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60 Snorkels for US government

The US government has ordered 60 high spec 46ft Snorkel A46JRT articulated boom lifts from sales company Alden Equipment.

The A46JRT offers a working height of 16.3 metres and a maximum outreach of 7.35 metres at an up & over height of around eight metres. Features include a 1.5 metre jib with 140 degrees of articulation, zero tail swing and a secondary guarding system.

Custom features include a new 295kg and 340kg dual-capacity platform, updated upper and lower control panels and an extra wide 1.82 metre by 760mm aluminium basket with saloon doors and high grip flooring. The booms have also been fitted with a range of additional options including aircraft and lighting packages, a tow kit, extreme weather/environment packages as well as power and air to the platform.
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(L-R) Mike Coleman of Snorkel with Bill Carter of Alden, Matthew Elvin of Snorkel, Charles Barber of Alden plus Robby Hagan and David Smith of Snorkel

Alden will deliver the booms to an 'undisclosed US government customer' throughout the US as well as internationally.

Charles Barber, Alden Equipment sales manager who secured the government order, said: “We are incredibly pleased to secure this initial order for 60 Snorkel A46JRT’s for our US government customer, which involved a significant year-long bid process. The Snorkel A46JRT is the ideal product for their project, and I would like to express our thanks to Mike Coleman and the Snorkel team for working with us to adapt the lift to meet their exact requirements.”
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The fully specified 46ft Snorkel A46JRT articulated boom lift

David Smith, president of Snorkel’s Elwood facility where the booms will be assembled, added: “This is a significant volume order for Snorkel A46JRT’s and I speak on behalf of our team in Elwood, Kansas when I say that it gives us tremendous pride to build products that are destined for use for by US government agencies, on home soil and abroad. I would also like to thank Alden Equipment for their dedication to securing this order which we know takes a lot of time and effort from their side.”

Alden Equipment started out in 1979 as an equipment repair company before branching out into equipment sales. In 2008, it entered into a long term contract with the US government for the international supply of material handling equipment, and in 2015 obtained three long term contracts through the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) heavy equipment program. Located in Amsterdam, New York, it provides access platforms, warehouse equipment, batteries and chargers as well as parts and service.