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EXECUTIVE REPORT


Vertikal revs up


EHN reviews a selection of the new lifting and materials handling equipment seen at Vertikal Days, held recently at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire.


Materials lifting trio from Snorkel


Included in the Snorkel UK product display was the ML18C, one of three machines in a new range of material lifts. It offers a 5.1m lift height with a load capacity of up to 318kg, with compact stowed dimensions of 0.77m by 0.85m. The other models are the ML12C which has 3.5m maximum lift height with a 340kg load capacity, while the ML24C can lift up to 295kg to 6.9m. Snorkel UK’s MD, Andrew Fishburn, told EHN that considerable


attention has been paid to making the ML models robust enough for the hire market. “The roller at the top of the mast is made from aluminium rather than plastic. And the mast itself is wider and made of thicker steel than many equivalent machines. They also have a dual handle, two-speed winch for improved productivity. A system for locking the mast sections during transport is also incorporated, and the machines carry a two-year parts and labour warranty.”


The manufacturer also promoted


the measures it has taken to ensure a high-quality and resilient paint finish on the components. “We have a two-coat system in which, after shot-blasting, the metal is coated with a primer that is applied electrostatically for thorough coverage, and then the top coat is applied. The end result is an automotive-style surface and if it gets scratched you will typically not reach the bare metal.”


0845 1550 057 www.snorkellifts.com Power Towers upgrades Nano SP


Power Towers, which this year is celebrating its tenth anniversary, displayed an upgraded version of its Nano SP self-propelled, battery-powered low level access machine, which now has greater ground clearance of 75mm and the ability to negotiate slopes of up to 40°. It also has an LED display that alerts the user of operating anomalies. The machine weighs 500kg and has a working footprint of only 1.2m by 0.75m


Probst picks up quick sale


Making its debut on Probst’s stand was the FXH-25 lifting device for laying large tiles or natural stone slabs, which is cleverly powered by any suitable industrial vacuum. The aluminium suction plate weighs only 1kg and the 5m feed hose is connected to the vacuum by means of a supplied adapter. Objects can be lifted and positioned quickly by using


one hand, and a valve is opened with small finger movement to release them. Using the machine means there is no need to grip the tiles by the side, making it easier to install the final one, with less risk of damage. It can also be used for positioning wall tiles. The FXH-25 aroused considerable interest at


Vertikal Days, and the first one was bought by EPS Hire Centres of Sowerby Bridge, within two hours of the Show opening.


01952 292733 www.probst-handling.co.uk


when closed, and a platform area of 1.5m by 0.72m with the deck in the extended position. Lockable swivelling castors are also incorporated, enabling the unit to follow a straight line easily.


0116 200 1757 www.powertowers.com Hird launches uprated machine


Hird Group, which distributes Valla mini pick-and- carry cranes, gave the first public showing in the UK of a new version of the 25 EL model which now incorporates front wheel brakes. The machine has a maximum capacity of 2.25 tonnes, but weighs only 1870kg. It can also be fitted with a fly jib to enable lifts to a height of 5m, and to facilitate operation over obstacles. The unit is battery-powered and fume-free in operation, making it suitable for


indoor tasks. It can also be used in combination with a range of glass lifting attachments, such as vacuum lifters.


01482 227333 26


www.hird.co.uk


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