Snake 2010 slides into tight spaces

By Maria Hadlow14 April 2009

The Snake 2010 from Oil & Steel can manoeuvre in tight spaces.

The Snake 2010 from Oil & Steel can manoeuvre in tight spaces.

Oil and Steel's Snake 2010 compact truck mount has a double pantograph boom which takes the operator to a maximum working height of 20 m. On a compact base (2.4 m high and 5.79 m long) the model is designed for applications in restricted space.

"With the innovative Gecko stabilistation system the Snake 2010 is particularly suitable for use in city streets," said Paulo Balugani, Oil & Steel's technical director, "It is ideal for lighting, maintenance, roofing, painting, any application where there is confined space."

The Snake 2010's dimensions combined with the Nissan Cabstar 35.11 carrier with its wheelbase of just 2900 mm, allows the machine to manoeuvre through restricted spaces. The symmetrical pantograph transmission means the machine can perform accurate, vertical "plumb line" movements and, therefore, optimise operating times without needing to manoeuvre the arm extension to reposition the platform.

The Snake 2010 Compact features Oil & Steel's Gecko stabilisation system. The system is designed to minimise stabilisation time, overcome the problem of parking on sloping ground and eliminate the need for additional stabilisation blocks.

The Gecko system also helps to protect the operator: for example, if a light vehicle inadvertently enters the work area it can travel over the outrigger foot without affecting the truck's stability.

Mr Balugani predicted sales of 300 to 400 Snake 2010 a year and told AI that some 50 machines have already been ordered.

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