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AB Equipment Wellington oldest client

Graham Moore still involved but that last 5 x orders have been Nick Moore. Serving Wellingtonians since 1918 Moore Wilson’s began life in Wellington as a general wholesale merchant. From the day the doors opened, it’s been a family business, managed day-to-day by the Moore family. You will find the family has a very hands-on approach, […]

25 Years of Tigercat.

25 Years of Tigercat Industries…Here’s to the next 25! It is great to see these machines at work on New Zealand terrain. Truly spectacular!

Toyota 8FG30 for Layher

Today we delivered two brand new Toyota 8FG30 forklifts equipped with Cascade 65K Fork Positioners. The customer made the decision to switch to Toyota Forklifts in their Auckland site, as they were very impressed with the smooth operation, abundant safety features and Toyota’s reputation for reliability. (cut and pasted from customer’s website) http://www.layher.co.nz/ Layher, the […]

Just Delivered – Layher Scaffolding

JUST DELIVERED! Two brand new Toyota 8FG30 forklifts equipped with Cascade 65K Fork Positioners to Layher Scaffolding New Zealand. Layher made the decision to switch to Toyota Forklifts at their Auckland site, as they were impressed with the smooth operation, abundant safety features and Toyota’s reputation for reliability. “Layher, are the world’s largest producer of […]

AB Equipment Job Report – Sumitomo

Sumitomo machines working in action throughout NZ across many industries from construction to forestry. Here what “our customers” have to say on the performance, reliability of the Sumitomo product and How A B Equipment supports and services their investment.  If the video does not work for you please click here: https://youtu.be/ixNbuGW0L80 Sumitomo Performance Refined – […]

Doosan DL420 Wheel Loader Demo Day

Doosan DL420 Wheel Loader Demo Day AB Equipment Limited in partnership with Clements Contractors will be holding an on-site demonstration day at the Western Hills Quarry in Whangarei to showcase the impressive Doosan DL420 Wheel Loader.  You are cordially invited to join the team at Western Hills Quarry, 32 Westwood Lane – Whangarei on the […]

New Delivery – BOC Gas, Christchurch

BOC Gas in Christchurch has just taken delivery of these beauties! Nice 🙂

New Autumn 2017 Manitou Ag Catalogue out NOW

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New Delivery – Dijkstra Farms

Delivered late in 2016 to Dijkstra Farms in Morrinsville, this new Sumitomo SH130-6B excavator fitted with an Attach 2 Hitch, tilt bucket and a local built Hauraki engineering Chubb thumb. This machine will work in the Hauraki and Waikato region for general farm maintenance work and fencing operations. Machine sold by Tony Hennessey from AB […]

New Delivery – Green Civil

Green Civil crew using the ‘Deadly Doosan’ to its full potential to rip up some land in Albany, Auckland. Looking at buying a new Doosan Excavator? Get in touch with your local construction equipment salesman. http://abequipmentprod.azurewebsites.net/contact/

New Delivery – Lew Prince Logging

Lew Prince Logging based out of Taupo have recently just taken delivery of these two new beauties for their logging operation. Firstly the T Mar Log Champ 650 Swing yarder from Canadian manufacturer T Mar industries from Vancouver Island and secondly the Sumitomo SH370-5TLFS excavator from Sumitomo Japan fitted with a Devine TLFS package and […]

New Delivery – Seaview Contracting

Seaview Contracting of Tologa Bay owned by Scott Cranswick has just added the Sakai SV520DF roller into his operation. Seaview contracting does a lot of development of forestry roading in and around the East Cape. They do it all; the initial excavation, making a track through the forests that lead to finished roads to enable […]

New Delivery – Connolly Contractors

Marty Connolly from Connolly Contractors Ltd is well versed with the reliability and power of the DOOSAN Machines, with many years spent using them. When it was time to expand their fleet they had no hesitation going with Doosan when needing a 23 ton zero swing for his drain laying crew in Silverdale. These DX235LCR’s […]

New Delivery – Kashmir Civil

Kashmir Civil in Auckland has just taken delivery of this beauty; a brand new Doosan DX140LCR excavator. It will be working alongside the smaller Doosan DX60R doing some tarmac maintenance in and around Auckland International Airport. Unit sold by Byren Ware AB Equipment Auckland.

New Zealand Win’s Global Sumitomo Skills Competition

Congratulations to Andrew and Grant who won the global Sumitomo team skills competition for New Zealand for the fist time ever! Andrew of AB Equipment also placed 2nd overall in the individual competition. Nice work!

New Palmerston North Branch Opening

On the 4th of August, 115 staff and guests from all over the lower North Island travelled to AB Equipment and NZ Trucks Palmerston North on a “brisk” winters evening to celebrate the official branch opening. Fortunately the combined effort of all the local team ensured the night was a great event, the spit roast a […]

The Plaster Warehouse, Wellington

The Plaster Warehouse, Wellington   Wellington Branch recently delivered a gleaming new BT RRE200 Reach Truck as pictured, to The Plaster Warehouse in Wellington’s Thorndon Quay. John Milligan the Manager and Operator Tremaine Fitzgerald use this machine to drive onto Thorndon Quay where trucks are loaded and unloaded.

New Fleet of TOYOTA’s in Independent Liquor

Yesterday the team at Independent Liquor NZ in Auckland took delivery of their New Fleet of TOYOTA’s. The delivery of 23 New TOYOTA’s was held back a couple of months due to the huge demand placed on the ILNZ team, to manage and deliver their products to the market for the enormous Xmas rush – […]

New Kalmars for SteelServ

Steelserv, based at the NZ Steel site in Glenbrook provide recycled products for use in roading and drainage. Featured is the Kalmar DCF180-12 with magnetic attachments and gen set mounted to the back of the machine. They are required to lift the extrusion bars directly from the kiln as the flash point is in excess […]

Kalmar DCG120-6 For Winstone Timber

When Winstone Timber based at Tangiwai on the southern side of MT Ruapehu increased their production they had to up rate their 7 ton forklift to a 12 ton forklift to keep up with the increased volume.   Having a close relationship with AB Equipment and knowing the site well, MH Sales Engineer Allan Gudsell […]

Farmlands Balclutha

This month sees the delivery of a new Toyota 8FGK30 LPG forklift into the Farmlands stable.   ABE recently won a tender for the on-going supply and service of the entire Farmlands NZ operations which cover from Cape Regina to the Bluff.   Farmlands is New Zealand’s largest farmer owned co-operative. Established more than 50 […]

Brother International (NZ) Ltd Tauranga

Brother International recently moved their whole warehouse and Support Office from Lower Hutt to Tauranga with around 95% of the staff moving north to a far nicer climate.   The new equipment required for Tauranga was sourced from ABE by two of Brother’s operations team Manuel and Jerome.   The opening of the new premises […]

Placemakers Seaview Wellington

Finally after anxiously waiting for his new Toyota Forklifts,  Placemakers Owner Operator Garth McInnes proudly takes delivery of his new equipment. Garth had been pestering ABE’s Robbie Burns most weekends at club rugby wondering where his new forklifts were.   The Seaview site is literally straight across the road from ABE’s Wellington Branch.

Bobcat T590 in Action

Owner, Operator Warren Turner’s Bobcat T590 in action clearing a new house site in Papamoa.

Sakai SV520DF delivered to Platform Civil Limited – Auckland

AB Equipment have been Sakai dealers for over 25 years, much of the roading stablisation throughout NZ has had a Sakai pass over it at some point. Use Sakai “where really good compaction counts!”

Machine Just Delivered to Plumbforce NZ

Owners Andrew & Deano who are Drainlayers and offer plumbing services in Christchurch area They are young men from Canberra, Australia that move over to help with the Christchurch rebuild.

New Tigercat 875 just delivered to Tommassen Logging Taupo

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Used STR crown removals

Crown Worldwide Removals are located immediately next door to our Wellington Branch in Seaview. Recently they have had issues with their current Crown forklift and asked ABE to find a suitable solution.   Once again we scoured our rental fleet and sourced an existing rental unit that has been fully maintained by ABE since day […]

Cryovac Sealed Air Wellington

AB Equipment’s Wellington Branch recently supplied 4 New BT RRE140 Reach Trucks, 2 New TOYOTA 8FG18’s as well as extending the current agreement on their existing  TOYOTA 8FG18,  8FG25 counter balance forklifts , BT RB3 reach truck and a LPE130 pallet mover to one of ABE’s Key Account customers – Cryovac. The existing units were removed from site and […]

Linfox Platinum Forklifts

  The Linfox Wellington Distribution centre have taken delivery of three Toyota Platinum Class forklifts to be used in the Lion product distribution area.   Whilst looking like new Platinum Toyota Forklifts are x rental forklifts  prepared to look brand new, have very low hours, a comprehensive safety analysis and carry a factory warranty.   […]

Long standing relationship with Profreight/ Shipco Transport

Profreight/ Shipco Transport  have enjoyed a  long  standing relationship with AB Equipment and were very excited recently to take possession of their new fleet of 7 x BT RRE140 and 160 reach trucks and 6 x Toyota 8FG18’s, 8FGK25’s and an 8FGK30. A  Raymond 5400 order picker will also be delivered soon. Profreight moved to […]

3 generations on the same Toyota

Camelot Fresh Fruit Company in Twyford, Hastings recently took delivery of 2 new Toyota 7FBE18 forklifts to work along side one of their existing 2FBE15 forklifts purchased from Andrews & Beaven in 1987 by Neale Burns ( left ). Their other 2FBE15 they donated to AB Equipment. Stewart Burns ( centre ) and his wife […]

Manitou 280 TJ to assist in the Christchurch Rebuild

Calder Stewart and Grayson Engineering have recently taken deliveries of their new Manitou 280 TJ Access Platforms to assist in the Christchurch rebuild.  Both owner operators are impressed with the machines’ manoeuvrability, stability and accessibility and will certainly put these machines to test during the rebuild process. Manitou 280 TJ has a working height of […]

Sharps Grain and Seed Carterton

Founded by John Sharpe in Petone in 1899, the business was built around the needs of the small farmers and particularly horse-drawn transport in the Hutt Valley. In 1937, Alan Orsborn bought the business and to this day Sharpes is still owned and operated by the Orsborn family. In the 1950s there were major changes […]

Christmas Presents for Turners and Growers Palmerston North

Over December 2014 and January 2015 T & G Palmerston North took delivery of two new Toyota 8FG18 1.8 ton LPG, two new Toyota 8FG25 2.5 ton LPG forklifts along with one new Raymond 102XM electric pallet mover from AB Equipment’s Palmerston North Branch. All of the operators are very impressed with the additional enhancements […]


  Air NZ opened its new 2.2 million dollar warehouse in November 2014. Along with this upgrade Air NZ have purchased three brand new pieces of our equipment: Two BT OME100H wire guided order pickers and one RRE180 reach truck. This is just one display of a strong relationship we have with an internationally recognized […]

Safe Air Story

When the team at Safe Air Limited needed a new Tow Tractor, they knew that a Toyota Tow Tractor would be a very good option as the Royal New Zealand Air Force still has a number of older model Toyota Tow Tractor’s still in use at Ohakea. John Manning from Safe Air got in touch […]

Which is New ?

  Black Diamond Technologies Limited, the NZ Mitsubishi Electric Distributors are used to supplying and servicing their customers to a very high standard, so it was with a little trepidation that ABE embarked on supplying them with two used Toyota forklifts and one new unit.   All the fears disappeared when these three units arrived […]

Another Toyota for Wratten Orchards

  Wratten Orchards, a berry and apple orchard of the Motuere Valley primarily exports their produce but also supplies berries to NZ’s iconic TipTop for use in ice-cream.   Barry Wratten the owner is a loyal Toyota/ABE supporter since renting a seasonal battery electric Toyota nearly 6 years ago. Not only have they been very […]

It’s not “a Bobcat.” – Bobcat Trademark Information

ABC Tissue Products (NZ) Ltd

ABC Tissue Products makes a wide range of household tissue brands including Quilton, the best-selling 3 ply premium toilet tissue and the “Earth Care Range” the best-selling “environmentally friendly” toilet tissue in the country.  ABC Tissue had been a long term Toyota customer until becoming disillusioned with ABE’s service and therefore changed to an alternative supplier […]

Kalmar Still Going Strong After 26 Years

  Once upon a time Bob Baker (NZ Kalmar Sales Manager) was approached by Mt Maunganui based Associated Stevedores to purchase a large forklift for their steel handling operation. In the 80’s forklifts were still being assembled in NZ as those imports with no NZ content attracted a 25% import duty which made the supply […]

Independent Stevedoring Limited take delivery of new Toyota Forklifts

Independent Stevedoring Limited (ISL) is a Tauranga-based stevedoring company specializing in project cargoes, bulk cargo, fresh produce and added value commodities. Recently ISL had a requirement for new forklifts fitted with certified lifting lugs to allow the forklifts to be lowered in and out of the holds of shipping vessels. After extensive market research they […]

Manitou Rough Terrain Telehandlers Impress

With a commitment to farming and with the embodiment of modern design technology the Manitou range of rough terrain telescopic handlers just keeps on getting better. Manitou has just released two new models, the MLT 627 and MLT-X735 to join the already popular MLT 840-137. This completes a line up that is not only impressive […]

New Teleloaders Built Bobcat Tough

Imagine combining the speed, agility and strength of a skid-steer loader with the extended reach of a forklift. That’s exactly what you get with the new TL470 and TL360 Bobcat Telescopic Loaders The 7 metre lift height TL470 and the 6 metre lift height TL360 are part of the latest generation of Bobcat telehandlers designed […]

Sakai finishes the job in style

 Compaction equipment provides the finishing touch to every road construction project, be it major motorway or a private access. It’s hard to imagine what the country’s infrastructure would be like without them. Good compaction is the key ingredient for any successful roading project and Sakai, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vibratory compaction equipment, has […]

Spotlight on

Doosan Portable Power, formally known as Ingersoll Rand, has created a whole new market for AB Equipment. With products from air compressors, lighting systems and generators to the rugged and reliable light compaction and pneumatic tools, this range is going to be hard to match. The recent release of the PLUS Series range of portable air […]

Standing the test of time

For reputation and popularity, Bobcat is the name most often used by the public when it comes to skid steer loaders. They call it ‘The Bobcat Advantage’ and the line-up is said to represent true value for money — not only across a wide range of skid steer  loaders but also compact excavators, track and utility […]

Experience counts

When it comes to the Bobcat brand, there can’t be many with more experience than Ross Higgins who, with his son John Ross, owns and operates Rossco Bobcats. Based in Christchurch, the business specialises in earthmoving, site excavations, new regulation house foundations and driveways. Over the past 30 years, Rossco Bobcats has owned at least […]

Sumitomo’s Unique Paver Designs Meet New Zealand Conditions

New Zealand distributor AB Equipment has recently delivered their first-ever Sumitomo HA60W-7 Asphalt Paver to a regional construction company, The Pavemasters. Based in the Palmerston North region, The Pavemasters specialize in all residential and commercial paving projects from major roadwork developments to residential driveways. According to The Pavemasters Managing Director Milton Passey, the company conducted […]

Sumitomo Excavators Gain Popularity with New Zealand Hire

AB Equipment customer HireQuip is one of New Zealand’s leading hire companies, particularly in the area of heavy fleet requirements. HireQuip operates from 37 branches nationwide, employs over 320 staff, and has the largest inventory of general hire equipment available in New Zealand. Sumitomo excavators are particularly popular with HireQuip and their customers, as they […]

BOBCAT – Time tested and iconic

The inclusion of the Bobcat range gives AB Equipment a real edge in a sector, where the company has enjoyed  some success in the past. It’s called ‘The Bobcat Advantage’ and the line-up represents true value for money across a wide range of compact excavators, compact track and skid steer loaders and utility vehicles. BOBCAT […]

New brands strengthen AB Equipment’s position

With the recent arrival of two of the world’s most recognised construction brands, AB Equipment’s stated  intention of having a range of products with broad appeal has now become a reality. A long with well-known products from Sumitomo, Tigercat, Sakai, Vermeer and Manitou, AB Equipment has now added Doosan Heavy Equipment, Bobcat and Doosan Portable Power […]

Doosan ADT: Helping haul with confidence

The Doosan Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) lineup offers large load capacities in all weight class categories and is designed for superior power and traction. Each model boasts reliable, dependable and costeffective operations. Backed by more than 40 years of excellence in the ADT market, Doosan articulated dump trucks are built for extreme hauling conditions. They are […]

First Delivery – Sumitomo Paver

AB Equipment has recently delivered its first ever Sumitomo HA60W-7 asphalt paver to regional construction company The Pavemasters. Based in the Palmerston North region, The Pavemasters specialises in all residential and commercial paving projects from major roading developments to residential driveways. According to The Pavemasters managing director Milton Passey the company did a thorough investigation […]

Got my forking raise at last!

Latest Issue, NZ Cargo Magazine used the all-new online booking form for specialised vehicle licensing, put in place by AB Equipment. Big Ed’s operator’s certificate was a little past its sell by date, so in addition to trialing the booking system, he also took the opportunity of sitting in on a day’s training with a […]

Toyota used rental forklifts get a lift

AB Equipment has always maintained a commitment towards ensuring the longterm safety and reliability of its Toyota and BT brands. The company’s reputation for providing good quality, used ex-rental forklifts to a “Signature Class” standard has meant “peace of mind” for customers who simply cannot justify the purchase of new equipment. As well as being the […]

Tigercat Products Continue to Impress

“The success that Tigercat has achieved since AB Equipment took over the marketing and distribution of the product is nothing short of amazing,” says Product Manager, Mark Hill. “Demand has been huge and with new stock arriving regularly we’ve made it our mission to tell everyone well in advance of when they’re coming,” he said. […]

Drainage Contractor Shows Confidence in Sumitomo for Christchurch Rebuild

A calculated decision by previously Auckland based drainage contractor, Rockhard Civil and Drainage Limited to relocate the majority of its operations to Christchurch has resulted in a number of benefits. “After initially helping out with a few projects in the region it was decided that a full move to the Garden City long term was […]

Kiwi loggers get first look at Tigercat

A 38 strong group of New Zealand harvesting contractors and representatives from AB Equipment recently visited the Tigercat equipment factories and the Demo International Forestry Show in Canada. A focus of the trip was a visit to the four factories operated by Tigercat, including the main plant in Paris, Ontario, where they gained an insight […]

Sakai TW502 roller goes flat out

Rollers are an essential part of any road construction and it is hard to imagine what the country’s infrastructures would look like without them. Good compaction is the key ingredient for any successful roading project and Sakai, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vibratory compaction equipment, has shown it has the product to suit […]

New Manitou telehandler offers made

Manitou’s telehandler range just got better with the immediate release of the Manitou MLT 840-137, a replacement for the MLT 741-120. This upgrade is significant and provides a fresh new look and lots of improvements that add up to something special. Distributed by Manitou Agriculture, a business unit of AB Equipment, the new Manitou MLT […]

Broadband rollout opens opportunities to AB Equipment

Now that the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) evolution is well and truly up and running across the country, AB Equipment has been quick to recognise the potential of this project and has positioned itself to take further advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead. “You could say that we’re taken UFB by the throat,” says […]

Manitou propells itself further into the access market

For more than 15 years, Manitou has designed, manufactured and distributed personnel access platforms and has more recently become a key leader in this market. Not long after the release of the new Manitou Mani Access 280 TJ telescopic access platform, it was awarded ‘Product of the Year’ at an International AWP (aerial work platform) […]

Independent Liquor replenishes it

Independent Liquor has recently undergone a review of its forklift fleet following a decision to lease rather than purchase. This meant not only getting competitive quotes to update the majority of its more than 30 materials handling units, but also doing a thorough examination of its future servicing requirements. “For us Toyota has always been […]

Tigercat unveils new 880 Forestry Carrier

Following successful trials in British Columbia, Tigercat has put its prototype 880 logger into production. Tigercat has designed the 880 as a purpose built forestry carrier that solves many of the problems experienced by owners of converted excavators and involved its British Columbia distributor and numerous contractors in the early phase of evaluation. Throughout the […]

AB Equipment going up in the world of on-line driver training

In Between two Trans-Tasman trips this month, NZ Cargo magazine was supposed to have a look at some forklifts through our good old friends at AB Equipment, but that wasn’t going to happen. You see while filing tax returns, dropping off vehicles all over the place and handling all the itinerary printouts, Big Ed managed […]

A new era dawns

On a sunny, late-April afternoon, staff, customers and representatives of allied industries gathered at the Auckland head office to see AB Equipment’s official introduction of the Bobcat and Doosan brands to the marketplace. Both Doosan and Bobcat have been represented in New Zealand by other distributors for a number of years and are now being handled […]

First 610C with Turnaround Seat Arrives

The first Tigercat 610C mid-size grapple skidder equipped with the new Turnaround seat has arrived in New Zealand and AB Equipment says there is good interest in this machine. Mark Hill, Product Manager for Tigercat at AB Equipment says the new machine drew large crowds during a demonstration day near Nelson at the end of […]

New Distributor for Doosan Heavy Equipment

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment (DICE) has appointed AB Equipment as its new heavy equipment, Bobcat and Portable Power dealer in New Zealand. AB Equipment will now distribute the full line of Doosan Heavy products, including mini excavators, heavy excavators, wheel loaders, wheel excavators, log loaders and articulated dump trucks, along with the Bobcat range, including […]

Combilift makes money from tight spots

When it comes to obtaining increased productivity from your business’ storage areas then it just might be that Combilift can offer the perfect solution. Using patented leading-edge technology, Combilift forklifts are equipped with a unique four-way steering system that allows the units to travel sideways with long loads. This system gives the user multi-directional capability, […]

Manitou compact goes everywhere, does everything

Looking for a robust, reliable, rough terrain telehandler that can operate in narrow, confined spaces as well as on uneven ground conditions? Then the new Manitou MT625 T maniscopic telehandler is for you. Compact in size, the Manitou MT 625 telehandler is less than 2 metres high, 3.9 metres long and only 1.82 metres wide, […]