Terex Utilities and Custom Truck One Source will take an active role in the International Lineman’s Rodeo, to be held Oct. 13, 2018 in Bonner Springs, Kan. The competition attracts the best lineworkers from around the world to compete in events based on traditional tasks and skills. More than 100 utility companies are expected to be represented by their very best lineworkers.
Terex Utilities will feature a Terex Hi-Ranger LT40 articulating telescopic aerial device and an Optima TC55 non-overcenter aerial device in Space #33. The LT40 is equipped with a 40 ft. boom, delivering 26.6 ft. of side reach. Its 400 lb. single person bucket includes tool circuits at the platform and is hydraulically leveled and rotated.
Meanwhile, Custom Truck One Source, a Terex equipment partner, will furnish four additional Optima TC55s for use in the Hurtman Rescue competition. The purpose of the Hurtman Rescue is to demonstrate speed while safely lowering an injured worker (represented by a mannequin) who is unconscious at the top of the pole. The Journeyman competition includes two journeymen and one grounds person, while the Apprentice competition is a solo event.
The Optima TC55, introduced in 2017, is a 55-ft non-overcenter aerial with up to 42.8 ft of side reach. That’s 3 ft longer than the legacy model, which helps with truck positioning, an important feature when responding to a rescue situation. Increased boom speeds, responsiveness and the ability to lower the platform near the ground contribute to a faster rescue.
“Custom Truck is excited to partner with Terex to support the Lineman’s Rodeo,” said Mike Pulos, utility equipment manager for Custom Truck One Source. “This is our fifth year of participation with the Lineman’s Rodeo and we are happy to support and honor the many linemen who come to this event.”
“Terex has continued to expand its presence at the International Lineman’s Rodeo because this unique industry event reinforces the importance of training, and for developing qualified, skilled workers. The Rodeo provides valuable interaction with the very people who use our equipment every day, guiding the development of future solutions to meet the needs of lineworkers,” said Ted Barron, Vertical Market Product Manager, Terex Utilities.