Back in 1946, Wally Johnson single-handedly created the markets for both scaffold towers and aerial work platforms, in a company that became UpRight. Mr Johnson, an extremely gifted mechanical engineer from Berkeley, California, first turned his hand to access equipment as a solution to painting his house. After a fruitless search for scaffolding that could cope with the uneven terrain surrounding his home, he decided to design his own aluminum scaffold tower with adjustable legs.
Johnson was an astute businessman as well as a great inventor and he immediately recognized the commercial potential for his adjustable towers. By the end of the 1950s, UpRight’s “Instant” alloy towers had become the market leader in the USA and the company shipped its first export orders to Europe in 1958.
That same year, Snorkel was founded in St Joseph, Missouri, marketing a revolutionary new elevating boom lift, for fire fighting and rescue work. In less than two decades, the technology had developed into self-propelled boom lifts. Snorkel sold its first self-propelled man lift in 1977 and this product line quickly became the company’s main business.
Meanwhile, after achieving global domination with his scaffold, Wallace Johnson set out to do it all over again by inventing the world’s first self-propelled aerial lift. In 1972, he opened a new factory in Selma to produce the “Flying Carpet” scissor lift. This innovative product soon outstripped scaffolding as the company’s main source of revenue.
When Johnson died in 1980, UpRight Inc. was sold but his pioneering, inventive ethos lived on. UpRight launched the world’s first micro-scissor in 1994 and pioneered the self-propelled mast lift with the TM12.
In 2007, the owners of UpRight purchased Snorkel, bringing together the two oldest aerial work platform companies in the world. We have a unique heritage and expertise, combining over 110 years of safely lifting millions of people to their place of work.
In 2010, Snorkel became the sole brand for marketing the company’s full range of aerial work platforms, worldwide. Snorkel carries forward the great spirit that built these two companies – a spirit of innovation, customer dedication and good old-fashioned hard work. These qualities have made the Snorkel name synonymous with quality and reliability the world over.
At Blakley Equipment we have a full range of Snorkel Man Lifts available to rent or buy.
Snorkel lifts are designed for use on surfaces from slab to rough terrain, supported by Blakley Equipments’ superior service, parts and safety training.
Snorkel Telescopic & Jib Boom Lifts
The Snorkel range of self propelled telescopic boom lifts have fantastic working heights up to 126ft – ensuring the toughest of jobs can be achieved
Snorkel Articulating Boom Lifts
With working heights up to 85ft, and an up and over reach of up to 28ft, the Snorkel articulating boom range provides maximum maneuverability in the tightest spots.
Snorkel Slab Scissor Lift
Snorkel’s range of slab scissor lifts provides users with the most compact, heavy-duty scissor lifts that are reliable and easy to use at working heights up to 32ft.
Snorkel Rough Terrain Scissor Lift
With a fantastic working envelope, a roll out deck extension and 4WD as standard, the Snorkel range of RT scissors provides users with a sturdy working height of up to 40ft in the roughest of terrains.
Snorkel Vertical Mast Lift
This compact, self-propelled mast lift is perfect in small spaces and is narrow enough to be driven through a standard doorway. With a max working height of 12ft, and a tight inside turning radius of only 6in, this machine is a worldwide classic.
Snorkel TL series trailer-mounted boom lifts are rugged, reliable and cost-competitive. With live hydraulic controls the machines are easy and low cost to maintain, while simple to operate. The XT24AL trailer-mounted scissor lift provides contractors with a fast, easy to use scissor lift that can be towed by any truck or saloon car, cutting out transport costs to the job site.
Snorkel Low Level Lift
Snorkel UL series push-around lifts are idea for internal building maintenance jobs. Easy to transport, these low cost machines can fit through a standard door, providing platform heights of 25ft, 32ft and 40ft.