Broughton invests in Boss lifts

By Euan Youdale27 April 2022

UK low level access rental specialist Broughton Plant Hire and Sales is adding 50 Boss PA-lifts to its fleet - the biggest order for the new scissor lift to date.

APS Broughton PA-lift Some of Broughton’s 50-strong order of Boss PA-lifts. (Photo: APS)

Broughton’s, which specialises in hiring tools and equipment to the heating, ventilation and fire protection trades, said the extra height the Boss PA-lift provides means some of their customers will not have to rent larger self-propelled scissors.

Access Platform Sales (APS), the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for BoSS products, is delivering the first scissor lifts into Broughton’s head office Southern Depot and its new Northern Depot, in Gateshead. The platforms will be rolled out nationally across all Broughton depots.

The BoSS PA-lift push around scissor lift, launched in 2021, has a maximum working height of 5.4m which is 200mm higher than the BoSS X3X and X3 scissor lifts it replaces.

Broughton Plant Hire and sales general manager Joe Zammit said, “Adding 200mm doesn’t sound much but it’ll be a big benefit for our customers. For some jobs, it’ll mean they won’t have to move up to self propelled scissor lifts, which need different IPAF operator qualifications, are more costly to rent and aren’t as compact.

“At the very least, our customers will know their installation and maintenance teams will have that extra bit of height flexibility, making their jobs easier, more productive and safer.”

Low level advantages 

The Boss PA-lift, which has a three-year parts warranty, is also the first scissor lift in its class that allows diagnostic data to be viewed and saved via a smartphone app, said the company. 

APS Broughton PA-lift

Zammit said, “This is going to be a big benefit for us and for our customers. We estimate that around 25% of maintenance call-outs we respond to could be resolved remotely if we have the right diagnostic data.”

As well has increasing working height, the Boss PA-lift’s platform is 630mm wide, 60mm wider than the BoSS X3X and X3 scissor lifts it is replacing, and an increasing working capacity of 250kg.

Its overall width is still 760mm so it can be moved easily through a standard single doorway. Weighing just 375kg, it is easy to manoeuvre, and suitable for use on most floors where a low point loading is critical.

In another first for push-around scissor lifts, the Boss PA-lift also has an overhead proximity sensor that increases the frequency of an ascent alarm after the platform gets to within three metres of an overhead obstacle - and stops platform ascent at two metres. The operator can then fine tune their working height.

The scissor lift has an array of other safety features, including tilt and overload sensors. It can also be fitted with a range of accessories, including a confined space guardrail and anti-climb guards.

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