One of the UK’s leading access equipment firms has bought the first fleet of JCB’s brand new electric drive scissor lifts in a massive deal for 200 of the new machines.

Already one of the largest global users of JCB Access equipment, Bromsgrove-based GT Access has become the first to order the recently unveiled electric drive scissor lifts.

Supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, GT Access’s new fleet includes S1932E, S2632E, S2646E, S3246E, S4046E and S4550E models with platform heights spanning from 5.71m to 13.8m. 

GT Access Sales Director, Steve Moody said: “JCB’s development of these new direct electric drive models gives our customers multiple benefits over hydraulic motor machines. Customers prefer the electric drive models mainly due to two factors; increased productivity during the day along with enhanced gradeability when driving up slopes – so we are confident the new machines will prove very popular.

“We also chose to order these new JCB scissor lifts based on the reliability and resale values of the original JCB hydraulic drive machines we purchased 5 years ago, as well as the excellent brand name that JCB have in the UK. The older machines have also given us excellent ROI as well as being very reliable and looking in good condition for their age.”

Electric drive motors replace the hydraulic drive motors on the new JCB models, with up to 53% longer run time on a single battery charge. This reduces overall charging cost, lowering total cost of ownership for the customer. The electric motors also deliver increased torque to the wheels and up to 25% gradeability, making it easier to drive on inclines and to load up truck ramps.

The largest privately owned access company in the UK, GT Access has invested in one of the most up to date hire fleets in the rental sector. With over 40 years’ experience in the access industry, the company boasts 12 depot locations across the UK and over 3000 machines available for hire.