07 March 2008
Although technically a scissor lift, the Hy-Brid machines from Custom Equipment (see feature on page 36) shares the same appeal that the self-propelled mast lifts have, notably its lightweight features and narrow width. As most of the machine enjoy smaller dimensions that can squeeze through doorways and fit on elevators, the models HB1030 and HB1430 Hy-Brids are seen as direct competitors to the JLG 1230ES and the UpRight TL12 models. President Steve Kissinger says the units have a duty cycle that can last two shifts from full charge (16 hours).
The appropriately titled Leonardo (pictured) from Italy's Bravi is a light, compact and easily maneuverable machine. The unit, drivable at 16 feet (4.9 meters) working height with a maximum capacity of almost 400 pounds, is small enough to fit in most elevators and through most doorways. It has an LCD screen shows the system status and diagnostics. The company says is the model is mostly its primary maintenance is controlling water levels.
One interesting recent addition to the mast lift sector comes from JLG's subsidiary in Australia, and is called the LiftPod. This Antipodean wonder is solo operated, battery powered and has a working height of 14 ½ feet. The 155-pound weighing product is erected from three components – the base, mast and platform. At this point, the company has yet to announce its availability in the North America.