Versalift VTL-120 with fixed flyboom on a Renault Master cutaway (both pictures)
Versalift UK widens the company’s van mounted platform lineup with the introduction of Versalift VTL platforms installed on cutaway Renault Master vans for the UK market.
“Platforms installed on cutaway vans are by no means a new thing in the industry as they have been a very popular option in France for many years. What’s new, is that the trend is spreading to new markets including the UK”, says Andy Bray, General Manager of Versalift UK.
The Versalift VTL – launched earlier this year – is available for the L2H2 version of the Renault Master van with a post-production rear section cutaway. With the cutaway applied, there is no need for a rear platform resulting in a significantly shorter stowed length of the platform vehicle for easier parking in congested inner-city areas. Despite the cutout, the van still has adequate room for racking and storage in the load area while the bucket gains an extra layer of physical protection when stowed within the cutout section of the vehicle.
The VTL is available for cutaway Renault Master vans in two different configurations: The basic cutaway unit is the cost efficient 11.7-metre VTL-120 with a fixed flyboom, while the 13.5-metre VTL-135-F with a 140° articulating flyboom provides improved versatility and performance.
Versalift drive option also introduced in the UK
Another new feature introduced to the UK market is the Versalift drive option that greatly increases the efficiency of serial changes of streetlights.
With the Versalift drive option, a driver can drive the platform vehicle at a reduced speed while a technician remains in the bucket of the raised platform. Using this approach, a crew is able to save valuable time setting up and packing the unit at each streetlight, as the platform can operate in a restricted angle and height without deploying its outriggers.
The Versalift drive option is limited to a maximum vehicle travel speed of 5 km/h and a platform height of 2 metres to comply with safety regulations. The system is already a popular option for infrastructure contractors in particularly Scandinavia and Germany