Terex Cranes Expands Explorer Line with 143-Ton Model

Terex Cranes Expands Explorer Line with 143-Ton Model

Terex Cranes has added to its Explorer Series with the introduction of the Explorer 5500. The 130-tonne (143-ton) all-terrain crane has a 60-meter long main boom with 11-, 21-, and 33-meter (36-, 69-, and 108-ft.)  offsettable extensions available. Maximum system length is 86.5 meters (285 ft.). The maximum load moment is 395 meter tonnes (435.4 tons), and the maximum lifting capacity when telescoping is 24.5 tonnes (27 tons). Outrigger extension positions of 2.54, 4.7, and 7 meters (8.3, 15.4, and 23 ft.) can be selected.

With a carrier length of 12.1 meters (40 ft.), a total length of 14.3 meters (47 ft.), and a width of 2.75 meters (9 ft.), this five-axle crane is compact, enabling it to be used inside cities as well as on narrow construction sites. In addition, steerable axles provide good maneuverability in tight quarters. For comfort and safety in driving operation, the new Explorer 5500 crane has a dynamic launch control function that prevents the crane from rolling backwards when starting up and maneuvering on uphill grades.

The Explorer 5500 crane can be adapted to fulfill the road service approval regulations of key markets for this capacity class. This is possible with variable axle loads and axle pair intervals, the dismountable main boom, transport dolly preparation, a maximum front overhang of 1.52 meters (5 ft.), and other features.

All components for the Explorer 5500 can be transported using a single standard support vehicle, Featuring an automatic counterweight setup system, the crane to be readied for operation quickly. The electronically controlled brake system makes for lower wear, reducing operating costs while at the same time increasing brake power. The crane is maintained by easily accessible service points.

The Explorer 5500 crane also features the single-motor concept already seen on the Explorer 5600 and Explorer 5800. This lowers the operating costs because only one motor requires maintenance. Terex has outfitted this system to give it special technical sophistication. The control system automatically recognizes each demand; for instance, it switches from high power in driving operation to energy-saving mode during crane operation. Moreover, the system also has an energy-saving start/stop function. The motor is a powerful and, at the same time, economical 368 kW (493 hp) unit that meets emission standards Euromot 4 and Tier 4 Final. On request, a 331 kW (444 hp) motor for Euromot 3a / Tier 3 is also available in applicable markets.

The Explorer 5500 all terrain crane is equipped with ergonomically designed cabs for comfortable operation: The carrier cab lacks a B-column to provide optimum visibility, and the superstructure cab offers ample leg room. It is also tiltable up to 16° to ensure comfortable work for extended periods. Both cabs are equipped with ergonomic seats and have ventilation nozzles that can be adjusted individually.

For operational safety, monitoring displays on a touch screen with intuitive controls provide the driver with important data on more than 10 operational parameters of the carrier, such as tire pressure, brake system status, and the suspension system. In addition, there is constant monitoring for maintaining the axle loads. In the superstructure, the time-tested, likewise intuitively operated Terex IC-1 control system is used, in which all load charts, the respective working range limits, and more are saved to offer rapid, simple, and safe configuration.


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