University students check out the scissor lifts at Smiths Hire Liverpool

Our Liverpool depot hosted a group of Mechanical Engineering students from Liverpool University, learning about the capabilities of our vast range of scissor lifts ahead of a big wind energy project in Liverpool.

Our Smiths Hire Liverpool depot hosted a group of fourth year Mechanical Engineering students from Liverpool University recently.

The students are currently working on a project with Siemens Gamesa, who are pioneers in the development and expansion of onshore wind, contributing to the fight for a greener and more sustainable planet.

The project is to develop a vertical axis wind turbine for use in urban environments to generate clean energy.

The challenge would be how they were going to be able to raise the turbine above ground level, which is what prompted the visit to the Bootle depot to find out more about our range of scissor lifts and their capabilities. The Engineering students wanted to find out about the different types of scissor lifts available and to understand more about the mechanics of them within the structure.

One of the students had this to say about the visit – “Thank you for showing us around today and letting us look at some scissor lifts, it was very helpful.”

Depot manager, Alysha Culshaw said “We were thrilled to support the University students with their research. Our Liverpool depot is very much about the local community, that’s why when the University students reached out we were only too happy to help them with their important work on the renewable energy project by showing them our scissor lift range. But we are always on hand to offer help and advice to the local residents for all sorts of projects no matter what size.”

So even if your next project isn’t installing a wind turbine, you can be safe in the knowledge that Smiths Hire have been providing quality equipment and tool hire services to the DIY and trade sectors for more than half a century. Operating from 16 tool hire depots across the North West and Yorkshire, including several in major hubs like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. Plus, we also have our National Hire Centre based at our Head Office in Blackpool. That means we can supply powered access machines to locations across the UK. Wherever you’re based in the country, you can rely on us to supply you with everything you need to get the job done.

If you have any questions regarding any of our products and services, then feel free to give our team a call on 0333 323 2100 or email