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How to Choose the Right Rental Chair for your Event

Any one of these ABC’s can be THE most important factor in deciding How to Choose the Right Rental Chair for your Event. That is important to make sure that when you are renting your chairs that you choose a company that provides you with options of good, better, best – and within these categories have a selection of styles. Appeal, Budget and Comfort I have helped people plan events for many occasions – birthday parties, weddings, festivals, graduation parties, commencement ceremonies, and so many more. Over time, I have learned that there are three things that are most important to people when making their choice – I call them the ABC’s of chair rentals. Let’s start with Good Rental Chairs… Poly Vinyl Folding ChairBistro Chair An extremely popular choice for graduations, festivals, or causal backyard events are Vinyl Folding Chairs. These chairs are an upscale version of a traditional folding chair – but instead of the metal back and seat – they feature a vinyl back and seat. They look nicer than a standard folding chair and can be used indoors or outdoors. These are a top contender for budget and they aren’t bad in the comfort area either unless you plan to sit all day. Another Good Chair is a French Style Bistro chair. Bistro chairs are made of molded plastic, have a curved back and a rounder than average seat. If comfort is your top ABC, then this chair is the perfect sit. Let’s Move on to Better Rental Chairs… Padded Folding Chairs Padded Folding chairs are perfect for any event or formal gathering. The convenience of having a folding chair with a comfortable pad is what puts this chair in the ‘Better Category’. The wider legs are great for outdoor weddings or events without giving your guests that ‘sinking feeling in the grass. Conference Chairs are names appropriately. With lush padding on the seat and back mounted on a metal frame, these chairs a great for a long sit. In meetings it will keep the guest listening to the speaker rather than arching their backs to stretch. These chairs are also classy enough that they could be used at dinners or receptions. And now, onto the Best Rental Chairs Chiavari ChairX-Back Chairs Chiavari Chairs are synonymous with style and elegance. These chairs have even been used at White House State Dinners. Designed with each component made for the specific stresses it will carry, these chairs will wow you guest with craftsmanship and comfort. X-Back French Country chairs with removable padded seats are an upscale option to traditional wood folding chairs. Whether you are looking for a rustic feel or for the most elegant of events, these stackable chairs are a popular option and very comfortable. Always keep in mind, it is your day…Choose whatever will make you happy and don’t forget the ABC’s when you decided How to Choose the Right Rental Chair for your Event. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more Blog Posts.

Lift Working Zones

Lift rental working zones are very important for ensuring the success of a rental. A working zone is the area that a lift can reach up in the air. Depending the model of lift and how high up the basket of a lift is, the manlift has a limited outreach. This varies for every model of cherry picker, and can affect the success and ease of your job. Take a look at the working zones of several models of lifts before choosing which model to rent. Additionally it can be useful to measure the exact distance up, and across that you need to reach in order to complete your job, then compare it to a lift rental working zone. 34′ Tow Behind Lift NiftyLift TM34T working zone 42′ Tow Behind Lift with Drive Assist NiftyLift TM42t working zone 45′ Tow Behind Lift Bil Jax 4527a working zone 50′ Foot Towable Lift with Drive Assist NiftyLift TM50 working zone 50′ Self-Driving Lift NiftyLift SD50 working zone 55′ Towable Lift BilJax 5533a working zone 64′ Drivable/Towable Lift NiftyLift TM64t working zone 60′ Telescopic Boom Lift Genie S-60 Telescopic Boom Lift 80′ Telescopic Boom Lift Genie S-80 Telescopic Boom Lift If you have any additional questions on choosing the right lift for your job or the Lift Rental Working Zones diagrams please call one of our helpful staff members! (262)827-1444 For other important information regarding lift rentals please check out our other blog posts on the topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Choosing the Right Lift for Your Job

A 50′ drivable lift, with all terrain tires Lifts come in a variety of options for a variety of different work types and locations. Whether you need in-air mobility, off-road capability, ease of transportation, or indoor use there is a manlift for you. Options for bucket lifts include tow-behind, drivable outrigger-stabilized, and drivable counterweighted. For indoor use, scissor lifts are ideal for tight spaces. In addition, there are a wide variety of heights available, and different types of booms can be chosen, both of which affect the types of spaces that can be reached.  The first thing to do when choosing a lift for a job is to determine the size of lift you need. Depending on the job you need to do, this can be a little more complicated than just deciding what the highest point you need to reach is. For example, when trimming trees, you must position the lift away from the tree that is being trimmed to avoid damaging the lift with falling limbs. Typically, an extra 10-15 feet from the highest point being trimmed is required. Another thing to consider is that as a boom lift approaches the limits of its extension the lift will have less outreach available. If, for example, you are painting a 30-foot-high wall a 34-foot-tall lift will technically do the job for you. However, you will need to reposition the lift every 10 feet or so, which takes time, especially if you need to reposition hydraulic outriggers. A 55-foot lift may be able to go closer to 40 feet without being repositioned. This idea of outreach changing depending on the height the lift is set at is called a working zone, and most manufacturers publish this data.  Reaching a lift over while trimming trees to avoid damaging lift After considering the height of the lift, take stock of any obstacles that you may need to work around. This includes both on the ground, and in the air. Most cherry picker-style lifts use hydraulic outriggers to stabilize the lift. This means that they have a “footprint” of ground that they need in order to properly deploy the outriggers. This ground has to be relatively firm in order to prevent sinking (although plywood can be used on softer ground), and free of obstacles. If an outrigger-stabilized lift is not an option, counterweighted lifts can provide an aerial work platform with a smaller ground footprint. Obstacles in the air can also be an issue. Articulating boom lifts offer a great degree of flexibility about where the boom can be in order to reach a certain point. This allows them to reach under, over, and around any tricky in-air obstacles. Telescoping boom lifts, on the other hand, only extend in a straight line, and therefore need to be moved to get a different angle of approach for the boom.  A telescoping boom lift with a counterweight Once you have determined the size and style of the lift for your job, consider how you want to get to and […]

2021 Wedding Trends

2021 Wedding Trends Tent Rental

2021 Wedding Trends Without a doubt, the pandemic has had an impact on almost every facet of our lives.  2020 saw the cancellation of many normal events as our states went into shut down mode.  Couples who had planned weddings had to cancel or postpone until 2021 are embracing the idea of shorter guest lists and more personalized attention to each individual.  The creative wedding trends of this year embrace both the celebratory nature of marriage as well the need to provide safety and social distancing at the wedding reception.  Here are some fun 2021 Wedding Trends that have developed because of our ‘new normal’. #1 Outdoor Weddings With the desire to maintain social distancing and be in an area where fresh air is abundant, the number one wedding trend for 2021 is tented weddings.  A wedding tent rental can create a venue for your big day in your own backyard.  With versatility in shapes and sizes, a wedding tent be customized to include anything your heart desires. Outdoor brunch weddings are also trending so couples can take advantage of the natural light while enjoying the shelter the tent is providing overhead. #2 Reception Trends A huge emphasis has been placed on providing alternative entertainment at the reception.  Although a DJ is still the first choice, consider additional ways to entertain guests who may not be comfortable going out on the dance floor.  Some popular choices are stand-up comedians, karaoke, photo booths, backyard games, bounce houses for the kids, illusionists, and live painters.  The idea of this trend is to entertain guests who prefer to be at their table and providing alternatives for those who may want to be outside. Another big trend is mismatched tables, chairs, and linen colors along with unusual floor plans.  The idea behind this trend is to create social distancing as well as seating families or groups who live in the same household together.  It will not be unusual to see tables for 4, 6, 8 or 10 people at any wedding reception.  Do not worry though, this style still photographs beautifully. #3 Food Serving Trends Plated dinners have become the pattern for many wedding receptions to avoid crowds at a buffet line.  Because of fewer guests at many weddings who typically know the couple well, this intimate restaurant-style of dining has led to a trend of ‘mini-toasts’ where each guest shares a memory of the couple throughout the meal. Appetizers have evolved to provide them to guests without having servers wander through groups with trays.  Bento boxes or mini picnic baskets with an appetizer selection for each guest have become popular, as well as individual charcuterie boards for each guest served at their table. #4 Welcome/Celebration Boxes This concept is to provide each guest with an individual box at the start of the wedding which contains items such as hand sanitizer, customized masks, favors, wedding programs, or anything else you would like to add.  This gives each guest untouched individual items rather than having […]

What is a Skid Steer, and What Jobs Are They Appropriate For?

Track Skid Steer Loader

What is a Skid Steer  Skid Steers, otherwise known as skid loaders or bobcats, are extremely versatile pieces of machinery with a wide range of options. A variety of attachments provide utility for an assortment of applications. Tracked models can ensure maximum usability even in muddy, or otherwise unfavorable terrain, while wheeled models provide superior speed and precision. Knowing your workplace conditions and job demands are important for choosing the right skid steer, and attachments.   A New Holland 227 Skid Steer with tracks Choose between tracked or wheeled driving skids depending on your ground conditions. Muddy, sloppy conditions favor tracked skid loaders as the extra surface area helps them to “float” over the muck, and prevent bogging down. Additionally, in wet, soft, grassy areas where minimizing impact to the surface being driven on is important tracked skid steers drastically reduce the ground pressure of the skid by increasing the amount of surface in contact with the ground. In better conditions, wheeled skids offer slightly more precise control over the skid. Also, they typically are faster, allowing for more productivity and better results. Skids steers turn by, as their name suggests, skidding the left- or right-side tracks or wheels while the opposite side continues its motion. This method of turning, as opposed to turnable wheels like a car, give skid loaders a zero or even negative turning radius, perfect for tight spaces.  A New Holland L220 Wheeled Skid Steer What Can Skid Steers Do  Skid Steer’s versatility allow them to perform a wide variety of jobs. Some of the more common uses with just a bucket include hauling mulch, dirt, gravel, and other loose bulk items. They are also capable of grading, medium-duty landscape work, and some farm work. A very common use for skid steers is snow removal, as their buckets make them ideal for both pushing and lifting snow.   A wide variety of attachments can also be used for specific job. Augers make drilling post holes for fences or signs a breeze. Trenchers make digging trenches for piping, drainage, and other projects quick and easy. Stump grinder attachments will allow you to clear out areas full of cut trees to make the space usable. Harley rakes, or power box rakes, are great for prepping ground for seeding, and levelling off difficult ground. Fork attachments allow you to use skids to move pallets, creating a unique cross between industrial use, and all terrain usability, perfect for loading, unloading, and moving pallets at an undeveloped job site.   A skid steer equipped with an auger attachment When Not to Use a Skid Steer  While skid steers are often a great way to get a job done, there can be scenarios where they are not the best choice. One such example is for heavy duty jobs. Skid steers are great all-around medium-duty pieces of equipment, but there can be jobs that are just too big for them. For example, prying up concrete slabs at a demolition site will almost for sure overload the hydraulic and structural […]

Salt and Pepper: A love story

salt and pepper shaker set

My daughter recently got married.  As the mother-of-the-bride, I cannot help but be elated that she had found the perfect match.  The wedding ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was a small dinner at my parent’s house under a tent we rented. Maybe it was all the romance in the air, or maybe it was lack of sleep from being up cooking all evening the night before the wedding, but I started to think about relationships, how they started and what made them last.  Then the oddest thing popped into my mind – the Salt & Pepper shakers on the table.  Now that is a relationship that has stood the test of time.  How did they meet?  Why are they so compatible and why does everyone have them as permanent guests in their home?  I mean, they are invited everywhere – weddings, picnics, graduation parties, birthday parties, even funerals!  Being naturally curious, and after a good night’s sleep after the wedding reception, I did what anyone would do in my situation, I Googled it. Turns out we have none other than King Louis XIV of France for setting up this duo – or at least his tummy.  Seems that Louis had a delicate stomach that could not handle spice, so he spiced his food with – you guessed it – salt and pepper… and the occasional parsley, but that is another story.  Back in the 17th century when King Louis would throw any kind of party, event or gathering, he would have a beautiful bowl on a pedestal filled with salt to serve only to his most important VIP guests.  The less important guests would still get salt, but just from a simple wooden tray.  Considering that salt was so expensive back then that you had to be – well, a king – to afford it, I guess being a lesser guest was not so bad. So, what about pepper?  When they met was it love at first site?  One of those meet-cutes where they bump into each other and giggle ‘You got your salt in my pepper, no you got your pepper in my salt, mmm tastes great!’ – and no, I did not steal that line from an old commercial, well, maybe I did, but that was a funny commercial.  I digress.  Turns out pepper was not Mr. Popular in the food circuit right away.  In several periods in history, it was avoided because people associated it with melancholy.  But once again, we must thank the French for making pepper hip again when its first celebrity chef encouraged people to spice foods with pepper.  No, it was not Gordon Ramsay, he is neither French nor that old, but I like to picture Gordon being the one to bring back pepper…  woops, I lost my train of thought for a minute there.  Back to the love story of Salt and Pepper.  Pepper was also awfully expensive when King Louis added it to the table, and it was placed on […]

How to Heat Outdoor Gatherings in the Winter

As the Wisconsin winter approaches with many restrictions around indoor gatherings in place many events are being moved outside. Naturally holding an outdoor event during the Wisconsin winter requires a heat source, of which there are numerous options. For enclosed or semi-enclosed areas furnace heaters provide a steady stream of heat to fill a space. For more open areas heaters that radiate heat to create a consistent “bubble” of warm air may be more appropriate. Whatever the needs of your event there is almost guaranteed to be a solution for your event.    Furnace heaters are the perfect solution for heating enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces such as tents, garages and enclosed porches. These heaters require a propane and electricity source. They sit outside of your tent or structure and heat outside air that is then blown into the structure through a duct. Furnace heaters may be direct-fired, meaning that combustions products are present in the heated air, or indirectly fired, meaning that no combustions products are present in the air. Both heaters provide air that is safe to breath, however, direct fired heaters do require some venting and may therefore require an opened window or a cracked open garage door. Tents do not require any additional venting as they are not an airtight structure. Furnace heaters come in a variety of sizes, and choosing the one that is the right size for you is essential to having a comfortably heated space.    A furnace heater is a great way to heat a tent To determine the proper size of your furnace heater there are several important factors to consider. First among them, is the size of the area you wish to heat. It takes approximately 300 BTUs of heat per square foot to raise the temperature of a tent structure by 40 degrees. To calculate this multiply the length and the width of the structure you wish to heat. Next, determine the amount that you wish to raise the temperature in your space. For example, if it is 20 degrees outside and you wish to have a 60 degree room you would be raising the temperature 40 degrees. Finally, multiply the square footage by the appropriate amount of BTUs to heat the area. The value you get will be the number of BTU’s per hour that you need to maintain your temperature increase.    For example, if I wish to raise the temperature of a tent that is 20 feet wide, by 40 feet long by 40 degrees, this is how I would go about finding the number of BTU’s per hour that I need. First, multiply the width and the length to get the square footage. In this case 20ft X 40ft = 800sqft. Then multiply the square footage by the appropriate number of BTUs, in this case 800sqft X 300BTUs = 240,000BTU. Please keep in mind when selecting a furnace heater that this estimate assumes that your space is enclosed and has no insulation. Be sure to adjust your estimates if your situation is different!    The other […]

The Importance of Crowd Control During a Pandemic

As stores, restaurants, bars, and other services slowly reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic many are experiencing capacities cut by half or more. Even essential services such as grocery stores are experiencing reduced capacities as we struggle with this pandemic. This begs the question of how to keep people separated and safe while they wait in line for these services that are at reduced capacity.