JLG Industries (Australia) has passed a major milestone with the production of its 1,000th locally manufactured telescopic lighting tower.
JLG began production of locally designed lighting towers at its Port Macquarie factory in 2002.
Demand has increased year on year from a low start-up figure to the current level of 250 per year.
JLG Industries General Manager, Andrew Satterley, said the popularity of the lighting towers represented a bright spot for local manufacturing industry.
“The product was designed locally in consultation with some of our major customers,” he said. “Their input helped us to develop a lighting tower which is ideally suited to Australian conditions.”
JLG lighting towers are highly regarded for their robust construction, ease of set-up and new features such as an articulating mast. Where possible, components are sourced from local suppliers.
Mining companies throughout Australia have been among the more frequent purchasers of the easily towable units, which feature a rugged steel section chassis and one piece individual covers for increased rigidity.
The compact dimensions of the JLG lighting towers include a length of just 2.5 metres and a stowed height of 2.4 metres.
The majority of lighting towers manufactured by JLG are 6000 watt and 4000 watt models, but the company has also produced limited numbers of custom-built models.
These have included an 8000-watt model and a unit equipped with hydraulic outriggers.
“Our lighting towers incorporate the engineering excellence found in all JLG access equipment,” JLG Equipment Port Macquarie Facility Manager, George Tattam said.
“We listened to the people who use lighting towers regularly and designed our units to meet their needs.”
“JLG offers lighting towers which are rugged, easy to tow and easy to set up. They’ve proven themselves in local conditions and we are backing them with a level of service and support that we are constantly improving.”
The JLG lighting tower mast design is fitted with hydraulic controls for easy erection and has horizontal reach of three metres for out and over configuration.
It can also be configured for up and over use such as in pits and under bridges. Maximum mast elevation is eight metres.
Effectiveness and flexibility of the units is ensured by high performance parabolic light fixtures that provide maximum usable light.
The light fixture allows individual tilt and rotational adjustment of the lights, together with hydraulic tilt of the complete light bar assembly. For power saving flexibility the lights are separately switched.
JLG lighting towers are fitted with dependable Kubota diesel engines equipped with 167 litre fuel tanks for extended, trouble-free operation.
Optional equipment includes an additional noise suppression package, a spark arresting muffler, 240 volt AC outlet for power tools and a user selectable shutdown timer.