The International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo, held October 12-15 in Bonner Springs and Overland Park, Kansas, is a family event. Top utility line workers from around the world come with their spouses, children and extended families to compete in apprentice and journeyman competitions.
“It is in this atmosphere of community that Terex Utilities recognizes and supports October Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Clint Maners, Territory Sales Manager for Arkansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois. ‘Illinois. Visitors were invited to sign a banner to help raise funds for breast cancer research. “The personal stories people shared as they stopped to sign the banner were truly amazing and, in my opinion, that was the best part of the show,” he said. The company will donate $2,500 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Midwest Region. The Susan G. Komen Foundation invests in cutting-edge research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Congratulations to the winners of Hurtman Rescue
Over 3,000 linemen participated in various tasks during the International Lineman Rodeo. Custom Truck One Source and Terex provided four Terex Optima TC55 aerial devices for the Hurtman Rescue, where workers demonstrate how to quickly and safely lower an unconscious worker from the top of a pole.
“We congratulate the Hurtman Rescue winners for their speed and accuracy,” Maners said. The first place Journeyman team hails from Pedernales Electric Cooperative, serving the Texas Hill Country. Team members included mates Caleb Brodock and Garrit Afman and Groundman Thomas Logan. In the Apprentice category, Carter Kelling of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation was the top performer. Jackson EMC is one of the largest electric cooperatives serving Georgia.
To see the final results of all competitions, click on here.
On display: Optima 55, electric boom lift and auger tools
Against the backdrop of Rodeo activities, Terex Utilities introduced the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck. The Optima 55ft aerial device is powered by the HyPowerMT SmartPTO by Viatec, and mounted on an International® Navistar 33,000 GVW eMV™ Series Battery Electric Chassis. With a range of 215 km and the ability to use the bucket for a full working day on a single charge, the Terex Optima 55 electric with the International® The eMV™ Series Truck is ideal for work on electrical distribution lines, while making zero emissions on the jobsite a reality. Learn more about Terex Utilities’ all-electric bucket truck here.
Additionally, four auger tools, including the Hollow Kelly Bar, were on display at the Expo. The Hollow Kelly Bar allows operators to drive screw anchors without having to use heavier traditional locking dog and square bar setups. Terex Utilities design combines auger extension shaft and screw anchor drive. This makes anchor rod insertion a one-person operation, eliminates manual handling and lifting of heavy components, and increases productivity. Watch a comparison video here.
The other auger tools shown offered different benefits depending on the type of soil or rock being drilled. The BTA spiral enables efficient drilling in hard rock or concrete. The Bullet BTR tine auger provides precisely controlled tine penetration for superior productivity. It features a flight pitch designed to improve material flow. The self-contained core barrel is intended for drilling fractured and unfractured rock, unreinforced and reinforced concrete. It is ideal for use when the material cannot be drilled effectively with conventional tooling. An optional expandable pilot allows for easy starting and provides additional stability in extremely hard rock or uneven surfaces.