The newly formed Abilene High Lift Aerial Co. of Abilene, Texas, recently purchased a Steiger TTS 1000 aerial work platform with a working height of 328 feet, which will make it the highest reaching aerial in North America once it is delivered early this summer. 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. in Germany.
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, as well as construction companies, utilities and others needing high overhead access with outstanding safety,” said Roth. “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 328-foot working height, it also has a 131-foot horizontal reach and 1,102-pound platform capacity.
“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. Other aerials in its category are limited to 26.8 mph. Another factor is its configuration for swift road transportation and the tight turning radius that enables it to negotiate sharp corners.”