A brief look at the ARA Show - Day 1 & 2

The ARA Show opened yesterday in Orlando, Florida with the mood was upbeat and a great deal of interest in buying new equipment following a slightly shaky start to the year.

There was plenty to see at the show, with several companies unveiling new products, while others are waiting for Conexpo next month.

The following photographs are a few of our observations from the first day of this three day event, and will hopefully give you a taste of the event, more details on the new products will come after the show.

The new 34ft MEC 34-J telescopic boom lift weighs just 3,630kg and offers a 12.2 metre work height

Outreach on the MEC 34-J is eight metres

Luigong is testing North American input on these new scissor lifts – the electric drive LSC1012DE and LSC0607DE

The Pettibone stand with new LGMG built scissor lifts watch for boom lifts later this year

The new 19ft Custom Hy-Brid PS-1930 passes through a standard door way with the guardrails raised

The packed Niftylift stand - most machines per square metre award - the company is promoting its Niftylink telematics system

The Skyjack stand with new generation ANSI machines and operator friendly telematics and information system – Elevate-Live

Skyjack lifts will have a RFD code which when scanned with a mobile phone camera will provide actual battery charge, charging and other data, along with manuals pre-use walk around checks and more for that machine without the need to download an app

Ken McDougal – back at Skyjack after 10 years with parent company Linamar

The Snorkel 400S is now available with 24hp Kubota diesel as an alternative to the bigger Deutz engine

The Snorkel 660SJ boom lift with onboard, self contained pressure washing attachment

The Reachmaster stand with Bluelift, Falcon and Alamac

The Jekko stand with the SPX 527 on show

The All Access stand with CMC spider lifts

The Imer stand with scissors and spider lifts

The Bravi stand – space to breathe

The Gehl/Manitou stand

Grove Shuttlelift – one of the few mobile crane stands

The Genie stand with the new S-60J along side the heavier S-65 XC

The TVH stand with Dirk Von Holt – president of TVH Americas

The Dieci stand

The Buchtman’s from Germany on the Snorkel stand with Don Ahern –( L-R)Maik Buchtman, Don Ahern and Wilhelm Buchtman

A surprise came from Sunward with an American specification telehandler made in China!

The company is considering assembling then at its facility in Denton, Texas

Recent recruits to MEC Aerial Work Platforms – Pat Schmetzer (L) and Dave Hubbell

GMG has a lot of new products on show – more info later this week

The Up Equipment stand with Hoeflon spider crane and Easy Lift spider lifts

The compact Easylift 40-20AJ

The Manitou stand with new ANSI versions of its larger boom lifts

The JCB stand with telehandlers and for the first time access platforms

The updated 19ft S1930E made in India rather than China

The new JLG R models including the lighter weight R1932i

The ES1330L (there is also an ES1530L) scissor seen as a prototype at Bauma China is now in production

The Skytrak 1330 ultra compact telehandler attracted a surprising amount of interest as soon as the show opened

The new JLG 460SJ HC offers a three stage capacity for three people, ranging from 300 to 454kg

The new Platform Basket 20 metre 20.95 available as a Hybrid, on the Tracked Lifts stand

The Teupen stand, with Leo 18GTPlus. Two new machines will be launched at Conexpo next month

Justin Kissinger of Custom Equipment with the stand uniform, which included the brightest belts and shoes in the show

The LGMG stand – the company has delivered more than 600 platforms in North America and looks set to do that during the first quarter this year

The new GMG 1030PA with clever adaptable guardails

Sany unveiled the STH 1056A American specification 17 metre/4,500kg telehandler

The Aichi stand - might the brand be switched later in the year to Toyota? - at least in North America

The Merlo stand expect a great deal more at Conexpo

An 11.5 metre van mounted lift by LiftUp of Pennsylvania which offers 8.22 metres of outreach, no outrigger/stabilisers, 160kg platform capacity and is insulated to 48KV

The van space on the LiftUp is barely affected and there is plenty of spare payload capacity

Magni was out in force and have even bigger news for Conexpo


What an expo for a remarkable industry. Wish we could have gone.

Feb 14, 2020
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