TMHA Bravi EWP range

TMHA has in­tro­duced the Bravi EWP range to Aus­tralia

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Arange of Bravi Plat­forms el­e­vated work plat­forms (EWPs) – the first non-Toy­ota prod­ucts to be of­fered by Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia (TMHA) – have hit the lo­cal market.

All six Bravi plat­form mod­els are dis­trib­uted by TMHA. Na­tional brand man­ager Bob Walm­s­ley says he ex­pects the three most pop­u­lar will be: the Sprint, with a 90kg ma­te­rial load ca­pac­ity and max­i­mum plat­form height of 3350mm; the Leonardo HD, with a 180kg plat­form ca­pac­ity and plat­form height of 2900mm; and the Lui

460, fea­tur­ing a 280kg plat­form ca­pac­ity and max­i­mum plat­form height of 4620mm.

The Bravi Sprint is ex­pected to be the vol­ume seller, Walm­s­ley says. It is aimed at large re­tail­ers that need a fast and ag­ile EWP so­lu­tion in ware­houses and on the shop floor.

The Sprint is also ex­pected to ap­peal to com­mer­cial main­te­nance and build­ing man­age­ment oper­a­tions for tasks in­clud­ing win­dow clean­ing, ceil­ing re­pairs and re­plac­ing light globes.

“Un­like its com­peti­tors, it has a sin­gle mast which is op­er­ated via an in­te­gral hy­draulic cylin­der,” Walm­s­ley says.

“This re­moves the need for chains and link­ages with fewer mov­ing parts and no need for reg­u­lar lu­bri­ca­tion and main­te­nance.

“An­other unique fea­ture of the Sprint is that its load plat­form can be raised or low­ered by the op­er­a­tor via an elec­tric mo­tor.

“This ad­just­ment has to be done man­u­ally on com­peti­tors’ sim­i­lar prod­ucts, which means tak­ing the load off the plat­form be­fore man­u­ally tilt­ing and ad­just­ing it – that’s a huge in­con­ve­nience when you’re in an el­e­vated po­si­tion.

Bravi cur­rently sup­plies equip­ment to some Toy­ota deal­ers in Europe, but TMHA sub­jected the EWPs to an ex­ten­sive re­search and test­ing process to en­sure their suit­abil­ity for the Aus­tralian market.

An ex­am­ple of this is that, at TMHA’s re­quest, Bravi made a num­ber of other changes to the Sprint’s stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion to suit the lo­cal market.

These in­clude a safety fea­ture that cuts the hy­draulic lift­ing sys­tem if the in­ter­lock­ing gate is not closed cor­rectly, an op­er­a­tor plat­form ser­vice lock, and a re­cess added to the cover to en­able it to be used for stor­age.

Walm­s­ley says the new range of EWPs were orig­i­nally planned as an ex­ten­sion to TMHA’s rental fleet to en­hance its goal of be­ing a ‘on­estop shop’ equip­ment provider.

“It was orig­i­nally about broad­en­ing our rental prod­uct of­fer­ing and re­spond­ing to de­mands from our cus­tomers,” he says.

“How­ever, at the early stage of pre­par­ing our busi­ness plan we also saw real po­ten­tial for these EWPs in our re­tail ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment range as well. “In­tro­duc­ing an­other com­ple­men­tary prod­uct like this re­ally de­liv­ers on our phi­los­o­phy of pro­vid­ing a ‘so­lu­tion for every pal­let’.”

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