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Platform Basket moves into vertical masts

Oct 25, 2023Oct 25, 2023

By Euan Youdale12 June 2023

Italy-based Platform Basket introduced its first vertical mast lift at APEX last week.

The bi-energy Heron 10 comes in two versions, a diesel-powered model and the Heron 10 E electric offering, both of which complement the manufacturer’s spider lift products with their tracked undercarriage and light and compact design.

An important feature is the ability to tow the Heron 10 on a light trailer of less than 3 tonnes, making it easy to reach a range of maintenance jobs, painting work, window cleaning and tree care applications.

Both versions offer 9.6m working height and 3.45m maximum outreach, with an 8.3m height at the maximum outreach and a maximum platform capacity of 230kg with two persons. The units measure 2.71m length, 1.2m width and 1.99m height

Another key feature is the automatic stabilisation with the push of a button and incorporating four independent outriggers. In addition, a direct electric e-drive system was designed for this product and is set to be introduced to the manufacturer’s spider lifts in the future.

The easily interchangeable basket can be replaced with a 250kg lifting capacity hoisting winch, which essentially turns it into a mini crane as it is compliant with EN mobile crane and ISO crane standards.

The bi-energy option of the Heron 10 comes in the form of an additional 230Vac electric motor for indoor use. The Heron E, which is powered as standard by a lithium battery, has a powerful recharging system on board.

The remote control provide easy operation and safe loading onto ramps and to operate the mini crane when the winch is attached.

At APEX the manufacturer also announced that it is upgrading some of its best-selling Spider range models; namely the 18.95 has replaced the 18.90, with it now including full radio remote control, 230kg basket capacity – up from 200kg, and a longer outreach of 9.5m, up from 9m. In addition, external pipes have now been installed inside the boom.