Vertikal views

Alan Guthrie report on some of the new lifting and access equipment displayed at the Vertikal Days event.

Held at the Donington Park circuit on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border in May, Vertikal Days once again gave an opportunity to discover new products with hire potential from lifting and access equipment manufacturers.

Hird’s Valla 70R offers zero emissions and low noise.

Hird ( showed the new Valla 70R electric pick-and-carry crane, which can be operated by wireless remote control and is only 1.4m wide, facilitating access in cramped locations. It has a lifting capacity of 7 tonnes, which increases to 7.7 tonnes when a front stabiliser is deployed, and it has a maximum lift height of 9m. Hird’s Carl Cooper says the machine has been introduced to

meet demand for mini cranes with zero emissions and low noise.

Machines on the Aerial & Handling Services ( stand included the Airo A17 JE boom, an all-electric model that has a 230kg capacity and offers a maximum working height of 17.10m. Multi-function proportional controls enable simultaneous movement of swivel boom functions without loss of speed or control, increasing productivity, according to AHS’s Ian Harding.

Aerial & Handling Services’ Airo A17 JE boom offers a maximum working height of 17.10m.

New from Safety Lifting Gear ( is the Kong 60m automatic descent evacuation system, which is designed to enable the rescue of one person from

work at height situations in locations such as cranes, wind turbines and power lines. A magnetic brake system adjusts the speed of descent according to the applied load. The product comes in its own sealed


Power Towers machines now have an orange and grey livery.

Models displayed by Snorkel UK included the S2755RT rough terrain scissor lift.

A new initiative from Snorkel UK ( is an online parts ordering service which was promoted on the company’s Vertikal Days stand. Accessible round-the-clock, the service - rather appropriately called The Platform - also gives access to product bulletins and technical documentation. Models on show included the S2755RT compact rough terrain scissor lift, which is 1.45m wide and can be towed on a trailer or by a commercial vehicle.

Pride of place on the Mace Industries ( stand went to models from the Geda range of hoists which the company distributes in the UK. According to Geda’s

Safety Lifting Gear’s James Bertham shows off the Kong evacuation system.

carry pack, as shown by Safety Lifting Gear’s James Bertham, so that the user can take it with them in a machine and only open it if needed.

Power Towers (, part of JLG, showed its line-up of low-level access machines sporting their new orange and grey livery, replacing the former blue colour. One of the products on display was the Duo, derived from the original Power Tower model, designed for two-person operation indoors. It has a maximum working height of 5.10m.

Mace Industries highlighted Geda hoists which have been redesigned to be lighter.

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