Introducing the new 550-ton all-terrain crane in an open house in June, the company said it made the purchase to support industries such as mining, wind power, natural gas and coal-power, as well as local maintenance and capital projects. Though the crane was not purchased for any one particular project, with a maximum tip height of 450 feet, it allows the company to target several specific industries and lifting needs.
“We decided to purchase based on the current need of our customers for a hydraulic crane that would exceed our existing 250-ton capacity cranes,” explained Chris Martin, marketing coordinator. “Crane Service Inc. has owned 200- to 250-ton class hydraulic cranes for several years, and we have continued to come across lifting needs that could not be met by the 250-ton class crane.”
Crane Service, which has been in business for more than 50 years, and has offices in Bloomfield, N.M., and Sweetwater, and El Paso, Texas, specializes in rigging, heavy hoisting and heavy hauling. Its fleet serves a wide spectrum of clientele needs, in capacities from 8.5 tons, now to 550 tons.
The GMK7550 will be used on projects that require quick move-in and move-out, as well as multiple boom configuration changes. Martin said the mobile crane’s mega wing attachment, long jib, and luffing jib should allow crews to reach lifts that were not cost-effective for customers utilizing the company’s current crawler-crane fleet. “We hope to open up a whole new type of business for us and our customers with a large mobile crane located in an area where there is currently not one available,” he added.