Doornbos orders 600 Aichi machines

28 February 2008

The machines will be delivered between February and April next year, and it is the first major order yet for Aichi's long-anticipated new range of platforms. The order includes 200 each of the 8 and 10 m working height, wheeled electric scissors – Aichi's first wheeled scissors in Europe – and 200 of the 16 m working height telescopic booms (150 wheeled and 50 crawler mounted).

“We have been using Aichi machines for a long time – we were one of the first to buy the crawlers”, said Denis Doornbos, owner and managing director of Doornbos, “The machines are very good – with low service and running costs, so we had been talking to Aichi about bringing a complete range.”

“We think the new machines are better than anything on the market now”, he said, “We see real advantage for the rental market.” He said benefits included a long duty cycle on the scissors, and a three section boom that keeps travel dimensions down on the SP/SR14s. The travel length will be 5.9 m and height is 1.75 m.

Doornbos Equipment is a big owner of Aichi tracked machines, and has also invested in its wheeled booms, including 80 of the wheeled SP21 models, already this year.

Aichi is launching four new models in Europe. The SV06 and SV08 are 8 and 10 m working height electrics, and the wheeled SP14CJ and tracked SR14CJ are 16 m working height telescopic booms. The booms are identical except for the undercarriage.

The Japanese manufacturer is planning to bring a fuller range to the market, although it has still to give details on what these machines will be. However, the access industry is anticipating that the range will include articulated booms and wheeled rough terrain scissors.

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