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Falcon Spider Lift in Makkah Clock Tower | Falcon Lifts

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  • Use

    Facility management, maintenance, atrium access and construction
  • Applications

  • Characteristics

    Narrow access, best quality & safety, long outreach, easy transport & propelling, low weight & ground pressure, need for flexible outrigger, limited setup space, bi-energy hybrid
  • Certification

    Machinery Directive 2006/42EC, MEWP standard EN 280

More about this product

The Makkah Clock is five times larger than Big Ben in London and is part of a 76 story tower complex that hosts a hotel among other amenities. This tower, in the holy city of Mekkah is the second tallest building in the world, second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower includes an Islamic Museum and a Lunar Observation Centre which will be used to sight the moon during the holy months.

A Falcon Spider Lift FS 420 was selected to facilitate the cleaning and maintenance of the clock tower and museum. The low ground weight of the FS 420 was crucial to its selection as it was able to maneuver over the sensitive flooring surfaces of the museum. The delivery of the lift when the building was nearing completion, posed some challenges but the compact design and lightweight enabled it to be craned into place on a balcony at over 400m high.

About the Falcon Spider Lift - FS 420

The Falcon Spider Atrium Lift FS 420 is an original Falcon Spider Lift with a 37-42 m working height, available with both wheels and tracks. The Falcon Spider Atrium Lift was originally invented at first in the 1970s and has been developed ever since. The Falcon Spider Atrium Lift is capable of passing through a door opening a mere 0,9 m wide and 1,98 m high. The Falcon Spider Lift FS420 is suitable for:

  • Facility management
  • Atrium access
  • Narrow access
  • Best quality & safety
  • Double jib system
  • Easy transport & propelling
  • Low weight & ground pressure
  • Need for flexible outrigger
  • Limited setup space
  • Power – Bi-energy Hybrid

Standard equipment:

  • Automatic stability & outreach control
  • Computer-controlled (can-bus)
  • Proportional control of all functions
  • Self-propelled
  • Battery-powered with charger (360 Ah)
  • Double link-arm system
  • 375 ° turret rotation, with integrated stop
  • Individual setting of each outrigger
  • Electronic checking of the power system (PLC)
  • Manual pump system for emergency lowering
  • Ability to self-load onto trucks or trailers
  • Non-marking solid tires
  • Adjustable wheel-axle
  • Minimum width only 0.9 m
  • Space for tools etc. in basket
  • Storage room in chassis with lock
  • Boogie axle (reduces ground pressure)
  • 4-wheel drive (2 axles)
  • Wireless remote control of all functions
  • Gradability 10°/20%


  • +/- 90 ° basket rotation
  • 220V AC power supply in the basket
  • Air/water supply in the basket
  • Sensor system on basket
  • Diesel engine
  • Anemometer wind warming system
  • 400V AC direct powered electromotor
  • 4-8 pcs extra batteries
  • Auto setting/leveling
  • Chassis control from basket
  • Special outrigger footplates
  • Basket in various sizes
  • Slope alarm
  • Twin wheels on rear axle
  • Special color
  • Height control switch
  • Service tool
  • Anti entrapment system
  • Cover

FS420 Details

Model FS 420
Working height 42 m
Maximum Reach 16-17 m
Linkarm (2 x 3m) 6m
Double linkarm 200°
Basket Load 200 kg
Aluminum Basket 0.8 x 1.4m
Basket Rotation + / - 90°
Turret Rotation 375°

Dimension (Transport Position)

Model FS 420
Total Height 1.98m
Total Length 8.25m
Total Width (min) 0.9m
Gradability (Standard) 10° / 20%
Weight Approx. 7,500 kg

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