Anyone who purchases construction equipment knows that cranes are an expensive investment. Whether large or small, companies and contractors have to logistically think about their financing options when purchasing equipment. Getting familiar with the advantages of the Section 179 benefits that are associated with the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) can save you hundreds of thousand of dollars. So, what does this bonus depreciation do and how can it be applied to you?

Section 179 Construction Equipment Deals

For the year 2017, the deduction limit for new equipment is $510,000. This means that a company can deduct the full costs of qualifying new equipment from their 2017 taxes, up to $510,000. Phaseout for the deduction starts at $2.03 million in equipment purchases and is matched dollar-for-dollar. If you plan on taking advantage of these Section 179 benefits, you will need to have your equipment bought and in service no later than December 31st, 2017.

Bonus Depreciation

Another benefit to take advantage of is the bonus depreciation of the qualifying equipment. Under the Section 179 benefits, new or used equipment that is purchased and serviced in 2017 will be depreciated up to 50% of its original cost. The bonus depreciation is now extended through 2019, with it phasing out at 40% through all of 2018 and 30% throughout 2019.

RTL Equipment Cranes

There is never a better time to take advantage of the Section 179 tax benefits as the 2017 year wraps up. With the strong possibility of corporate tax rates being reduced by up to 15% in coming years, it should be everyone’s goal to reduce taxable income in 2017 by as much as they can. We have a variety of new and used cranes from Terex, Kobelco, Manitowoc, Liebherr, and others. Whether you need crawler cranes, truck cranes, wheel loaders, or other types of equipment, we are your trusted Midwest construction equipment dealer. If you are ever having any issues or questions about our equipment, feel free to contact our service team for details!


At RTL Equipment, we take pride in being able to provide many options to customers who need equipment to get the job done. The majority of the clients we work with understand what all of our equipment does, how it works, and how it can benefit their next project. However, we carry an ever-changing inventory that is constantly rotating out old and new construction equipment and parts all of the time. Here is a guide to some our more popular equipment and brands that we commonly carry.

RTL Equipment in Grimes and Swisher Iowa

Crawler Cranes

Crawler Cranes are mobile cranes equipped with a lattice boom for lifting objects. One of the benefits about them is that they are highly mobile and (depending on the model) can carry upwards of 275 tons. At RTL Equipment, we are a certified dealer for all Terex and Kobelco crawler cranes and carry many makes and models. We also have other used brands such as Liebherr and Manitowoc for sale or rent.

Truck Cranes / All Terrain Cranes

Truck cranes are mobile cranes that are equipped with their own set of wheels for improved mobility on and off the construction site. These machines are frequently used in massive building projects such as bridges, roadways, and airports. RTL Equipment currently carries Terex truck cranes and is a certified dealer.

Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, and Boom Lifts

Most likely, our customers are familiar with the uses of these machines. Sometimes referred to as Aerial Work Platforms, these machines are useful for easily moving workers up and down large heights at any worksite. General uses are for smaller construction projects and reaching overhead lines for telecommunication services. RTL Equipment carries brands such as JLG, Genie, Lull, and Xtreme.

Hydraulic Excavators

You can find hydraulic excavators on almost any construction site. Equipped with large shoes and a GP bucket, these machines are the perfect machines for breaking rock, crushing metal, scooping dirt, drilling holes, and laying gravel. RTL Equipment is a certified Doosan dealer for hydraulic excavators. However, we also have used Bobcat and Deere excavators for rent and sale.

Rough Terrain Crane

Much like crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes are mobile cranes that are equipped with a boom. However, instead of using treaded tracks, they have massive rubber tires that are capable of taking them through much rougher terrain. RTL Equipment is a certified dealer for Terex and Tadano rough terrain cranes. We also have Grove rough terrain cranes for sale and rent at RTL Equipment.

RTL Equipment – Midwest Construction Equipment Dealer

Listed above is just some of the equipment that we carry. We also carry wheel loaders, paving machinery, and of all sorts of equipment parts. If you or someone you know is in need of quality construction equipment for their next construction project, contact RTL Equipment. Our staff works around the clock to make sure that your needs are met for a successful project.


Kobe;cp Cranes from RTL Equipment

Despite the recent tragedies that have struck Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, there are still some amazing things happening down in the Lone Star State. The city of Corpus Christi, one of the cities hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey, had a massive project in motion before the storm made landfall. The construction of the new US 181 Harbor Bridge is a project that has been in the works for years. Despite the damage that the city has received from the storm, workers are already back on the job to stick to their timeline. We would like to share the details of the massive project and how RTL Equipment has been able to help work towards its completion.

Harbor Bridge Project

The construction of this massive new bridge, called the Harbor Bridge Project, is set to be a masterpiece by the time it is finished. The specs of this bridge are absolutely mind-boggling. To start, the length of this bridge is expected to stretch 2.4 miles, making it the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States. Upon its completion, it will be the tallest structure in southern Texas. The US 181 Harbor Bridge is expected to be in operation for 170 years due to its concrete structure and corrosion resistant material. It’s safe to say that this project has people around Texas excited for its projected completion in the late Spring of 2020. So, how was RTL Equipment able to help out?

RTL Equipment Kobelco Crane

One of the contractors heading this project is A.H. Beck, out of San Antonio, Texas. When the details of this project were finalized, they called us at RTL Equipment in search of a crawler crane that could tackle a project this massive. We sent down a Kobelco CK2750G Lattice Crawler Crane to assist with their construction needs. This crane has a 200’ boom and has a lifting capacity of 275 tons, attached with a 100 ton counterweight. One of Kobelco’s largest crawler cranes, the CK2750G is sure to help A.H. Beck complete this bridge on time.

RTL Equipment – Midwest Construction Equipment For Sale

If you are looking for construction equipment, construction equipment parts, or crane service, RTL Equipment is your go-to dealer for Iowa and the Midwest. We have locations in Grimes and Swisher. Contact us today if you are looking for the best construction project equipment!


At RTL Equipment, we spend extensive hours researching our construction equipment and parts before providing them to our customers. We believe that relaying the knowledge of our equipment helps build trust and understanding between all parties. Today we will be talking about a hallmark name in excavator and wheel loader production: Doosan Equipment.

2015 Doosan Hydraulic Excavator DX350LC-5

Who is Doosan Equipment?

A construction equipment company that started it’s equipment manufacturing back in 1977, Doosan Equipment specializes in wheel loaders and hydraulic excavators. However, their product line stretches beyond just these two categories. Doosan is a company that RTL Equipment has trusted for years now. One reason that we sell and rent the products that Doosan has to offer is that they have a diverse portfolio to offer. No matter how big or small your project may be, they have something available for it. So, what are some of their machines that we trust?

Wheel Loaders

When construction sites need resources such as dirt, gravel, and sand moved around, wheel loaders are the perfect machine for the job. Their large buckets are designed to scoop and carry materials to wherever they are needed. Issues that many companies face when designing a good wheel loader is making sure that it has a high weight capacity, heavy amount of torque, and superior lift height with the bucket. Doosan’s DL300-5 is one of the larger models that has a 4.2 cubic yard bucket and is equipped with a Scania DC9 engine. If you are looking for a smaller wheel loader, the DL200 is mounted with a 2.5 cubic yard bucket and a Doosan Tier III engine. If you need a wheel loader for your next construction project, contact RTL Equipment today.

Hydraulic Excavators

Hydraulic excavators (also referred to as crawler excavators) are heavily relied on for projects that involve mining, excavation, scrap handling, and highway construction. Their long boom arm with a bucket at the end is perfect for digging and scooping up things in an efficient manner. Much like any other construction machinery, excavators come in a variety of weight capacities depending on the job that’s at hand. For large, commercial grade projects, Doosan offer the DX350LC-5 equipped with 31” shoes and a 10’ 6” stick. Strapped under the hood is a powerful Scania Tier-4 engine that will provide the power for any project. For smaller projects, options like the DX140LCR-3 and the DX140LCR-5 are the perfect choice. With chassis’s roughly ⅔ the size and a weight capacity maxing out at 37,400 lbs., they are amazing for smaller jobs.

RTL Equipment Your Doosan Equipment Dealer

We currently have a large line of Doosan products available. If you looking for any of the Doosan machines we did or did not mention, visit our website to see our equipment roster. We also carry a large selection of other brands and machines. Whether you need forklifts, scissor lifts, crawler cranes, or a screen plant; we provide all of it and more. RTL Equipment is your Iowa and midwest construction equipment dealer. Call us today for a quote!


Iowa-based bridge construction company, A.M. Cohron of Atlantic, Iowa, pulled off an amazing bridge teardown and rebuild job earlier this month. The bridge, located in West Des Moines, had been built in the 1940s and was due for a replacement. With little information available about the specs of the bridge, they set out to remove the bridge and construct a new one without disrupting train schedules.

Logistics Behind the Installation

For A.M. Cohron to successfully achieve their goal, they had to teardown the old bridge and erect the new bridge all within a 12-hour window. Due to the time constraint, they spent weeks in advance building the new bridge only 500 feet from the existing one. When the new 114-foot bridge was fully assembled, they got to work. They started the day at 6:30 am by carefully removing the old bridge which took until about 8:30 am. They then spent until about 3:00 pm prepping the foundation for the new bridge by drilling anchor bolt holes and installing concrete riser blocks. The new bridge was finally set upon its foundation at 5:00 pm and was fully complete for functional use by 9:00 pm.

RTL Equipment Construction Cranes Used

To complete this impressive job, A.M. Cohron needed some heavy crane rentals to make sure that the old bridge and new bridge could be lifted without issues. RTL Equipment was more than happy to rent our Iowa associates two crawler cranes to complete the job. They used a Kobelco CK1600G Lattice Boom Crawler Crane and a Terex HC275 Lattice Boom Crawler Crane to complete the tasks. Current A.M. Cohron’s Chairman, Keith Harlan, stated, “It was the largest two-crane pick up our company has done, with some pretty large cranes.” RTL Equipment is honored to be able to have helped with this successful and quick operation while supporting another Iowa company.

Heavy Equipment Rentals

If you or somebody you know is looking for construction equipment rentals for a future construction job, contact RTL Equipment today to see how we can help you complete your goal. We have equipment from scissor lifts, wheel loaders, crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes, and many more machines available. If you already have machinery but are looking for parts, our Parts Division team carries a wide variety of specialty parts for the lines that we represent.

Information on the bridge installation provided by Midwest Contractor.


As technology keeps advancing, it’s important that construction companies stay ahead of the game. One of our most trusted brands, Tadano, has implemented a new technology that will modify the way construction companies operate more efficiently. This satellite-based service, called Hello-Net, is setting the stage for a new future of machine operation among construction sites.

What is Hello-Net?

One of the biggest concerns project managers face for every construction project is staying on budget. Between labor hours, supplies, machines, and gas usage; costs start to add up quickly. This pain point is exactly what Hello-Net is looking to resolve when Tadano cranes are used on job sites. Hello-Net is a telematics tool that connects crane data with owners and service staff, giving them a variety of information stored on a secure server. Data such as the machine’s work history, idle time, maintenance information, GPS location, and more are all available on a work PC and mobile device. Hello-Net goes one step further and even shares the actions that need to be taken. Although Hello-Net is optimized for Tadano cranes, other makes can be manually programmed.

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Boost Profits on Construction Jobs

Because users can utilize Hello-Net to remotely access operational data, like how long a crane has been operating at one location, analyzing efficiency becomes much easier. Fuel consumption can be monitored, work history can be exported for further review, and work history can be downloaded so clients can see how the machines are being used. Plus, the ability to see potential problem areas before they occur allows for preventative maintenance to take place more regularly. Also, as rare as it is, theft does happen. When a crane using Hello-Net is stolen or lost, the GPS terminal can be activated and the machine’s location is pinpointed. This can mean less downtime, an increase in profits, and the ability to protect assets.

Tadano Rough Terrain Cranes

As mentioned above, Hello-Net was developed for Tadano Cranes. At RTL Equipment, we carry a variety of Tadano’s rough terrain cranes. As a leader in the development and distribution of rough terrain cranes, Tadano is trusted around the world and that’s why we support the purchase and rental of them for your construction project. Their GR1000XL model is capable of lifting 100 tons and has a maximum lift height of 212’. Equipped with a Cummins QSB 6.7 engine and 29.5 x 29 tires, this machine is perfect for any large scale project. If you don’t need a machine of that caliber, there’s the GR-550XL-3 model with a max lift weight of 55 tons and a lift height of 165’.

Learn More About Our Construction Equipment

If you’re looking for rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, hydraulic excavators, or any other machines for your next project, RTL Equipment is here for you. We provide machines, crane service, and construction equipment parts throughout all of Iowa and the United States. Whether you need something powerful like a Tadano rough terrain crane or much smaller like a forklift, contact us and we will get you pointed in the right direction!


rtl equipment sales employee spotlight rob bonnstetterRob Bonnstetter has been an integral part of RTL Equipment for nearly 25 years, working in sales. He’s earned our trust and the trust of our customers through his perseverance, dependability, and accessibility. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of working with Rob has witnessed his professionalism and commitment to being incredibly knowledgeable about our construction machinery firsthand. We thought it was time to put the spotlight on him this time (even though he didn’t want it) and let those who aren’t familiar with Rob learn a little more about what makes him tick.   

All Business

 

What’s been the most rewarding part of being involved with RTL Equipment?

I’ve been around the construction business in some capacity for most of my life and enjoy the whole process of building something from the ground up. I like being able to help our customers find the right equipment for them in order to complete their projects the best way possible, so they can be as profitable as possible.

 

Five to ten years down the line, where do you see the business?   

I see RTL Equipment continuing to be the premier construction equipment dealership in the area and growing steadily each year.

 

How would you say RTL stands out among competitors?  

We pride ourselves in being the experts for our customers when it comes to their construction machinery needs. We don’t want them to end up with the wrong piece of equipment ever, so we take the extra steps to look at the big picture as well as the small details before a sale is complete.

 

To what do you attribute your success both as an individual and as a business?    

My “never give up” attitude. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

If there’s someone reading this right now and hoping to work for RTL in the future, what advice would you give?

Work hard, be available all hours, and always answer your phone! Our customers are important and that means sometimes needing to be available at odd hours.   

 

Have you made any sacrifices in order to be more successful in business?   

I’ve always tried to take care of my customers’ needs whenever they needed (i.e. after hours, on weekends, etc.). That’s a decision I made early on in my career at RTL Equipment and one I’m glad I made, because it’s continued to serve our customers well.

 

What’s your greatest motivation at RTL?    

My greatest motivation is making and keeping a customer.

 

How do you define success?    

Happiness.

All About Rob

 

What’s your favorite sports team and who’s your favorite player of all time?   

The Vikings and Larry Csonka.

 

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?     

An F-15 fighter pilot.

 

Describe what you were like at the age of 10.    

I was very shy and quiet.

The desert island question: if you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you hope to have with you?    

My wife, a fishing pole, and a lighter…so my wife can cook the fish!

What’s your personal motto or favorite quote?    

I have many—just ask my family! “Adapt, improvise, and overcome.” “You can sleep when you die.” “Daylight’s wasting!”

 

Is there something about you that your co-workers might be surprised to know?     

Nope! They know it all—the good, the bad, the ugly!


Take a look at our Staff page to get in touch with a member of the RTL Equipment team today. If you’re not sure who you need to speak with, head to our contact page to give us a call or submit a question. We’re always happy to tell you more about our line of equipment.


At RTL Equipment, we enjoy taking time to review some of our machines and give all of you an in-depth look about some of the inventory that we carry. We do extensive research before purchasing our equipment because we aim to provide the highest quality machinery available to our customers. Today we will be talking about one our favorite and most trusted brands for all types of cranes: Terex.

rtl equipment terex crane blogWho is Terex?

Terex is one of the most recognized large machinery businesses in the entire world with an extensive history. Originally founded in 1933 as the Euclid Company, Terex has built some of the world’s largest machinery, battled through recessions, and has emerged as a global leader in the industry. They have acquired a variety of businesses in different markets over the years but maintain their goal of building state-of-the-art cranes.

Crawler Cranes

Crawler cranes are mobile cranes that move on top of crawler tracks and are generally equipped with a lattice boom which allows it to pull up and down heavy items. We carry a variety of crawler cranes made by Terex that cover a wide range of capabilities. Our latest Terex crawler crane, the HC165 (pictured above), is a 2017 model and has a weight capacity of up to 165 tons. On top of that, it is equipped with a Cummins QSC8.3 Engine that produces 310 horsepower. Topped off with a comfortable interior with a 3600 viewing range, this machine will get the job done for you efficiently.terex crane blog rtl equipment

Truck Cranes

Truck cranes are mobile hydraulic cranes that are able of lifting thousands of pounds. They are convenient in the fact that a truck crane doesn’t need special towing equipment since it can drive itself to a work site. The T340-1XL model boasts a 105’ boom that is capable of carrying up to 40 tons. It’s equipped with a 11,000 lb. counterweight and massive radial tires give it a solid base to carry heavy amounts of weight.

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Rough Terrain Cranes

When it comes to rough terrain cranes, Terex is one of the most trusted brands. These cranes are equipped with colossal tires that are designed to power through any heavy terrain that would hold back most mobile cranes.With currently over 16 separate makes and models, there is a large variety to choose from depending on the job you are looking for. The capacity can be as low as the RT555-1 model at 55 tons or as monstrous as the RT130 which has a weight capability of 130 tons.


Our knowledgeable staff is ready to have a conversation with you about what construction equipment is best for your next job. Give us a call: 515-329-3422.

 

 


Wind energy is an important factor in creating much more than power—it can create jobs. This is why we’re proud to work with several wind power construction contractors in the United States. Just as jobs and money don’t grow on trees, wind farms don’t grow on their own. Quality rough terrain and crawler cranes are needed in order to properly handle the load of wind turbines. Even before they’re erected, a lay down yard is needed for contractors to safely store the wind turbine components and our Mantis crawler hydraulic cranes provide the strength and stability to unload and load them properly. Our equipment is integral to the continued safety and reliability standards required in the construction of wind turbines and we take it very seriously.

Rough Terrain Cranes and Wind Turbines

The land on which wind farms are installed is often former farmland, where winds are less likely to be blocked by trees and structures. This means that rough terrain is often a big factor in placing the turbines. Furthermore, the operational and structural components of wind turbines weigh tens of thousands of pounds. That kind of weight requires reliable equipment to support, move, and place. On top of the weight requirements, extension is just as necessary, of course. When choosing a boom crawler crane for the task, it’s important to pay attention to their wind rating, as permissible wind speed may vary, depending on location.

The Importance of Emergency Maintenance

It’s certainly not unheard of that a machine encounters an issue and has a problem bigger than the crew on-site is able to fix. Having a service department ready and willing to jump into action is imperative, yet hard-to-find. A centralized location in the Midwest has served us and our customers throughout the U.S. and Canada well, because it allows us to offer a quick reaction time.

Wind Energy Jobs

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Program concluded that wind could easily be a viable source of renewable energy in each of the fifty states by the year 2050. This means communities in which wind energy is produced can collect more tax revenue, thanks to property taxes and land lease payments. More jobs could follow as well. In fact, the potential to support more than 600,000 manufacturing, maintenance, installation, and supporting jobs in wind energy is estimated.


We’re ready to discuss how we can help you complete your next wind job, so learn more about our wind division and feel free to contact us today.

 


Recently, we were pleased to sponsor an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) training session in Cedar Rapids, along with the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). The training was conducted by DOT Enforcement Officers and covered new and changing regulations—something everyone in attendance needed to understand fully. Items discussed included tie down and weight regulations for low boys as well as 1-2 ton loads, load limits based on tire size, and axle spacing and regulations by tonnage. There was an excellent Q & A session after the presentation and we’re happy to have been able to help facilitate such an important and successful meeting.

Iowa DOT Enforcement Officer speaks at training session

The guests learned quite a bit from the guest DOT Enforcement Officer speaking during the training.

Iowa DOT training Q & A

A lively Q & A followed the training and attendees hung onto every word.