Product Focus: Bravi Sprint EWP

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A Bravi Sprint elevated work platform is improving productivity and safety for a Yarra Valley winery.

Brendan Hawker uses the Bravi Sprint EWP to check the barrels
Winemaker Brendan Hawker uses the Sprint EWP for checking and filling wine barrels.
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Distributed nationally by Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA), the Bravi EWP’s 5.3m working height platform and 115kg capacity removes the use for a forklift and is a real time-saver, according to Yering Station winemaker Brendan Hawker.

"We currently siphon from a height to top our barrels, but with our new strategy using the Bravi we can employ positive displacement to move the wine up to the top of the stacks, using a small pump or pressurising a keg to dispense the wine."

"We’re still rearranging the cellar to make room for the work platform between rows of barrels, but the improvements are already massive – with a greatly reduced risk of dropping a barrel," Hawker says.

He says an empty 228-litre barrel weighs around 30-40kg and roughly 300kg when full, with a 500-litre barrel weighing in at 550-600kg when full.

Yering Station also owns two of the latest Toyota 1.8-tonne-payload 8FBE18 three-wheel counter-balance battery electric forklifts and has been a Toyota customer for over a decade TMHA major accounts manager Adem Shemshedin says.

"The winery has been a Toyota customer for more than a decade and there are also Toyota forklifts at other sites in the Rathbone Wine Group," he says.

The Bravi sprint has become the product range’s volume-seller, Toyota says, and is suitable for businesses that need a fast, agile EWP solution for warehouses or shop floors.

Safety features include a cut-out in the hydraulic lifting system if the interlocking gate is not closed correctly, and an operator platform service lock.

Other features include a high-capacity, maintenance-free battery that can provide up to 30km travel with a single charge, and six-monthly service intervals.

The Bravi Sprint can make a complete rotation on its axis, due to its innovative drive system - thereby maximising versatility in confined areas.

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