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Mayville Puts New Spin on Lifts With Rotating Boom

Wed November 22, 2000 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The first of three boom lifts from Mayville Engineering Company — a vertical mast unit with a 34-ft. (10.3 m) working height, 10-ft. 6-in. (3.2 m) outreach, and 39-in. (.9 m) width for easy movement in tight spaces — is now entering rental fleets and is available for purchase at MEC dealer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

The new Model 28EVM, with 550-lbs. (226 kg) lift capacity and room in the basket for one or two men and their tools, features a turret that rotates 350 degrees and allows multiple overhead tasks without changing location. Powered by a 24-volt battery, the unit, its jib and basket are maneuvered by use of a fully proportional joystick controller for smooth movement and operator comfort through an infinite range of lift and drive speeds.

The exceptionally compact industrial boom can be stored in an area as small as 4 ft. by 9 ft. (1.2 by 2.7 m) and stands just 6.5 ft. (23.7 m) high when in the lowered position. Other dimensions — all of which respond favorably to needs of construction and maintenance workers — include a 32- by 39-in. (.8 by 1 m) platform and an inside turning radius of just 20 in. (.5 m) for maximum ease in turning corners and moving in tight places.

The 28EVM moves on durable, long-lasting, solid rubber or non-marking tires, whichever the user’s preference. It features two-wheel drive, two-wheel steering — the most preferred design for boom lift operators — and travels at speeds up to 2.5 mph (4 kmph).

This and two other Mayville booms to be introduced in coming months are manufactured in France by the Manitou Group, a leading producer of rough-terrain forklift trucks. The company entered the aerial work platform industry in the mid-1990s with a line of booms for European markets and earlier this year entered a mutual cooperation agreement with MEC that delivers boom lifts meeting specifications of the U.S. manufacturer, its dealers and end-users.

In announcing the agreement in February, Richard D. Torn, Mayville’s vice president and AWP division general manager, noted that dealers throughout North America “for many years have asked that we develop a line of boom lifts for sale and rental to their customers. We delayed our entry into the booms market until we could offer products that would deliver the same performance and be as competitively superior as our scissor lifts.”

The 28EVM and models to come, Torn noted, are backed by the same product support that MEC gives its scissor lift line. A producer of scissors since 1975, the company has gained a reputation as a scissor lift specialist, with product features and benefits it says have become industry standards.

For more information, call 800/387-4575.

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