Chattanooga Tent, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been blazing a trail in the tent and event rental industry since 1934. Depending upon the season, this company employs from 45 to 60 people to complete jobs ranging from 300 to 600 miles away, and some even nationwide.
While it serves the weddings and special events market, Chattanooga Tent’s real specialty is long-term tent rentals for warehousing, construction, military and disaster relief. These jobs are extremely time consuming and labor intensive. One recent construction setup required close to 40,000 square feet of fabric spread across multiple tents!
However, heavy machines, like fork lifts, can’t always be used for such jobs due to the damage they cause to grass. Chattanooga Tent sought a tool that was not only moved materials over lawns far faster than hand carrying could accomplish, but it had to be compact and lightweight too, to reduce property damage. Tent OX machines weigh half as much or less as traditional skid steer machines and wheeled loaders, and they feature articulated steering. As a result, they can move over even delicate surfaces with little or no impact, especially when equipped with available turf tires.
Love at First Try
At the 2015 IFAI Tent Conference, Mensur Ramic, Senior Field Supervisor for Chattanooga Tent, saw the Tent OX in action and knew this would quickly become their most valuable tool. Since taking delivery of the Tent OX in December 2015, the crew put its first 130 hours on the machine in under four months!
“The Tent OX was love at first try,” says Ramic. “When I saw how smoothly it maneuvered with the turf tires, I was sold that this was a tool that would get the job done without tearing up the ground.”
An Immediate Return on Investment
The Tent OX rarely rests at Chattanooga Tent. It is sent to one, if not multiple jobs daily and is strategically scheduled to go to the job that will allow it to have the greatest impact. Having only used it for a few short months, Chattanooga Tent has already seen a strong return on its investment.
“I personally love the Tent OX to death,” says Ramic. “It’s my favorite tool we have right now and I’m eyeing up my first chance to get another one. It’s already proven to be worth every dollar!”