Snorkel International launched an updated and enhanced version of an old favorite at The Rental Show last week. The AB46 articulated self-propelled boom was an innovative product in the UpRight range of aerial work platforms and when UpRight's parent company, The Tanfield Group Plc, bought Snorkel in August 2007, the model was integrated into the Snorkel line.
“The AB46 is new to Snorkel customers, but this was an extremely popular model for UpRight, due to its class-leading specifications,” said Frank Scarborough, president of Snorkel. “We have taken this excellent performer, reviewed all details of the product to ensure it lives up to Snorkel's reputation for quality and reliability, and priced it very competitively. We are confident it will do extremely well in North America.”
The AB46 has a working height of up to 52'9” and 24'7” outreach, with a 5-foot, 140 jib. Maneuverability is key, with a multi-functioning boom operation thanks to two separate pumps, and a tight inside turning radius of 1'11.6”. Other design improvements include stronger jib weldment for greater abuse tolerance; traditional pinion and swing bearing for swing drive replacing integral worm drive; continuous top rail platform; 72" x 39" floor area and fully proportional controls for all boom functions.
Snorkel also launched a new U.S.-built heavy duty scissor lift at The Rental Show, the SR3370. Previously built in New Zealand, production on the SR3370 compact rough-terrain scissor lift recently moved to Elwood, Kan. According to Richard Tindale, sales and marketing director, the model was developed for volume production, and several components were changed to meet volume production needs. Preliminary specifications are a platform height of over 33ft and a deck of 8' 11” x 5'5”, with a roll-out extension of 4 feet as standard.
Snorkel made the show a memorable trip for one of the company's long-standing dealers. Snorkel held a party to launch celebrations for its 50th anniversary at the Harley Davidson Cafe in Las Vegas. At the event, James Adkins, vice president of East-West Rental Center, in the Pacific island of Guam, was picked out of a drawing to win a Harley motorcycle.
"This trip to Vegas, I was down quite a bit at the tables, but Snorkel changed my luck • I am definitely ahead of the game now," Adkins said. He won a Harley Davidson FLHTCU Ultra Electraglide with a big bore, 103” motor kit. Built for cruising, the bike came with fully fitted chrome accessories; exclusive custom-made Snorkel decals and a custom-stitched Snorkel seat.
“This party was a great way for us to thank our customers and to start the celebrations for Snorkel's 50th anniversary,” said Frank Scarborough, president of Snorkel.
For more information about the improvements, visit www.snorkelusa.com.