Bronto Skylift Aerials Delivered for Wind Turbine Inspection and Maintenance

Image: 

TGM Wind Services of Abilene, Texas, recently took delivery of two new Bronto Skylift Model S-90 HLA high-level articulated truck-mounted aerials, the tallest aerial devices currently working in North America. Purchased primarily to inspect and maintain wind turbines and other tall structures, the 295-foot working height Bronto machines are able to drive directly to a turbine and, in a matter of minutes, be fully operational. The Bronto S-90 HLA machines have been used in Europe for many years and have been time-tested in the toughest conditions. When elevated, they can withstand winds speeds up to 25 mph and can lift up to 1000 pounds of personnel and materials in an 8’x3’, fully enclosed platform to a 295-foot maximum working height. Maximum horizontal outreach is 108 feet. Mounted on a six-axle Kimball chassis, the Bronto S-90 HLA machines can navigate most terrain and easily reach remote tower locations.

With advanced outrigger controls and one-button automatic outrigger leveling, onsite the Brontos can be positioned, set up and elevated to the overhead area in 15 to 20 minutes or less. This can save considerable time and money in transportation and set-up costs alone.

“The delivery of these first two high-reach aerials marks the beginning of a safer and better way to access turbine blades and the exteriors of wind turbines and other tall structures in North America,” said Steve Starling, North American sales manager for Bronto Skylift, Des Plaines, Ill. “With the many advantages of using aerial work platforms, we anticipate other Bronto machines, including a 341-foot working height Model S-104 HLA and additional S-90 HLA machines, will be delivered in North America in the near future.”