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EXECUTIVE REPORT


Niftylift unveiled the lightweight HR12L.


Lifting interest EHN reports on a variety of new products displayed at the recent Vertikal Days event.


While Vertikal Days provided an opportunity for suppliers to show new developments in lifting and access machinery, a number of hirers also had a presence at the event, which took place at the Donington Park racing circuit in Derbyshire.


Exhibiting at the exhibition for the first time was Charles Wilson Engineers which promoted the wide range of items it can offer. “The event enables us to promote ourselves as a one- stop-shop


Charles Wilson Engineers was making its Vertikal Days debut.


for access machinery and lifting equipment as well as tools and equipment, along with other products for use at events such as generators, and it helps raise awareness of our brand,” said Access Sales Manager, Daniel Champion. “We are achieving good utilisation on our access machinery and the age profile of our fleet is young.” Products on the stand ranged from low-level push-around Nano and Peco lifts from Power Towers, up to 135ft Genie booms. Charles Wilson Engineers (www.cwplant.co.uk) currently has 17 depots, with a new location in Newcastle set to open later this year.


Mather & Stuart’s display included hybrid generators from its fleet.


Mather & Stuart (www.matherandstuart.co.uk), the temporary power equipment division of A-Plant, showed examples of generators from its range of machines that span 10kVa to 1,250kVA. Also on display were hybrid units which incorporate a battery system working in tandem with the diesel engine to provide continuous power with reduced emissions and no noise when running


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on batteries alone. A-Plant was the hire sponsor for Vertikal Days, providing generators, fencing and barriers for the event.


Amongst new products on display at the event was the HR12L from Niftylift (www.niftylift.com), a lighter version of the self-propelled HR12 33ft electric boom lift which weighs less than 2.5 tonnes to enable it to be towed on a standard plant trailer. It is available with Lithium-ion or AGM (absorbent glass mat) batteries and the manufacturer states that the machine typically charges in four hours and can give up to three working days’ use per charge.


The HR12L is slightly wider than its counterpart at 1.8m, and it has all-electric drive motors. It comes as standard with the manufacturer’s ToughCrane to protect the operator and reduce the risk of damage to the basket, while a SiOPS (sustained involuntary operation prevention system) to protect the user from being trapped between the unit and surrounding objects is available as an option.


New from Snorkel UK was the smallest model in a new range of compact rough terrain telescopic handlers. The SR626 model has a maximum lift height of 5.79m, can lift up to 2,600kg and weighs 4,700kg. MD Andrew Fishburn told EHN that the new models, which are badged Faresin machines, are being offered throughout Europe to Snorkel (www.snorkellifts.co.uk) customers who want to add such products alongside their current access fleets, without increasing the number of suppliers they deal with. He added that the range was introduced in the US earlier this year and that it has been well received.


Snorkel UK promoted a new range of compact telescopic handlers.


Machines on display on the Aerial and Handling Systems (AHS) stand included the Airo XLP5E push-around work platform which can be fitted with a dual platform system. This has a retracting design to allow the user to reconfigure it as a small cage for


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