As Senior Service Engineer at Horizon Platforms I was involved in the recent decision to expand our fleet with the addition of the JLG ES battery powered scissor range. We chose the ES range due to the exceptional, class leading battery life and operator friendly control systems.
The class leading battery life is achieved by JLG using their direct drive system, using electric motors to drive the wheels directly. This is an energy efficient way to power the drive system as no energy is lost in heat. Converting power from an electric motor into hydraulic power via a pump as done by other manufacturers is less efficient, resulting in decreased battery life.
Also this system minimises the risk of hydraulic leaks as the ES range only has two hydraulic hoses on the whole machine to operate the steering. This along with zero emissions makes the ES the ideal Access Platform for food manufacturing environments, along with large fit out contracts for Electrical, Heat & Vent any many other trades.
Once our customers experience the difference, they insist on using JLG ES Scissor Lifts on every job!
Charlie Smart- Service Manager, Horizon Platforms Ltd
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After a long silence from the blog, Horizon is back with some great news! Horizon has just signed a £1 million order with JLG to expand Horizon’s fleet of Scissor Lifts. This takes the number Horizon’s access platform machines to up to 230, an exponential growth since the company was founded in 2008.
Rory, joint MD of Horizon says,
“By selecting JLG equipment, particularly the ES battery Scissor lift range, we are able to further strengthen the support offered to our customers by providing them with additional value whilst they are working at height.”
“Our decision to invest further in the ES models was a direct result of customer demand. Many of our clients ask for ES scissors by name especially if they are on a large fit-out job where added run times between charges are a massive benefit”.
The new fleet of Horizon platforms include Skyjack diesel powered scissor lifts and Niftylift HR15 and HR17 Boom Lifts.
Every so often, someone comes up with an idea that will change things forever, and elevated work platforms are a very good example of this. The scissor lift is a pretty amazing bit of equipment altogether. It is incredibly useful when it comes to working at heights and you know that you are perfectly safe when using one. It’s folding and crossed supports give it a distinctive pattern of X’s when it is in use.
If you are using a scissor lift it is good to know they have got an extremely good safety record and are respected by workers in countries all over the world. When it comes to descent, many of the units do not require any power as they work on the release of hydraulic or pneumatic pressure. This is a great fail-safe to have when you are working high up.
When you are looking into scissor lift hire you may also be able to find one with an extending bridge on its platform. In this way you are not limited to only reaching things vertically. If the location you are working in is awkward to get to, then this feature can be an absolute godsend.
Many construction and maintenance jobs would be virtually impossible to carry out without the use of the scissor lift. Along with the cherry picker, it is something that has completely revolutionised building work!
Horizon Platforms were called to give a helping hand in October, as preparations for the re-opening of Wakefield’s famous Buzz Bar take shape.
The popular Night Club is due to reopen after a few years away and looks set to put Wakefield back on the map as one of Yorkshire’s top night spots.
Horizon Platforms provided a JLG 450 AJ Boom lift to help fit a sign at 15m above the ground.
National Sign Installations were able to complete their job in a safe efficient manner