MEC Aerial Work Platforms has launched two new self-propelled mast lifts - the 20ft MME20 and 25ft MME25.
The MME20 has a working height of eight metres while the MME25 offers 9.5 metres. Both machines have an overall width of 800mm and an overall length of 1.44 metres, with direct electric drive from standard AGM batteries. The platform is 710x750mm with a capacity of 159kg on the MME20 and 136kg on the MME25. Overall weight is 1,130kg and 1,480kg respectively. A 530mm slide out deck extension takes the internal platform length to 1.28 metres, while a full height gate makes for easy entrance to the platform.
The new machines have a very small hydraulic system, but MEC's LCS - Leak Containment System - is available to ensure that any leakage is caught as an extra precaution to protect floors.
Vice president of engineering Gary Crook said: “The advantages of direct electric drive are important to our customers for high productivity on their jobsites, so just like our slab scissor line we are committed to it over the legacy hydraulic drive. It’s the very nature of our ‘Better Solution’ mission.”
President David White added: “When we decided to enter the mast market, we received great input on shortfalls in these types of machines and we were determined to see what we could do better. It’s what our engineering team does best.”
It looks as though these are two more machines where MEC benefits from its partnership with Chinese manufacturer Dingli, which holds a 25 percent stake in the company. The new machines are almost certainly based on the Dingli AMWP9.5-1200 and AMWP8-1200, possibly with some modifications - or perhaps it should be ‘MECifications’ - including steel covers and different wheels.
The concept of these higher aluminium mast type lifts has not really taken off, even though several manufacturers offer them, including JLG with its 20ft 20MVL or Genie with its GR-20. Perhaps with this 25ft model from MEC, with its impressive 9.5 metre working height and overall weight of less than 1,500kg, that will change that?