Kennards Hire has introduced a new model, self-propelled, tracked cherry picker for use on soft or uneven surfaces.
The machine, which has good traction and gradeability, can also climb steps and inclines up to 30 degrees.
Being self-propelled, it can be driven into confined areas.
The Kennards machine has a platform height of 10.20 metres, working height of 12.20 metres and can carry 200kg. With outriggers extended, it is 6.10 metres wide, but compacts to a width of just 1.10 metres.
Invisible glass hired one of units from Kennards to reach the 8 metre high, floor to ceiling windows of Café Birkenhead, an up-market restaurant on the water’s edge at Drummoyne.
“The ground was unstable, with a covering of landscaping pebbles,” said Reinhard Wollner, who operates the facade cleaning firm. “It would have been impossible to use a trailer-mounted cherry picker in here.”
Window cleaner Russell Smillie said it was a lot more stable than other machines he had used. “It’s very simple to handle,” he added.
Adelaide sign designer and manufacturer, Regal Display, used one of the machines in a semi-creek bed, which was muddy after a lot of rain.