Terex Hi-Ranger XT Pro Series Tree Trimmer trucks are designed to meet the unique jobsite needs of tree care professionals. They are also now available with the latest technology designed to support safe work practices in the field. The Positive Attachment Lanyard (PAL) device is a warning system intended to reduce the chance of an operator elevating the bucket without a safety harness lanyard attached. It provides both audio and visual warnings when controls are engaged and the lanyard has not been attached to the lanyard anchor at the platform.
PAL has been pilot tested in the field, and made its production debut at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE) in Louisville, Ky., in October 2019. “The attachment system offered us another tool in our tool box” to remind workers to follow safety protocols, explained Jodi Bullinger, vice president of engineering and operations for North Dakota’s Cass County Electric Cooperative that was involved in the initial feasibility pilots.
Feedback from workers at the rural electric cooperative, who often use aerial devices for line clearing and tree trimming, is that the device is easy to use. “It’s not bulky and doesn’t require any extra equipment to deploy,” said Mike Mahlke, a Cass County lineman who used the PAL device over a period of about 12 months.
PAL became available on Terex Hi-Ranger LT40 aerial devices in addition to the XTPro Series Tree Trimmer trucks beginning at ICUEE 2019. Retrofits are also available for these two models.
The three-model XT Pro Series features over center aerial devices with working heights from 61 ft. to 75 ft., which can be customized for arborist applications.
“A company that works clearing right of way areas typically prefers the XT60-70 forestry unit. It gives them the height and chip carrying capacity they need,” said Bob Dray, VP of sales and marketing, Forestry Division, for Custom Truck One Source, which is a strategic partner with Terex Utilities. Dray continues: “Independent tree trimmers who primarily work residential and some commercial jobs prefer the XT60-70 rear mounted unit. It has a smaller wheel base, allowing more mobility in tight areas, as well as the ability to back right into a job and get to work very quickly.” The other models in the series are XT Pro 56 and XT Pro 60.
“Back of cab compact longitudinal lift accommodates an 11-ft. chipbox so there is no reduction in chip storage space,” said Dray. “Over rear axle elevator installation makes it possible to achieve additional working height plus it provides more than 40 square ft. (60”x96”) of open deck space for storing tools, such as AlturnaMATS.” A popular accessory selected by forestry applications, AlturnaMATS provide ground protection to lawns and landscaped areas and provide traction for vehicles operating in mud or sand.