Snorkel

Snorkel celebrated the start of its 60th year in business with the launch of two new telehandlers at World of Concrete 2019. One year on from the introduction of the 5,700 lbs. (2,600 kg) capacity Snorkel SR5719 at World of Concrete 2018, the brand is introducing two larger capacity models — the Snorkel SR9244 and SR1054.

Following their European launch in 2017, Snorkel has introduced its narrow compact rough terrain scissor lifts to the North American market at World of Concrete 2019. Expanding its current family of compact rough terrain scissor lifts, the two new narrow models are ideal for working in confined spaces with rough terrain or uneven ground conditions.

Highlift Equipment Ltd., located in Cincinnati, has acquired the assets of Rental Stop Ohio LLC in Columbus (Sunbury), OH. Current operations of Rental Stop Ohio will continue in Central Ohio with Jeff Loudermilk, former Rental Stop Ohio owner, serving as Branch and Sales Manager.

Snorkel recently previewed a rough terrain scissor lift with a 60 ft. (18 m) platform height. While other 60 ft. scissor lifts are available from niche manufacturers, this is the first 60 ft. scissor lift priced for the volume market — all other major manufacturers stop at 52 ft.

Snorkel is re-launching its popular 12 ft. (3.6 m) vertical mast lift, with some new enhancements. Launched in the mid-1990s, the UpRight TM12 was the original self-propelled telescopic mast lift. Following the UpRight brand’s consolidation into Snorkel last year, the machine has been updated.

UpRight’s parent company, The Tanfield Group Plc, has purchased Snorkel International. Darren Kell, chief executive of Tanfield and UpRight, said, “This will create a new, full line manufacturer of high quality aerial work platforms, which will be a truly global force in the industry.”The combination of Snorkel’s volume production capability in the United States, plus UpRight’s existing facilities in the United Kingdom and America, will create a business with a global manufacturing footprint.

Textron Inc. has announced that it has sold the Snorkel product line of its OmniQuip business unit as well as the OmniQuip Textron Inc. holding company to Elwood Holdings, LLC. Terms were not disclosed. The Snorkel line includes aerial work platforms and boom lifts for industrial uses such as maintenance and construction.