Aldercote delivers first van mount
By Euan Youdale05 May 2016
Morclad Access is the first customer of the new Aldercote van mounted lifts.
Designed and built in the UK, the new range is divided into three series, each with different levels of performance and specification: Performance, Utility and Contractor.
The manufacturer announced in March the machines were ready to order, and now Morclad has invested in an Aldercote VZ140P for its growing vehicle mounted boom fleet. The 14m working height platform is mounted on an Iveco Daily 50C panel van.
It provides 1.5 tonnes of payload, with another key feature being the 250kg platform SWL, for two people with tools and equipment. By reducing the SWL to 120kg, it can deliver an outreach of 9.3m. Automatic load/outreach optimisation ensures operation within a safe working envelope at all times.
Tony Morris, director of Morclad, said, “The sweet spot for this machine is definitely street lighting as it is so quick and easy to set up,” added Tony. “The performance is far better than our previous 14m van mount. In particular the 250kg safe working load is a big benefit for us.”
Morclad offers vehicle mounted booms with up to 23m working height, available for hire with qualified operators. Its customer base includes roofing and building façade contractors, street lighting specialists and arb workers.
Morclad purchased the machine from Access Platform Sales (APS), the exclusive UK distributor for Aldercote products. Its sister companies, PSR and IPS, provide after-sales support including warranty, service and replacement parts.
The zero overhang boom design ensures there is no tail swing outside the existing footprint of the van and its stabilisers, helping to improve worker safety. Two of the tripod’s legs incorporate independent, rotating stabilisers, which use a direct load transfer system to transfer the platform load through the main column directly to the stabilisers.
The lightweight boom and unique pedestal design provides a spacious interior. Furthermore, all controls – including the hydraulics, manual pump and emergency lowering function - can be accessed from inside the van rather than on the roof. “This is a significant step forward in terms of improving health and safety and productivity for both operators and product support technicians,” said a spokesman.