Terex AWP has delivered the first units of an order for 334 Genie boom lifts and scissor lifts by Rapid Access, as part of the powered access firm’s planned fleet expansion in the Middle East in 2017.
The purchase includes Genie’s telescopic SX-180, SX-150 and articulating ZX-135/70 boom lifts, as well as models from Genie’s Xtra Capacity range, launched in October 2016, including the telescopic SX-135 XC and SX-125 XC units.
These models have working heights ranging from 40m up to 57m (with the SX180), with horizontal reaches ranging from 21m to 24m, while incorporating the very latest design features from Genie, including its Mini XChassis feature, telescopic Jib-Extend and tri-entry baskets as standard.
The units are being delivered throughout the GCC, including Kuwait, where they will serve to support safe work at height in the construction of multiple infrastructure projects, such as on the new airport terminal project and at oil and gas plants.
“Their extensive range of motion, and the extreme precision and manoeuvrability provided by their Genie telescoping Jib-Extend design and the Genie Mini XChassis are among the key features that we were particularly impressed by,” said Michael Maynard, regional director for Rapid Access.
“In addition to increasing onsite manoeuvrability, the Mini XChassis notably allows for transport on standard low bed trailers which makes transport easier and helps reduce costs, while the increased lift capacities and tri-entry baskets that come with these lifts are ideal for the Middle East market.”
The Xtra Capacity models are meanwhile adapted to tasks that demand the ability to lift loads of from 300kg in an unrestricted range and up to 454kg in the restricted zone.
The models also boast zero-load field calibration: a feature that continuously checks the weight in the platform to ensure that the machine stays within the platform load limit – helping to improve set-up time and increase overall productivity by taking over the calculations from the operator.
The system also acts as a safeguard against operator faults, and is a strong benefit that, according to Rapid Access, its customers will be quick to appreciate.
The sharing of common components between the Genie machines is a further advantages for service and maintenance that also has the potential to deliver significant cost-efficiencies in the long term.
In February 2017, the parent company of Rapid Access, the Lavendon Group was acquired by the Loxam Group, which now stands the world’s third largest powered access rental company.