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High Precision Access On Historical Tower Gate Paint JobAustria

High Precision Access On Historical Tower Gate Paint Job

Austrian rental company Obermair Transporte-Erdbau GmbH recommended a Genie ZX-135/70 articulating boom lift to help painting specialist, Daniel Zauner and his team.

They were tasked with the repair to the belfry and restore the paintwork of the southern, "lower situated tower of the walled mediaeval town of Vöcklabruck in Upper Austria.

Built by the Germano-Romans in the 12th century, Vöcklabruck marks close ties with emperor Maximilian I, who reinforced the entry to the town with two tower gates. In addition to a similar edifice on the opposite side of the square, to this day, the 36 m (118-ft) tall so called "lower gate tower, featuring a 15th century fresco, is one of the only two means of access to the town’s historic central square.

The challenge of a tough timeline

The job required a machine providing sufficient working height and outreach to access the tower’s front and side facades adjoining other buildings, but also narrow enough to pass the tight 2.60 metre (8 ft 6in) entrance to paint the tower’s back facade inside the square.

In addition, a bad weather forecast made it crucial for the team to complete the task within a tight three-day window - including time for the paint to dry thoroughly, before the onset of heavy rain.

Ernst Hadinger, aerial work platform manager for Obermair, said: "On this particular application, besides the height and outreach required to perform the task, the machine’s dimensions were essential to ensure access through the tower’s tight entrance.

"Efficiency was also a key factor, as we had to complete the job in three days
Long reach, fast set-up, and compact dimensions were crucial

Transported on-site on a standard-width trailer, and following familiarization with the machine, the team was soon ready to begin.

An intricate task performed        With a maximum working height of 43 m (141 ft) and a horizontal reach of up to 21.3 m (70 ft), the articulating ZX-135/70 boom lift provided the painters the flexibility they needed to perform their task with confidence and ease.

On the second day, the team prepared the machine to drive through the tower gate entrance to complete work on the façade facing the square.

In addition to the height, long reach and up-and-over clearance the painters relied on, the machine’s standard self-erecting jib, that extends from 3.7 m (12 ft) to up to 6.1 m (20 ft), enabled the team to proceed comfortably at a good steady pace.

An intricate task performed

"At this stage it was crucial to pass the gate rapidly to avoid blocking traffic to and from the town centre. With one man at the wheel and a second controlling the traffic, we managed the entire process within minutes perfectly smoothly.
      In all aspects of this task, the Genie boom lift provided an ideal solution that would have been impossible to handle using a truck mounted boom, or other similar types of equipment,

commented Ernst.

Obermair Transporte-Erdbau
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