Bigge Crane & Rigging, San Leandro, Calif., has recently taken delivery of Manitowoc’s first 16000 crawler crane outfitted with the heavy boom created specifically for wind-turbine erection, and awaits the delivery of a second. The 16000 also incorporates a new innovative wind jib that adds 44 percent lift capacity at radius. Manitowoc first released the 16000 in 2005, and it has frequently been deployed by wind contractors.
Now, the Manitowoc, Wis., crane manufacturer has designed a new heavy-boom configuration and exclusive new wind jib for the 16000, increasing the lift capacity to more effectively handle the larger turbines.The first crawler crane is being delivered to Bigge’s regional headquarters in Houston, Texas. The second will be delivered to the same location later this summer, according to Bigge.
“Purchasing the 16000s was an easy decision to make,” said Joe Nelms, vice president of sales and marketing for Bigge. “It’s exactly what our wind customers wanted and the cranes are a perfect fit for our quality, price and service strategy. Combined with Manitowoc’s superior product and commitment to service, these cranes will be able to remain in the field for years to come, moving from one wind farm to the next.”