APS launches 14m van-mounted boom
Published: 11 August, 2016
A 14m boom lift on a 3.5t van is being launched by powered access distributor APS.
Mounted on a front wheel drive 3.5t Ford Transit panel van, the new VZ140 can provide up to 400kg of spare carrying capacity, even after accounting for fuel and two occupants. It will provide a working height of 14m and maximum outreach of more than 9m.
APS unveiled the prototype at the Vertikal Days 2016 trade show held at Haydock Park racecourse in June. It follows the successful launch of 12m and 13m booms on 3.5t vans earlier this year.
Steve Couling, managing director of IAPS Group, which owns APS, said: ‘We are really excited about this new product and we received some great feedback at Vertikal Days. Visitors were blown away by the VZ140’s capabilities; it far surpasses anything currently available.
‘We are very quickly building a reputation for high quality van-mounted booms with industry-leading performance. Customers are always asking for more payload and more reach from 3.5t van mounts. In the VZ140 we have a product that provides both.’
Key design features in the vehicle’s performance include the location of the pedestal directly behind the bulkhead, providing more space for storing tools and equipment towards the rear of the van. The pedestal’s unique tripod configuration also makes moving around safer and easier for operators and service engineers.
The combination of the lightweight, high-strength boom and unique pedestal design substantially increases vehicle payload. The hydraulic oil tank and emergency lowering controls are now housed in the rear of the van, eliminating the need for climbing onto the roof.
The company has its headquarters in Telford, Shropshire. It expects to have its first VZ140s ready to ship by Q4 this year.