Terex is expanding its TL Series line of aerial devices introducing three additional telescopic and material handling vehicles designed for cost-effective transmission work.
Presented to the public at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC 2019) in Williamsburg, Virginia this week, the TL80, TL100 and TL80/112 are a combination of telescopic and material handling vehicle.
All three machines feature an end-mounted two-person, self-levelling platform capable of rotating 180°and with capacity of up to 700 pounds.
“Cost-effective mounting options, commonality of parts, and reduced maintenance features are ways TL Transmission Aerials Devices deliver economical cost of ownership over the life of the equipment,” said Dan Brenden, Director of Engineering.
Providing 80ft, 100ft and 112ft of working height respectively, the models make use of high grade, high yield strength steel in the upper and lower boom sections.
Designed to provide ground access, the platform on all TL units can be lowered to within inches of the ground. “This makes it easier for line workers to hand off tools and clean out debris in the platform. It also aids personnel rescue,” said Balaji Dhondiba, engineering manager for Aerial Products at Terex.
“Typically able to be mounted on lower GVW chassis than traditional transmission units, it affords fleet owners greater flexibility to aid in managing their budget.
“Not only is this less expensive to purchase than a tri-axle chassis, it also costs less to maintain over the life of the vehicle,” he said.
Commonality of parts is another way Terex Utilities is working to streamline fleet management for owners. The TL80 uses the same cylinder for its lower and upper booms, as does the TL100. All three models feature the same leveling cylinders. In addition, the same part is used for the upper boom rest for the TL80 and TL100. For ease of maintenance, hydraulic fittings above the rotation bearing utilize o-ring seals, and adjustable wear pads are easily accessible from outside the boom when adjustment is necessary.
“EUFMC provides electric utility fleet managers a time and place to discuss issues affecting them. We will continue to attend, listen and deliver solutions – as we have been through the years,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing at Terex.