Kennards Hire has introduced rubber-tracked Spider Lifts, which can crawl into spaces which can't be reached by other access machines.
At present, Kennards is the only hire company in Australia with the JLG Spider Lift, which is just 850mm wide with outriggers retracted, and is mounted on rubber tracks, enabling it to traverse rough or soft ground and work on uneven surfaces.
Being self-driven, it does not need to be towed into position. It has both a 240V electric motor and petrol engine.
Graf Plumbing used one of the new machines for work inside the small courtyard of a four-storey block of home units.
After driving in under a 2.1 metre high walkway, Graeme Hall was able to manoeuvre the Spider easily around a tall palm tree in the centre of the courtyard, and then move from one spot to another without needing to dismount.
Kieren Mates, who co-ordinated the work, said he was amazed at the machine's ability to overcome the obstacles.
"The body corporate of the building was so impressed, they intended stipulating that a Spider Lift be used for all future work," he said.
Kennards has also added medium rough terrain scissor lifts and boom lifts to its range of aerial work platforms.
The diesel-powered JLG 260MRT (26ft medium rough terrain) scissor lift, with self-levelling outriggers, provides a large, safe, stable work platform in situations ranging from rough building sites to slightly sloping slabs and footpaths.
Also available is the 12 metre Nifty Height Rider boom lift, which can be used indoors as well as outside as it is only 1.5m wide and can fit through double doors.
Kennards Hire has expanded rapidly to have 90 hire centres across Australia, and recently opened its first on Queensland's Sunshine Coast at Noosaville.