Manitex, Georgetown, Texas, announced in July that it has accepted the first orders for its new 50155S crane equipped with the unique ability to break the 200 foot barrier with a powered boom and single piece jib. Developed for the growing power line construction market and other high reach applications, the 50155S will significantly reduce user’s operating costs through reduced and simpler set up time.
The 50155S utilizes the existing Manitex 50-ton platform and adds a 155-foot, five-section proportional boom to reach a powered boom tip height of 164 feet. Lifting capacity at this height is 8,500 pounds. Configured with a 39-foot single-piece jib, the crane possesses 4,500 pounds lifting capacity at a tip height of 202 feet. Alternatively the Manitex rotating man basket can be attached to the main boom or jib and provide 1,000 pounds of personnel and payload capacity to 209 foot working height.
The 155-foot boom on the 50155S sets the standard as the highest powered boom reach available on a commercially available chassis. One of the initial units has been ordered by Truck Utilities out of St. Paul, Minn., for use by MJ Electric LLC. It utilizes a creative axle configuration to make the unit legal for travel on roads with 7-ton axle limitations. Another initial unit, purchased by Rush Crane Systems out of San Antonio, Texas, utilizes an extended length lower frame to eliminate the need for a front stabilizer. Both configurations are expected to ship by the end of the third quarter and be available for viewing at Booth N2019 at ICUEE.