Lightlift comes up trumps in tight spots


THE ‘compact and lightweight’ features of a Hinowa boom lift reportedly solved a tough access challenge for a property maintenance firm in Greenock recently.

The client required an access platform to paint the window frames of an apartment block. However, the machine had to access the rear courtyard via a narrow gateway and passage, which was less than one metre wide.

Bellshill-based Active Access supplied the company with a Hinowa Lightlift 17.75. Mounted on a crawler chassis, the model has a stowed width of just 0.79m, which Active Access said makes it ‘ideal’ for accessing hard-to-reach sites. Its low ground pressure ensured it could be deployed safely in the courtyard.

Paul Dynes, sales director for Active Access Ltd explained, “This painting and decorating company is a long-standing client of Active Access. They are often working in tight spots, and they trust our expertise when it comes to machine recommendations.

“The customer usually hires 20 and 26-metre Hinowa tracked booms off us; however on this occasion the 17.75 gave them all the height and reach they required, while easily being able to cope with the extremely narrow gateway and passage to the rear courtyard.”

The tracked boom provides a working height of up to 17m, maximum outreach of 7.5m, and features a dual pantograph lifting mechanism which enables it to be used flush against a wall.

Other features include fully automatic stabiliser deployment. The Hinowa 17.75 is available in a petrol or diesel engine combined with a mains electric power, or with a lithium battery option for a quiet operation.