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?    


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.