Outriggerpads is the UK’s leading supplier of high performance UHMW polyethylene spreader plates, outrigger pads and mats. These products are widely used by operators of cranes, powered access platforms and other mobile plant such as concrete pumps, as well as exhibition trailers. They spread the pressure of a machine’s stabilisers or outriggers on any terrain where load bearing capacity is an issue. For example, on soft ground these pads help prevent the stabilisers sinking into the soil, which can cause the machine to tip. This issue is gaining increased recognition thanks to initiatives such as the ‘Spread the Load’ campaign by IPAF, the International Powered Access Federation.

We offer a comprehensive range of products for these applications, with vertical load bearing capacities from 5 to 350 tonnes, and prices to suit all budgets. UHMW polyethylene does not splinter and has a very high resistance to vertical pressure. Coupled with the fact that it is waterproof, this significantly extends the products’ working lives compared to pads made of wood or metal. The material also cleverly adapts to the contours of uneven terrain – but will spring back to its original shape after use.

Technical support and advice

Respected crane industry veteran Bill Green founded a company called PLC Sales in 2002 with a view to bringing higher quality, better value and more choice to the spreader plate market. With an emphasis on technical support and friendly, expert customer service, PLC Sales became the supplier of choice for many utility companies, construction/facilities maintenance contractors and plant hire businesses.

After years of successful growth, in 2013 Bill sold PLC Sales to Independent Parts and Service Ltd (IPS), the award-winning independent supplier of replacement parts for access platforms. Under its new name, Outriggerpads, the business now operates from headquarters in Telford, Shropshire, serving customers in the UK, mainland Europe, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.

We’re still problem solving

Known as an innovator, Bill Green continues to lead the market with new problem-solving products such as our Hi-Pro pads with an integrated non-marking rubber base, which are ideal for use on high value flooring; and our Hi-Viz range of high visibility spreader plates.

Bill Green’s core ideals of value, choice and quality continue to drive our business today. So whatever spreader plates your business needs, Outriggerpads has the right solution.

IPS is part of the IAPS Group, the UK’s largest full-service distributor of powered access platforms.