H&E Equipment Rebuilds Manitowoc Crawler


H&E Equipment Services, Baton Rouge, La., recently remanufactured and upgraded a used Manitowoc crawler crane under Manitowoc Crane Care’s EnCORE Partners program. The Manitowoc 3950 crane was originally manufactured in 1994 and is used by a large steel manufacturer to load and unload barges with steel coils and other metal products.

The crane owner considered several options, including buying a new or a used crane, but ultimately chose to work with H&E Equipment Services to rebuild the existing crane. “We were able to refurbish a machine that already had a fair amount of custom work done on it, which saved both time and money,” said Tom Fox, service manager at H&E Equipment Services, Birmingham. “Ordering a new crane would have taken much longer than the five months it took us to complete this project.”

The Manitowoc 3950 has a custom-built right-side cab. Because left-side cabs are standard, a new crane would have required significant expense to modify the cab and for special fabrication. The cab is also larger than a standard cab to accommodate training and additional electronics needed to operate the dock-mounted crane.

Through the EnCORE Partners Program, H&E developed a plan in conjunction with Manitowoc engineers to completely rebuild the crane, as well as upgrade and enhance many of its systems, particularly to benefit the crane in its marine environment.

In addition to the refurbishments, which are made to all EnCORE remanufactured cranes, H&E also made several upgrades and modifications to the Manitowoc 3950, including:

- Enlarged the operator cab by 12 inches to accommodate a new control console designed and manufactured by H&E to house radios, safety and auxiliary production equipment.

- Added close-circuit video monitor screens in the cab: Two cameras, one from the counterweight (rear view) of the machine and one offering a wide-angle view from the boom tip, looking down to the load.

- Added the latest drum rotation indicators.

- Replaced the front glass with a new wide-view glass pane, which included 12 additional inches of glass to increase operator visibility.

- Enlarged the side operator glass pane an additional 12 inches to provide greater visibility over the right side of the crane, so the customer can more easily view his dock.

- Removed the front glass “cleaning” portion of the catwalk to provide an unobstructed view to the front of the crane.

- Installed a full walk-around catwalk on all three remaining sides of the operator cab.