Time launches lightweight series
By Euan Youdale01 April 2014
Time International has introduced what it describes as the world’s lightest series of van mounted platforms.
They weigh in at just under 3000 kg, which allows for extra materials, equipment and customisation in the 3.5 tonne GVW class.
Two models: the ETL-26-115 and ETL-30-130-F currently represent the new Light Duty series - the latter featuring a 90° flyboom, A-frame outriggers and dual joystick ‘Inlet Proportional Controls’, despite the low weight.
The company said it expected the models to be a popular choice for street light maintenance applications, as the residual weight will create less restrictions for end users performing everyday tasks.
Accessibility, low weight and compact vehicle dimensions, without compromising safety, are the guiding design principles of the new series, and permits users with a regular driver’s license to use the vehicles.
The low weight has been achieved through a combination of innovations in the construction of the access platform and by using a shorter and lower Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a wheelbase of 3250 mm, said the company.
“Previously, technicians were restricted with a 3.5 tonne van mounted access platform because the weight quickly approached and even exceeded the 3.5 tonne mark as fuel, people, equipment and cargo essential to everyday use was loaded onto the vehicle,” said Per Torp, CEO of Time International. “That is no longer an issue in the new Light Duty series.”