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Columbia’s Expediter is the productivity specialist in our industrial lineup. Versatility is the bread and butter of this model, making it the favorite of many rental customers who serve a vast array of customer types. If you have a wide variety of indoor transportation needs, the Expediter is built for you! Let’s dive into the many areas the Expediter can serve your team for maximum productivity.
The Expediter provides your team with efficient transportation and an increased range of work. With a speed of 8.5 MPH, the Expediter travels at about 3 times the speed of walking, so in large, indoor facilities, utilizing the Expediter to cover more area in less time is a no-brainer. Beyond speed, the Expediter also provides the range for your team to cover miles at a time with a fraction of the fatigue that walking would impose, making for a more productive workforce. With its standard fold-down seat, the Expediter quickly provides space for a second seat to move personnel comfortably and quickly. Facilities like convention centers, distribution warehouses, or hospitals can be daunting to traverse, but the Expediter provides abundant efficiency and range so you can keep your focus on work.
While Columbia’s Payloader is the burden-carrying specialist in our lineup, the Expediter packs a punch with its compact profile, allowing you to haul equipment and even tow up to 1,000 pounds! While equipped to transport a second passenger, the Expediter’s back deck is also engineered to carry your team’s heavy equipment with a total payload capacity of 750lbs. In a perfect merging of attributes between the Payloader and Chariot, the Expediter provides rugged power in a smaller frame for tighter spaces and maximum versatility.
As with many of our vehicle models, we’re ready to curate the Expediter with your team’s specific needs. We want your Expediter fleet to be ready for work upon arrival, so we offer the option for a built-in, durable toolbox on the back deck, where you can store loose equipment safely. You can also equip the Expediter with an extended deck, different steering wheel designs, an enclosed cab, a safety light, large stand-up handrails, and much more! Additionally, our team is always ready to innovate custom solutions for your unique needs, and the Expediter is the perfect model for versatile features!
Are you ready to skyrocket your team’s productivity? Rely on the Expediter to serve in whatever areas of work challenge you.
Columbia's Stockchaser is our lineup's most compact industrial vehicle. While it has some well-known uses, the Stockchaser offers surprising versatility. To help convey these many functions, let's dive into three specific jobs the Stockchaser excels in.
Compact Material Handling
The Stockchaser is best known for its maneuverability while maintaining the ability to carry your heaviest of loads. Whether you navigate a warehouse, distribution center, or any other tight space, the Stockchaser will make your job easy. Not only does the Stockchaser boast an impressive 66.5-inch turning radius, but curated options like a stepladder for reaching higher shelves will ensure that you’re equipped in every facet for maximum efficiency.
While Columbia’s Stockchaser is most commonly used in industrial spaces, it’s also the perfect vehicle for indoor guest transport. With the Stockchaser Transport package, you’re equipped with a comfortable, compact vehicle to serve up to six passengers. Our Stockchaser Transport is perfect for your hospital, airport, or any other sizable indoor space where your guests need to be given a pleasant, timely ride.
While we’ve gone through the Stockchaser’s most well-known uses, this Columbia model still boasts impressive capability in another function that is often overlooked or under-utilized: towing. The Stockchaser’s base model comes standard with a towing capacity of up to 1000 lbs, but this can be upgraded by 600% with the towing package! While Columbia offers other robust models that are built to handle the heaviest of loads, the Stockchaser is the perfect compact vehicle for towing through tight aisles or in any other limited space!
Columbia offers an extensive lineup of electric utility vehicles, for both commercial and industrial uses. One of the most common customer needs is the ability to carry and tow large loads, without compromising maneuverability or ease of use, and the Payloader fits the bill!
Columbia's Payloader is incredibly powerful and versatile. Whether your needs are simply to carry heavy loads, transport personnel, tow, or a combination of these functions, the Payloader can be curated into the ultimate solution. Let's dig into some of the unique functions that the Payloader has taken on for our customers:
Any industrial utility vehicle lineup needs a burden carrier workhorse. Columbia's Payloader takes on that role with ease, as it boasts a 2,400lbs standard rated capacity that can be upgraded to 4,000lbs, more than enough for carrying heavy loads of crane rigging equipment at DAB Constructors in Florida!
The Payloader's large deck and versatility make it the perfect candidate as a refuse vehicle for custodian services. Your team will be impressed with the performance and ease of use provided by the Payloader refuse options. Santa Monica College relies on our Payloaders to maintain their beautiful campus year-round!
The standard payloader outfit offers a 6,500lbs towing capacity; however, the super duty payloader boasts a towing capacity of up to 18,000lbs! This capability can be utilized for virtually any towing requirements your team may have. Columbia’s Payloader was entrusted to tow sixteen wine barrels at Kosta Browne Winery in California - a job that would have been extremely tedious and frustrating without a robust electric vehicle to handle the job!
While the Payloader is best known for excelling in carrying cargo and towing loads, it offers incredible opportunities in transporting personnel and guests. Because of the Payloader’s increased capacity, it can transport people quickly and efficiently, without adverse effects on performance. The University of Oregon rests easy on game day knowing the dependability of the Payloader won’t let them down!
Columbia is proud to offer advantageous purchasing options for governmental agencies looking to save time and money by dodging the bidding process entirely. One of those options is National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance or NCPA.
Sounds great, but what is NCPA?
Great Question. The NCPA is a leading national government purchasing cooperative working to reduce the cost of goods and services by leveraging the purchasing power of public agencies in all 50 states. NCPA utilizes state-of-the-art procurement resources and solutions that result in cooperative purchasing contracts that ensure all public agencies are receiving products and services of the highest quality at the lowest prices.
Columbia’s Lead Agency: The lead agency or first organization to negotiate a contract with Columbia and the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) was Region 14 Education Service Center. Region 14 ESC is located in Abilene, Texas, and comprises 43 school districts. Because Region 14 ESC did all of the work of going through the bid process and signing a contract with us, any agency that qualifies for purchasing through the NCPA will automatically receive the best price possible that was established for Region 14 ESC. This allows Columbia to focus on finding the perfect vehicle solution for other organizations that want to purchase through the NCPA.
Interesting. But what does this all mean for me and my procurement efforts?
Basically, utilizing Columbia’s contract with NCPA means that you have access to pre-negotiated pricing between Columbia and a governmental lead agency. By utilizing the work done with the lead agency, you are left with two massive benefits:
TIME SAVED: Normally, you would be stuck in the middle of the bid process for weeks or months, waiting on the negotiations that establish the correct pricing from all bidders. By working with Columbia and NCPA, this process has been completed ahead of time, allowing you to pass by this long ordeal entirely.
MONEY SAVED: Most Procurement teams know the struggle of fighting for the best pricing within the bidding system. By working with Columbia and NCPA, you are able to take advantage of the work done by the lead agency who negotiated the best possible competitive pricing.
To learn more about your state's laws on cooperative purchasing and see if you qualify for NCPA, click HERE. Register for the NCPA HERE.
The beauty of nature is everywhere, it’s no wonder we want to be surrounded by it in our everyday lives. This desire is so strong that we find ways to bring nature indoors, from that cactus on your desk, to the roses you bought your significant other, even to that basil plant you have sitting on your kitchen counter. But where did all of these plants come from? Do you know what kind of dirty and laborious work goes into getting them to you?
The answers to both of those questions can be found in greenhouses and nurseries. Each of these businesses caters to different types of flora and therefore have specialized transportation needs. The product they work with is living, so it is essential that they are able to transport items with care, in a timely fashion.
This is where Columbia comes in. Columbia vehicles are tough enough to out-perform the competition yet safe enough to handle the delicate needs of the plants. Additionally, all of Columbia’s transportation solutions are 100% electric. This means there are no tailpipe emissions, which could damage the plants, and there is no noise pollution to potentially interrupt the customer experience.
Nurseries need to be able to haul everything from large trees and saplings to shovels and stakes. Columbia vehicles can be engineered with a variety of beds to accommodate those needs. For instance, the Columbia Payloader, with dump bed, is perfect for hauling soil, fertilizer, and large trees. While our Utilitruck, with drop side rails, is ideal for hauling saplings and equipment. Since nurseries primarily operate outdoors, it is essential that vehicles are able to handle uneven terrain. Traveling from asphalt to dirt or gravel can take its toll on a vehicle’s suspension, however, Columbia uses a more robust suspension system that is built to withstand the rough and tumble ways of everyday nursery work.
Greenhouses have slightly different needs. Typically plants are smaller and stored in tighter quarters, both indoors and out, so a vehicle with more finesse offers a better solution. The Stockchaser is a great example of a vehicle that can do it all! It has a bed to haul or carry, a tight turning radius, and up to 6,000 lbs. towing capacity. It also fits through a standard doorway. For the larger jobs of hauling dirt, hoses, and other equipment, the Journeyman 2X is another great way to get the job done.
Since the labor performed by workers in the greenhouses and nurseries are intense, operator comfort is a must! Columbia ensures that safety and comfort are taken care of. Columbia uses marine grade vinyl seating to withstand even the toughest elements. Practically every seat is adjustable for the shortest to tallest of operators. Adjustability is only the tip of the iceberg for Columbia’s safety features. Our vehicles offer 360 degree visibility, seat belt options, highly visible paint, horns and beepers, and more!
The variety of work that goes into the greenhouses and nurseries to bring nature into your office, home, and local park are vast. From hauling fertilizer and spades to transplanting flowers and loading trees, Columbia has the vehicle for the job! Columbia’s electric utility vehicle line up can get the job done easier and more efficiently with operator safety and comfort in mind. Combine this with the wide range of vehicles Columbia offers and the countless customizable options to cater to your every need, and you can trust that our sustainable transportation solutions will get the job done in your greenhouse or nursery!
Its no secret that warehouses have strict safety regulations to follow. Between facility and OSHA regulations, there are so many things to take into consideration to keep staff safe, and thats why Columbia works diligently to adhere to the highest safety standards and regulations.
Let's look at Columbia's line up to see how each vehicle is specifically engineered with warehouse safety in mind.
Columbia Chariot is built to transport key personnel quickly and safely throughout your facility. It is 3 times faster than walking and has 360 visability. The Chariot also keeps your personnel safe by removing the chances of people walking slowly through drive lanes and it makes them easier to see by bystanders and other equipment operators. It's narrow design allows for easy transportation through standard doorways as well.
Columbia Expediter is uniquely suited to convert from carrying one to two passengers. The rear seat area can be used to transport a small load or it can be converted to a second seat. It is designed to travel through narrow passageways and can be upfit from a 3 wheel to 4 wheel operation.
Columbia Payloader is ideal for your heavy loads. Its bed can be upfit for ladder racks, specialty equipment (tanks, welders, etc.), rails, passengers and more! With three different model tow capacities the possiblities are endless!
Columiba Stockchaser is the perfect vehicle to traverse narrow aisles to pick orders, restock, or carry maintenance equipment. The Stockchaser can be upfit for a wider deck area, double decking, or even an extended ladder!
This year has brought new challenges and problems to overcome for people and businesses around the world. Keeping your people safe has always been a priority, but today that means more than it has in the past. Columbia wants to help you keep your surfaces clean and sanitized to limit the spread of Covid-19 and other contaminates.
We have developed custom Sanitization Units like this Journeyman and Stockchaser to aid you in the fight against Covid-19. The tank will feed to both a handheld sprayer as well as three mounted nozzles on the rear of the vehicle that will spray behind vehicle as it moves. The Journeyman can function on a large campus to sanitize door handles on multiple buildings. The Stockchaser could be used on the interior of a warehouse or concourse to sanitize the many surfaces that your staff and customers interact with on a daily basis.
These vehicles fit your needs to both transport your large campuses as well as maneuver in tighter areas and through aisles and doorways.
Columbia's Industrial Vehicle lineup is highlighted by its "big three". The"big three" consists of Columbia's Payloader, Stockchaser, and Expeditor Vehicles. These vehicles provide dependability, durability, and cost savings, allowing you to keep your focus on productivity. While we offer other industrial vehicles as well, typically, the "big three" is able to equip our industrial partners for whatever challenge they need help overcoming:
These three vehicles represent the heart and soul of Columbia vehicles: they're built to equip our partners in creating more efficient, more effective work environments. While our vehicles boast excellent performance and durability, our relationships are our focus. We're determined to provide electric vehicle solutions for your warehouse or distribution center, no matter what that entails. Our "big three" are available in curated standard configurations that address the typical challenges of an industrial environment; however, we specialize in going the extra mile to create custom upgraded industrial vehicles for your work environment.
Payloader: The Payloader offers unmatched versatility in carrying and towing ability while providing a level of maneuverability beyond the typical heavy material handler.
Stockchaser: The Stockchaser is the way to move heavy loads in tight spaces. With a deck capacity of up to 1,200lbs, you'll be hard-pressed to find more cargo capacity.
Expeditor: The Expeditor is your top-performing productivity partner, getting you where you're going quickly and safely.
See the Columbia Utility Vehicles HERE
Columbia has a reputation for being the most robust utility vehicle line-up on the market, and in an effort to deliver the best transportation solutions for your needs, we’ve re-envisioned the Columbia line-up. We’d like to (re)introduce you to the Magnificent 7: Chariot, Expediter, Stockchaser, Journeyman, Utilitruck, Custom Platform, and our ever popular Payloader. Each of these vehicles are ideally suited for different tasks, so let’s look at the new line-up a little more closely, and see how each vehicle can meet your transportation needs.
Stockchaser: Replace large, inefficient material handlers with a smaller, faster utility vehicle perfect for order-picking, stock replenishment, towing, hauling and more. An industry leading 48-volt electric power system and 133-inch turning radius make it the perfect choice to handle loads in tight spaces just about anywhere—all day long. Stand-up operation and adjustable backrest provide safety and comfort while a tubular steel chassis and steel body panels make it as rugged as it is maneuverable.
Custom Platform: Our Custom Platform's innovative design offers various drive axle and battery pack configurations for optimal balance in payload carrying capacity, maximum range, and top turning performance. An optional Speed Rail Attach System allows for hundreds of platform upfits.
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