The scissors went straight out on hireThe scissors went straight out on hire

A new independent powered access rental specialist is off to a flying start after investing in pre-owned equipment instead of brand new machines.

Scunthorpe-based Lincs Lifts is aiming to fill a gap in the market for a local, independent powered access expert. The start-up has purchased 24 machines from used equipment experts APS, including mid-sized diesel and electric booms, towable booms, slab scissors, mast booms and low level access platforms. Lincs Lifts founder, Wayne Grainger, aims to have a fleet of 100 units by the end of this financial year.

Wayne said: “There is significant local demand in parts of Lincolnshire and Humberside for an independent alternative to the big rental companies.

“Buying high quality pre-owned machines from APS enabled us to acquire about twice as many access platforms as we could have done if we bought new kit. As a start-up, reaching critical mass quickly is vital and APS has helped us to do that. We are already profitable, have high utilisation rates and are being asked to quote for substantial jobs – all in all, a dream start for our business.”

APS is one of the UK’s largest independent resellers of used access platforms. The company refurbished these machines at its workshop in Upton, Cambridgeshire, and also painted them in Lincs Lifts’ lime green livery.

APS is part of the IAPS Group, the UK’s largest independent powered access distributor. Other key group components include PSR, which has a team of 25 experienced mobile service technicians and two workshops; and IPS, the award-winning independent replacement parts specialist.

IPS is creating and supplying Lincs Lifts with a bespoke stock of fast-moving spare parts, specifically tailored to the machines in its fleet.

“The support from APS has been excellent so we were only too happy to keep it all under one roof by choosing IPS as our parts provider,” added Wayne. “My business is all about building long term relationships based on trust; that philosophy includes our suppliers as well as our customers.”

APS refurbished the lifts to a high standard