Platform Basket 30T Launch

First UK Platform Basket 30T spider lift to MBS

Specialist spider lift rental company MBS Access has purchased the first 30 metre hybrid Platform Basket 30T in the UK from local 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 and spider lifts, 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.

HS2 rail project

How Road Rail MEWPs Will Help Construction Of The HS2 Rail Project

After being given Royal Assent, work has begun on the government’s HS2 rail project across the UK and powered access platforms will be pivotal in both the construction and maintenance of the new line. Contracts worth £6.6 billion have already been placed for the building of the first phase.

The first phase of the government’s HS2 rail project will be from London to Birmingham and operational trains are expected by 2026.  Phases 2a and 2b will follow with services from the West Midlands to Crewe due in 2017 and  then from Crewe to Manchester by 2033.

Road Rail access platforms are being used for essential jobs at height on the national railways. Jobs which are especially relevant are:
Repairing and installing signals and posts
Structural inspections of bridges, viaducts, stations and embankments
Clearing verges and embankments of vegetation and debris
Work on power lines

Jobs that overrun on the railways can be expensive. They have a knock on effect on services and commuters so safe, rapid access to the track is vital. Road rail access platforms are specially adapted to run on the road in addition to the rail infrastructure. This provides a flexible solution so jobs can be reached and completed quickly, and also safely, with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Having the ability to operate on road and rail tracks does not reduce the speed or functionality of the equipment. It is easy to switch from one operation mode to the other and it saves money as well as time. This is achieved by reducing the need to hire locomotive plant or attempt access through protected or remote areas of countryside.

The Robust and Efficient EVO/2-400

Newer models are more not only robust but also more efficient than ever before. First supplied to the UK in 2003, the current Basket RR14 EVO/2-400 road rail access platforms supplied by Promax Access are third and fourth rail compliant with more than 30 improved features including

– a 400kg capacity cage;
– easy to use and intuitive control system;
– Unique automatic self-levelling turret -200 cant;
– RIS 1530 issue 5 compliant;
– heavy duty rail gears with automatic disc brakes on all of the rail wheels;
– four wheel drive.

Many locations along the route of the new HS2 high speed rail track are hard to reach. There are limits to the usefulness of trucks and tractors for a number of essential construction and maintenance jobs. A road rail powered access platform is a flexible, cost effective and safe solution that will enable crews to access difficult places and carry out challenging jobs, quickly and safely.