Comprised of a mixture of Lithium-Ion battery and bi-fuel powered units from Hinowa’s Performance IIIS series, the order includes a number of 14 metre Goldlift 14.70s, 17 metre Lightlift 17.75s, 20 metre Lightlift 20.10s and 26 metre Lightlift 26.14s. All units offer excellent working envelopes as well as impressive up and over capabilities and platform capacities.
Upon taking delivery of the first units from Hinowa’s UK distributor Access Platform Sales (APS), a 14 metre Goldlift 14.70 was sent out straight on hire, where it was lifted using a crane on to the 11th storey of the Dollar Bay residential development project in Canary Wharf, London. Weighing just 1,750kg, the unit was chosen due to its weight, compact size and lower point loadings.
Peter Douglas, Nationwide Platforms Operations Director, said: “This is an important investment from Nationwide Platforms in a specialist area of the market that has seen significant growth over recent years. We fully expect this growth to continue with this investment helping to cement our position as the UK's leading access specialist.”
Available for hire with either an operator or on a self-operated basis, features include wireless remote control, automatic levelling and extendable tracks, which offer low ground bearing pressures as well as improved stability when travelling. Non-marking tracks also makes the machines ideal for indoor use and on sensitive floors.
The Lightlift models also feature a new basket design, a single key starting system and the manufacturer’s RAHM monitoring system, which can remotely monitor a machine’s location and operation as well as allowing technicians to diagnose faults.
The Lithium-Ion powered models also provide clean, quiet and emissions-free operation and offer an extended lifetime compared to traditional lead batteries whilst also requiring significantly less time to recharge. For example, a complete charge cycle takes approximately five hours while two hours will provide a massive 80 percent battery life.
Steve Couling, Managing Director of IAPS Group, which owns APS, said: “Nationwide Platforms is a longstanding customer of ours, particularly for replacement parts. We are delighted to now also be working with them as they expand into the rapidly growing tracked boom sector.”