G&T’s largest aerial platform truck delivered


Tri-State’s largest aerial platform truck to date was delivered at the NCMC on Jan. 19.

It has been said that you need the proper tools to get the job done and this particular piece of equipmenta Bronto aerial platform truck delivered yesterday at the Northern Colorado Maintenance Center – certainly qualifies as an important tool in helping Tri-State’s maintenance personnel efficiently service the association’s transmission network.

This new unit replaces an aerial platform truck that encountered a main cylinder failure and several other serious reliability problems in 2010. The Bronto is the largest platform truck in Tri-State’s maintenance fleet, with a working aerial reach of nearly 170 feet, according to Greg Britton, transmission maintenance manager for Tri-State’s east side group.  “The new truck will be utilized throughout the four-state service territory.  Its higher reach will allow us to access some areas of the system that were previously serviced using helicopters or other equipment that required more time to get the job done,” he said.

The new addition to the maintenance fleet will be initially pressed into service in Tri-State’s east side region during the next several weeks. During that period the truck will be stored at the Cheyenne field office. After that, it will be sited at the Montrose field office.

The truck is powered by a turbo-charged diesel engine. It is equipped with dual front and dual rear steering axles, which allow it to turn in a 32-foot radius.  The Bronto’s overall length is 44 feet and with a transport width of just 8 and-a-half feet this rig can essentially be driven to any work site in Tri-State’s service territory.

Tri-State’s board of directors authorized the purchase of the line maintenance vehicle in February 2011.

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