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.


Every three years, one of the largest construction events takes place in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. CONEXPO-CON/AGG brings together nearly every major construction industry with thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of education sessions. Represented industries and topics range from aggregates and concrete to earthmoving and lifting, among many others. RTL Equipment had the opportunity to attend the show March 7–11 this year, and we had a blast making new connections and attending all the events we could within the show. Check out some of our photos from the week and give us a call if you’re looking for a machine to complete your next project!

Terex location at the 2017 Conexpo show

RTL Equipment visits the Terex location at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017.


RTL Equipment is a Terex Crane Dealer - Conexpo 2017

As a Terex crane dealer, RTL Equipment was thrilled to visit the Terex location at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.


Terex Tower Crane at the Conexpo-Con/Agg show 2017.

Terex Tower Crane.


RTL Equipment's Lindsay Bergdale with former Iowa Doosan Rep

Salesmen Lindsay Bergdale and Doug Rhodes meet up with former Doosan Iowa representative Ron Hadaway at the Doosan site.


Crane booms at Conexpo 2017

There were plenty of crane booms to marvel at during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show!


RTL Equipment attends the Conexpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas

There were plenty of crane booms to marvel at during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show!


RTL Equipment's Lindsay Bergdale meeting Kobelco rep at the Conexpo 2017 show.

Lindsay Bergdale meets Kobelco representative J.D. Hughes at the Kobelco location.


New RT Crane from Tadano - RTL Equipment

Tadano featured its all-new RT crane—the GR-1200XL.


Tadano Rough Terrain Crane at Conexpo - RTL Equipment

Another new rough terrain crane from Tadano—the GTC-600.


iRock crusher TC15CC - RTL Equipment

The new iRock crusher TC15CC.


Xtreme Forklift XR1245 - Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017

The new Xtreme Forklift XR1245.


RTL Equipment's Ben Steege with Tadano crane.

Salesman Ben Steege visits the Tadano site at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.


2017 Conexpo-Con/Agg show guide - RTL Equipment

The 2017 CONEXPO show guide was full of activities throughout the event. We hope to return in 2020!

At RTL Equipment, when you see a brand and product for sale, you can be sure that we’ve done extensive research prior to offering it. It’s important to us that everything is up to our incredibly high standards. When we find a brand we can trust, we like to share it with you. So, let’s talk about Xtreme Forklifts.

Who is Xtreme?

Xtreme Manufacturing got its start in 2003, after owner, Don Ahern, decided he was tired of searching for and being unimpressed with rough terrain telescopic reach forklifts (telehandlers) elsewhere. His feelings (and we agree) are that construction equipment should be reliable, because that directly relates to its lifespan and reduced cost of ownership. Xtreme has gone from a brand offering a handful of telehandler forklift models to boasting the biggest product line in North America.

With a name like “Xtreme,” it makes sense that these aren’t your average forklifts. These span from the XR5919 Compact Boom with a 5,900 pound capacity with a lift height of 19 feet, forward reach of 11 feet, and a 74 horsepower Tier IV final engine to the XR7038 Ultra Xtreme Capacity Roller Boom, which has a 70,000 pound capacity, 38 foot lift height, 22 foot forward reach, and 300 horsepower Tier IV engine. There are a number of options in between these innovative forklifts and we can’t choose our favorite.

Compact Boom

Construction projects in tight spaces that require a powerful, durable forklift are where the Xtreme XR 5919 Compact Boom shines. With its 360 degree operator visibility and large capacity fuel tank, the Compact Boom is also great when used as a support machine for larger forklifts and telehandlers. We also like the cab options, since it can be open, enclosed with heat, and enclosed with heat and air conditioning. Just because your crew is in a small space doesn’t mean they have to suffer the elements.

High Pivot Roller Boom

The High Pivot Roller Boom forklift comes in several different capacities. The XR842 has a capacity weight of 8,000 pounds and a 42 foot lift height. Its trunnion mount sway cylinders allow for increased load capacity and its rear axle stabilization adds to the safety of the forklift. The XR1270 balances capacity, reach, and height with impressive maneuverability. A 12,000 pound capacity, 70 foot lift height, 53’10” forward reach, and 134 horsepower Tier IV engine is just the beginning. Plus, these forklifts are remarkably easy to service, thanks to the easy access to its components.

High Capacity Roller

Xtereme’s line of high capacity roller booms include four models, ranging from a 15,000 pound capacity and a 34 foot lift height to a 20,000 pound capacity and a 45 foot lift height. These forklifts include heavy duty boom chains, offering extra strength to the most daunting construction jobs. Each of these comes with attachment options such as pole grapples up to 96 inches with shoe, sling mounts, and buckets up to 1.65 cubic yards large.

Ultra High Capacity Roller Boom

All of their Rough Terrain Telescopic Reach Forklifts come with a boom lift point. With two strong options in their Ultra High Capacity Roller Boom forklift line, Xtreme gives us several options. Both have 173 horsepower Tier IV engines, but one features a 24,000 pound capacity and the other a 30,000 pound capacity.  With a smooth boom extension and retraction, these forklifts are impressively easy to handle.

Xtreme Capacity Roller Boom

The XR4030 is capable of lifting 40,000 pounds, which, coupled with its 30 foot lift height and 16+ foot forward reach, makes it one of the most impressive forklifts we’ve seen. A weight load like that is perfect for construction work in mining, oil, and gas segments. There’s safety in its 360 degree operator visibility, as well. Plus, the solid steel plate chassis and rear axle stabilization add to those safety features.

Ultra Xtreme Capacity Roller Boom

We would describe the XR70138 as the ultimate warrior. With a load capacity of 70,000 pounds, this is the largest capacity telehandler on the continent. This forklift has won multiple awards, including the Lift and Access’ Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) award for “Most Innovative New Product” in its category in 2014 as well as at the Access, Lift & Handlers North American Conference & Awards in the “Product Innovation – Telehandlers” category. This is the largest rough terrain telehandler in North America and it never fails to blow us away.

As you can see, there are many reasons we’re proud to offer Xtreme’s line of forklifts. We know that every job is different and when it comes to forklifts, size matters. Whether you need something compact to fit into a construction site without much room to move or the biggest, toughest forklift in North America, Xtreme has you covered. At RTL Equipment, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers, so when we find another company that goes to those same extremes for theirs, we want to share. You can find Xtreme forklifts for sale in our Fork/Boom/Scissor Lift category. If you’re looking for something specific, but don’t see it on our page, contact us, because it may be on its way.



The heavy construction equipment market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% through 2021. Urbanization is increasing in size and rate, and with that comes a greater and more urgent need for excavation and demolition equipment, among other heavy construction equipment. In fact, the expectation is that the segments of excavation and demolition equipment will be the major players in the market. Still, with so much growth expected, many businesses are choosing to rent construction equipment instead of buying. This isn’t necessarily the wrong choice in some cases. There are considerations to be made in each decision.

Construction Equipment Usage Ratio

The decision to rent your construction equipment is one that makes sense in certain situations. If a piece of equipment is not going to be used frequently, choosing to rent may be the best option. Of course, this will vary based on factors such as budget and project scope.

On the other hand, if you’re planning on using the piece of equipment often—especially if it’s going to be used on multiple construction projects—it may be in your best financial interest to make a purchase. As with anything, this is about getting the most bang for your buck. For some, that means purchasing brand new construction equipment. However, quality used equipment that’s been inspected and maintained well can be much more cost-effective than renting in the long run.

Fleet Management

Keep your crew in mind when it comes time to decide whether to rent or buy. Is there low job frequency for your company? Is the length of the project for which the equipment is needed relatively short? Construction equipment requires regular maintenance and the schedule may not allow for it. If that’s the case, choosing to rent may be your best bet.

If your crew has the time and skills needed to inspect the equipment and perform preventative maintenance to keep it up and running, buying could be in the cards. There’s also the added bonus of flexibility when purchasing your heavy construction equipment. If a job goes past the initial completion date, your equipment is still available to you. If repairs are needed, you don’t have to wait for another rental to show up because you can service. Furthermore, when you no longer need the machine, you can get a return on your investment when you sell.

Expenditures and Taxes

When renting construction equipment, the customer can be billed for it later or you could actually deduct the amount as a business expense. However, if you decide to buy your construction equipment, that purchase is a capital expense, which you must address during tax time. It’s important to note that you won’t be able to deduct the entire purchase in the year it was made. Capital costs are depreciated and amortized during the equipment’s life. When the construction equipment is bought in the U.S., you could potentially avoid paying capital gains tax once the equipment is sold (when you no longer get it), thanks to the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange. Your tax adviser can discuss what specific advantages may be available to you whether you rent or buy.

Transportation Costs

An element that can get lost in the research of whether to rent or buy construction equipment is the transportation costs of that equipment. Costs to move equipment sometimes hundreds of miles (or more) between jobs add up quickly. Included in these costs are the crew it takes to load and unload the equipment, fuel, the truck, and the driver. Depending on the location of your job, it may be best to rent in order to save on excess costs. On the other hand, if you’re doing more jobs close to home, a purchase may be the better option.

When evaluating the pros and cons of renting versus buying your construction equipment, it’s important to remember that a multitude of costs go into equipment management. Communication is key, so be sure to speak with your crew, financial advisers, and anyone else who may have a different perspective to add.


Twenty-eight years ago, Lindsay and John Bergdale realized their careers could be centered on the industry that gave them the most joy. The creation of RTL Machinery in 1989 began a long history of giving customers an excellent experience through expert service. While the company name changed to Storey-Bergdale Company, L.C. in ‘94 and finally evolved into RTL Equipment, Inc. seventeen years ago, the foundation on which the business was formed has not changed: provide quality construction equipment and treat people well. Those are the basics, but we thought we’d dig a little deeper with a spotlight on Lindsay Bergdale to learn even more about RTL and what makes him tick.

All Business


What made you decide to form RTL in 1989?

The enjoyment of closing deals that, in turn, help the customer accomplish goals.


In your twenty-eight years in business, what are you most proud of accomplishing?

Helping provide an environment for RTL employees where they are able to grow in a career that is rewarding to them financially and personally.


Where do you see the company going in the next five years?

We are in the process of transferring the management and ownership to the next generation. The younger partners will be bringing new and fresh ideas to the operation of RTL Equipment.


How does RTL ensure every machine for sale is dependable?

This is always a challenge for all dealers. We attempt to inspect every machine (new and used) to determine the condition and then represent it accurately to any potential user.


Could you explain the inspection process at RTL?

RTL technicians are all trained for several types of equipment. We work at matching the right technician and their skills to the piece of equipment in need of inspection and repair.


How does RTL support the community?

RTL Equipment donates to numerous charities in and around Iowa. One of the biggest fundraisers is the Iowa Children’s Open in Iowa City. This two-day golf tournament has raised nearly $1,000,000 over the past ten years for the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville, Iowa.


Is there an internship program in place for students who are interested in working at RTL?

This is something we have done in the past, but have not done on an ongoing basis. When future talent is recognized, it is a great way to introduce them to RTL and the construction equipment industry.


ILattice Boom Crawler Cranef you had to narrow it down, what is your favorite machine?

I would have to say the lattice boom crawler cranes. They are dependable and a great value for our customers as well as our rental fleet.


What are you looking forward to the most in 2017?

I have a lot of hope and optimism for our industry. If the infrastructure works and new investments in building actually come to fruition, it should be a boom time for our industry.


All About Lindsay


How do you like to spend your time off?

With my wife, enjoying friends, sporting events, golfing, and dining out.


What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

“Greater,” by Steven Furtick. It’s a true story of how one should never give up and not listen to the naysayers.


If someone turned on your car radio right now, what would be playing?

Fox News, for sure.


What was your best vacation ever?

Hawaii in 2007 with my wife.

Recently, we discussed tips on how to avoid downtime with your equipment. Now we’re diving deeper into that subject, because maintaining a safe environment for employees and avoiding costly downtime are are top-of-mind goals for any business. When cranes enter the mix, those goals become that much more magnified, which is why it’s imperative to remain up-to-date on all maintenance and inspection. This not only extends the life of the equipment to protect your investment, but also ensures that you’re remaining compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and mandates. So when should you be scheduling preventative crane maintenance or inspections? The answer depends on the type of crane you’re operating and how it’s being used

Spotting Potential Problems

If your crane included an OEM owner’s manual, be sure to read it immediately. Get acquainted with any information you may not have otherwise been aware of and you’ll thank yourself later. Additionally, those manuals often include a recommendation by the manufacturer about how often any inspections should occur. Let the manual be your guide—it’s there to help keep the crane in working order, limiting downtime and helping you avoid pushing timelines back.

Just as you’d expect your body to give you warning signs when something wasn’t working properly, your equipment will do the same. The most obvious time to schedule an inspection is when you notice the crane operating differently than it has before. Don’t wait until a problem becomes a disaster. If your crane is showing symptoms of an issue, it’s not going to heal itself. The person operating the crane on a daily basis knows it best, so the crane operator will be the first to recognize a potential problem and a possible solution.

Of course, sometimes equipment breaks without any obvious signs of a problem. Mechanical failures happen, seemingly out of the blue. While it may have inspections up to the OSHA standards, those inspections may not be occurring often enough. There’s also the possibility that the inspections are, in fact, up to OSHA standards and happening frequently enough, but the part that failed was not part of the inspection and/or maintenance program.

The Three Stages of Preventative Care

A good rule of thumb to follow is to implement a three-stage inspection/maintenance plan:

  1. The Initial Inspection: This should be performed by a qualified professional to ensure the initial installation of the crane is proper and the crane is safe to operate.
  2. Regular/Periodic Inspections: Also performed by a qualified individual, these occur at regular intervals that depend on how often and how you use your crane. For example, these may be scheduled weekly, monthly, or at any other interval you feel will accommodate the duty cycle of your crane. RTL Equipment also offers annual crane inspections so that you can be sure that a professional technician is keeping an eye on things.
  3. Frequent/Daily Inspections: These should be performed by someone familiar with the crane—ideally the crane operator. Frequent inspections should happen daily or otherwise before every shift.

Of course, sometimes problems arise even when we do all the right things. When that happens, our emergency services are ready. We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the latest technology and our technicians are trained in OEM standards and practices. Our knowledge of the most recent equipment news also allows us to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to give us a call.

The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) recently conducted a member survey about the impact of Tier 4 standards on the used equipment market. Survey respondents noticed that resale prices for non-Tier 4 equipment, including rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, wheel loaders, and excavators, have increased by as much as 20 percent. With the stringent Tier 4 requirements, demand for non-Tier 4 equipment is on the rise, and quality used equipment is getting harder and harder to find.

Just What Is Tier 4?

Back View 2010 Terex RT670 RT Crane

The 2010 Terex RT670 Rough Terrain Crane is a Tier 3 machine currently available at RTL Equipment.

Tier 4 is a federal standard mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seeks to reduce harmful exhaust gases for diesel-powered equipment at the time of manufacturing. Regulations have been phased in gradually at different tier levels to allow technology to be developed in order to achieve the target level of emissions. The standards began in 1996 and the final tier, Tier 4, was implemented by 2015. At the time of this writing, Tier 4 equipment is compliant with the latest emission standards.

Implications of Tier 4 Construction Equipment

There are bid specifications and permits, particularly for government-related projects and most major urban areas, that require the lower diesel emissions that Tier 4 construction equipment provides, which could give certain contractors an advantage. Upfront costs are, unsurprisingly, more expensive due to the complex nature of the Tier 4-compliant engines. Truthfully, Tier 4 equipment hasn’t been around long enough to determine performance, operating costs, maintenance, and resale values, so only time will tell when more and more Tier 4 machines enter the used equipment market.

Current State of the Used Equipment Market

2014 Mantis 15010 Hydraulic Crawler For Sale from RTL Equipment

Tier 3 machines meet many of the Tier 4 requirements at a lower cost. Pictured above is a Tier 3 2014 Mantis Hydraulic Crawler crane for sale at RTL Equipment.

While we’ll know more about the implications of Tier 4 machines in the coming years, the current state of the used equipment market is strong. IEDA members predict that non-Tier 4 equipment will be even more scarce in 4–8 years as Tier 4 machines take over the market. In the meantime, though, Tier 3 equipment has similar emission standards to Tier 4, and most of the used Tier 3 machines are in excellent shape. For bids without Tier 4 emission standards and more cost-effective machinery, Tier 3 cranes, wheel loaders, and crawlers are usually the preferred choice. Check out the Tier 3 equipment RTL Equipment currently has in stock.



RTL Equipment sells and rents used cranes, excavators, forklifts, and any heavy-duty equipment you need in the Midwest. Tell us about your next project and we’ll find the machine that’s best for you.

Terex cranes are known for their durability and strength when lifting heavier loads on a construction site. Recently, Terex released their newest model of the HC 110 crane—the HC 110-1.
Additional features that remain in the Terex HC 110-1 include:
  • Comfortable operator’s cabin with clear and expansive range of vision
  • Hydraulic counterweight removal system for easy installation and removal
  • Power up / down standard

While the classic and highly rated features of the HC 110 remain, with a newer crawler crane model come new improvements as well. Some of the added features you’ll find in the Terex HC 110-1 include:

  • More stable mobility and transportability with a 12 ft width and 10 ft. 9 in. height, wider and shorter than the HC 110
  • Two-speed travel, allowing the operator to choose the appropriate speed and power control for current conditions
  • Shockless stop system that gradually slows the operator speed when the load reaches its limit, reducing the overall shocks

The new HC 110-1 allows for safer, more versatile operation on any job site.

To get a more in-depth look into the differences between the HC 110 hydraulic crawler crane and the HC 110-1 lattice boom crawler crane, check out the spec comparison chart below!

Terex HC 110-1 vs. HC 110 Comparison Chart

Learn more about available Terex cranes in your area, new and used, for sale and for rent. Contact our team at RTL Equipment for assistance in finding the right crane for your construction application.