Terex boosts light construction range

By Murray Pollok17 March 2008

Terex has added an articulating light tower and its largest power generator yet to its the range of North American-produced light construction products. Both products, which were premiered at the ICUEE show, will be distributed through Genie Industries.

The AL8000 HT light tower uses the same base as the existing AL5000 model but has a new articulating boom that allows the lights to be positioned over a wide working range up to a maximum outreach of 20 ft (6 m) and a maximum height of 28 ft (8,5 m). The tower can also rotate 359 degrees, and the individual light units can also rotate in two perpendicular directions.

David Spears, product manager for Terex Rock Hill – the facility in South Carolina where the light construction products are manufactured – says the tower has been designed in particular for the mining market where the ability to move the towers precisely is a big advantage.

The standard version will have an 8 kW engine, although a 20 kW option also gives the opportunity to provide 12 kW auxiliary power from tools even when all the lights are on. A 30 gallon tank gives a 60 hour run time, and the lights can be switched on and off manually, via a photoelectric cell that measures the ambient light, or a programmable timer.

The tower will be available in North and South America, Australia and possibly also the wider Asia Pacific, although a European launch is not currently planned. The AL8000 HT will carry a US$2-3000 (€1400-2600) premium over the non-articulating AL5000.

The new genset, meanwhile, is the 360 kVA (426 hp) T360, which extends Terex's genset range up from the previous largest 270 kVA model. Using a Cummins Tier 3 engine, the generator is described as being ideal for rental applications such as powering large tower cranes and pumps, or for providing temporary power during the maintenance of sub-stations.

A 400 gallon fuel tank provides 24 hour operating times (on three-quarter load) and the spill containment system has sufficient capacity for 110% of all fluids in the unit. The genset will be available in North America, South America and the Middle East, and David Spears says a European launch of the gensets is being evaluated.

Both products are made at the Terex Rock Hill facility in South Carolina.

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