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Indian company has innovative uses for long serving Skyjack lift

Gautam Infrastructure and Construction Equipment, a Mumbai, India-based construction company, uses its veteran Skyjack SJ9250 RT scissor lift for a variety of projects, including some highly original jobs. The company purchased the machine secondhand in 2006 from AJ Access Platform Equipment in Caldicot, UK, although its date of manufacture stretches back into the 1990s. The age of the platform has prompted Gautam to enter it into Skyjack’s Quest2013, a contest to find its oldest working unit. Companies can enter their platforms into Quest2013 via social media and at the end of this year Skyjack will present the company with the oldest working machine with a brand new scissor lift.

Shah Malay, associate technical head of Gautam Infrastructure and Construction Equipment, explains that the company has enjoyed working with its SJ9250 RT.

"The SJ9250 RT is a robust machine with an advantageous size and capacity," Malay says. "The machine’s capabilities allow us to use it for some unconventional jobs as well as routine projects. It is easy to run, maneuver and maintain."

Gautam Infrastructure and Construction Equipment uses its machine for a myriad of tasks, and it has been used on a number of airport projects for tasks such as the installation of cable trays, fire-fighting assistance and cameras. It is also popular in shopping malls and small factories, assisting with maintenance and for general duties on metro and rail projects.

Sometimes Gautam Infrastructure and Construction Equipment uses its Skyjack SJ9250 RT for more unusual applications. On one occasion, the lift was used as a watch tower close to a public area where authorities wanted tighter security. The excellent mobility of the SJ9250 RT allowed it to maneuver through crowds and over difficult terrain to a perfect observation spot for security personnel.

Since taking ownership of the machine, the company has added GPS and a water jet system for mall maintenance work. It has also been fitted with a loading and unloading ramp for other work on construction sites.

"As we use our Skyjack for such a wide variety of work, it’s become an integral part of our fleet. Although it’s already given us many years of loyal service, we want to keep it running smoothly for many more years to come. So, we run a regular maintenance schedule for it, to maintain the best possible levels of performance and efficiency. Any issues with the machine have only been minimal and it’s really been a joy to own."

The SJ9250 RT is one of Skyjack’s full-size rough terrain scissor lifts. Its GM 1.6 l Vortec dual fuel engine powers the machine’s strong axle-based 4WD system that offers an impressive 30% gradeability.

The SJ 9250 provides a working height of 17 m (56 ft) and a capacity of 680 kg (1,500 lbs). The platform can fit five people comfortably, and measures 1.9 m (74 in) wide by 4.3 m (168 in) long. With the machine’s standard independent/auto leveling outriggers, the SJ9250 RT offers a solid base from which to serve a wide variety of applications.

"Almost every week we find another reason to feel pleased about our purchase of the SJ9250 RT," Malay said. "It is our preferred machine and it has yet to disappoint us in the seven years we have owned it. We are strong supporters of the brand and we believe Skyjack has a bright future in the fast-growing Indian market."

Gautam Infrastructure and Construction Equipment was founded in 2006 and has 53 employees. The company has been working with Skyjack since its beginning. It also has a Skyjack SJ4632 and a SJ8831 in its equipment fleet.

AJ Access Platform Equipment Limited, located in Caldicot, UK, was founded by Tony Mort in 1990. Since then, the company has focused on supplying quality used access platforms to customers around the world.

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