Access Platform Manufacturer Custom Equipment Unveils Two Scissor Lift Prototypes | Daily Construction News


Custom Equipment, Richfield, Wis., has unveiled two prototypes in a new generation of its electrically powered Hy-Brid scissor lifts.


Rolled out at The Rental Show in Las Vegas, the new HB-1230 and HB-830 self-propelled models feature lower step-in height, a longer chassis, larger drive wheels, and a new control system.


Both models share many features. “The HB-1230 is essentially the same machine as the new HB-830, but with an extra scissor stack,” said Justin Kissinger, Custom Equipment’s director of marketing.


Both new Hy-Brid models feature battery power, measure 30 in. wide by 55 in. long, have 12-in. diameter drive wheels for excellent traction, are zero-turn machines, and feature Custom Equipment’s new control system. Both also have 500-lb. platform capacity and a slide-out deck extension.


The HB-1230 offers 12-ft. maximum platform height, weighs an estimated 1,500 lbs., and has a 20-in. step-in height. The new HB-830 offers 8-ft. platform height, weighs about 1,200 lbs., and offers a step-in height of only 18 in.


The new control system features a fully proportional, multi-axis joystick that allows precise travel and steering in all directions. The new controller puts the machine’s enable button conveniently on the joystick, instead of having it in a separate location. Moving the joystick in the direction you want to go will control the steer and drive simultaneously. The controller allows slow, inching creep for precise maneuvering. The direct electric travel drive, counter-rotatable rear wheels, and freewheeling front wheels make the two new models zero-turn machines.


Kissinger expects the new Hy-Brid HB-830 and HB-1230 to be ready for production later this year.