Yorkshire independent builders merchant Merritt & Fryers has become one of the first companies in the UK to take delivery of the new Combilift 4 wheel sideloader.
The versatility of the 5t capacity truck enables it to be used in the relatively narrow confines between racking in the warehouse, in the general sales yard as well as in the large timber importing area.
Merritt & Fryers’ new Combilift will replace an old sideloader that had been in service for around 20 years.
Director of Merritt & Fryers, Andrew Merritt, said: “It was obviously not going to be economically viable to refurbish such an old machine but our drivers were used to a 4 wheel model. Whilst we were looking forward to more up to date technology and engineering we were keen to stick to this design.
“Our materials handling provider Briggs had recommended Combilift and the timing was perfect as the new machine had just been developed.”
Combilift first introduced its 3 wheel multi-directional sideloaders into the company’s range in 2004 and the 4 wheel, two directional model now gives an extra element of choice for customers. It is also engineered to be very suitable for prolonged long distance travel at high speeds, eliminating any concern of overheating that can be an issue in other sideloader brands.
Combilift’s wide range of 4-way forklifts, sideloaders and other handling equipment is designed and manufactured in Monaghan, Ireland where the company has its global HQ and R & D centre. Since the company was established 15 years ago it has sold more than 19,000 units in over 75 countries and has received numerous awards for its innovative products.