Whether it’s cranes, powered access platforms or truck mounts, lifting and access equipment is in high demand. Construction Plant News showcases some of the industry’s latest deals
The Versalift Ford Transit van mounted platforms (pictured above) have a working height of 13.5m and a maximum outreach of 8.4m. Nick Higgins, Chief Operating Officer at AFI, reveals the thinking behind the decision: “When looking to expand our self-drive van fleet our main considerations were safety, reliability, performance and after sales support. The Versalift team took our brief and delivered a package achieving all of our aims.”
Tree surgeon invests in new Hinowa platform
Tree surgeon Ian McClelland, pictured here trimming fir trees in the basket of his Hinowa Lightlift 26.14 Performance IIIS, has made further investments in the Japanese company’s spider platforms. The business that bears his name has just taken delivery of the same manufacturer’s LL 26.14, and also runs a Lightlift 20.10 Performance IIIS. Both spider platforms were supplied by Access Platform Sales (APS). “Access through narrow garden gates is part and parcel of our daily work,” explains Ian, “so having the spiders is pretty essential if we want to work from access platforms, which we do for safety and speed.”
The five new Stage V engine Genie GS 5390 rough terrain scissor lifts delivered to Powered Access Services (PAS) are the first in the country. Featuring easy-to-use “smart regeneration” technology that proactively monitors the progression of soot build-up in the engine’s DPF, GS rough terrain scissor lifts are equipped with turbocharged, 3-cylinder, water-cooled 2.2 L Stage V diesel engines that are designed to run quieter.
The latest addition joins five Tadano cranes that have been added to the Sangwin Plant Hire fleet in the last two years alone – one ATF 60G-3, one ATF 70G-4, two ATF 100G-4, and now an ATF-100-4.1. The hirer ordered the crane with an 18-metre boom extension, full 30.4t of counterweight – 18.3 tonnes of this roadworthy within STGO regulations – and an AMOT engine shutdown system.
Thanks to its ultra-narrow width of 1.45m, the machine can be used in confined spaces. It reaches a maximum working height of 10.1m, is capable of lifting up to 300kg, and includes a 1.2m roll-out deck extension as standard. Weighing just 2,750kg, the unit can be towed on a trailer between jobsites, and benefits from powerful four-wheel drive and rough terrain capabilities.
The heaviest elements in the main apartment block build at its Sanctuary development in Wilmslow, Cheshire are the floor joists and elevator shaft components, weighing up to 5t, for which the 5t capacity top slewing MCT 88 tower crane is ideally matched. “It also lends itself perfectly to the transportation of bricks, blocks and roof trusses,” enthuses Chris Lord, divisional development director at Jones Homes North West. Lord also praised the crane’s remote-control feature, which enables the operator to manoeuvre it from ground level. The Potain MCT 88 was erected to 23m height under hook with a 42m jib on a cross base with 35t of base counterweight and it will remain on site for around 18 months.
Looking to provide its customers a solution to the ever-increasing emission and noise pollution regulations, Nationwide Platforms ordered a range of Skyjack electric scissor and mast lifts, as well as Stage V-compliant and hybrid rough terrain scissor lifts. The new units feature the Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) system which has been designed to reduce the risk of entrapment. They’ve been fitted with the rental firm’s telematics and fleet management system and are available with a range of material handling attachments.
“Oil&Steel truck mounted platforms are designed to be easy to use, with excellent safety features and smart controls that make working at height easier and faster,” reveals Hird Managing Director, Phil Hird. The Snake 2010H Plus is an articulating platform on a 3.5t IVECO chassis, can be driven on a standard car licence, and delivers a maximum working height of 20m and a maximum working outreach of 10m.
Worth more than £5 million, 100 light, medium and heavy-duty truck-mounted cranes will be delivered to the specialist crane lorry provider to maintain and expand its high specification stock for sale or hire. The MV Commercial units will be equipped with the Hiab telematics system, HiConnect which enables users to track crane performance, helping to reduce downtime and make cost savings.
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Speedy expands its hoisting and lifting portfolio
The first dedicated Speedy hoisting depot is based at a new 52,000 sq ft hub in Birmingham that will provide the UK’s largest range of GEDA hoisting equipment to hire on a nationwide basis, offering working load ranges of 200kg to 2 tonnes. The launch in Birmingham will be followed by eight additional specialist hoist centres.