Industry type: Local Government with 2 workshop depots
Installed: (1) 2008 Charmhaven depot (2) 2009 Long Jetty depot (3) 2010 Charmhaven depot
Workshop: (1) 2 bays (2) 1 bay (3) 2 bays
Installation type: (1) Retrofit existing pit (2) New pit (3) Retrofit existing pit
Pit length: (1) m (2) m (3) m
Platform: (1) Grated floor, standard (2) Grated floor, standard (3) Grated floor, slimline platform
Wyong Shire Council’s fleet manager, Len Persson, recognised the potential of the EWP to suit the large variation of the Shire’s fleet from the onset when he saw it presented on ABC TV’s New Inventors program in 2005. The Shire’s entire fleet is serviced in-house. This encompasses machinery from the ride-on lawn mowers to graders to prime movers so mechanic access to the various undercarriages has to be quickly adaptable. The EWP in the mechanics’ pit meets this demand readily unlike column hoists which require moving, adjusting and extra equipment when vehicle size varies.
With a large fleet of vehicles and oil changes being a major part of the work schedule, the Shire’s Charmhaven depot had developed a very efficient “wet pit” operation. To retain this proficiency the customisations included in the Shire’s EWP design was to have the platform built with a metal grating floor instead of the usual metal plate. This allowed the waste fluids to drain through to the base of the pit for pumping into the treatment holding tank.
With performance targets to be met annually by the Shire’s Plant and Fleet Service Unit, the EWP had to prove its efficiency. Even after several years of operation, the EWP continued to deliver a 20% improved efficiency of the workshop pit. With the proven increased productivity of the EWP, it was decided to upgrade the Shire’s Long Jetty workshop, installing a new pit fitted with an EWP. This platform was fitted with an aluminium grated floor to also enable the “wet pit” operation. Not long after this installation, the Shire’s next upgrade was to install another EWP into their older existing pit at Charmhaven. When customising the EWP for this retrofit, the Shire took advantage of the new slim frame platform developed specifically for existing pits where pit depth needs be maximised for optimum platform adjustments.