Lifting Solutions Adds Two Big Effer Cranes to Fleet | Construction News


August 2, 2107 - Lifting Solutions, Brooklyn, N.Y., recently added two large Effer knuckleboom cranes to its fleet. One is a 1750L; the other a 2655.


Both of the big new knucklebooms are replacing older units and were bought from North American Lifting Equipment, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Pinchas “Pinky” Leitner, founder and owner of Lifting Solutions, said the 1750L is equipped with eight boom sections and a six-section jib. It lifts a maximum of 41,711 lbs. at a 17-ft. radius, and can also handle 1,835 lbs. at its 135-ft. maximum horizontal reach. The crane has a maximum moment of 848,500 lb.-ft. Maximum lifting height is 145 ft. with 1,950 lbs. of capacity. It is rear-mounted on a five-axle Western Star chassis. The total vehicle weighs 89,000 lbs. 

Lifting Solutions’ new Effer 2655 knuckleboom offers even more reach. It has a seven-section boom, a hydraulically powered six-section jib, plus a second jib consisting of two manually deployed sections. Leitner says the 2655’s double jib is the first in the United States. The 2655 can lift a maximum of 48,670 lbs. at a 21-ft. radius, and can handle 350 lbs. at its 186-ft. maximum horizontal reach. Its maximum tip height is 200 ft., and at that height, it can handle 650 lbs. Maximum moment is 183,080 lb.-ft. It is mounted on a five-axle Kenworth T800. Together the crane and truck road at 109,000 lbs.

Both of Lifting Solutions’ new Effer cranes feature wireless remote controls and are always rented with an operator. They are popular in New York City because they take up less street space and can get to a job, set up, make the lift or lifts, and be on their way far faster than a lattice-boom crane.

Leitner says they keep busy serving a wide variety of customers, ranging from HVAC and general contractors, to roofers, machinery movers, window contractors, and architects. Depending on the season, Lifting Solutions’ 1750L and 2655 stay busy from two to five days a week.

Leitner says the relatively heavy roading weights of the big knuckleboom cranes is no problem. “We stick pretty much to the five boroughs of New York City, plus a little of Long Island, so we need only an annual permit.” He adds that there’s so much demand in metropolitan New York that it doesn’t make sense to take jobs outside the area. “We get paid more to lift than we do to drive,” he says.