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AFI Machine Proved To Be Just The Ticket

AFI was right on track with its selection of powered access machines when a lightweight and compact model was required for a contract at Southport Railway Station.

Cleaning, maintenance and pest control contractors, Impact Support Solutions, needed a machine that could manoeuvre around pillars, posts and planters on the station’s platforms whilst the company removed and replaced bird deterrent netting in the roof.

AFI provided Impact Support Solutions with several machine options that were suitable for the contract and from these options the company selected a Nifty HR12 boom lift which weighs 2,950 kg, has a working height of 12.20 m and is 1.50 m wide.

Mark Weaver, Impact Support Solutions Contracts Manager, said: “We chose the Nifty boom because it’s a machine that we have hired from AFI in the past and we have been impressed with its reliability and flexibility.”

Impact removed and later replaced the netting so that a roof inspection could be carried out. Faced with a tight timescale, as the work could only take place overnight, speed and efficiency was also a major issue.

“Each day we had only a narrow window of opportunity of about five hours, between the last passengers disembarking and the first passengers arriving, to carry out our work. Using the AFI boom lift was the only safe and cost effective way that we could have completed the job in the timescales involved,” said Mr Weaver.

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Compact Loader for Farm-based Brewery

The rapidly expanding Bradfield Brewery, based at Watt House Farm at High Bradfield near Sheffield has taken delivery of a new Bobcat S185 skid-steer loader.

Working in and around the brew plant and the other buildings that make up the brewery, the new loader carries out material handling tasks in every area and combines this with general loading and muck clearing work for the shire horses and other animals on what is still a busy working farm.

One of the key jobs for the loader is unloading the lorries delivering malt and other ingredients which have to stop at the top of the property because they are too big to drive down the steep, narrow lane to the farm. The vertical lift design and smooth hydraulics of the new loader make it a simple task to lift heavy pallets off the lorries and carry them down to the brewery.

Brewery owner, John Gill, said: “The balance of the S185 loader feels great and the operation is very smooth, especially when lifting the heavy pallets from the trucks and driving down the lane with the pallets on the front of the machine. In the tight confines of the former farm buildings used for the brewery, the manoeuvrability of the compact loader is also essential.”

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