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Light, tough tool holders for cherry pickers engineered for high safety and efficiency

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Light but extremely tough and hard wearing high density polyethylene (HDPE) tool holders are being engineered by Cut To Size Plastics for enhanced convenience and avoidance of injury in cherry pickers, Elevated Work Platforms and enclosed workplaces throughout Australasia and SE Asia.

The cost-efficient, impact resistant containers – which can be configured for different tools used by industry, maintenance and installation teams, local government services and hire groups – are fabricated from the same type of flexible but rugged materials proven globally in diverse applications demanding good temperature tolerance, flexibility, insulation qualities, chemical resistance and easy washdown.

The HDPE tool holders are insulated for optimum safety when operating in electrical environments such as powerline maintenance and building electricity systems, where metal tool holders cannot be used due to the risk of electrocution.

“Not only are the tool holders custom-fabricated ergonomically so workers’ tools are easily to hand for tricky jobs, but also they give an immediately safe and secure environment in which to place small, sharp, hot and/or hazardous tools and chemical solutions when they are not in use. People working at height and in tight spaces often say they need an extra set of arms to cope, so these designs give safety and efficiency a real helping hand by reducing unwanted problems and increasing efficiency,” says Mr Pat Flood, NSW Manager of Cut To Size Plastics, which manufactures components for applications across Australasia from its Head Office in Sydney, where facilities include CNC machining facilities coupled with GibbsCAM and Solidworks software.

Cut To Size’s tool holders incorporate customer-specific needs relating to particular types of tools, as well as Cut To Size’s own 35 years of experience in fabricating safety and efficiency products for organisations involved in local government, water, telephone and power services, construction and infrastructure services, electrical, manufacturing and materials handling, oil and gas and mining technology, minerals and metals processing plant, materials handling, electrical and electronic component production, primary and agricultural product processing, production engineering, Australasia and Asia-Pacific.

Materials used typically include HDPE, but can also include specialist engineering plastics such as UHMWPE and other high performance plastics where particular performance characteristics are required, such as those relating to radio frequencies, electrical currents and electromagnetic emissions. HDPE is proven globally in applications extending from protective coatings, cable jackets, insulating and hygiene components, through to natural gas and minerals processing technology, solar panels and cryogenic components, helmets and safety equipment and agricultural chemical and beverage containers. HDPE’s wide temperature tolerance – it can stand continuous temperatures up to 110 deg C – is complemented by its low friction non-sparking qualities and ready customisation to accommodate differently shaped tools, containers, drills and trade tools and instruments.

Features also include:

  • Can be as simple or sophisticated as users require
  • No sharp edges, corners or surfaces
  • Strong, welded construction coupled with high strength, impact resistant materials
  • Water and chemical resistance, which can be optimised by materials selected for particular environments.
  • Can be tested and certified for electrical isolation
  • Variety of adjustable brackets to secure to different sizes of cherry picker buckets or confined workspaces
  • Configurable to any size bucket or workspace
  • Trays can be added as required to accommodate fasteners
  • Hire companies can readily add or detach features as an option on their ranges 

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