RTL Equipment has offered Tadano Cranes for years for a number of reasons—not the least of which is their solid history of manufacturing reliable, powerful machines. We’re taking a look back to learn more about Tadano Cranes and how they came to be one of the most popular crane brands in the world.

History of Tadano Cranes

Tadano Limited is one of the top ten largest crane manufacturers in the world and got its start in Takamatsu, Japan. Founded by Masuo Tadano in 1919, Tadano began as a steel fabricator. However, in 1948, Tadano started to manufacture cargo handling equipment. By 1955, Tadano’s first hydraulic truck crane was manufactured and five years later, exported their first crane. Tadano America Corporation (TAC) was established as the strategic base for North American sales in 1993. Since the early 2000s, Tadano has made a name for itself internationally and in 2008, acquired the US-based SpanDeck, now known as Tadano Mantis Corporation.rtl equipment featured machine blog tadano crane easter island project

Tadano and Easter Island

In the early 1990s, Tadano worked with the Chilean Government to restore Ahu Tongariki. These are the well-known shrines on Easter Island. The project spanned five years and included work alongside esteemed archeologists. Tadano was trusted to help lift the statues and place them upright again after damage from war and tsunamis toppled them.

Types of Tadano Cranes

RTL Equipment is a proud distributor of Tadano Cranes because we know they’re dependable, rugged machines. Whether your construction project is on or off-road, Tadano cranes boast proven safety features and reliability for you to get the job done right the first time.

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Tadano all terrain cranes come with maximum lift capacities ranging from 75 to 660 tons and a maximum lift height of 200 to 482.1 feet, depending on the model. For instance, the ATF 79G-5 offers a 144’ main boom, a two-engine configuration, and air conditioning available in both cabins to keep the operator comfortable. We all know that when the crane operator is comfortable, the job can get done faster. The largest all terrain crane offered by Tadano is the ATF 600G-8, which includes the revolutionary Triple-Boom System, eliminating the need for a boom suspension system. Additionally, the ATF-600G-8 has a shortened tail swing radius when compared to similarly sized models, which means it’s able to fit in tighter work spaces.


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The rough terrain cranes from Tadano make it easier for operators to plan lifts by providing detailed information about operational status, work history, machine position, and more with HELLO-NET. This telematics system also helps plan maintenance and inspection schedules to keep your crane up and running. The GR-1600XL, for instance, also has optional heavy lifting and insert lattice jibs, which help you lift heavier loads higher.

Contact RTL Equipment

RTL Equipment is proud to offer Tadano Cranes in our line of cranes for sale and rent. If you don’t see the exact equipment you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll work with you to find what you need. When you’re an RTL customer, you can count on superior service—we’re ready to answer any questions you may have.

Back in October, we informed you about the the Harbor Bridge Project that is taking place down in Corpus Christi, Texas. This bridge, which upon completion will be the longest cable stay bridge in the United States, needed some large machinery to carry out this operation. We were happy to rent A.H. Beck two Kobelco crawler cranes to assist with this massive project. So, how have things been going since October? 

RTL Equipment Crawler Cranes

When this project was announced, RTL Equipment was able to supply A.H. Beck with a Kobelco CK1600G lattice crawler crane and a Kobelco CK2750G crawler crane. These crawlers have been instrumental in the construction of the bridge and will be there for the entirety of the project. The picture to the right shows one of our crawlers helps with the assembly of shaft seven for the bridge.

As many of you may recall, Hurricane Harvey swept through southern Texas with devastating force backing in late August. Despite all of the damage and displacement that it caused for many of the locals, the construction of the bridge pressed on. As the project’s December report shows, they recently tore down a recreation center to make way for the new bridge construction.

Cranes for Rent and Sale

RTL Equipment supplies contractors and businesses with cranes all over the United States, and even internationally. If you need a crawler crane, wheel loader, truck crane, or any other of our construction machines, contact RTL Equipment today.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) partnered with Pace, AECOM Technical Services, Kuesel Excavating Company, Inc., and Lochmueller Group to undergo a $25 million improvement design build project for Route 141 at 1-44 in St. Louis, and they needed RTL’s help. With over 50,000 cars and trucks using this road every day, the MoDOT hopes this project will help improve traffic flow and increase driver safety by reducing accidents that frequent this area. We at RTL Equipment were thrilled to offer up the equipment MoDOT needed to complete this project.

Route 141 Improvement Design Build Project

This design project began in June of 2016 and is set to be completed by July 2018. The MoDOT was impressed with Pace’s project plan that focused on driver safety and mobility. Pace claims that with this project, delay during morning commutes will drop by 50% and delays during the afternoon will drop by 67%. Pace also submitted an Environmentally Responsible Construction Technique plan to ensure that this project is productive and beneficial for drivers and for the environment. So far, almost all of the concrete for this project has been recycled and put back into the new fills the project is producing, and all of the old asphalt is returning back to the plant to be recycled for future use. ThrU turns were successfully installed last summer in this area and will assist in increasing the ease of traffic flow once the full project is completed. While this project has had to overcome many challenges including two railroads, a high voltage transmission, and major fiber optic gas and utility lines running through the area of the project, along with a large flood last May that halted production for several weeks, MoDOT and its partners have marched on and worked overtime through a mild winter to ensure this project will be finished by its projected July 15, 2018 completion date.

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RTL Equipment – Terex Crawler Crane

Tom Schilly, Pace’s equipment manager, reached out to RTL Equipment for the rental of a Terex HC110 Lattice Crawler Crane to help make sure their large project gets completed on time. This Terex Crane can lift up to 110 tons, has a 150’ boom, and a single sheave boom point extension. With a four piece removable counterweight system, the Terex HC110 crawler crane is one of the most efficient and transportable cranes available and a valuable piece of equipment for the Route 141 project.

RTL Equipment Rentals

If you are in search of forklift, excavator, or crane services, construction equipment rentals, or construction equipment parts, RTL Equipment has you covered! Contact or visit us at our Grimes or Swisher locations to see how we can help you meet your construction project’s goals.

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.   

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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?    


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.