JMS gets UK’s first lithium Hinowa Lightlift 33.17 boom

Powered access hire specialist JMS has become the first company in the UK to take delivery of a lithium battery powered Hinowa Lightlift 33.17 Performance IIIS tracked boom.

The new machine combines the long and stable duty cycles provided by lithium-ion power with the exceptional compactness and outreach Hinowa spider lifts are recognised for.

The Hinowa Lightlift 33.17 has a maximum working height of 32.6 metres, an outreach of 16.5 metres, a transport width of just 1.2 metres, and a basket capacity of 230kg.

JMS Managing Director Mark Jackson said: “The Hinowa Lightlift 33.17’s performance attributes are going to prove popular with many of our hire customers.

“Hire enquiries for lithium-ion battery power machines are increasing as the message about the sustainability and reputational advantages they confer continues to spread.

“The excellent reach of the Hinowa Lightlift 33.17 spider boom also delivers operational benefits for working at height in areas where space is constrained, both internally and externally.”

JMS, which has its HQ in Harpenden in Hertfordshire, had an opportunity to test the spider lift’s capabilities above an industrial building close to one of its operational sites.

The Lightlift 33.17 could carry out a full roof inspection of the 20-metre-long warehouse building from just two positions.

This promises to speed up the inspection process, making it safer and more cost-effective for JMS clients. It also overcomes problems where there is limited space for placing access machines around buildings.

In some cases, it will mean the Lightlift 33.17 can be used to carry out an entire working at height project, where previously two or more different models may have been needed.

The boom lift was supplied by Access Platform Sales, the exclusive distributor for all Hinowa products in the UK.

Hinowa 33.17-tracked-boom

It features a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with charge status reported on a new, larger and full-colour remote control display.

The panel gives the operative a series of smart control functions, including automatic switching between transport and work positions and automatic operation of the jib so it remains in the working area.

Mark Jackson said: “Lithium battery spider booms in the Hinowa Lightlift range deliver zero-emission and low-noise performance making them ideal for work in hotel courtyards, office and retail space atriums, and hospitals.

“Taller lithium electric booms, like the Lightlift 33.17, now also represent a very credible alternative to diesel booms for a wide range of external working at height projects.”