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Crawler-mounted lighting towers launched for remote access

Published:  19 September, 2016

Two new all-terrain lighting towers have been launched by engineering company Hobbs & Palmer Group.

The company has adapted two Hinowa crawler-mounted machines to create tracked lighting towers for off-road applications in remote or hard-to-reach areas.

Typical users include utility and local authority contractors, the emergency services and construction firms, as well as film production and events management companies.

The lighting configuration of four 17,000 lumen LED panels, provides a total output of 68,000 lumens. The robust LED panels are supplied with a five-year warranty and are more robust and responsive than metal halide lamps.

The lighting tower works with the Hinowa Lightlift series of tracked boom lifts. The operator can easily detach the platform cage and replace it with the lighting tower attachment. No tools are required to swap the basket for the lighting attachment. A power socket on the Lightlift’s fly jib ensures it can be easily connected to a generator.

Hinowa uses a universal platform connector across the Lightlift range, meaning the tower can be fitted to booms with working heights ranging from 14m – 26m.

Hobbs & Palmer, which is based in Porth in South Wales, worked on the product development with APS, the UK distributor for Hinowa’s full range of tracked access platforms, dumpers and compact plant.

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Jonathan Wiseman, area sales manager for APS, said: ‘This attachment effectively gives buyers two machines from one chassis, delivering a great return on investment.

‘We are conducting trials with a fire and rescue service, which uses the boom lift for rescuing people from houses or flats. Then it can quickly swap the basket for the lighting tower to respond to a rural emergency at night, such as a road traffic accident.’

Hobbs & Palmer has also modified a Hinowa pedestrian operated tracked vehicle to create a highly compact Telescopic Lighting Tower (TLT) for contractors working in hard-to-access locations. Weighing less than 1,000kg and at just 758mm wide, it will pass through a standard door or gateway.

The TLT machine has hydraulically widening axles for additional stability and an integrated generator. It is available in 3m or 6m mast configurations, the mast and stabilising legs are hydraulically operated and it is available in three engine options – Honda, Kubota or Yanmar.

Both machines were launched at APF 2016, the UK trade show for the forestry and arboriculture sectors at the Ragley Estate in Warwickshire in September.

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