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FGS Plant/Hire Access Platforms goes big with LGMG

UK rental company FGS Plant has placed its biggest aerial work platform order to date, purchasing more than £2 million worth of LGMG scissors and boom lifts.

Purchased through local distributor APS (Access Platform Sales), the platforms will be delivered in two tranches, the first of which has started and will be complete this month, while the rest will follow early in the new year.
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Jonathan Wiseman of APS (L) hands over the first LGMG units to David Solomon of FGS/Hire Access Platforms

The platforms will be split between the FGS Plant fleet, based at its base in Aylesford, Kent, and its associate powered access business, Hire Access Platforms, based in Poole, Dorset.
The LGMG scissor lift order includes the 19ft ASA0607WE, 26ft AS0812E, and 40ft AS1212E electrics , plus 25ft SR0818D, 32ft SR1018D, 39ft SR1218D, 43ft SR1323D 53ft SR1623D diesels.
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Two of the new LGMG diesel Rough Terrain scissor lifts - a 53ft SR1623D and a 43ft SR1323D

The LGMG boom lift order includes the 46ft AR14J articulated booms, with a 16.1 metre working height and 7.67 metres of outreach, and the company’s first telescopics - the 66ft T20J with a 21.7 metre working height and 17.2 metres outreach.
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One of the first 66ft T20J boom lifts

Hire Access Platforms is also taking two the new BoSS PA push around scissor lifts from APS, with a working height of 5.4 metres.

Managing director Stuart Willy said: "When we looked at LGMG, the quality of the platforms was very good indeed, their specification is excellent, and APS can guarantee fast delivery with a deal that made the best commercial sense. We are looking forward to introducing them to our customers. In fact, the first machines went directly to a customer on a highway project."

Dave Solomon of the Hire Access Platform operation added: "LGMG platforms offer an excellent package with strong options across its product range, and we're confident we'll get equally strong aftersales back up from APS. We see it as a very good one stop shop solution to build our platform fleet and continue to offer our customers the quality and service we've built our reputation on as a business."

FGS Plant was established in 2004 and runs a fleet that includes telehandlers, excavators, dumpers, rollers and aerial lifts across south east England. It has targeted powered access rental as a key growth area. Hire Access Platforms was set up in 2013 and is a member of the Access Link. Both companies are members of Heathcote Holdings, although they have separate shareholdings.