Thomas Hardie takes Totalkare Y-MECH lifts at two sites24 January 2022

Thomas Hardie Commercials have upgraded their vehicle lifting capabilities at two of their sites in the Northwest with assistance from workshop equipment experts.

The main distributor for Volvo Trucks and Volvo Bus and Coach throughout the Northwest, North Wales and Lancashire operates six franchised sites offering a full range of vehicle services, and these are complemented by its wholly-owned division Thomas Hardie Vehicle Solutions, based in Chorley, which offers vehicle painting, hydraulic kit fitting and other specialised aftermarket equipment, as well as truck and trailer refurbishment.

The Volvo specialist has now introduced a Y-MECH vehicle lift at each of its Trafford Park and Preston sites. They are both fully-galvanised wash bay solution lifts to replace a failing outdoor vehicle lift installation. At Trafford Park, the workshop is moving away from its traditional use of vehicle inspection pits for wash bay, favouring a permanent vehicle lifting facility instead.

The lifts at Preston and Trafford Park are both rated to lift 25,000kg with a nine-metre bed length.

Both lifts will be supported by a comprehensive Totalkare aftersales service contract with two routine service engineer visits a year.

“We needed a solution to the challenge of preparing HGVs for ministry MOTs whilst maintaining high levels of safety for our operatives. We have done away with using outside pits and the Y-MECH product was a natural choice. Totalkare has shown throughout our two- decade-long relationship that they are capable of delivering the high-level of service we demand inside our workshops, and these products extend this to the outside environment,” said Chris Schofield, head of procurement at Thomas Hardie Commercials. The company operates 22 sets of Totalkare T8DC mobile column lifts.

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