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Genie discusses the relative merits of its four light tower models

Genie’s product manager explains the product differentiation between the four Terex light tower models, the Terex RL4, Terex AL4, Terex AL5 and Terex AL5HT, available in the Middle East

The Terex RL4 light tower, with its vertical mast and four 1,000kW lights, installed on site.
The Terex RL4 light tower, with its vertical mast and four 1,000kW lights, installed on site.

Genie product manager Marie Engstrom explains the product differentiation of the four Terex light tower models, the Terex RL4, Terex AL4, Terex AL5 and Terex AL5HT, available in the Middle East.

These light tower models each suit various different conditions and applications, but are led in terms of rental sales in the region by the RL4, thanks due to its strong value proposition for both rental yards and end users.

The latest RL4 unit runs for up to 90 hours on a single tank of fuel, compared to 50 hours in the previous version — thanks to the integration of a 50% larger fuel tank. It also has an efficient vertical mast set-up, allowing for quick deployment and for 17 units to be loaded onto a single 48-ft truck.

The model can also equipped with automatic timed start-stop functions and even a photocell triggered option that activates the light tower in response to specific lighting conditions.

Marie Engstrom, product manager at Genie, notes: “It’s commonly the case that rental companies may not have a complete set of specialty light tower in their rental fleets, but will have to order a custom system for a customer who is planning to purchase the unit to keep.

“In these cases, certain jobsites often benefit from unique configurations. To support these demands, Terex light towers can be provided with options such as light spill containment, cold weather accessories and positive air shutoff to accommodate specific demands and environments.”

An additional benefit of a feature such as the vertical mast on the RL4 model is that it includes a mast brake, which can arrest the mast in the unlikely event of a cable failure.

Engstrom adds that most rental yards do not consider such features a mainstay, but could offer assistance to end-users seeking a specialty configuration on a machine that they will purchase.

She continues: “When choosing a light tower model to best fit jobsite needs, illumination is a key area in the decision making process, but there are many other points to consider.

“Many models share similar light outputs, but offer additional benefits for specific applications and environments. For example, the Terex RL4 and AL5 models both have four 1,000W lights, but the RL4 focuses on runtime and by allowing 17 units on one 48-ft truck, saves on shipping.

“The AL5 on the other hand offers durability in harsh environments with a heavy-duty chassis suitable for towing on rough roads, cabinet storage for lights for security and protection from damage, and more galvanized features for durability on the worksite.”

The compact, heavy-duty Terex AL4 light tower meanwhile offers additional mast height along with a heavier-duty chassis for towing. It also includes galvanised components and quick disconnect lights and ballasts.

The Terex AL5 and AL5HT models are both industrial, heavy-duty light towers built for tough jobsites, accommodate various power options and be customised to various specific needs. The AL5HT also offers a rotating, articulated hydraulic mast for additional flexibility in light positioning.

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