14/10/2020 - 20:12 pm

Nationwide Platforms investing in its sustainable fleet

Nationwide Platforms continues to invest in its fleet with the delivery of 86 electric, hybrid and Stage V-compliant scissor and mast lifts from Skyjack.

Looking to provide its customers a solution to the ever-increasing emission and noise pollution regulations, Nationwide Platforms ordered a range of electric scissor and mast lifts, as well as Stage V-compliant and hybrid rough terrain scissor lifts. Fully specified with the customer’s safety in mind, the new units feature Skyjack’s Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) system which has been designed to reduce the risk of entrapment. This is achieved by the need for ‘two handed’ operation when raising the scissor lift, which in turn ensures the operator’s body always remains in an upright position and well away from the rails.

The units have also been fitted with Nationwide Platforms’ telematics and fleet management system, which helps contractors both safeguard against unauthorised use in addition to reducing costs and driving efficiencies. The scissor lifts will be available for hire with Nationwide Platforms’ range of material handling attachments for improved levels of safety and productivity when installing materials at height.

Don Kenny, Loxam Powered Access Division CEO, said, “We have continued to invest and innovate to ensure our customers have access to the latest selection of environmentally friendly platforms on the market. This is part of our sustainability commitment that will ensure at least 70 percent of our fleet is powered by either electric, hybrid of Stage V-compliant power sources by 2023.”

The narrow electric scissor lifts offer working heights from 6.57 to 9.92m with platform capacities up to 408kg, while the mast lifts offer a 5.65m working height with a 227kg capacity. Compact dimensions coupled with emission and noise-free power make these ideal for narrow aisle, factory and warehouse applications, as well as well suited for working inside buildings; such as hotels, hospitals, schools and shopping centres.

For more heavy-duty applications, the company ordered a number of SJ6832RTE compact electric rough terrain scissor lifts with the optional hybrid power pack, which offers 11.75 working height with a four person lifting capacity of 454kg. Large 48V 250Ah batteries allow for both indoor and outdoor operation with zero emissions while offering the same performance levels as the diesel counterpart. Where mains power is unavailable, the power pack provides automatic self-charging or alternatively can provide power to the platform to increase flexibility. The company has also ordered several SJ6826RT compact diesel rough terrain scissor lifts, which feature a highly efficient Stage V compliant engine.

Kenny adds, “Although the demand for hybrid and electric machines is on the rise there are still a number of industries and applications which require powerful diesel engines. To meet this demand in an environmentally sustainable way, we specify all new diesel purchases with the latest Stage V-compliant engines, which offer the lowest emission levels possible.”

Available from Nationwide Platforms’ 38 locations throughout the UK, the new Skyjack scissor and mast lifts join 2800 Skyjack platforms in its fleet.

David Hall of Skyjack said, “Being a preferred supplier of scissor lifts for one of the largest access rental companies in Europe is testament to the quality of our products. Their simplicity and reliability makes them the ideal option for rental companies.”

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