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Talking Lifts: Tree Services Profiles Recent Innovations

This article was originally published by Tree Services, April 2017 edition.


Industry experts were asked: What are some recent innovations in aerial lift technology when it comes to tree care?

 

Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing, Terex Utilities

The Terex Hi-Ranger XT Pro Series Tree Trimmer trucks design focuses on simplicity and reliability. Examples of low-maintenance features include: full-pressure hydraulics; leveling chains that extend replacement intervals to 10 years; elbow cylinders retracted in stowed position that provide protection from road grime and round pedestalsfor easier bolt inspection and torqueing. In the last year, Terex has introduced two new technologies for aerial devices.The TerexLoad Alert system monitorstheplat­ form capacity -if an overload is detected, visual and/or audible alarms located at the boom tip and ground level alert the crews. This monitoring and warning enhances safe work practices and allows fleet managers additional information to operate their fleets. Second, the new HyPower IM provides a cost-effective solution to mitigate engine idling and reduce fuel usage. The integrated system automatically switches from plug-in, battery-stored power when the truck is idling to engine-supplied power when hydraulic controls are engaged.HyPower IM is engaged automatically when the truck is put into park and when hydraulic controlsare engaged.This meansthat tree care workers don't have to take physical action to switch from engine to battery power, providing an affordable solution for companies investing in green fleets.

 

Joshua Bacci, General Manager, ALT Sales Corp. 

ALT Sales Corp . (ALT) is in constant pursuit ofinnovative ways to help our tree customers work safely and more efficiently. For example, on a traditional boom truck, wiring is outside oftheboom,potentially snaggingbranches and damaging wiring or the tree.We can offer internal and radio anti 2 blocks,pro­ viding the ability to get right up against the tree without fear of damaging critical components. ALT also offers units that are SJV.A/ANSI A92.2 dual-rating aerial lift configured.This affords the operator the ability to efficiently switch from lifting capabilities to aerial work without the need for test weights, or an additional machine. We believe the best boom truck is the one that's customized for each indi­ vidual customer's needs. Since ALT has forged relationships will multiple manufacturers, we are able to maximize the options available throughout a customer's buying process.

 

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