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Snorkel Debuts TM12E Electric Drive Prototype At The Rental Show 2016

Atlanta, Georgia (February 22, 2016) – Snorkel is debuting a prototype of an electric drive version of its popular TM12 self-propelled telescopic mast lift on its booth at The Rental Show 2016.

The lift, which will be branded a Snorkel TM12E, can lift up to 500 lbs. (227kg) to a platform height of up to 12 ft. (3.6m), and weighs in at 1,850 lbs. (840kg).  The highly efficient electric drive system delivers longer duty cycles, thanks to drawing up to 50% less amps than the hydraulic drive version.  The new electric drive system brings the additional benefit of a 0 in. inside turning radius, making it ideal for working in confined spaces, such as in stockpicking or retail applications.  The TM12E also features an electric braking system, and minimizes the risk of hydraulic hose leaks, thanks to containment within a fully sealed unit.

The TM12E prototype showcases a number of popular Snorkel features, including a new upper control box with a power to platform outlet as standard, consistent with Snorkel’s new electric scissor lift family.  The lift also now features saloon-door style entry gates as standard, along with a built-in step in the chassis to ease access in and out of the stowed platform.

Simple to Operate & Maintain

Snorkel is focused on designing aerial lifts which are simple to use and simple to maintain.  The new TM12E features swing-out service trays on both sides of the lift, providing easy access to the batteries and hydraulic components.  All electronic components are housed in a separate compartment, at the rear of the chassis underneath the new step.  This all-steel compartment is designed to provide additional protection to the electronics, while still providing quick and easy access, using just two bolts.

Lower controls are positioned in the rear of the chassis, making it easy to access the controls, even when machines are parked side-by-side.  The control panel is recessed to minimize damage, and the battery charger and power to platform plugs are fitted flush into the rear chassis.  This helps to prevent damage, but also eliminates the need for a ‘pigtail’ style charging lead, which can be lost or damaged on jobsites.

Common with many Snorkel lifts, the TM12E features Snorkel’s on-board diagnostic system with a visual display to ease the troubleshooting process.  This system is fully integrated into the machine and does not require the use of any additional external diagnostic devices.

Available Fall 2016

The TM12E is expected to enter full production in Fall 2016, and will be sold globally, alongside the current hydraulic drive Snorkel TM12.  It will be backed by Snorkel’s 2 year parts & labor warranty, and 5 year structural warranty. 

For more information on Snorkel, visit Booth #3423 at The Rental Show 2016, or go to

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