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Eazi does it: opening access equipment doors in the mining industry

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WORK-at-height and material-handling equipment supplier, Eazi Access has added a second Hi-Capacity JLG Model, the JLG 800 HC3 AJ, to its fleet.

The company is the sole distributor of JLG in South Africa and Marcus Green, GM: Rental & Sales, said the brand is known for manufacturing lift equipment which includes aerial lifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers and low-level access lifts.

“The first model we brought into South Africa from JLG’s Hi-Capacity range was the JLG 460SJ HC3 Telescopic Boom Lift which was also the first model launched under this range. The range has been developed to address market requirements for more people and tools at height, by allowing for more flexibility at height.”

This, said Green, is achieved through three working zones and an enhanced capacity that permits up to three workers and tools into the platform.

“JLG is set to launch a full range of hi-capacity machines with the first being the 16-metre-high 460SJ HC3 unit. The OEM brand recently launched the second model in its range of HC3 units, the JLG 800 HC3 AJ. We received a lot of enquiries as to when a unit was coming into the market, which was higher than the 16 metres the 460SJ HC3 could reach. This second model is a lot higher with a 26-metre working height.”

Green explained that the first model, the JLG 460 HC3, is a straight boom, which is great for quick access to height, although it did not allow for the up and over access, whereas the 800 HC3 AJ, being an articulated jib (AJ), allows for an up and over application.

“JLG has really brought in a great unit with this model. Firstly, the height, secondly the up and over capability, thirdly the one big differentiator that JLG has brought in with this range of models is that they haven’t affected their outreach.

“In comparison to some manufacturer’s, the moment they go on with the higher capacity baskets, there are two changes that occur – the outreach is diminished, secondly, a larger counterweight is being fitted which affects your tailswing. JLG has not affected either of these two things.”

Green said another other key feature is that it has the three-person-capacity throughout the range. “As you go further up, the kilogram capacity may decrease but throughout the entire range of the machines, the three-person capacity remains. It is a phenomenal unit, the safety features are well thought through with the biggest benefit being that it allows us to target new markets.”

Green said Eazi Access had received positive feedback from the market since adding the JLG 800 HC3 AJ into its fleet.

“The first unit was immediately sold into the mining industry. In the past, the mining industry was not really an access industry but more material handling industry with baskets on telehanders, rotational telehandlers, etc. With an access platform of 454 kilograms featuring a three-person capacity now available in the market, it allows for the access side of the mining industry to grow.”

He said when an important customer heard that the 800 HC3 AJ was available, they jumped at the opportunity. “The machine was only in our yard for two or three days. We are really looking forward to our customer’s feedback with this unit… how they have found it and the difference it has made on-site.’’

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