A Texas company has taken delivery of two Bronto Skylift Model S-90 HLA high level articulated truck-mounted aerials or lifts, the tallest aerial devices currently working in North America. TGM Wind Services of Abilene purchased the units to inspect and maintain wind turbines and other tall structures. With a working height of 90 m, Bronto machines can drive directly to a turbine and be fully operational in a matter of minutes. These capabilities result in faster, safer, and more accurate inspection and maintenance of turbine exteriors and blades at a lower cost than other methods.
The Bronto S-90 HLA machines have been used in Europe for years and have been time-tested in the toughest conditions. When elevated, they can withstand winds speeds to 12m/s (25 mph) and they can lift up to 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of men and materials in an 8 x 3-ft, fully enclosed platform to 295-ft maximum working height. Max horizontal outreach is 33m (108 ft). Mounted on a 6-axle Kimball chassis, the Bronto S-90 HLA machines can navigate most terrain and easily reach remote tower locations.
“These first two high reach aerials marks the beginning of a safer and better way to access turbine blades, the exteriors of wind turbines, and other tall structures in North America,” says Bronto North American Sales Manager Steve Starling. Bronto also manufacturers a unit with a 104-m lift height.
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