The newly formed Abilene High Lift Aerial Co., of Abilene, Texas, has purchased a Steiger TTS 1000 aerial work platform with a working height of 328 feet. When delivered, it will be the highest reaching aerial in North America. The machine will be powered by a Mack Granite Series truck purchased from TransEdge Truck Centers and manufactured by Mack Trucks of Allentown, Pa. The aerial work platform was manufactured by Ruthmann Gmbh & Co. KG Co. in Germany. Delivery of the new unit is expected early this summer. The founders of Abilene High Lift Aerial are Steve Roth, president, and Darrell Shortes, vice president. Both are industry veterans with more than 50 years of combined experience.
Roth has participated in both corporate and public construction administration; Shortes is president of Raydon Construction, a multi-faceted construction company that he founded. Raydon will be providing operators that are both factory and IPAF trained on the Steiger TTS 1000 for companies wanting them.
“We started the company to meet the requirements of wind turbine service companies,” said Roth, “as well as construction companies, utilities and others needing high overhead access with outstanding safety. Before purchasing an aerial work platform, we thoroughly researched alternatives and decided on the Steiger TTS 1000,” because of its safety, height and reach capabilities. Not only does it have a 328-foot working height, it also has a 131-foot horizontal reach and 1,102-pound platform capacity, he added.
“A significant feature is the Steiger TTS 1000’s capability of working in wind speeds up to 35.8 mph, the highest wind rating available for high-reach aerials,” continued Roth. “Another factor is its configuration for swift road transportation and the tight turning radius that enables it to negotiate sharp corners.”