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Pop-Up Expands Offering in New Low-Level Access Sector

Fri July 15, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Aerial work platform manufacturer Snorkel is expanding its Pop-Up lifts for low-level access.

Lightweight and compact, Pop-Up brings the safety and productivity benefits of aerial lifts to trades and professions that still heavily rely on ladders and steps. Light enough for suspended floors, all Pop-Up lifts are easy to push around and fit comfortably through interior doorways or inside passenger elevators, according to the manufacturer. They are designed to lift one person with tools.

The Pop-Up PUSH Pro series are “rental-tough” machines, designed for construction sites and built to aerial lift standards, with platform heights of 6, 8 and 10ft. (1.8, 2.4 and 3 m). The PUSH Eco series are lower cost machines for less demanding applications, with platform heights of 5 ft. 3 in. and 8 ft. (1.6 and 2.4 m).

David Smith, president of Snorkel’s North American operations, said: “Many of our rental customers in Europe have reported a return on investment in the first year of ownership, with utilization rates typically over 90 per cent.

“In our experience, once construction contractors know about Pop-Up, they want it. In fact, in Europe we’re now seeing contractors actually banning stepladders from construction sites and mandating the use of Pop-Up. American contractors have always been leaders in the adoption of safer or more productive working practices, so we are extremely confident that Pop-Up will gain the same market-leading position in the U.S. that it has earned in the rest of the world.”

The use of push-around lifts has been widespread for more than 20 years. North America is home to the world’s largest fleet of push-around mast lifts, typically with platform heights of 25 to 40 ft. (7.6 to 12 m), which are used for atrium work in hotels, airports and other commercial buildings. Pop-Up push-around scissor lifts are designed for low-level access, such as fitting out commercial buildings, office maintenance and retail applications.

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