Commercial vehicles are the face of a company when out on the road, so it’s vital that they look in the best possible condition. Stertil Koni has developed the Skylift range to aid in the cleaning process, and to ensure that companies put their best foot forward. Two such companies, Yuill & Dodds, and First Cymru, explain their experiences with the Skylift range.
YUILL & DODDS
One of Scotland’s leading transport solutions specialists, Yuill & Dodds, commissioned a Stertil Koni Skylift to support upgraded vehicle washing facilities at its site in Hamilton.
The Skylift 350 provides a safe lifting capacity of 35 tonnes, and Stertil Koni claims that it is the ultimate heavy-duty lift in terms of efficiency, versatility and safety. Installed within Yuill & Dodds’ outdoor wash bay, the Skylift allows for unobstructed access to the underside of vehicles during regular vehicle body and chassis cleaning operations. To aid the cleaning process, the Skylift is constructed from galvanised steel for maximum strength, and resistance to water and degreasing solutions.
The Skylift also incorporates an electronically controlled hydraulics system, which uses inclinometers to monitor vehicle weight displacement, and provides smooth synchronisation between its four lifting points. Featuring a 14.5m platform to accommodate extra-long vehicles and trailers, the Skylift 350 was easily installed, its narrow width ensuring maximum utilisation of the available space.
As with all Stertil and Koni products, safety is paramount; the Skylift has an independent mechanical locking system that is always active, from when the lift is at its lowest level, to when it reaches maximum height.
Yuill & Dodds Managing Director, Brian Yuill, is very pleased with the performance of the Sklift 350 within the company’s upgraded wash bay. He says, “Our vehicles operate in some of the most demanding environments, including construction and landfill sites. They need to be tough enough to take whatever the job throws at them. The same is true of the Skylift, which is rugged and reliable.”
When deciding upon a wash bay lift to replace an ageing model at its Port Talbot depot, First Cymru had no hesitation in opting for a latest generation lift from Stertil Koni. Their original lift, also from Stertil Koni, had worked so reliably for many years in a demanding application, that they commissioned the company to supply a new model from its Skylift range.
First Cymru operates approximately 200 bus services in the South Wales area, utilising a mixed fleet of single and double deck vehicles.
The Skylift 200 provides a safe lifting capacity of 20 tonnes and is the ultimate heavy-duty lift in terms of efficiency, versatility and safety. Similarly to the Skylift 350, the Skylift 200 ensures unobstructed access to the underside of vehicles during regular vehicle body and chassis cleaning operations. Stertil Koni also installed the lift complete with extra-long run-ups to enable trouble-free movement of low-floor buses.
“The new Skylift 200 replaced our existing Stertil Koni wash bay lift which served us well for many years,” says Keith Davies, Area Engineering Manager in East Wales for First Cymru.
“In fact, we have a number of Stertil Koni lifts in our workshop and we know them to be hardworking and reliable. Now, with the installation of the new wash bay lift, the 92 vehicles operating from our depot are not only perfectly prepared for MOT testing and inspections, but also continue to look smart out on the road.”