LUMA Queenstown set-up in June.  Photo credit and courtesy of Luke Baldock


We are very excited to share with you the newest addition to our Accessman fleet - the MC285c-2 mini crawler crane!!

The MC285 boxes way above its weight with a massive 2.82 ton lifting capacity while measuring just 750mm wide when stowed. It’s slim body is able to fit through most doorways, allowing access to areas previously inaccessible to standard cranes.

The MC285 has proven to be one of the most popular models of mini crane and is used in many varied applications. The latest version of the MC285 model features improved safety features, a 4/2 fall hook block as standard and is faster and easier to operate than ever before.

Check out the MC285c-2 Specs here

Accessman City
on the move

The team at our City branch are pleased to announce that as of Monday the 4th of September, they will be relocating to a bigger and brighter yard, just around the corner at 95 Ferry Road.

Co-Owner and Managing Director Phil Paul, when asked said “ The current location at 24 Fitzgerald Avenue has served us well for the past 12 years, it has however become increasing evident that we have out grown the site, given our increased EWP fleet and larger transport trucks.

Couple this with our clients wanting an office to actually meet and discuss their hire needs, and as they say, the rest is history!. Our new location is only a stones throw from where we currently operate, but with both a larger yard and undercover drive through warehouse, we feel our new location is only going to enhance the already top service we offer

The team will be sending out several reminders before the pending move, and details of an open house get together will be announced once the doors have been opened.

Phil concluded by saying “These are exciting times for our industry, our ability to match top quality machines to our clients needs remains our focus, this new location will give us the ability to not only continue to meet these requirements, but enhance the hire experience through a drive through that is weather protected, and a yard with additional space for pickup, drop-off and parking. We will also be offering EWP training from this site.”

Battle of the Rebuild

The Battle of the Rebuild is on Saturday September 23rd at the Horncastle Arena and Accessman are a major sponsor!  It is the largest Charity Boxing event in NZ and the who's who of the Christchurch construction industry will be there.  We are looking for Contenders who want to get in the ring. You will be given 8 weeks of boxing training to get ready for the big night. This is not for the faint hearted but for our contenders this is an amazing journey.  It is also a great "Team Building" event for the companies with Contenders competing where the whole company can get behind your person in the ring.

There are two amazing Charities to raise funds for this year:
Heart Kids Canterbury and
Home and Family

The fee to enter is $2750 + GST. This covers 8 weeks of boxing training, boxing gloves and boots, training top, boxing shorts and singlet, promotional video and photo shoot, associated branding leading into and on the night of the event.

To enter apply online now at 

Mid-Winter blues setting in?
The Accessman Coffee Car is available for hire.
A mid-winter coffee pick-me-up for your staff or your clients
could be just what is needed.
Ph: 021 361 674 or email: 

Accessman Training
from the desk of Al..

It’s times like the weather bomb we all experienced last week when our phones run hot with various weather related issues that can effect our EWP’s.

It would therefore seem only logical that we share some tips and recommendations with you, that could potentially save you down time when machines need repair or rescue.

Upper Control Box
This vital control station is subject to not only constant use, but can and will be effected from time to time by the rain, frost and snow that we have experienced. These control boxes have manufactured protection that over time will offer the weather an opportunity to become an issue. If you have to leave your machines outside, it’s a great idea to think of the pending weather you are going to be working in, and cover the controls with anything you can find onsite.

Diesel Motors
We are constantly called at this time of the year to jump start diesel powered EWP’s.  Cold mornings can and will have an effect on the battery used for starting these machines, so before starting a diesel motor it should be warmed by using the glow function that all of this particular fuel type machine are fitted with.

Extendable Decks
Our scissor lift fleet are usually fitted with an extendable deck that does become clogged with construction waste along the side tracks and also underneath the scissor in the slide tray. As part of your pre-inspection walk around, particular care should be taken to ensure that both of these areas are clear of obstructions before any activities are considered.

Battery EWPs
Battery powered machines are hired to you in a fully charged state.  A reminder that all battery powered machines should be placed on charge at the end of each work day, and care should be taken to put the charge cord into the correct charging point - not the RCD unit that provides you power to the platform for your tools that some of our later model EWP’s offer.

Ground Conditions.
If it's been raining or snowing overnight  on the site you are working on, it would be a great idea to think about the ground you are about to drive the EWP onto, or for some of you into. A simple quick walk around onsite and some thought as to where you are taking the unit might save you an SOS call to us to winch you out of a tricky, sticky spot.

Log Books
A good number of you have taken to completing a pre-start inspection of your EWP prior to use as is required under the Best Practice Guidelines, and recording this in the provided log book, so well done.
Unfortunately we still see a number of machines returned to our yards post hire without the log book having been completed. A friendly reminder that a fine for not completing the log book could result if Work Safe are involved on your site.

As always our staff are happy to help and offer assistance when needed, these common issues and the simple solutions offered here are provided in the hope that you can perhaps save time and better understand these complex machines as your skill base increases with more and more use.  

Be safe and watch for next months exciting topic!

Demand for IPAF training continued to rise in 2016, and almost 160,000 Pal Cards were issued across the year as a whole. IPAF training take-up saw pronounced growth in the Gulf States, New Zealand and Switzerland. In the UK and Ireland, nearly 10,000 more people completed IPAF training than in 2015.

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