The new Load Lift 500 from Penny Hydraulics is a light and compact platform lift for maximum working loads of up to 500kg that can be fitted inside the rear or side doors of a van to provide users with highly versatile handling capabilities across a wide range of service, delivery and engineering applications. It complements the existing model with 250kg maximum working load and has been introduced to meet customer demand for increased capacity and meet the requirements of fleet tenders which stipulate 500kg performance for tail lifts and similar devices.
Items such as packs, cases, roll cages, trolleys and pallets can all be handled easily with the Load Lift 500. When fitted inside the rear doors of a van the device performs a similar role to a conventional tail lift. Mounted inside the side door of a delivery vehicle it offers an excellent alternative in applications where a tail lift would be unsafe or impractical such as congested urban areas or when parking spaces are too short for convenient access to the rear doors. In each case the device fully retracts the load in to the vehicle with no need for manual handling or lifting. The load can then be rolled off the platform into the load space or left in position for secure and safe stowage and transportation.
After use the unit retracts completely inside the vehicle and the platform can be folded up out of the way to leave an unobstructed load space. It does not restrict access to the load area, has little effect on payload capacity and does not need to be deployed to allow entry to the vehicle. No components or services are exposed on the exterior of vehicle. This reduces the risk of damage when the vehicle is moving and enhances security when it is stationary.
Customers can choose from a range of standard and bespoke options to configure a device unique to their own application. The platform can be manufactured from a range of materials and supplied in shapes and sizes matched to the load being handled. Special cradles, attachments, recesses and hitching points can be incorporated into the platform to enhance load stowage and transportation. The device can be installed by Penny Hydraulics or a customer’s chosen body builder. It connects to an available 12 or 24V power supply.
Operators control the Load Lift 500 with push buttons mounted at a convenient point inside the vehicle or using the remote wander lead supplied with the unit. This allows the operator to stand clear of the working area with an all-round view of the vehicle and load for additional safety. For even greater flexibility the unit can be supplied with radio remote control. Overload protection and battery protection are included as standard. The integrated hydraulic services provide controlled and precise load handling at all times.
The Load Lift 500 is based on the same proven design as an existing model with 250kg maximum working load. Penny Hydraulics has achieved the additional capacity by utilising heavier gauge steel and alloy materials in the unit’s construction. At the same time the company has used its advanced CAD and finite analysis applications to re-engineer individual components so that the minimum amount of material is used. This helps to reduce the overall weight and cost of manufacture without affecting the maximum working load.
All products are designed, manufactured and installed by Penny Hydraulics in the UK to the precise requirements of the specific application and customer. Exacting quality assurance standards ensure safe, economical and reliable performance with long maintenance-free service intervals. The company provides a complete design, installation and training service with a nationwide network of engineers to minimise downtime and ensure the continued reliability of equipment. Its comprehensive after sales service and maintenance programme is also designed to provide complete peace of mind and help customers meet their statutory inspection and maintenance obligations.