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New skoots from Kennards Lift and Shift lift up to five tonne

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Heavy and bulky machinery weighing up to five tonnes can be moved safely and economically with new skoots from equipment hire specialists, Kennards Lift and Shift.

Loads are hydraulically jacked to a height of between 20mm and 140mm (measured to the top of the forks), wheeled in any direction, and then lowered again. Lifting is controlled through a bottle jack mounted in the housing frame.

HVC Movement Engineers, specialists in moving heavy plant and machinery, used a set of the five tonne skoots to remove a large dry cleaning machine from TLC Dry Cleaners and replace it with a new unit.

Each machine weighed more than two tonnes, but two men were able to wheel them with relative ease. Paul Paardekooper, HVC Movement Engineers said that there are a number of ways with which they could have done the job, but because of the shape of the machines, skoots were the ideal option.

According to Paul Paardekooper, skates were another option, but if they hit an obstacle, even something as small as a matchstick, they would stop and the machine would keep going. Skoots have bigger wheels, and the machine is strapped in securely.

While HVC Movement Engineers have their own specialist equipment for moving loads ranging from 200kg to 200 tonne or more, at times it requires something extra. HVC Movement Engineers hire from Kennards Lift and Shift because they have quality equipment and provide better all-round service.

John Hays, who operates Spencer Systems, which imported the new dry cleaning machine from Italy, said the skoots were better than a pallet truck for this job. With a pallet truck, users can get the machine to the ground as low as about three inches (75mm), compared to about three quarters of an inch (20mm) using the skoots. According to Hays, that little bit extra is important when it comes to getting through openings.

Another advantage is that users can steer from both ends, so they are more manoeuvrable. Kennards Lift and Shift also have 800kg capacity skoots. With centres in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, Kennards Lift and Shift have a wide range of equipment for safe, labour-saving materials handling solutions for any situations.

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