Crane Introductions Abound at ICUEE

New cranes for the utility market are a highlight of ICUEE, and this year was no exception. New boom trucks, industrial cranes, knucklebooms, and telecrawlers were in abundance. Read on for a sampling of the cranes introduced at the show.

Tadano Mantis Corp., Franklin, Tenn., has added another telescopic boom crawler crane to its lineup: the 75-ton 15010. Painted in the new Tadano blue color scheme, the 15010 is equipped with a 111’6” full power main boom. The crane also can be fitted with a 30-foot swing-away lattice extension and 20-foot jib. Maximum tip height is 117 feet. Powering the new tele-boom crawler crane is a 260-hp Cummins QSB Tier 3-compliant engine.

Featuring a full-view tilting cab with rear and winch cameras, operation of the crane is friendlier for the operator. Other features include a load-sensing hydraulic package with electronic power control, multiple operating modes, including crane control, auger, and travel modes.

Altec, Birmingham, Ala., unveiled the AC23-95B boom truck, which has a 23.5-ton maximum capacity, 95-foot boom, and an optional 44-foot two-piece jib that measures 26 feet when retracted. The maximum working radius is 90 feet, and the maximum tip height is 148 feet when equipped with the optional two piece jib.

Walk-through control consoles provide convenient bed access directly from the control station. Standard three position out-and-down outriggers offer superior setup flexibility. Optional features include an 800-pound capacity personnel platform, a platform test lift package, and radio remote controls. To maximize usable bed space, recessed load block and ball storage is available.

Elliott Equipment, Omaha, Neb., displayed its 40142 boom truck, which features an 80,000-pound lifting capacity. Showing its personnel lifting capabilities, the crane was fitted with a two-piece jib and a platform mount that allows for 203 feet of working height. The platform also rotates 40°/60°. Electro-hydraulic controls keep the platform operation smooth, and an Omnex radio remote control is available as an option. Another add-on feature is the the E-Z Deploy Basket, which mounts directly on the jib to make setup and tear down faster and easier.

Among its other new machines at the Elliott booth was the 40-foot L40 aerial lift with material-handling capabilities. Mounted on a 19,000-pound capacity truck, the machine does not require a driver with a CDL. Ideal for maintenance and light construction, the outrigger footprint is narrow while the platform is large, measuring 30”x54”.

Maeda USA, Houston, Texas, showed a new 6,210-capacity mini crawler crane, the MC285C, which has a maximum lifting height of 28.54 feet and maximum working radius of 26.9 feet. A key component of the MC285C is the multi-position outriggers, which can be pinned in 12 different configurations. Mounted on rubber tracks, the machine can move up to 1.36 mph and has a gradeability of up to 20°. Ground pressure is less than 8 psi.

When stowed, the MC285C measures 108”x30”x58” and weighs 4,322 pounds when equipped with the Yanmar diesel engine or 131”x30”x58” and weighs 4,675 pounds in the optional electric dual power configuration. To operate the MC285C, a cable remote control is standard.

North American Lifting Equipment/Effer USA, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, showed the Model 2200 articulating crane, which the company contends is the largest knuckleboom crane in the world based on reach and capacity. The Model 2200 has been available in Europe for a number of years and recently made its American debut. New owner, Lifting Solutions of New York City, took delivery of the crane at the show. Lifting Solutions also owns the Model 1750, which it has operated for 2.5 years.

Effer considers the machine ideal for applications such as construction, steel erection, and work in tighter areas. Other key features include radio remote control operation, electro-hydraulic moment limit device, and short-jacking outriggers.

On display in the Terex booth was the 19-ton BT3870 boom truck with up to 70 feet of main boom length. Maximum boom length with extension is 110 feet with a 40-foot two-stage jib. The crane can be controlled on either side via a modular, dual-control console. Improved features on the BT3870 include Step-to-Deck access, expanded handrails, split guide rope guards, efficient hydraulic reservoir, and work area definition. Optional equipment includes personnel baskets, radio remote control, heavy-duty wood/steel deck, continuous rotation, and oil cooler.

Manitowoc introduced three new cranes at ICUEE: the 25-ton Grove YardBoss YB7725 industrial crane, 45-ton National NBT45, and 50-ton NBT50 boom trucks. Note the new nomenclature on the boom trucks and platinum paint scheme on both product lines.

The NBT45 features a five-section, 142-foot boom, which allows the operator to perform more lifts without the use of a jib. When equipped with a 55-foot boom extension, the tip height is 204 feet. Boom lengths of 103 and 127 feet are available as options. Easy Glide wear pads reduce boom chatter and vibration. Speedy-reeve boom tip and sheave blocks simplify rigging changes by decreasing the time needed to change line reeving.

The operator’s cab is made from galvanized steel, which is well-insulated and features tinted safety glass for operator visibility and comfort. All National Crane boom trucks are equipped with overload protection, and an LMI is standard on all cranes in this series. The LCD display is visible in full or low light and displays all crane load lifting values simultaneously.

The NBT 50 is the highest capacity crane series in the National Crane product line. There are two models in the series, the 55-ton NBT 55 and the 50-ton NBT 50. According to Brian Peretin, vice president of sales, National Crane, the NBT 50 Series optimizes performance. “It combines the latest in both hydraulic and electronic machine control,” he said. “It is also our new flagship series with greater capacities to meet customer needs.”

NBT 50 Series will offer 102- and 128-foot boom options. In addition a 25- to 45-foot telescoping boom extension will be available for additional reach and tip height. A 31-foot offsetable boom extension is available as an option with the 102-foot boom.

Both cranes have a fully integrated machine control and LMI, which increases operator flexibility and improves maintenance troubleshooting. Also new on these cranes are electric-over-hydraulic controls that allow users to have precise control and are easy to tune to accommodate operator preferences.

 

The Grove YardBoss YB7725 has a 71-foot four-section boom with a 17-foot offsettable swingaway extension. The crane also has a 15-ton deck carrying capacity that allows users to carry materials around the yard or facility. In the cab, tilt steering with 7 inches of additional clearance and smoother controls allow for easier operation.

 

The Grove YB7725 is equipped with a four-position pivoting boom head for low headroom clearance. The new crane has beam jack-style outriggers that can be extended or retracted at the same time. For improved maintenance on the new industrial crane, O-Ring Face Seal hydraulic fittings are used. Corrosion resistance has been improved on the operator’s cab, hook block, down haul block, and aluminum engine hood. The 25-ton industrial crane also will be available in Manitowoc’s Shuttlelift product line as the CD7725.

Especially designed for service-body vehicles, the PK 11001 CM (corner mount) from Palfinger North America, Niagara Falls, Ontario, was designed especially for service-body vehicles, allowing for maximum utilization of body compartment space and rear-bumper access to the bed. Fitted with the appropriate auxiliary equipment, the crane can be a multi-functional workhorse. Maximum lifting moment on the PK 11001 CM is 74,550 foot-pounds, and maximum lifting capacity is 12,300 pounds. Maximum hydraulic outreach is 26’5”. The slewing angle on the crane is 390°, and net slewing torque is 9,400 foot-pounds.

Lexington, Ky.-based Link-Belt’s 75-ton TCC-750 telescopic crawler crane was formally introduced at its CraneFest ’09 customer event in September and was on display to the public at ICUEE. The TCC-750 features Link-Belt’s exclusive four-section, full-power formed boom with greaseless Teflon wear pads. The boom is 38 to 115 feet with a maximum tip height of 121 feet. Optional equipment includes a 35- to 58-foot, two-piece, on-board lattice fly with offsets of 2°, 15°, 30°, and 45°.

Special on the TCC-750 is the completely sealed lower and hydraulically retractable side frames for easy, fast transport. It can transport with its tracks attached at under 100,000 pounds and moves in either one or two loads, depending on local restrictions. The retracted gauge, good for transport or work, is 8.4 feet. Once on the job, two additional working modes at 11.9 feet and fully extended at 14 feet add versatility to the crane. Available options on the TCC-750 include augers and a work platform.