Height for Hire orders 52 m Falcon Spider from Worldlift

By Murray Pollok30 November 2009

John Ball, managing director of Height for Hire.

John Ball, managing director of Height for Hire.

Ireland's Height for Hire has ordered a 52 m working height Spider lift from Worldlift Industries. When delivered next August or September it will be the world's largest Spider-type platform, offering just a few extra metres height than Teupen's 50 m Leo.

John Ball, managing director of Height for Hire, which trades as Easi UpLifts outside of Ireland, told AI that the 52 m machine was a natural extension of its already large fleet or around 50 Spider-type platforms, which includes several Worldlift 42 m machines and well as smaller Omme units.

"We've taken the view that the mid-sized Spider market has been butchered to death [by other rental companies]", he said, "We're confident that the 52 m unit will generate a comfortable yield. We're in a position to purchase when it's difficult for some rental companies to get finance, so we hope that it will give us an advantage."

Designs for the 52 m are nearing completion, and Mr Ball said it would use a similar double track design to the 42 m model, although will obviously be heavier and a little larger. Like the 42 m model, the 52 m will be powered by a diesel engine or via a mains electrical supply.

Mr Ball said the lift will offer customers the Spider concept for jobs indoors or outside, but with more height than ever before; "It's the nature of the business that when a machine is launched, inevitably there is an appetite for a larger one."

He said he did not have a specific job earmarked for the machine, but was confident that there would be work; "It's the old story in rental - it's hard to hire it until you have it."

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