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Stertil Koni has boosted its installations of washbay lifts for East Riding of Yorkshire Council with the delivery of a fourth Skylift heavy duty vehicle lift to the council’s Goole depot.

“This latest SKY 250 lift increases our assets to a total of four installations supporting vehicle steam cleaning at our Beverley and Goole depots,” says Philip Burgess, Fleet Services Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. “At both depots, the washbay workload is unremitting so the excellent reliability of the Stertil Koni Skylifts is vital to ensure that the council continues to provide the best possible service to local residents and businesses.”

This latest installation follows the successful use of three existing Stertil Koni Skylifts, type SKY250WB, to support washbay activities at the council’s depot in Beverley. Providing an impressive lifting capacity of 25 tonnes, the heavy duty SKY 250 effortlessly handles a range of council vehicles including refuse collection vehicles, street cleansing sweepers, highway maintenance tippers and flat bodied trucks, road surfacing machines and salt spreaders.

Washbay staff use the SKY 250 in its lowered position for approximately two to three hours a day to simplify the steam cleaning of vehicle bodies using high pressure wash lances. Also, vehicle technicians use the lift in its raised position to carry out chassis washes on vehicles as the first part of annual testing procedures. A further application supported by the Skylift involves pre-season and end of season washing and wax oiling treatments for salt spreading vehicles. In a typical week, 30 to 40 vehicles pass through the washbay at the Goole depot.

Stertil Koni’s rugged and adaptable Skylift is a seriously heavy duty lift that has been developed to offer a unique combination of efficiency, versatility and safety. Whether for working on tractor units or articulated bendi-buses, with available platform lengths from seven up to 14.5 metres, there’s a Skylift for most requirements. Even with the longest platform, only two lifting legs are required and each leg has its own measuring device, ensuring smooth and level synchronisation to within 15mm.

The Skylift is available in three lifting capacity options – 20, 25 and 35 tonnes – and offers a generous lifting height of 1.75 metres, reached in just 89 seconds, to ensure comfortable working conditions for operators. Also, the compactness of the Skylift simplifies its installation in areas where space may be limited. This is achieved by its modern design which accommodates a space-saving scissor mechanism to provide smooth vertical lifting. To ensure top performance and reliability in chassis washbays and steam cleaning facilities, the Skylift features galvanised platforms and run-ups, stainless steel axle pins plus waterproof fixtures and fittings.

As with all Stertil Koni products, safety is paramount. The Skylift has an independent mechanical locking system, which is always active – from when the lift is at its lowest level, right up to maximum height. The Skylift’s two lifting legs and its lack of crossbeams or base frame provide unrivalled working space beneath and unobstructed access from all sides of the vehicle. Significantly, all models can be installed either recessed or surface mounted with varying platform lengths to accommodate any vehicle.