Skyking Lift Rentals, a Chicago-based startup, recently announced it has only invested in aerial work platforms manufactured by Skyjack.
“I’m not nervous that I’ve invested 100 percent of our money in Skyjack equipment — I’m nervous that I don’t have more of them,” said Paul Zaremba, one of the three co-founders of the rental company.
Launched in January, Skyking Lift Rentals was co-founded by three industry veterans with a combined 35 years of experience in the rental-equipment industry. The company has a fleet of 130 scissor lifts and services the greater Chicagoland area. Currently, Skyking has a fleet of primarily SJIII 3219, SJIII 3226 and SJIII 4632 scissor lifts.
“Right now we don’t own any booms but we’d love to grow that part of the business down the line,” Zaremba said.
Customer feedback was another reason that solidified Skyking Rental Lifts’ decision to invest solely in Skyjack aerial work platforms.
“Our customers tell us Skyjack equipment is the most reliable and easiest to fix,” Zaremba said. “Plus, customers are so familiar with Skyjack’s aerial work platforms that in this part of the country, scissor lifts are referred to as ‘Skyjacks.’
“Skyjack equipment is also the easiest to resell by far,” Zaremba said. “Skyjack equipment typically fetches between 20 percent and 30 percent of the original purchase price even after rental companies lease the equipment for a decade.”
Availability of parts and great product support are also reasons Skyking Lift Rentals choose to invest in Skyjack equipment.
“Repairing Skyjack equipment is a very simple process for both rental companies and buyers,” Zaremba said. “If a contractor has a problem with it, he knows the problem is fixable and won’t break the bank.”
Skyjack designs equipment to use common components across model groups wherever possible, reducing the number of service parts needed to maintain Skyjack products. About 80 percent of recommended service parts across the range are common—reducing stock holding needs. The use of “off the shelf” service parts wherever possible, as opposed to custom designs, means that replacing or repairing components is easy and cost effective.“For a startup, such as ours, it’s important to be able to do more with less and the commonality of parts across Skyjack equipment enables us to do just that,” Zaremba said. “We love Skyjack equipment and are looking forward to growing our company and fleet.