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January 20th, 2021

Engineers rise to tiny jack challenge

Our design engineers have gone back to the drawing board to help a short on space freight operator keep tanker wagons in service.

We created a bespoke version of our flagship lifting jack for Davis Wagon Services in Kent, to fit in its extremely narrow maintenance facility.

Due to the proximity of Davis’ shed wall and track, we had to slim down our jack design to make the footprint as small as possible, without compromising stability. The motor and anvil position also had to be changed. The result was a set of four eight-tonne jacks that stand 3.5m tall, but weigh just 1,000kg each – 25% less than our standard lightweight units.

The jacks are now in operation at Davis’ Medway facility on the Isle of Grain and are being used to remove bogies from tanker wagons that carry aviation fuel to Heathrow.

Lindsey Mills, our sales manager, said: “The Davis Wagon jacks are the smallest we have ever produced and certainly provided our engineers with a new challenge! Fortunately, the client had used our equipment before and was aware we could design around the logistical challenges they face. The high quality of our products and UK-based support services were also appreciated by the team, for whom reliability is key.”

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