First Lithium Tracked Boom for Hird

Powered access and lifting equipment specialist, Hird, has added a lithium-powered tracked boom to its expanding fleet.

The company is replacing a 23.12 diesel machine purchased in 2013 with a new Hinowa Lightlift 26.14 Lithium model.

Jason Hellwig, Northern Access Manager for Hird, said: “We have invested in our first lithium-ion machine due to customer demand.

“We know this machine is popular with facilities maintenance contractors in particular, because it can pass easily through double doorways and has very low ground pressure.

“Our FM clients have expressed a preference for a lithium machine rather than a mains-powered boom, as the Hinowa Lithium doesn’t have any trailing cables. It can also be recharged overnight and will work comfortably for a full shift.”

The 26.14 joins Hird’s 14m and 17m Hinowa booms, which it supplies to a diverse range of customers.

“The spider range Hird offers complements the full range of powered access already available from the hire fleet,” added Jason. “The spider booms in particular are well-liked by all trades, from landscape gardeners to church restoration teams. This is due to their versatility and compact dimensions, allowing them to be operated in confined working areas.”

Hird purchased all of its Hinowa machines from Access Platform Sales (APS), the official UK distributor for Hinowa tracked booms, mini-dumpers, and fork lifts.

“APS has always been spot on in dealing with us,” said Jason. “In particular our account manager, Mike Weatherill, is always very quick to address any issues or answer any queries that we have.”