MBS Access has invested in four more crawler mounted boom lifts – including its first lithium-ion (Li-Ion) machine. 

The Essex-based powered access specialist has taken delivery of a 17m working height Hinowa 17.75 Lithium spider lift, which is the first all-electric tracked boom in its growing fleet.  The Li-Ion batteries can store more energy than conventional lead acid batteries and discharge it at higher rates, ensuring the machine has excellent operational performance while also being quiet, clean and environmentally friendly.

The above image shows Lee Louder (C) of APS with Ben Dobson (L) and Martyn Bass (R), owner of MBS Access, with two of their newly acquired Hinowa machines in the background.

Ben Dobson, Director of MBS Access, said: “Lithium Ion makes the spider lift even more suitable for many of our customers who need to operate in areas where engine emissions are unwanted, such as public buildings and shopping centres. The fact that it doesn’t need plugging into the mains like our other spider lifts means that the Hinowa is much more productive - and there are no potential trip hazards from trailing power cables. 

With a travel width of less than 0.8m and stowed height of under 2m, this compact lift can pass through narrow doorways and the outriggers self-level at the touch of a button.

Ben added: “We’ve had really positive feedback from customers who have used the machine for atrium work and other interior building maintenance.”

It follows MBS’ recent purchases of two Hinowa Lightlift 20.10s and a 17.75 Lightlift, which are recognised as the most advanced tracked boom lifts currently available. The 20.10 can lift 230kg – sufficient for two people with tools – without restriction throughout its working envelope of 20m maximum working height and up to 9.7m of horizontal outreach. The innovative dual pantograph boom design also allows easy working flush with walls and it has a three-speed drive system which helps it reach the work area quickly.

The Hinowa 17.75 has the same safe working load and boom configuration as the 20.10, but provides a 17m maximum working height and 7.5m outreach. All three are bi-fuel machines which are equally comfortable deployed outdoors using the diesel engine or working inside off 110V mains electric.

MBS procured the machines from APS, the official UK distributor for Hinowa’s full range of tracked access platforms, dumpers and compact plant.

“APS have been excellent in terms of after-sales support and customer service,” said Ben. “They put together a really good package for the 17.75 Lithium in particular, which gave us complete confidence to add this machine to our hire fleet.”

Both new machines utilise Hinowa’s highly regarded ‘Performance IIIS’ system, which is designed to make travel and set-up faster and more efficient. Features such as outrigger deployment, levelling and retraction with one touch of a button; auto-speed control taking into account ground conditions and track width extension status; plus wireless remote control.

APS is part of the IAPS Group, which holds an extensive machine and spare parts inventory; has a nationwide team of 23 experienced mobile service technicians, three workshops and four mobile spare parts vans to provide a level of after-sales support unrivalled in the UK access industry.