Apolo Compact
OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE
MANUAL
LIGHTING TOWER
APOLO COMPACT
INDEX
1. Introduction .............................................................................. 2
2. Safety rules ............................................................................... 2
3. General description .................................................................. 4
3.1 Composition of the lighting tower .................................... 4
3.2 Technical information ........................................................ 6
4. Putting into service .................................................................. 8
5. Operations to perform once its use is completed ................ 10
6. Maintenance............................................................................. 11
7. Troubleshooting ...................................................................... 12
8. Hydraulic diagram ................................................................... 13
9. Electrical diagram ................................................................... 14
10. Warning commissioning ........................................................ 23
11. Guarantee certificate ............................................................. 23
1. INTRODUCTION
2. SAFETY RULES
It is our goal in this manual to provide you with basic
Before working with the machine, carefully read the safety
information and instructions for proper installation and use
rules given and become informed regarding local safety
of your lighting tower.
requirements.
It is essential that you carefully read all the safety rules
Installation, operation, maintenance and repair are to be
and warnings before, during and after you put your lighting
carried out only by authorized, competent personnel.
tower into operation, as only in this way can we ensure
you will have optimal normal service under ideal
conditions for reliability and safety.
The owner is responsible for maintaining the lighting tower
in a safe condition. Parts and accessories should be
replaced when they are not in proper working order.
HIMOINSA S.L. considers itself obligated to warn you that
As a preface to the contents of this manual, we will next
the information in this manual can be considered valid only
detail the basic criteria that you should meet with special
on its date of issue, since technological advances and
attention to your own safety and that of others:
updates of current regulations, may oblige us to make
changes without prior notice.
This manual and the remaining reference documentation
General safety precautions

stop the equipment quickly in the event of an
are part of the lighting tower you have acquired and
emergency and fully understand the operation of
should be kept and protected from anything that might
all the lighting tower controls.
damage them during the life of the tower. This
documentation should accompany the equipment when it
Before operation, it is necessary to know how to

Perform the relevant checks of the genset and
the tower before putting them into operation, in
is transferred to another user or owner.
order to avoid possible accidents affecting
personnel or the equipment itself.
The manual should always be kept close by, so that it can
be consulted when needed. Although the information

Never allow other persons to use the lighting
given in this manual has been checked in detail,
tower without previously having given them the
HIMOINSA can accept no responsibility for any writing,
instructions required for its proper and safe use.
typing or transcription errors.

supervision of an adult familiar with the use of the
In accordance with Directive CEE 85/4374 and its
lighting tower.
subsequent modification 99/34, HIMOINSA is free of any
responsibility resulting from defective installation, improper
Do not allow minors to use it without the

Prevent access to the tower operation area by
use of the machine, and noncompliance with the rules
children and domestic animals in order to protect
contained in this manual.
them, to the extent possible, from being injured
by any part of the equipment.
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

Stop and disconnect the genset immediately
The connection of these to the land-dispersion
should any abnormal situation arise during
must be made with bare copper wires conductors
operation. Locate and correct the problem before
with a minimum section of 16mm2, or if not
starting it back up again.
available, galvanized iron with a 50 mm2 section.
Make sure that the lighting tower is properly
The resistance of such conductor, including the
located on a completely level firm surface to
contact resistance, must not exceed 0.15 Ohm.
ensure that it operates properly and remains
Fire safety
completely stable in unexpected winds.


Do not fill the generator set fuel tank while it is
running or when the engine is hot.
Do not tow the lighting tower on the highway at
speeds exceeding 90 km/h.
Always refill the generator set fuel tank in a
ventilated area with the engine completely off.
Lower the mast when wind speed exceeds 80
km/h.



Do not fill the fuel tank to more than 90% of its
capacity. Check that the tank cap is completely
IMPORTANT: To make the lighting tower safe and
completely stable, always position the jack legs with the
closed.

bubble or spirit level.
Check to make sure that no fuel has spilled onto
the set. Should this occur, it must be cleaned off
and dried well before starting up the equipment.
Safety against danger of electrocution


Never handle the lighting tower, and the
Residual fuel could cause a fire.

generator set that is part of it, when you have wet
explosive. It is forbidden to smoke, have any
hands or feet.
flame present or cause sparks during fuelling or
Never touch bare or disconnected wires.
normal equipment operation.
Maintain all electrical wires and connections in

Always use appropriate plugs for the outlet

Do not place objects near air intakes, breathers,
receptacles on the generator set, never use zinc
or the engine exhaust, because doing so could
or wires without a plug or with bare ends. The
cause overheating of the genset and
use of these wires directly in the plugs can create
consequently a fire hazard.
a high risk of electrocution.

Keep flammable materials and objects away
when operating or refueling.
good condition.

Gasoline is inflammable and its vapors are

Do not place any object on the lamp bulbs
Whenever wires are observed to be in poor
immediately after they have been in use because
condition, replace them and make sure they are
they reach very high temperatures.
installed correctly before restarting the lighting
tower.

Metal parts of installations which are exposed to
Safety from burns

Never touch the engine or the genset exhaust
human contact, and due to an insulation flaw or
pipe when it is running or for several minutes
other reasons, may get in contact with voltage,
after it stops, as this can cause serious burns.
must be connected to land-dispersion device.
Before handling and maintaining it, allow the
The lighting tower and the panel have been
engine to cool.
equipped with their respective grounding
terminals.

Never touch the halogen bulbs for 10 minutes
after use, as they can cause serious burns.
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3. GENERAL DESCRIPTION
and the operating buttons; the mast is operated
3.1. Composition of the lighting tower
controlled safely. The upper button controls
HIMOINSA lighting towers are built by our technical and
production team using the highest quality materials,
sparing no expenses to achieve high performance,
operationally versatile lighting towers.
by two buttons that allow the mast to be
vertical raising of the mast up to 9 m in 13
seconds and the lower button controls lowering of
the mast to its final locked position in 25 seconds.
Raising and lowering of the mast is powered
solely by 12 volt DC coming from the battery so
They include a tower kit and a generator set, put together
as a compact and balanced piece of mobile equipment.
that this operation is independent of auxiliary
power input.
5. 2 Auxiliary power outlets. The tower has two

The Tower Elevation Kit consists of:
16 amp auxiliary outlets, to provide power to
auxiliary equipment.
1. A hydraulic, telescopic vertical elevation mast
with 9 sections, which reaches a total working
height of 9 meters and has a light beam that can
be manually oriented through 360 by manual
rotation. Raising time: 13 seconds. Retraction
time to the locked position: 25 seconds.
2. Supporting bracket for 4 IP65 flood lights, each
with a 1,000 watt 90,000 lumen metal halide bulb.
Bulbs rated to operate at ambient temperatures
from -20 to 45C.

6. 1 Auxiliary power input connection (male
receptacle, 2L + N, 230V, 23A) that enables
supplying current to the lamps (and/or the
auxiliary receptacles) from an external source
(mains, i.e. a power grid or another generator
set). The tower can operate if we power it
externally, even with the engine off.
7. Double safety lock on the mast. This locks the
mast locking and prevents unwanted rotation
during transport. To be able to rotate the mast
and orient the light beam it has to be unlocked.
8. Handle for locking-unlocking the mast in the
operating position. This handle enables locking
Noteworthy in the rest of the tower assembly:
3. Sound proofed generator set powered by the
reliable, water cooled and fuel efficient YANMAR
model 3TNV76 diesel engine .
4. A water-tight control, protection and
management panel. The control and protection
panel incorporates the M6 controller, an hour
meter, siren, fuel level gauge, voltmeter,
ammeter and thermal-magnetic circuit breakers
for protecting lamps and auxiliary outlets
down the mast orientation when in use.
9. Fluid retention tray (retention of 120% of the
fluids of the engine and tank).
10. External fuel tank filler. Fuel tank cap with
safety lock.
11. Emergency stop.
12. Ample accesses for maintenance and
inspection.
13. 4 Leveling legs, two of them extendible to
ensure perfect tower stability on any working
surface. Eliminates the risk of tipping over under
adverse environmental conditions.
14. Bubble or spirit leveler, located on the upper
part of the genset to ensure precise tower
leveling.
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15. Automatic on/off programmer for the lamps,
for signal lights (brake and flashing lights) as well
located on the back of the generator set with
as marker reflectors and hand brake.
easy access and simple programming. Light
18. Includes eye hook and forklift slots on the
sensor on the outside on the genset cover
rear enabling transport by forklift.
(OPTIONAL).
19. Tie down rings for fastening during transport
16. Engine exhaust system.
to ensure complete immobilization to prevent
Mobile equipment:
possible damage during transport.
17. Transport kit: The tower is designed to be
relocated on the highway, and includes jockey
wheel, tongue with ball coupler and connections
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3.2. Technical information
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4. PUTTING INTO SERVICE
Before putting the lighting tower into service, make sure
that it is properly located on completely level ground to
ensure proper operation and secure it against unexpected
winds.
Note: Do not raise the mast at wind speeds exceeding
F.1
F.2
F.3
F.4
80 km/h
4.1. Checking equipment fluid levels
Check the various equipment fluid levels:
For the genset oil and gasoline level and air filter (See
generator set manual).
For the hydraulic fluid level (See 6. Maintenance)
4.2. Anchoring
4.3. Lamp Orientation
Once these simple, essential checks have been
The lamps come already installed in the tower and we
performed, which ensure optimal tower and generator set
can orient them simply using small levers that allow
operation, we next anchor the APOLO COMPACT lighting
them to be easily moved over 180. F. 5
tower properly. To do this, the following steps need to be
followed precisely:

Remove the lock pins, pull out the legs and
align the holes, then reinsert the lock pins. F. 1

Turn the handle on top the telescoping leg
jack until resistance is felt, in this way the tower
F.5
can be levelled and secured on the ground in the
4.4. Connection between genset and lighting
work area designated. F. 2 -3
tower

Only the front legs can be screwed out as
the back ones are fixed and are adjustable only
with their pins. F. 4

Once the leveling legs are adjusted and the
lighting tower is correctly leveled using the
bubble or spirit level, the jockey wheel is lowered
The tower is built as a compact tower directly connected to
the set. It is not necessary to make any kind of special
connection.
4.5 Operating the lighting tower mast
so it is supported on the ground in the work area.
IMPORTANT: In order to raise the mast, it is essential
F. 5
to have already set the hand brake. For safety reasons,
if the hand brake is not set, the mast will not raise. F. 6
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Operating the tower is very simple, by using the raising
MPORTANT NOTE: For safety reasons, whenever the
and lowering buttons located on the genset control panel
brake is released, the mast will automatically descend.
and following these simple instructions:
1.
Make sure the mast is in the locked position. F. 7
2.
Raise the mast by pressing the lift button located
on the control panel. F. 8 – 9
F.6
F.10
F.11
F.12
F.13
F.7
4.6. Starting up the generator set
VERY IMPORTANT: Do not start the genset under a load,
that is, make sure that the thermal-magnetic circuit
F.8
F.9
breakers are off. F. 14
Turn the starter key, located on the side panel on the
generator set, following the start up procedure given in the
The mast has a lock which locks in lamp orientation. To
generator set instructions. F. 15
change the orientation, the lock must be released by
bringing the lever to the RELEASE position, turning the
mast to the desired position and then locking it down with
the lever by bringing it to the LOCK position. F. 10 – 11
OK
In order to return the mast to the original position, the lever
must be put in the RELEASE position and then it will be
F.14
F.15
possible to rotate the mast to the original position. Once
this is done, lock it down with the mast lock. F. 12 For
safety reasons, once a job is completed, it is
recommended that the mast stay in the original, locked
position that it comes in from the factory to prevent
damage to the machine. F. 13
4.7. Turning on the lamps
Finally, in order to turn on the lamps, the Apolo Compact
lighting tower includes 3 different modes for turning on the
lamps using the automatic on/off programmer installed on
the inside F. 16, which are:
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a)
By means of the light sensor (Selector
Position I)
5.2. Folding the mast
We recommend that you wait 10-15 minutes before
b)
Manually (Selector Position 0)
c)
With the programmable timer (Selector
Position II)
performing this operation, due to the high temperatures
reached by the flood light filaments, since it makes them
quite vulnerable to small vibrations that are unavoidably
NOTE: To use the programmable timer, see the
programmable timer user’s manual.
It is only necessary to turn on the switches located on the
generated when taking down the mast.
5.2.1 Lowering the telescopic mast
By pressing the lowering button installed on the
genset control panel. F. 20
generator set panel. F. 17
F.20
F.16
F.17
5.3 Retracting the telescoping jack legs
IMPORTANT: Before retracting the jack legs it’s
necessary to first make sure to lower and set the jockey
VERY IMPORTANT: In order to perform any
wheel firmly on the ground. F. 21 – 22
raising/lowering or orientation operation, the lamps always
must be turned off.
5. OPERATIONS TO PERFORM ONCE ITS USE
IS COMPLETED
F.21
5.1. Disconnecting the flood lights
a)
Selector in Position 0: Manual Mode
Flip off the flood light switches and stop the generator set.
F. 18 – 19
F.18
F.19
F.22
Once this operation is finished, retract the telescoping jack
legs and put the legs in the transport position, that is, with
the fastening supports up. F. 23 – 24
F.23
F.24
b) Selector in Position I: Using the light sensor
c) Selector in Position II: Using the
programmable timer
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5.4. Relocation on the highway.
6. Maintenance
In the event that it is desired to relocate the tower on the
highway, the jockey wheel will need to be retracted.

GENERATOR SET: General maintenance (See
generator set manual)
NOTE: When raising the wheel, always make sure that it
LIGHTING TOWER: It suffices to say that the
fits in properly, to keep it from spinning during transport

and damaging the machine. F. 25 – 26
tower itself does not require extensive maintenance, since
the simplicity of the system and the quality of the materials
used to build it ensure that. However, we should know
about the following operations:
¡Ojo!

In the event of burnt out halogen bulbs, it is
advisable to use gloves or a protective cloth as a
substitute.

F.25
F.26
Do not touch the bulbs directly with your
fingers.

If we are operating the lighting tower in a
moist, dusty place, we need to clean and dry it
Place the ball coupler in position on the vehicle and when
we see a green area appear on the safety button we can
frequently.

be sure it is locked in properly F. 27
To change or check the battery, the access is
on the right side of the lighting tower. F. 28
F.27
F.28

Steel cables and pulley assemblies:
o
Periodically inspect the condition of
IMPORTANT: If the green area on the button is not visible,
cables every 100 hours or once a
it is not connected securely.
month.
o
When the nominal diameter of the steel
cable has decreased 10% from
corrosion or abrasion, it should be
replaced immediately.
o
Inspect the wire stands and, in the event
that one has broken, replace the steel
cable as soon as possible.
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o
If there is any kind of deformation: kink,
Tornillo de Electro-válvula
Tapón llenado Aceite
knot or crushed spot, replace the cable
immediately.
o
Important: Always use steel cables
specified by the lighting tower
Tapón Vaciado Aceite
manufacturer (the 6  37 + 1 type)
o
F.29
When operating under highly corrosive
conditions, coat the galvanized cables
with oil every 300 hours or 3 months of
If you have any questions, however, contact our technical
operation.
department.
 Hydraulic system: F. 29
o
Inspect the hydraulic system and the
 MOBILE EQUIPMENT: Maintenance (See manual
level of hydraulic fluid every 300 hours
on the hitch coupler, inertia brake system and axle of the
or 3 months of operation. Add hydraulic
mobile kit)
fluid if needed, always eliminating any
hydraulic fluid leak that might exist.
o
In the event that the hydraulic cylinder
raises with difficulty or intermittently,
check the hydraulic fluid level.
o
Change the hydraulic fluid every 2400
hours or 2 years of operation or when it
7. TROUBLESHOOTING
Given the systems’ simplicity, equipment failures are
virtually nonexistent. However, if there are any problems,
contact our technical department.
has degraded or if it becomes
contaminated by another product.
o
Whenever changing the hydraulic fluid,
change the filter and clean the tank.
o
In the event of solenoid valve failure or
some other problem that keeps the mast
from descending automatically, this
operation can be carried out by
loosening the solenoid valve bypass
screw. To raise the mast it is important
that the solenoid valve bypass screw be
fully tightened.
o
Inspect the hydraulic system if hydraulic
fluid is noticed on the ground.
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8. HYDRAULIC DIAGRAM
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9. ELECTRICAL DIAGRAM
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WARNING
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HIMOINSA HEADQUARTERS:
Ctra. Murcia - San Javier, Km. 23,6 | 30730 SAN JAVIER (Murcia) Spain
Tel. +34 968 19 11 28 - +34 902 19 11 28 | Fax +34 968 19 12 17 Export Fax +34 968 33 43 03
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