Product feature: Vertical masts
By Euan Youdale17 February 2014
Like many sectors, vertical masts are waiting in the wings to move into emerging markets. In mature markets there is a debate over the need for taller, higher capacity machines. Euan Youdale reports.
To start things off, let’s talk about the latest products on the vertical mast scene; including those that have been launched in the last 12 months and others that will be introduced soon.
She adds, “Markets will continue to develop at both higher and lower heights on products with a small footprint. Simple, cost effective vertical mast products will continue to develop at low heights to replace ladders.”
Sprint replaces Caddy
Bravi Platforms has rebranded its Caddy vertical mast, renaming it Sprint, following a major update.
The Sprint was shown for the first time at the Executive Hire Show in the UK during February, together with current products Leonardo HD and the Spin-Go. It will also be shown at Modex, in Atlanta, USA, in March.
The Caddy was launched about five years ago and has seen significant sales in the retail sector, said the manufacturer. “The intensive use our customers made of this product over the last four years, particularly in DIY and hardware stores, highlighted some areas where it was possible to make improvements”, said Marina Torres, Bravi sales manager.
With this in mind, Bravi has been working on the Sprint and other company updates over the last 12 months, including a software upgrade introduced in June 2013.
Other improvements to the Sprint include new carbon canopies resistant to shock, scratches and other damage. The canopy has also been redesigned so that its contents are completely enclosed, protecting it from the smallest of debris.
There have also been improvements to ergonomics: drivability has improved with a shorter chassis (10 cm shorter than the current version), adding increased visibility for the operator in driving position. The machine also offers bigger casters (250 mm diameter, instead of the current 200 mm), and the LED fleshing light is fully integrated in the carbon canopy.