Alstons Upholstery Ltd

When Michael Parker, Engineering & Facilities Manager from Alstons Upholstery Ltd needed to replace his 5 tonne fork lift truck that had reached the end of its useful life, he researched the market for not only new, but also second hand trucks, taking into account several criteria. “A truck of the right capacity was just one element of the purchasing decision,” said Michael “I looked at many criteria from service response to truck design. I needed a truck suitable for the application that was reliable and cost effective with the service backup should things go wrong”.

Alstons Upholstery Ltd is an award winning family-run business based in Colchester and one of the leading upholstery manufacturers in the UK. Established in 1951, Alstons have gained an enviable reputation for manufacturing Great British Furniture, with guaranteed deliveries and a top quality back up service.

“Once I'd stacked up all the costs, buying an Approved Used truck from Linde made the most sense” commented Michael “Seeing the trucks refurbished to such a high standard means that they end up just like new and a more cost effective solution for us”.

Linde Approved used trucks offer an excellent cost effective alternative to the investment in a new model. Typically ex-contract hire, all Linde Approved trucks have been maintained from new by Linde's national network companies and their 23 fully equipped support centres nationwide. Linde Approved trucks are prepared to three levels which are designed to suit individual budgets and applications. Only genuine Linde parts are fitted during the refurbishment process and LOLER/PUWER certification is provided with every machine.

Whilst the truck was being prepared to Linde's Approved standard, Linde supplied Alstons with a truck of exactly the same specification from their extensive Forklift Truck Hire fleet of over 10,000 trucks to keep things moving at Altons.

The Linde Approved used engine powered H 50 D with a capacity of 5 tonnes is now at work at Alstons moving in the region of 50 tonnes of timber and fabric a day. Unloading lorries and moving timber stacks, the compactness of this large capacity truck in combination with the excellent visibility for the operator is proving ideal for working in the confined space of the yard.

The Linde H 50 is fitted with the renowned Linde hydrostatic transmission which requires no differential, no conventional service brake and no clutch. With a reduced level of moving parts, there is a reduced level of maintenance costs incurred making this range ideal for use in busy applications like this.

“Our area representative, Rob Cramsie at Linde Material Handling East was really on the ball,” Michael continued “All my questions were dealt with quickly and his professional approach made the buying process that much easier.”

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