you business  appealing, but the high cost of new equipment is a turn off for some business owners.

Advantages of Buying a New Boom Lift

  • Ownership of the Boom Lift
  • Warranty from the manufacturer
  • Tax write offs on the equipment

Disadvantages of Buying a New Boom Lift

  • Purchasing boom lifts can be expensive
  • Your compan’s credit may not be good enough
  • Your new machine will someday be obsolete

How do Boom Lifts cost?

Boom lifts are quite pricey. New 30′ to 40′ booms lifts can cost as much as $25,000 to $45,000, and used lifts range from $10,000 to $30,000.

The bigger the lift the more expensive it is, for example a  110′ boom lift costs over $100,000, and even used 110′ boom lifts can be around $80,000.

Tips on Purchasing  a New Boom Lift

  • Don’t buy based on price alone this is a common mistake
  • Focus on choosing reputable dealer such as Blakley Equipment
  • Buy lifts that meet all your needs
  • Maintain your boom lift well to ensure a good resale value
  • Make sure you get a lift that will fit and reach where you need it to.

Blakley Equipment is Westchester County’s number one Boom Lift Rental Company as well as an authorized seller of  New and Used Aerial Work Platforms from many different manufacturers.