Canadian Rental Service

Product Showcase: August 2011

Patrick Flannery   


Reach for profits with uplifting aerial work platforms from these industry leaders.

CAWP 9.6 designed to meet demanding conditions


The new CAWP 9.6 construction aerial work platform from Absolute E-Z Up made its debut at The Rental Show in Las Vegas. With its all-steel chassis, the self-propelled CAWP 9.6 is engineered to meet the demands specific to the construction job site environment.

“The rugged CAWP 9.6 features an all steel chassis and was designed and built for the harshest sites and most demanding of jobs,” explained Absolute’s managing partner, Mike Buley. “High productivity, durability and portability make the CAWP 9.6 the ideal worksite solution, both indoors or outdoors.”

The CAWP 9.6 features a maximum working height of 16 feet and offers 397 pounds of unrestricted capacity on its dual extension decks. One operator can easily manoeuvre and transport the unit, however the CAWP 9.6 is approved for two-person occupancy.


A high-productivity machine, the CAWP 9.6 offers 35 per cent gradeability and the unit’s twin 12-volt batteries ensure over 250 lift cycles or a drive distance of seven miles. Batteries can easily be recharged in a few hours using the on-board charger.

While ideal for the outdoor work environment, operators will find the CAWP 9.6 is the perfect solution for indoor worksites as well. The unit features a zero inside and 39-inch outside turning radius. At just 1,212 pounds, the CAWP 9.6 has the lowest rolling tire floor load and unit weight in the industry and can be used on a variety of floor surfaces. Combined with its narrow footprint, the CAWP 9.6 can easily manoeuvre within confined locations such as elevators, congested office spaces and constricted aisle ways.

When you’re ready to move to the next job site, the unit’s compact size, low weight, three-inch ground clearance and integral forklift pockets make light work of loading and transporting the CAWP 9.6 by van or pickup truck.

New full drive lift from Genie


Genie introduced a new series of 69-inch wide rough terrain scissor lifts at The Rental Show in Las Vegas. The three new models (GS-2669 RT, GS-3369 RT and GS-4069 RT) are a significant redesign of the 68-inch series through increased capacity and improved jobsite performance. The new 40-foot model introduction is the only one of its kind in the market.

The new GS-4069 is the world’s first 40-foot full drive-height rough terrain scissor lift in its class. Providing end user uptime while on the jobsite, the 26-feet and 33-feet models are also equipped with the full drive-height feature.

An increased platform workspace of 13 per cent gives end users more room to get their jobs done more efficiently. Increased lifting capacity on the GS-2669 RT of 20 per cent, from 1250 pounds to 1500 pounds, provides the end user with more lifting capability. The GS-3369 RT has a lifting capacity of 1000 pounds; the GS-4069 RT has a lifting capacity of 800 pounds.

A standard front active-oscillating axle keeps all four wheels on the ground during operation, providing the end user with more machine control and power when climbing hills and jobsite obstacles. Up to a 30 per cent increase in horsepower from dual fuel engines will enable the machines to drive through sand, snow, mud and uneven terrain with ease.

Wheel drives and high efficiency piston motors were added to get more torque to the rear wheels, providing jobsite performance similar to the large Genie boom products.

Full swing-out doors provide easier service access to electronics, manifolds, hydraulics and engine.

The new Genie Rough Terrain Scissor Series will be available in ANSI markets beginning in the second quarter of 2011, and in CE markets in the third quarter.

MEC prepares for first Crossover RT deliveries


The MEC Crossover project is nearing completion and preparations are under way to begin production on another game-changing machine. The Crossover RT program conducted a set of studies and inquiries into the aerial work platform industry with the aim of identifying an under-served niche or an unaddressed jobsite scenario. The Crossover was then designed to satisfy both needs.

On the surface, the Crossover is another electric scissor lift, but that is just the beginning. In addition to being a battery-powered scissor, this machine is designed for rough terrain, but with a chassis that is only 59 inches wide. MEC has produced a narrow, rough terrain, battery powered scissor lift – an all-purpose scissor – fully capable of duty outside on dirt and gravel paired with a narrow chassis and an electric power source for movement up onto a slab or through double doors into a finished building.

A 26-foot version of the machine made an appearance at ConExpo last March and proved to be quite popular among an impressively knowledgeable visitor base. These attendees recognized the value of a single machine that can be tasked to both RT and slab duties without compromising safety or suffering internal combustion emissions indoors. The current model features a completely re-designed, low profile chassis with six inches of ground clearance and a comfortable entry height.

Award-winning scissor lift


Custom Equipment’s Hy-Brid HB-830 has recently received the Product of the Year – Low Level Access award at the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) in Amsterdam on April 14. The show, organized by Access International and IPAF, had an audience of more than 450 people.

The Hy-Brid HB-830 was being judged against the best offerings in the Low Level Access category and was chosen to be the best machine. The judges said, “In a fast growing sector of the access market we were impressed by this company’s approach to developing low weight scissor lifts. The winner was recognized for its performance in combining capacity, compactness and mobility.”

The HB-830 is a new and exciting aerial scissor lift, now being manufactured by Custom Equipment. This aerial scissor joins CEI’s growing line up of lightweight, highly manoeverable aerial lifts, designed specifically for today’s contractor. The overall goal of the HB-830 is to give tradesmen a cost favourable alternative to traditional scaffolding, leg stilts, and step ladders. By blending CEI’s long-proven scissor lift design with a highly manoeuvrable zero turn radius steering and drive system, the new HB-830 successfully delivers value by harnessing today’s technology and increasing worker productivity.

Designed for high performance


Titan work platforms from Plafolift can reach working heights of 10 to 64 feet by adding a second floor to any model. Platform bases and floor are identical for the 25-, 37- and 48-foot models, allowing flexibility and fast delivery. The fold-down and removable platform rails facilitate transport. The new modular design enables users to add a second set of scissors to maximize the height of their existing platform. All Titan equipment functions are on a joystick with quick disconnect. Remote control and anti-theft systems are standard. The platforms use Perkins or Kubota engines with automatic speed control systems. They are built to meet CSA B354.2 and ANSI A92.6 standards for safety. Options include winter kits, lateral bar extensions, urethane-filled tires, independent hydraulic leveling jacks, four-directional wheels and more.

New boom lift


JLG has introduced a new model to the JLG line of boom lifts, the 340AJ. With a lift height of 34 feet, 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up-and-over reach, the 340AJ has all the features of a traditional JLG aerial work platform, with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 pounds.

 “We are pleased to add the 340AJ to our existing line of boom lifts,” said Chris Mellott, JLG Industries vice-president of sales and market development for the Americas. “As with all JLG’s aerial work platforms, the 340AJ delivers excellent terrainability, enabling operators to reach their work and efficiently complete their jobs.”

 The 340AJ is easy to service and maintain. In addition, the 340AJ features steel hoods to increase its durability, and boasts a 500-pound capacity in addition to its 34-foot lift height and 17-foot up -and-over reach. The 340AJ meets sustainability regulations with its environmentally friendly Tier 4 diesel engine. A gas/liquid propane engine is also available.

 The lower cost of ownership and acquisition cost, coupled with its reach and terrainability, make the 340AJ suitable for general contractors, steel erectors, painters and commercial construction workers, among many others.

Lots of lift capacity


Consistent with Skyjack’s robust and reliable design features, the SJIII 3219 offers an easy to service, low maintenance design in a compact and versatile package. Featuring a 3-foot roll out extension deck, a working height of 25 feet and 25 per cent gradeability, the SJIII 3219 boasts an industry leading capacity of 550 pounds. Equipped with variable speed front wheel hydraulic drive and 90-degree steering, it is capable of maneuvering in the smallest spaces.

The SJIII 3219 features durable steel swing-out component trays, providing unrestricted access for easy maintenance and service. Using Skyjack’s standard colour-coded and numbered wiring system with analog based controls ensures the SJIII 3219 will maintain its industry leading life cycle value.

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