Instant Tool & Plant Hire, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has invested in a pair of trailer-mounted boom lifts from Snorkel UK.

The  Snorkel TL37J and TL49J towable booms are bi-energy powered and are equipped with Snorkel’s optional friction drive system for easier movement when unhitched from a vehicle. The units are the first Snorkel products to be purchased by Instant Tool & Plant Hire, and were handed over in early October by Snorkel UK sales representative, Scott Holtby.

Instant Tool & Plant Hire was founded by husband and wife Andy and Joanne Macartney, to address the challenges of out-of-hours access to hire equipment and technical support. Their approach sees the business open seven-days-a-week, also providing its customers with a 24-hour hotline. 

Manufactured at Snorkel’s UK's facility in Washington, Tyne & Wear, the Snorkel TL37J reaches a maximum working height of 12.9m and boasts a platform capacity of 215kg. The larger TL49J can lift 200kg to a working height of 16.7m, while delivering a maximum outreach of 8.5m when extended.

“When we started the business in 2019, we worked closely with a large British manufacturer who is local to us, and we are keen to continue to buy British-made products, where possible. These UK-built towable booms are ideal for our customers, many of whom are completing projects on evenings and weekends, and can simply visit our location and take the equipment with them to get the job done, without worrying about deliveries and collections,” explained Andy & Joanne Macartney.

While Snorkel UK MD Andrew Fishburn added: “We are delighted to have delivered our first units to Instant Tool & Plant Hire, and would like to thank Andy & Joanne for their trust placed in Snorkel UK. Towable products are a great fit for their business model, and I am confident that these lifts will become a big hit with both their residential and commercial customers.”