First Versalift VTLs to Sparkx
By Euan Youdale09 January 2019
Chris Wrenn, Versalift UK’s Southern regional sales manager (left), with Sparkx director Chris Rogers.
UK-based Sparkx has ordered six new Versalift VTL-145-F van mounted platforms.
The company is the first UK customer to buy the recently-launched VTL series featuring the re-designed boom profile.
Mounted on a mix of 3.5 tonne and 5 tonne new style Mercedes Sprinters, the VTL-145-F provides a working height of 14.6m and an outreach of 9.2m. The units feature an optional limited working envelope function which enables the operator to work at full height over the back of the vehicle without the necessity to deploy stabilisers, increasing overall productivity and speed of set up at the work site.
Sparkx provides electrical and lighting services to private estates, local authorities and their contractors, throughout the Home Counties, London and the South of England. Director Chris Rogers said, “We were initially looking to buy the 14m Versalift platform but delayed ordering until the new VTL series was available in the UK. When we were introduced to the VTL-145-F demonstrator model during a factory visit we knew the additional working height was right for us.”
The VTL series - Versalift Telescopic Light – which also includes a VTL-135-F model providing 13.5m working height and 8.4m outreach, features a redesigned boom structure manufactured from ultra-high strength steel.
Compared with the existing ETL range, the all steel turret of the new VTL is notably bigger and more rigid which in turn has increased the length of the boom and improved the overturning moment of the platform – critical factors in improving working height and outreach.
Both the boom and the turret feature a clean design with no exposed components or plastic covers for lower long-term costs and easy maintenance. The spread of the A frame outriggers and the tail swing of the new turret are also kept within the mirrors of the vehicle for optimal performance without compromising safety.