Welcome to our Desksurfer product range manufactured by Ability International Limited.
An ideal product to meet the requirements of the Working at Height Regulations 2005,
providing safe access for operatives working over desks and above computer screens.
It is an extremely versatile and light weight mobile platform.

It only takes a few easy steps to set up a Desksurfer ready for use:- --------------------

  1. Simply wheel the unit into position & lock the four (4) outboard (of the desk)castors.
  2. Use the winch to adjust the platform to the desired platform height above the desk.
  3. Climb up and onto the platform closing the chains behind you.
  4. Carry out your work safely over the desk.
Desksurfer with operator using platform seat Desksurfer graphic illustration with ghosted in desk Standing on platform deck of Desksurfer

The Desksurfer answers the needs of facilities engineers & others needing access over desks & provides minimal disturbance to the typical apparatus on desks, like computers & screens.

The Desksurfer requires no assembly or erection & is ready to operate & use, once the base unit is positioned beneath the desk.

The platform height is adjusted in a matter of seconds using the convenient braked winch device.

The Desksurfer beats all previous methods for over desk access like desk spanning scaffolds and has been measured to provide 800% efficiency over previous methods in a timed trial changing 80 lamps in a dealer hall.

The Desksurfer can also be used away from desks & is therefore extremely useful for all access & working at height requirements for the duties of facilities & maintenance engineers.

If you are in facilities/maintenance/engineering/cleaning etc.; then the Desksurfer answers the access needs, for Working at Height.

Design features

The Desksurfer has been designed for hands on facilities and maintenance engineers, to specifically answer the difficult access requirements when working over desks. A 900mm out reach platform provides an easy 1200mm of hands on access to light fittings, air conditioning extractor filters etc.,


Based on an entirely new concept, the Desksurfer is both quick and easy to use. The platform is height adjustable for low level and high level applications, providing access to the underside of ceilings and when needed, above ceiling tile level for roof void situations. The safe working load (SWL) is 150Kg & each Desksurfer has a Serial number a certificate of conformity & is proof tested to 300Kg (2:1 of its SWL). Note the Desksurfer design load is 450Kg (3:1 of its SWL).


With its space saving design the Desksurfer compacts to a mere 650mm wide x 1350 long x 1912mm high (1970mm with option 5, adjustable legs), which makes it a versatile access tool to fit through doors and into small lifts as a one piece, self contained mobile unit.


Manufactured from robust aluminium alloy the Desksurfer is not only very strong but light and easy to manoeuvre. You can manually push the base around only when the the platform is empty. With no heavy hydraulics or batteries to add weight. The self weight is between 95Kg to 140Kg depending on the model and options.

Model range & options

The Desksurfer is available with an upright mast (UM) & a fold down mast (FM).
The fold down mast (FM) allows the Desksurfer to be "flat packed" for transportation in vehicles.



Platform Height
UM or FM
No of
Adjustable Legs
35UM 3.5m 0.973m 1.519m Upright mast 2 0
35FM 3.5m 0.973m 1.519m Folding down 2 0
42UM 4.2m 0.875m 2.240m Uright mast 2 0
42FM 4.3m 0.955m 2.320m Folding down 2 0
49FM 4.9m 0.955m 2.871m Folding down 4 0
55FM 5.5m 1.589m 3.500m Folding down 4 8
60FM 6.0m 1.850m 4.034m Folding down 4 8
1 Transport Dolley
2 Seat/tool tray
3 Ribbed Rubber (insulating) platform mat
4 PVC insulation on top handrail horizontal tubes
5 Adjustable legs for Models 35, 42 & 49:- Includes 4no. (AL370) legs with 150mm of adjustment & 4no. (C125N) locking castors in lieu of the normal 4no. (C125E) expanding spigot castors
6 2no extra outriggers for front of base unit, standard with models 49,55 and 60
7 Desksurfer base tool tray complete with rubber mat (fitted during manufacture)
8 R1884TFH/S/I Special 400mm length top folding handrail complete with insulation on top horizontal tubes (spigot/couple-on)
9 R1884TFH/S Special 400mm length top folding handrail (spigot/couple-on)
10 Desksurfer (retro fit) base tool tray complete with rubber mat
11 Top folding Desksurfer handrail 900mm length c/w PVC insulation on top horizontal tubes
12 Low level base Top folding Desksurfer handrail 900mm length
13 Telescopic base (from 1120mm to 920m)
14 PVC cover for Desksurfer model 42

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