12 August 2019
Choosing an access platform for forestry work is no easy task, even for a tree surgeon. However, we believe that our access platforms come with so many benefits that you’d be missing out if you didn’t consider them. Take a look at the following reasons why you should choose our access platforms for forestry work above those of the competition.
If you’re a forest manager, arborist, or another professional who maintains woodland, then you want to ensure that whatever equipment you use protects the natural environment. All our access platforms are engineered with increased ground clearance, making them easy to transport over rough terrain, without damaging the undercarriage.
Access platforms are heavy pieces of machinery prone to sinking. The rubber tracks on our mobile access platforms help to prevent damage to soft or wet ground. Our platforms spread the weight over a wide area, avoiding damage to lawns and stopping you from getting “stuck in the mud.”
A robust tracked chassis is ideal for difficult terrain, allowing you to carry out work in the forest, no matter how hostile.
Our access platforms are designed with accessibility in mind. A platform from us will fit through a gateway and travel down a path.
Not all forest floors are flat. Our cranked outrigger style lets you set up on steep inclines and uneven ground securely.
We let you choose between a Kubota diesel or Honda petrol engine for your access platform, depending on your needs.
The last thing you want is for your machine to be damaged whilst carrying out work. Not only do our platforms have durable build quality, but they also come with steel protection covers to reduce the risk of accidental damage. Access platforms, in our view, should be built to last.
Multi-speed tracking options help your access platform operate on a variety of terrain types, giving you complete confidence.
We offer a variety of platforms with battery power DC/AC electric motors which operate silently and fume-free. Electric motors are long-lasting and great for the environment. Hybrid powered machines are also available offering even more flexibility.
Transporting our mobile platforms is easy. We’ve worked hard to ensure that you can tow our platforms up to a 22m working height. You can transport our access platforms on a plant trailer under 3,500kg.
There’s no need to manually interact with our access platforms while tree cutting – that might not be safe. That’s why we offer remote control functionality. You can control your access platform without needing to operate any control on the unit itself.
We are always available to pass on our experience and advice to help you make the right decision for your business. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more details. Alternatively, our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have on 01226 716657 or via our handy live chat function.
10 July 2019
Introducing the latest product from Platform Basket the Spider 43T.
Built to the highest standards at the state of the art factory in Italy the new super tuff 43M working height spider 43T. Built around a completely new designed chassis and utilising many common components that are found in the whole Spiderlift family range. We give you a machine that can go anywhere. With over 17m of out reach and a negative working ability to work below ground level, coupled with a massive 330kgs cage capacity but yet so compact at only 1406mm wide and under 2m high in its stowed position. A super strong build is enough to take you to those far off, hard to reach areas such as remote telecoms towers or electricity lines that are located off the beaten track. Designed with ease of maintenance in mind hoses have been routed externally. Various power sources are available with choices of the latest diesel engines and AC & DC electric motors or the latest hybrid technology. Call Promax today to discuss your interest.
18 June 2019
The brand new Platform Basket RR14 Evo 2 Hybrid will be on show at this weeks Rail Live show, located on the SPL Powerlines (UK) Ltd Stand F5 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire
See you soon!
Wednesday 19th June 2019: 0930 hrs – 1630 hrs
Thursday 20th June 2019: 0930 hrs – 1600 hrs
The only exhibition bringing the entire rail industry together in a real railway environment
Rail Live is the most comprehensive outdoor event for the rail industry where you can –
Meet 6,000+ visitors representing all aspects of the rail industry
Connect with 200+ exhibitors, giving you access to the leading rail suppliers in the UK and Europe
See upwards of £0.5 billion of rail plant equipment on display and in live demonstrations
Access the latest innovations from within or outside the industry
Attend the only event in the UK to have rolling stock on display in a real-world environment – for unrivalled opportunities for product evaluations and decision making
Evaluate thousands of products on display in one place, including live plant demos – allowing ‘back-to-back’ comparisons, saving time and money
Here is the first view of the all new RR14 evo 3 Hybrid rail access platform in the UK. The new Evo 3 hybrid rail access platform is fitted with the all new engine options. This is includes a tier 5 diesel engine and a removable Hybrid battery pack. The lithium battery pack has the option for the user to change whilst the machine is still in use. Alternatively the battery will charge while the tier 5 engine is running and also whilst working. The new RR14 Evo 3 hybrid rail access platform will be shown at the Plantworx/Railworx 19 shown 11-13th of June, then a week later at the Rail live show. The machine is sure going to be popular so get your enquiries in early.
Visit us on the stand N1 at Plantworx or get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to deal with any questions which you may have.
5 June 2019
The Plantworx/Railworx event is on the 11th – 13th June 2019, at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, where Promax are on outdoor exhibition stand, N1. This ever popular bi-annual event has this year just got even bigger with the addition of RailWorx 2019, and Promax will be showcasing a number of new and exciting products.
New for this year, will be the UK launch of the Platform Basket RR14 EVO-2/400 Hybrid Road-Rail access platform. Featuring a lithium battery pack & Tier 5 diesel engine, the green credentials of this machine are second to none. Also on display will be the new PB 20.95 Spider access platform. This platform features a big 250kg cage capacity at the full working outreach of 9.5m. We will also be displaying other popular machines from our industry leading Spider access platforms, including hybrid lithium options throughout the entire range. Come along to stand N1 where we can assure you of a very warm welcome and an even warmer coffee. See our class leading machines and get some great giveaways.
Peterborough is located on the East Coast Main line running from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. A number of fast trains run on this network, making London accessible in 45 minutes on specific trains. The station has its own taxi rank, which means reaching the East of England Arena is approximately 15 minutes away once the train has arrived in the station. A shuttle bus to the Plantworx event will leave the station on show days at approximately 30 minute intervals. The last shuttle will leave the showground one hour after the show closing time on each show day. The Shuttle Bus will run 08.00 – 18.00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday At the show there will be a taxi rank located at main entrance gate
If looking for us with your SAT NAV, please use PE2 6HE as the postcode. As you near the venue please follow directional signs to locate both Exhibitor and Visitor parking. You will then move to one of our hard standing or grass FREE PARKING areas. There will also be a designated area for disabled parking.
1 October 2018
Specialist spider lift rental company MBS Access has purchased the narrowest access platform inthe UK. This is the first 30 metre hybrid Platform Basket 30T in the UK bought from sole UK distributor Promax Access.
The 30T hybrid – which features a lithium battery and Kubota diesel engine – has a five section straight telescopic boom with articulating jib giving a 30.3 metre maximum working height, 14.2 metre maximum outreach and 230kg capacity with fully automatic working envelope monitoring. When set-up with the outriggers in the narrow position, it has a maximum outreach of 18.5 metres over the front or rear of the machine with 136kg in the basket.
The lift is exceptionally compact with a stowed width of just 890mm and 1.96 metre height – small enough to go through a single door – and length of 6.52 metres. For extra stability when travelling the tracks can be extended to 1,290mm wide. Given its performance the 30T is also lightweight at 4,250kg.
“The 30T is an amazing machine and a real game changer in the 30 metre tracked spider market,” said Ben Dobson of MBS Access. “We decided to purchase the 30T because of its innovative overall size and ability to go through doorways less than one metre wide. Also, being fully hybrid, we can use the lift indoors with a simple flick of a switch. The guys at Promax did a lot of research into the machine on our behalf to ensure it was what we and our customers needed.”
“This is our first machine from Platform Basket and Promax access and due to its great build quality, performance and superior customer service from Promax, it will not be our last.”
Standard features of the Platform Basket 30T include high lift outriggers – giving a maximum clearance of 1,215mm – which allow the spider lift to self-load/unload onto a truck. The variable position outriggers include asymmetric set-up, automatic levelling and stowage. The radio remote control has a two-speed drive, automatic recovery and machine self-diagnostics. The 1.8 by 0.8 metre quick detachable, lightweight basket has outlets for air, water and 110v/230v electrics.
Options include remote diagnostics and fleet management software, non-marking tracks, wind speed monitor and lithium battery pack giving longer working times.
MBS Access has a fleet of more than 30 spider lifts ranging from 11 to 36 metres covering primarily the south east of England.
Platform Basket UK distributor Promax Access – based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire – provides a full range of access solutions including tracked spider lift access platforms, Reedyk compact cranes and Road-Rail access platforms.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more details. Alternatively, our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have on 01226 716657 or via our handy live chat function.
11 September 2018
Attending their 8th APF exhibition 2018 the UK’s longest established ‘Spider’ Access Platform Sales Company, Promax Access Ltd will be exhibiting new innovative Tracked Access Platforms from their 13-43m working height range.
On display will be a New Spider 27m featuring the heavy duty chassis option and a number of Spider platforms that are also fitted with optional insulated cages. Details of the New, similarly insulated Spider 22m – 46Kva tracked chassis access platform will also be available, awaiting its official launch later this year.
Every machine in the Promax Spider range is now also comes as standard with a user friendly pictorial diagnostic display. This is to provide immediate operator assistance when required.
Pop along to experience not only strong build quality, but also user friendly controls and operating systems. The great terrain-ability due to the big ground clearance of this established range of safe work platforms.
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Promax Access Limited
Tel: 01226 716657
15 July 2018
We make decisions every day of our lives. Some are certainly simple and carry no risk – like deciding what to have for breakfast: bacon and eggs or alternatively cereal? There are the daily decisions like crossing the road: low risk if chosen carefully. Other decisions, especially business ones that involve money are high risk and require careful consideration.
Growing your business and acquiring specialist equipment is a major consideration and requires a lot of preparatory work. In an SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) it’s all too easy to put off big decisions, the day to day operations and workload have a nasty habit of getting in the way. But without thinking about your business and where you want to be, you run the risk of treading water and letting your competitors gain the advantage.
Stand back and look at what your competitors are doing. Are they getting the sort of jobs you would like to get, are their businesses visibly growing whilst yours isn’t? Are you giving the best service you can to your existing customers? Is there something you could offer them but can’t at the moment? Would a better powered access platform for property maintenance meet the need? If so, which one? Asking these pertinent questions will generate a lot of information as you do your research.
1: Gather the raw information – specific and general
Specific : about the equipment, your service and customers
General : general knowledge about life and events that touch on the specifics above
2: Inwardly digest
Turn the raw information over in your mind and look at it from different directions. Bring the facts together and see how they fit. When ideas, even partial ideas, begin to form jot them down. Don’t bother to try and analyse and develop at this stage. Just make a list of what might work, what you will need and potential customers.
3: Forget it!
So far it’s been the conscious mind that’s been working. At this stage you probably can’t see the wood for the trees. Take a break from the decision thinking. The mind is a wondrous thing. It works on two levels: the conscious and the unconscious. Spend some time doing what you enjoy doing out of work: a weekend with the family; watch that film you’ve been meaning to see; attend a local event; fit an early morning walk into your schedule. As a businessman once said: “chill out and sleep on it for a week”
4: It appears!
Sometimes you wake up at 3 in the morning with a solution; or when out on an early morning walk, the ideas float before your mind and the puzzle comes together. It may not fully form but you will have a good grasp of what needs to be done.
5. Make it reality
At this stage, share what you have with others: family, friends, colleagues, advisors. Invite comments and criticism. Hone it and perfect it.
Ask the experts
At any point you can get in touch with the experts at Promax Access. Run your ideas past them and ask which powered access platform would best meet your needs. Need to reach a certain height? Want to expand your building maintenance capabilities? Want to work both indoors and outdoors? Promax Access provide an extensive range of solutions along with honest advice and an excellent reputation.
Promax can be contacted by phone or email using the website contact page. Or you can use the website “Chat” facility.
Take advantage of the best.
Promax Access sell a variety of equipment available for working at height.
8 July 2018
If you are a small business owner in the property maintenance market, you will probably be using ladders and scaffolding to reach those jobs that need doing at height. Whilst first floor windows and guttering can be reached using ladders or erecting scaffolding, the larger commercial contracts require a more efficient and safer means of working at height.
Growing your business means winning more commercial contracts and that means becoming more flexible and efficient in fulfilling contracts. Powered access platforms are efficient, safe and can cut time and costs for most jobs at height but investing in plant is a big decision for many companies.
The options are to rent, buy or lease the equipment. There are pros and cons to all three and discussing with your accountant will help you to decide which is most advantageous to you. You will need to evaluate your current circumstances, your capabilities and your future plans.
When deciding which finance method to use a simple rule of thumb may help your decision process. If the equipment will be not be used more than 60 to 70 percent of the time, then start with renting. So if you are pursuing a new contract that is short-term, then renting may be the best option. It has its advantages: a specific machine can be rented for particular work, usually for the length of the contract. This will give you experience in operating the access platform and fulfilling the contract on time and within budget. However, the risk is that if the equipment is not being used because of a change in project schedule or an unforeseen hold-up, you still foot the rental cost and your profit on the contract could go out of the window.
After gaining some experience by using rented powered access platforms and with a few larger jobs starting to appear on the horizon, then buying or leasing might become a better financial option. As with all purchasing decisions start with a few simple considerations.
1 – chose the right equipment for your needs.
Consider both now and for the foreseeable future (2 to 3 years). An ideal entry machine would be the Spider 13.65. This is a versatile MEWP which is road towable by trailer behind a 4×4 or van. It has a simple, but also intuitive operating system and an air/water power line to the cage. This access platform has a working height of over 40 feet and an outreach of 20 feet. It is ideal for property inspection and maintenance.
2 – weigh up the finance options.
Some suppliers offer finance plans for customers and will also help them buy the plant they need. Look for accredited lending schemes that also have payment options including hire purchase, leases and contract hire. Promax Access has a number of options available and their friendly staff can guide you through the entire process.
3 – talk to your accountant.
Discuss your financial plans and seek any tax benefits. Talk to them about Enterprise Finance Schemes and any help that may be offered to local businesses (for example: by Finance For Enterprise)
Don’t forget savings could be made by purchasing a pre-owned access platform. It’s just like buying a used car, check its service/maintenance history and whether it comes with new LOLER certification. From time to time Promax Access have specially selected equipment available.
30 June 2018
The use of more glass in buildings is becoming increasingly more popular with architects. Innovative technology will allow for more unusual shapes as well as more sustainable products to be produced with glass. But what about cleaning glass structures at height?
It’s used in windows, facades, roofs, elevators, balcony railings and internal structures such as stairs and inter-level pathways. Not only is “structural glazing” becoming more popular but high-tech coatings to the glazing provide higher energy efficiency.
There are two other key factors:
Firstly, in terms of being environmentally friendly, 30 percent of the raw materials for new glass comes from melted old glass.
Secondly, it’s hygienic and easy to maintain.
However, safely cleaning glass structures at height can be challenging. Whilst easy to clean and maintain, reaching the exact place to carry out the cleaning and maintenance can be the hard part.
Spider lift access platforms with their manouverability and telescopic booms provide the safest method of accessing those high glazing structures, both indoors and outside.
Whether the access platform is bought or hired, there are some essential questions to answer:
• What height does the operator need to reach?
• How far out?
• What weight will be lifted?
• What size cage will be needed?
• Is the cage detachable?
• The turret rotation that is required?
• What length “working envelope” is needed?
• What power source is needed?
• For access – what minimum width and height are needed?
• For ground surface – the total weight of the platform?
• Is remote radio control needed?
Promax Access has been a market leader in the UK for over 15 years. They are not only leading providers, but also pioneers of powered access work platforms and lifting equipment solutions. Our team of experts and engineers are available to answer questions and provide guidance in choosing the most suitable powered access platform.
We can be contacted by phone or email using the website contact page. Or you can use our handy website “Chat” facility.
Take advantage of our expertise to develop new customers in the expanding world of “structural glazing”.