Potain Igo T 130 Finds New Home in Stephenson Equipment Fleet

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Stephenson Equipment has purchased a Potain Igo T 130 self-erecting crane, which it plans to include in its expansion plans into western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dennis Heller, president and CEO of the Harrisburg, Pa.-based company, said that the company will first use the Igo T 130 as a rental crane to help expands its reach in new territories before it goes up for sale to customers.

“After evaluating the new Potain Igo T 130, we felt it was a very versatile crane that would increase the capabilities of our rental fleet,” he said. “We believe there is tremendous growth opportunity for us, as the crane enhances our lifting solutions package.”

The largest self-erecting crane in the Potain range has a 164-ft. folding jib, which provides coverage across large job sites. The crane has an 8.8-U.S. ton maximum lift capacity and includes the Ultra View operator’s cab. In its transport configuration, it travels as a single trailer with an overall length of 56 ft. This convoy has a ground clearance of 1 ft. for better access to working job sites.

A series of sensors, along with Potain’s SmartCom, make the crane easier to deploy to its working position. Once working, the integrated remote control and adjustable controls make lifting simple.

Stephenson has been representing Potain tower cranes for nearly 10 years in eastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. The company plans to add even more Potain models in 2014, anticipating the market for self-erecting tower cranes to continue growing.

“Self-erecting tower cranes are still a new concept for lifting,” Heller said. “They are an economical alternative and sometimes the absolute best way to lift materials on a job site, especially when space is a challenge.”

The ability to vary the working height of the Igo T 130 is a feature that users prefer. Minimum height for the crane is 60 ft., and maximum available height is 200 ft., working with an inclined jib. The crane offers variable height both through adding lattice sections to its mast and by luffing its jib from the horizontal to an angle of 30 degrees.

The Igo T 130’s 164-ft. folding jib suits larger job sites, and the jib can be folded back to 111'6" to work within tighter site constraints.