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Dundee City Council opts for ‘trade in’ deal with Stertil Koni for vehicle lifting equipment

In 2001, Dundee City Council installed a selection of Stertil Koni vehicle lifts into its new workshop. Six years later, impressed with the lifts’ excellent performance and reliability, the Council purchased additional models. Now, ten years after the initial acquisitions, Stertil Koni has supplied four sets of six wireless mobile column lifts under the company’s new ‘trade in’ deal.

The Council’s Waste Management Department operates a large fleet of vehicles carrying out waste collections across the city. Routine maintenance and repair is carried out regularly on the Council’s 143-strong fleet. Over the years, the range of Stertil Koni vehicle lifts used within the Council’s purpose-built workshop has included a four-post vehicle lift, a parallelogram lift, an in-ground lift plus cabled mobile column lifts. Now, the Council has traded in its wired mobile lifts and replaced them with four sets of ST1082FWF, 8.2 tonne capacity wireless mobile column lifts. The six lifts in each set provide a total lifting capacity of almost 50 tonnes – more than enough to tackle the most demanding applications.

The new ST1082FWF vehicle lift uniquely incorporates a wireless control system that provides maximum access to the underside of a raised vehicle. Each of the mobile columns is equipped with two long-life deep cycle batteries which, when fully charged, will power the fully-laden column for more than 30 lifting cycles – easily a full week’s use. The batteries can then be charged via a 230v single phase supply. With no cables on the workshop floor, the risk of tripping is removed, providing valuable health and safety benefits.

Positioning of the wireless columns is flexible: they can be used in any configuration around a vehicle. Also, with no power or communication cables to connect, set-up time is drastically reduced thereby making the system fully operational much more quickly.

Each column has its own control box and provides a lifting capacity of 8,200kg. This means that the system’s total lifting capacity may be increased simply by adding more columns. The ST1082FWF ensures safe lifting up to a height of 1.85 metres, which can be reached in just 89 seconds, and the lowering speed is pre-selectable. The columns incorporate Stertil’s maintenance-free, synthetic runner wheel system, which is self-lubricating, and the system is covered by a lifetime guarantee.

Commenting on the Council’s latest lifts from Stertil Koni, Stewart Dodd, Maintenance and Workshop Team Leader, says, "We have had excellent service from all the Stertil lifts since 2001. We are delighted that Stertil Koni came out on top in the Dundee City Council’s procurement tender process. They fulfilled all the criteria of the tender specification to replace our existing Stertil Koni lifts."

Stertil Koni’s General Manager, Tony Edge, is equally pleased with the long-standing relationship with Dundee City Council. He says, "The Council already knew about the excellent quality of our vehicle lifts and I was delighted to be able to facilitate the new order by offering our new ‘trade in’ deal."

Stertil Koni is a market leader in the production of high quality, reliable vehicle lifts and concentrates not just on selling the equipment, but also on ensuring it has a long working life. The company uses its own GEA accredited factory-trained engineers and keeps parts in stock for at least 25 years after production. Stertil Koni is the largest manufacturer of mobile column lifts in the world and is part of the Stertil group.

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