Palfinger to show 337-foot platform at ConExpo
By Lindsey Anderson20 December 2010
The Palfinger North America Group will show its largest aerial platform, the 337 feet (103 m) working height P333, at the Conexpo exhibition. It will be the first time the machine has been exhibited in North America.
The P 333 is modeled on Palfinger's existing WT 1000 machine made in Europe and mounted on an all terrain crane carrier. It has a five-section lower boom, three-section upper boom, and is has a fly jib as well.
Palfinger will be targeting wind turbine applications in the US with its massive truck mounted platforms. Fellow European truck mount specialist Bronto Skylift has long been supplying large machines in North America - including some extremely big units to specialist wind turbine companies - and Ruthmann of Germany recently sold one of its used 300 foot (100 m) models to a customer in the US.
On the P 333 telescopic outriggers provide stability and the heavy duty 'workman' basket capacity is up to 1,322 pounds (600 kg), and there is also a hydraulically extendable telescopic basket option with a capacity of 1,168 pounds (530 kg).
In 2008, Palfinger acquired German truck-mounted platform specialist Wumag, which was a competitor to Bronto Skylift and Ruthmann. Wumag is well known for its very large aerial lifts.
In addition, Palfinger will be showing platforms made by utility lift company Equipment Technology LLC (ETI) on its Conexpo stand. Palfinger acquired an 80 percent share of ETI in March 2010.