Powered access hire company Vertikal UK has bought its first two Hinowa tracked spider platforms from Access Platform Sales, and is already attracting new customers.

The platform rental specialist, based in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, invested in a Hinowa Lightlift 15.70 Performance IIIS and a Hinowa Lightlift 26.14 Performance IIIS.

Both platforms are bi-enrgy, powered by low emission diesel engines and mains electric power. The LL 15.70 has a maximum working height of 15.4m, a maximum outreach of 6.6m and weighs just 1950kg. Meanwhile, the LL 26.14 has a maximum working height of 25.7m and a maximum outreach of 13.75m.

Both platforms are just 690mm wide, with the basket removed, so can be tracked through narrow spaces. Basket capacities are a respectable 230kg, and the machines operate well on sloping ground.

Vertikal UK Deputy Depot Manager Mell Hill said: "We're very pleased with them. As soon as the 15.70 arrived, it went out to a new customer, a tree surgeon, who was glad to see we could provide him with Hinowas.

"These are the first spider platforms we've taken and we're sure they will do well for us. On top of that, the technical back-up service provided by APS is second to none, so we're well supported."

"We're delighted Mell and her colleagues have already had such a positive customer response, and are winning new business by having the Hinowas on their fleet," adds APS Major Accounts Manager, Linda Betts.

Both platforms share the same easy-to-use and smooth control system, so customers can switch between the two platforms, depending on their needs, with full confidence."

"Because the platforms are bi-energy, our customers can use them for internal and external work. They're going to very popular for building maintenance and construction. And because of their capabilities, we get good hire rates. They're really cracking machines."