Story: COLIN DAWSON
Business van operators who deal with a diverse range of loads and want to increase their handling capability without compromising the general utility of their vehicles could benefit from the folding Step Lift tail lift manufactured by Penny Hydraulics. The company recently upgraded its lift for maximum working loads of 500kg.
The device provides continuous full access to the rear doors and load compartment of a van. It can now be specified to meet fleet and tender requirements calling for tail lifts with a 500kg load-handling performance. The new version complements the existing model with a 250kg maximum working load.
Unlike conventional tail lifts, the Step Lift 500 folds away below door level to replace or provide a full-width rear step without obstructing the van doors. It does not need to be deployed to allow access to the vehicle and can be used when folded as an adjustable-height step or as a shallow tail lift for handling loads quickly and when space is limited at the rear of the vehicle.
The platform unfolds easily to create a conventional tail lift for larger loads. These attributes are said to make the Step Lift 500 ideal for applications such as busy delivery routes with frequent stops where only occasional items exceed the weight limits of the current manual handling regulations.
Customers can choose from a range of standard and bespoke options to configure a device unique to their own applications. The lift can be installed by Penny Hydraulics or a customer’s chosen body builder. It connects to a 12V or 24V power supply.
The Step Lift 500 is operated with push buttons mounted at a convenient point inside the vehicle or by using a remote wander lead supplied with the unit. This allows the operator to stand clear of the working area with an all-round view of the vehicle and load for additional safety. For even greater flexibility the unit can be supplied with radio remote control. Overload protection and battery protection are included as standard.
The lifts are manufactured and installed by Penny Hydraulics to the precise requirements of the business van operator and the specific application. The company provides a complete design, installation and training service with a nationwide network of engineers intended to minimise downtime and ensure the continued reliability of equipment. Penny Hydraulics says its comprehensive aftersales service and maintenance programme is also designed to provide complete peace of mind and help customers meet their statutory inspection and maintenance obligations. More information can be found on the company’s website: www.pennyhydraulics.com.
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