Newly formed UK access rental specialist Elite Access Rentals has made a serious statement of intent by taking delivery of the first Platform Basket Spider 43T Hybrid in the country from distributor Promax Access.
Based in Bradford, Elite Access Rentals is a joint venture between Jonathan Hawksworth of property and facilities maintenance company Clearview Services Group and Adam Gallagher of spider lift rental company Tracked Access Platforms. Looking to bring together their combined experience of the truck and spider lift markets, the new company opted for the Spider 43T Hybrid spider lift to kick start its new venture.
The 43T offers an impressive 43.2 metre working height, an outreach of 17.3 metres and a maximum 330kg cage capacity, rated for up to three operatives plus tools. Up to 40 percent lighter than equivalent traditional aerial work platforms, its compact dimensions and unique chassis design offers reduced ground pressures on all terrains and makes it ideal for traversing challenging ground conditions. This allows it to gain access to often remote locations, while its multi-position stabiliser system and the ability to overcome height differences of up to 1.8 metres ensures it can set up on the most restricted of job sites.
Hawksworth, said: “We wanted to start our new venture with a bang and from everything we have seen so far we are confident the new 43T will deliver! It ticks all the boxes and hopefully it will open a lot of doors when it comes to telecom and power line work as well as building maintenance applications.”
The 43T Hybrid complies with the latest emission standards with its Tier 5 Kutoba diesel engine, while its secondary Lithium-ion battery power supply is also available to provide clean, quiet and emissions-free operation. Available for hire throughout the UK, customers can expect to benefit from Platform Baskets’ intuitive radio remote controls, automatic outrigger levelling, continuous 360 degree rotation and a telescopic articulating jib for greater control of the platform basket when at height. It has also been supplied with an on-board generator providing power, water and compressed air to the platform basket, allowing it to carry out a range of cleaning and maintenance applications when at height.
Gallagher, added: “We are both delighted and excited to be the first to offer this product in the UK. It comes fully loaded with all the latest and greatest features and benefits which our customers from across a range of industries will appreciate.”
An advantageous feature of the 43T is its ability to load and unload itself from the back of a trailer. This is achieved by deploying its outriggers and lifting its chassis to a height of 1.3 metres. Once lifted clear of the trailer bed, the delivery vehicle is then able to move the trailer under the spider lift, eliminating any potential risks of having to manoeuvre the spider lift up or down the trailer’s ramps.
Supplied by Platform Basket’s UK distributor, Promax Access, the company will also be on hand to provide support and service if required. Its Managing Director, Shaun Day, said: “Both Clearview and Tracked Access Platforms have experienced the quality and reliability of Platform Basket spider lifts in the past but I think they are going to be blown away with what this model is able to achieve. It offers all the benefits and operating features of a larger truck mounted platform but with the versatility and flexibility of a compact tracked chassis to access, set-up and operate on difficult locations.”
On top of all this, the new unit has been supplied with a 350kg winch for safely handling heavy or bulky items for a range of applications such as glazing or telecom antenna installations. Its striking black livery will also make it ideal for the TV and Media industry when used for carrying out filming and lighting requirements.