Blade Platforms United States relies on HEIGHT performance-model

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Our American sales and service partners TIME sold a RUTHMANN T 175 A - mounted on a 4-axle Freightliner - to the American working platform rental company Blade Platforms. The professional truck-mounted platform is used primarily for maintenance works of wind turbines, carried out by Blade's own employees, alongside rental deployment.

Ultimately, the Blade employees themselves gained such a positive impression of our working platform of a leased T 175 A during their work assignments, which now led to the purchase.


For operations of wind turbines a very high stability, flexibility and maximum performance data are demanded by a truck-mounted platform. These parameters are met with flying colors by the RUTHMANN T 175 A. As with the other models of our HEIGHT performance-series, the largest customer benefit with the T 175 A as well is the long outreach of the upper boom - in a very large working height.

Furthermore, this truck-mounted platform scores with a working basket load capacity of up to 600 kg, so that the ‘additional lifting’ of tools and material is no problem for the RUTHMANN T 175 A. And the 3.7 m² large working basket surface offers enough space for one or more craftsmen, the working platform operator and the required working material as well for their tools. These are decisive advantages compared to climbers who can take only very limited tools and materials on the rope. Alternatively, the scaffolding of a wind power plant is often economically inefficient.

The RUTHMANN T 175 A is part of a comprehensive short-medium term Blade market strategy as the Rental Division of our partner time has rented another RUTHMANN T 175 A (on 3-axle Freightliner) to Blade Platforms.

Blade Platforms provides truck-mounted working platforms with a working height of 54 m to 103 m for rent in throughout North America. More information about Blade Platforms can be found at:

Safe working on 3.7 square meters - currently the largest working basket in the industry - 3.82 m x 0.97 m - allows craftsmen or technicians comfortable working at dizzy heights. And the 600 kg working basket load can carry even heavy material to the site.

The RUTHMANN T 175 A corresponds to our HEIGHT performance-STEIGER ® T 540. Before the mounting works took place, the stage construction had been specially adapted for the North American market.

So it fulfills, for example, ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards which are valid in North America.

TIME and RUTHMANN provide power

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Skybird 215I is the innovative sensation at ICUEE 2015 in USA.

At this year’s ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) which took place in Louisville, Kentucky from September 29 – October 1, our collaborative partner – TIME Manufacturing – launched its brand new Skybird 215I. The new truck-mounted aerial work platform, with its 66 m working height, is ideal for assignments on high-voltage power lines. When it comes to fully insulated work platforms, TIME has decades of experience. With the Skybird, TIME relies on the award-winning technology of RUTHMANN’s HEIGHT-performance-series.
Skybird 215I
Skybird 215I A TIME and RUTHMANN creation.

The Skybird is the result of a collaborative effort between TIME and RUTHMANN. For its part, RUTHMANN delivered a kit version* of the STEIGER ® T 720 (known in North America as the RUTHMANN T 235 A). The special feature: the upper boom of this kit comes with an inner-lying telescoping 1.85 m (6 ft.) section. A highly insulated upper boom (made of fibreglass) and work basket – specially developed in the USA by TIME Manufacturing – were then attached to RUTHMANN’s telescoping upper boom. The prototype of the Skybird 215I is mounted on a 6-axle, Freightliner 114SD Twinsteer chassis. With this truck-mounted aerial lift, specially trained workers are able to carry out assignments on high-voltage power lines of up 500 kV without any degree of difficulty.

The Skybird 215I made quite an impression on industry experts at ICUEE 2015. The approx. 66 m (215 ft.) working height and 32 m (105 ft.) lateral outreach (at 100 kg basket load) are two defining characteristics of this fully insulated truck-mounted aerial work platform.

Top performance for assignments on high-voltage power lines
Top performance for assignments on high-voltage power lines

The Skybird features a working height of approx. 66 m and lateral outreach of 32 m. Its telescoping upper boom has incredible reach capacity when working up high. The Skybird able to manoeuvre a

When it comes to working on high-voltage power lines, TIME Manufacturing has years of experience. For this reason, both companies have agreed to market the Skybird globally under TIME’s well known Versalift brand name. Both manufacturers see a huge worldwide potential because regular maintenance and repair work on power lines will minimize electric power disruptions everywhere.

Skybird 215I -  fully insulated work platform
Skybird 215I - fully insulated work platform

* RUTHMANN delivers kit versions (complete work platforms without trucks) to customers around the world. Kit versions are shipped on transport trucks and then mounted onto typical local trucks upon arrival. RUTHMANN specialists are always on location during the handover and assembly to ensure that all of the safety/technical features function properly.

Conversion widens application range of the TTS 1000 in the USA

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In mid-2010, Our STEIGER® TTS 1000 was sold to Abilene High Lift Aerial in USA. With its impressive 100.4 m working height and 40 m lateral outreach, our STEIGER® TTS 1000 (built in 2001) is still one of the most powerful and capable work platforms in the world.

To enhance the application range of this extremely well maintained work platform in the USA, the TTS 1000 has now undergone a "Jeep solution” conversion.  With the "Jeep solution”, the weight of the 88 ton work platform is distributed onto two additional axles. This reduces the axle load, which is a major advantage in the USA because axle load weight restrictions vary from state to state.

Following the “Jeep” conversion, Steve Roth (owner of Abilene High Lift Aerial) will be able to operate his flagship model in 44 out of 50 states in the USA.

The conversion was carried out in close cooperation with our American partner – the TIME Manufacturing Company.

The “Jeep solution” conversion allows Steve Roth of Abilene High Lift Aerial to operate his TTS 1000 in 44 states across the USA. The additional small, 2-axle, semi-trailer (behind the truck and in front of the STEIGER® trailer) reduces the axle load significantly.

To learn more about Abilene High Lift Aerial and their amazing TTS 1000 work platform, visit

We, at RUTHMANN, continuously strive to satisfy the wants and needs of our customers. We believe in constructive, cooperative dialogue, provide professional engineering and the very best in sales and service. Our goal: total customer satisfaction.

Note: Our North American business partner – TIME Manufacturing Company based in Waco, Texas – is one of the largest aerial lift manufacturers in the world.  In addition to our truck-mounted aerial work platforms, TIME platforms are also available under the Condor and Versalift brand names. To learn more about TIME in North America, visit

Now available: Job report - Part 1

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..more job reports will follow to inform you about the performance of our professionell aerial work platforms.

Click here to read the Job Report: RUTHMANN “T 235 A” deployed at wind energy facilities

ALH Awards shortlist: RUTHMANN/Time

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Ruthmann/Time is shortlisted in the category: „Product Innovation – Truck-Mounted Units“ with its innovative Height performance-series.

Especially nominated is the T 175 A. The T 175 A is a truck-mounted aerial work platform in the internationally acclaimed HEIGHT performance-series designed by RUTHMANN GmbH & Co. KG, the well-known German aerial work platform manufacturer, in cooperation with the TIME Manufacturing Company of Waco Texas. This professional work platform, mounted onto a 4-axle Freightliner truck, scores major points with its exceptional price/performance ratio.

The winners will be announced at during the awards ceremony the evening of Nov. 11, following a day-long conference. There will be selected one winner in each category.

thank you for visiting us @ ISA International Sign Expo - Orlando, USA - 24th - 26th April 2014

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Two RUTHMANN T 175 A - ready to show

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Next to a 3-axles chassis a RUTHMANN T 175 A is now ready mounted on a 4-axles to showcase.

After the CONEXPO both units will be showcased during a road show provided by TIME Manufactuting company all over the North American territory.

Please contact your TIME dealer for more information!


thank you for visiting us @ CONEXPO - Las Vegas, USA - 03rd - 08th March 2014

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thank you for visiting us @ ICCQUE - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 01st - 03 rd October 2013

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RUTHMANN truck mounts now distributed by use (TIME) in North America

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We are proud to annonce that we (TIME Manufacturing Company) are the official dealer of RUTHMANN truck mounted aerial platforms in North America.

More information will follow soon.

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