Ballymore Power Stocker PS-10
Your review: This machine is a dream to use. It is perfect for my equipment storage area, which has very high shelves that hold heavy equipment. Gone are the days when my back can handle wrestling heavy things with ladders, and this is the perfect solution. It glides effortlessly, turns on a dime, locks firmly with a very intelligently designed easy-to-operate foot brakes, and performs as advertised.
My only complaint is with the shipping process. Despite copious instructions to Global, their shipping company failed to bring a liftgate truck and with no way to get it off the truck I had to decline delivery. When they delivered a second time, they got it off the truck, but unfortunately they had forklifted it onto a wooden shipping pallet at their facility instead of using a forklift directly under the custom metal shipping skid that Ballymore provides. I don't have a forklift, and the driver had no solution for me. I had to build a plywood ramp in my parking lot to roll it off the pallet.
Pros: --Easy to push around, even though it weighs 1040 lbs. I can easily do it by myself. --Turns on a dime. --Footbrakes easy to use, well-designed. --Controls are intuitive. --Chain hoisting mechanism is enclosed to protect it from dust and debris, but the covering is clear plexiglass so you can clearly see if there is a problem with the mechanism. --Sexy as hell--love the blue paint job.
Cons: --Unlike most aerial work platforms, the controls are mounted flush to the top of the railing, resulting in the remote possibility that one could crush one's hand by ascending up into something, and be unable to release the controls. Most AWPs have the controls mounted below the guardrail to prevent this. --The "THIS IS NOT A STEP" is, of course, very handy to step on, and it is more dangerous than one would intuitively know it is: If one has the side gate open on the opposite side from the shelves (as one might to load one's cargo), ascends, transfers the cargo onto the shelf, then steps onto the NOT-A-STEP to better manipulate the position of the cargo on the shelf, one can get sloppy and lean backwards expecting there to be a railing behind you. (Especially dangerous for people like myself that frequently operate one-person bucket lifts--you just get used to having that railing all around you.) It's clearly labeled--Ballymore did a good job of that--but beware and be careful.