A combination of work, weather and perfect timing has seen a special moment captured on camera for one Hinowa spider platform customer, providing an ideal showcase for the brand.

Tree surgeon Ian McClelland had been trimming fir trees from the basket of his Hinowa Lightlift 26.14 Performance IIIS spider platform when a rainbow appeared immediately behind him.

Fortunately, his customer could spot a picture opportunity when he saw it and took a series of snaps before the rainbow faded away.

Ian said: “I had my head down busy at work so didn’t know what was going on until after the rainbow had disappeared.

“But the pictures are great. The rainbow couldn’t be more perfectly placed behind the spider platform and the clouds and sunshine together made for a dramatic shot.

“It made a relatively straightforward job quite special. We’ll have to wait a very long time to get the same opportunity. No pot of gold this time either, but a great record of the occasion.”

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Ian McClelland (it’s the name of the business as well as its owner), in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has just taken delivery of a new Hinowa LL 26.14 to replace one he has run for several years.

The company also has a Hinowa Lightlift 20.10 Performance IIIS. Both spider platforms were supplied by Access Platform Sales (APS), the UK and Ireland distributor for all Hinowa products.

Rainbows aside, the project is a good example of Hinowa spider platforms in action. The large fir trees were in the back garden of a private home – and Hinowa spider platforms are designed to be highly compact and manoeuvrable, so are ideal for reaching such constrained spaces.

Ian said: “Access through narrow garden gates is part and parcel of our daily work, so having the Hinowa spiders is pretty essential if we want to work from access platforms, which we do for safety and speed.”

The Hinowa LL 26.14 has a maximum working height of 25.7 m and a maximum outreach of 13.6 m. The Hinowa LL 20.10 provides a working height up to 20.1 m and outreach up to 9.7 m.

The LL 26.14 is 990 mm wide in tracking mode, and the LL 20.10 just 790 mm wide. Both have an unrestricted basket capacity of 230 kg and one button set-up and stow, features that enhance safety and productivity.


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