Star tracked bi-lev­el­ling Athena 850 scis­sor lift

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A bi-lev­el­ling com­pact

tracked scis­sor lif t that can safely tra­verse slopes and ter­rain where ac­cess equip­ment pre­vi­ously could not op­er­ate at all is be­ing in­tro­duced by United Fork­lift and Ac­cess So­lu­tions. The Athena 850 bi- lev­el­ling tracked scis­sor lif t – be­lieved to be the first scis­sor lif t in the world with its unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties – lev­els on its axis in lon­gi­tu­di­nal and lat­eral di­rec­tions to op­er­ate on slopes and un­du­lat­ing ter­rain where con­ven­tional scis­sor lif ts can­not op­er­ate.

Con­ven­tional scis­sor lif ts are typ­i­cally lim­ited to slight in­clines of 2- 4 de­grees, whereas the Athena 850 scis­sor lif t han­dles with as­sur­ance and safety, ter­rain vari­a­tions up to 50cm front and back and 38cm side-to-side on un­even ter­rain, or in­clines up to 20 de­grees, says United Fork­lift and Ac­cess So­lu­tions’ Gen­eral Man­ager, Sales, Mar­ket­ing and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Trent Osborne.

Mar­keted as ‘the only one of its kind in the uni­verse,’ the Athena 850’s out­stand­ing de­sign and per­for­mance won both the in­ter­na­tional (IAPA) and Aus­tralian New Prod­uct of the Year awards (HRIA) for 2016. With a min­i­mum op­er­at­ing width of 1300mm, bas­ket ca­pac­ity of 250 kg and a max­i­mum work­ing height of 7.9m, the ma­chine is ide­ally suited to uses in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­ties main­te­nance, park and tree man­age­ment, coun­cil oper­a­tions, build­ing and con­struc­tion, in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial plant ac­cess, trades­peo­ple, land­scap­ers, painters, elec­tri­cians, or­chardists and pri­mary pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing vine­yards, hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­ture, says United Fork­lift.

“Tracked scis­sor lif ts al­ready ex­isted be­fore the Athena, but what makes this ma­chine unique is its bi- lev­el­ling tech­nol­ogy, which is found only on the Athena,” says Osborne. “The Athena is built tough for in­door and out­door work, where its de­sign and func­tional su­pe­ri­or­ity re­moves lim­i­ta­tions in­her­ent in con­ven­tional mo­bile scis­sor lif ts. This greatly ex­tends the ma­chine’s safety ver­sa­til­ity and value in the work­place.

Safety, ver­sa­til­ity and work­place ef­fi­ciency fea­tures of the Athena 850 in­clude: • Two- per­son (250kg) bas­ket ca­pac­ity, max­i­mum work­ing height 7.9m (5.9 m bas­ket floor max­i­mum height). Com­pli­ance with AS1418.10-2011. • Grade abil­ity of 25 de­grees, side slope 21 de­grees, op­er­at­ing and driv­ing safely on in­clines of up to 20 de­grees with two-axis au­to­matic lev­el­ling con­stantly mon­i­tored to en­sure safety. • Elim­i­na­tion of con­cerns about ma­chines not be­ing op­er­a­ble on- site be­cause of the slight­est in­clines or the ma­chine be­ing too big or heavy for the site con­di­tions. Athena 850 weighs only 1700/2190 kg, de­pend­ing on spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and op­er­ates on steep drive­ways, dis­abled ac­cess ramps, foot­paths and within small ac­cess cor­ri­dors. • Elim­i­na­tion of many safety haz­ards in­her­ent in the com­mon prac­tice of “pack­ing the wheels” of scis­sor lif ts on job sites. This can cre­ate po­ten­tially lethal sit­u­a­tions where the ac­ci­den­tal flick­ing of a switch to “Drive for­ward” in­stead of “De­scend” can turn into a po­ten­tially fatal mis­take. • Ground clear­ance of up to 350mm makes easy work of rough ter­rain, ur­ban ob­sta­cles and load­ing and un­load­ing with­out spe­cial trail­ers Tracks that op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently so op­er­a­tors can get in close when they need to. • Au­to­matic ac­cel­er­a­tor, bi- lev­el­ling un­der­car­riage, elec­tro­hy­draulic pro­por­tional com­mands, di­rec­tion con­trol, easy drive sys­tem, au­to­matic con­trol of in­cli­na­tion. • Com­pact Hatz 1B40 diesel en­gine with 220V 2KW aux­il­iary elec­tric pump and 220V 1KW power gen­er­a­tor which makes it pos­si­ble to op­er­ate the scis­sor lif t in­doors and in ar­eas where the use of com­bus­tion en­gines is not al­lowed. • Kit for high speed

(max­i­mum 2.2kph) • On- board power source in the bas­ket for hand tools and lat­eral lev­el­ling for mov­ing at heights See the Athena 850 in ac­tion here plus/mi­nus four de­grees. “The Athena is sim­ple to con­trol and ex­tremely adapt­able to dif­fi­cult and un­du­lat­ing ter­rain and work­sites, in­doors and out. Its struc­ture has been de­signed to re­sist over­load, with high- re­sis­tance steel lif ting mech­a­nisms,” says Osborne. DE­TAILS, ANDREW MACDON­ALD AMACDONALD@UNITEDEQUIPMENT.COM.AU WWW.UNITEDEQUIPMENT.COM.AU

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