As part of its upgrading of vehicle chassis washing facilities at its Southport depot, Arriva North West has replaced a 6-post platform lift with a new electro-hydraulic Skylift 200-7WB from Stertil Koni.
The fully galvanised, 20-tonne capacity Skylift was installed within the depot’s dedicated chassis wash bay to assist with general washing and MOT preparation duties. During installation, the Skylift was recessed into the wash bay floor area, enabling vehicles to be driven directly onto the lift’s 7m-long parallel platforms. Once a vehicle is correctly positioned on the Skylift, the chassis cleaning may be undertaken by an operative using a manual high pressure washer lance. This operation is simplified by the design of the Skylift which is free of cross beams and posts to allow unrestricted access to the underside of raised vehicles.
All Skylifts can be installed to a width compatible with a customer’s needs and within space limitations of workshops or working areas. This is helped with Skylift’s vertical lifting and lowering movement which, unlike a parallelogram lift, means there are no obtrusive overhangs.
Varying platform lengths accommodate a range of vehicles including trucks, tractors and articulated buses whilst remaining unobstructed from all sides. All models can be installed either recessed or surface-mounted with a range of platform lengths from 7 to 14.5m.
The Skylift can also be used in tandem, linking two lifts in a line to provide a total maximum lifting capacity of up to 70 tonnes. “Our plant manager had previous successful experience of Stertil vehicle lifts in another Arriva garage so we were pleased to have his input in the purchasing decision,” says Steve Evans, engineering manager, Arriva North West. “Our old ‘screw and nut’ design lift was eventually unable to cope with the combination of dirt, grit and degreasing fluids within the chassis wash bay. However, the fully galvanised, electro-hydraulic lift from Stertil Koni is a bespoke design and has really improved our chassis cleaning operation.”