Out with the old, in with the new

German electrical installation and rental company Nieser has taken delivery of a new 30 metre Ruthmann T 300 XS HV12 truck mounted platform.
The T 300 XS HV12

The T 300 XS (Xtra Short) HV12 is an overall length of 7.72 metres when mounted on the 15 tonne Mercedes chassis. It features a five section main boom plus an articulating jib to offer an outreach of 23 metres with a 100kg platform capacity and an overall maximum platform capacity of 350kg.
(L-R): Gerhard, Julia and Victoria Nieser with Ludger Rensing and Marc Malpohl from Ruthmann

The new machine replaces an old 25 metre Ruthmann T250 and yet, in spite of offering more reach, the T300 is shorter and more compact.
The old T250 with the new T 300 XS HV12

Based in Saarbrücken, W. Nieser & Sohn was established in 1979 when Willi Nieser and son Gerhard decided to leave the family’s electrical installation business and set up on their own, to focus more on aerial work platform rental. The company runs a 14 unit fleet of truck mounted and spider lifts up to 36 metres, along with loader cranes covering Saarland and the surrounding area.

In the 1960s and 70s Willi Nieser worked in his family’s electrical installation business, which used platforms in its work. In fact, the first Ruthmann platform Willi Nieser purchased was an iconic V80 on a VW T2 pick up chassis back in 1964.
Nieser's fleet in 1982 including the company's first Ruthmann, the V80 from 1964, which is first on the left

A restored example of a Ruthmann, the V80 on Volkswagen chassis