Queensland company Shipping Container Pools proves the benefits of recycling and re-use right down to the certified refurbished Linde forklift at the heart of its operations.
Millions of Australians saw the company’s approach demonstrated when TV program The Block featured one of its above-ground pools made from a repurposed shipping container.
That marked the current high point for a family business that began as a joint project when Johannes Roux combined his pool building experience with architecture student son Jonavan’s exploration of shipping containers as building elements.
“We’ve moved to larger premises three times and our output has grown from one shipping container pool per fortnight to now dispatching seven each week,” says Jonavan Roux, explaining how the Linde forklift became an essential asset for the business.
Saving time on a budget
“We began with an old 2.5-tonne used forklift and a tilt-tray truck to handle the shipping containers we convert,” says Jonavan. “Now we are using a gantry crane and a refurbished Linde H70D 396 seven-tonne diesel forklift at our Coolum Beach factory.
“The original method took a day per container, but now with our Linde forklift, one man can accomplish what we need to do in ten minutes, including lowering the access stairs and fibreglass shells into positions.”
Shipping Container Pools contacted Linde with a view to acquiring a used forklift with 2.4-metre tynes and seven-tonne lift capacity after observing a neighbouring business’s successful use of Linde equipment.
Certified refurbished quality
The company took delivery of the Linde seven-tonne diesel forklift sourced from the Silver level of Linde’s Certified Refurbished Forklift program. Its condition was covered by comprehensive pre-delivery preparation including forklift mast, carriage and hydraulics tested to forklift manufacturer’s specification, steer axle checked and set to forklift manufacturer’s specification, hour-meter function tested and a complete repaint to the forklift’s original colours.
The full forklift truck history was made available and the truck was also covered by a warranty of six months or 500 hours parts and labour.
“The Linde has been in service with us for nine months,” Jonavan says. “It is a perfect fit for our growing business. Obviously the purchase price was attractive, but it also has all the capability that we need. It is in use every day, constantly running up and down the production area and it has never let us down.
Engineered for durability and performance
Standard features of the Linde H70D 396 seven-tonne diesel forklift that contribute to its popularity, whether new or refurbished, include hydrostatic drive, the Linde Protector Frame with an enclosed, robot-welded chassis for maximum durability and protection of components.
Linde twin drive pedals create fast and smooth travel direction changes without constantly moving feet from one pedal to the other and short pedal travel eliminates strain on ankles or legs. Mini levers for all mast functions are mounted on an adjustable armrest allowing precise and effortless fingertip control of all hydraulic functions for safe, efficient load handling.
The Linde Truck Control system creates high reliability resulting from duplicated monitoring systems and automatic control of engine speed determined by the load carried. It is enclosed in sealed modules for protection against dust and dirt.
First impressions prove correct
“We couldn’t believe it when it arrived from Linde,” says Jonavan. “It looked completely new throughout, and not just the paintwork. The handover was very professional and so we could put it to work immediately.
“Various operators get onto it throughout the day. They all love it and have commented on how good it is in areas such as the controls and the drive system.
“We see this as an investment which will serve us well for several years to come. At the rate we are growing we are probably going to need a similar one from Linde within the next year. Based on our experience we believe it has been a bargain.”