New Hinowa 40m spider lift a ‘game-changer’

PARAMOUNT Platforms has become the first UK access hire firm to take delivery of the new Hinowa 40.18 Lightlift Performance IIIS.

Access Platforms Sales (APS) supplied the company with the tracked spider boom – now the largest in the Hinowa range – with a maximum working height of 40.2m.

Paramount sent the platform straight out on long-term hire to support planned maintenance work on a financial HQ building in London.

The Hinowa Lightlift 40.18 has a maximum outreach of 17.5m and a larger basket than other Hinowa spider lifts, with a maximum capacity of 300kg and an unrestricted capacity of 230kg.

Paramount Platforms director Lee Kerr said, “This Hinowa is the best spider lift in its performance range. It’s a game-changer in terms of the ability of our clients to work independently at heights approaching 40 metres and where significant outreach is needed.

“We almost always supply our other large spider lifts with an operator. The Hinowa 40.18 is so easy to use, if the client has experience using other Hinowa platforms, I have no qualms about the 40.18 going out on self-drive hire.”

Lee added that the product’s ease-of-use opens up the possibility of hiring large platforms to a whole new segment of customers, by influencing judgements about rental risks.

“It’s just as simple to operate as a Hinowa 17.75, so with a standard familiarisation training, it can be operated by a cleaning technician or a surveyor carrying out a building inspection. Members of the facilities management team who were the first to take our Hinowa 40.18 on hire were amazed at its performance, including how quiet it is. It’s achieving everything we expected, and more.”

Paramount has taken a bi-energy Hinowa 40.18, with a low-emissions diesel engine and lithium batteries for all-electric zero-emissions and low carbon operation. This provides the company with flexibility for outdoor and indoor operation, and also for working in ultra low emissions zones and where noise-level restrictions apply.

The Hinowa Lightlift 40.18 can also be supplied with diesel engine only or solely with lithium battery electric power.

Linda Betts, key accounts director at APS, Hinowa’s UK and Ireland authorised distributor, added, “It’s very positive that Lee and Paramount Platforms customers are so happy with their new Hinowa 40.18. Hinowa puts a huge amount of investment in making all their platforms extremely easy and intuitive to operate, with smart functions that ensure they’re very safe and reliable.

“The 40.18 has the same operating system as other Performance IIIS platforms, which is why operatives can confidently switch between different machines. However, we think it will be the platform’s impressive outreach that rental companies will find gets them plenty of hire requests.”