At this summer’s Vertikal Days exhibition held at Haydock Park in Merseyside, Tadano distributor Cranes UK showed the first ATF 130G-5 all terrain crane to arrive in the country. The five-axle unit has a six-section boom that can lift up to 125 t to and hoist 2 t to more than 90 m when fitted with the largest (32m) jib extension. Its 21 mm diameter cables allow a maximum single line pull of 85 kN.
Four double telescopic outriggers provide a spread of 7.5m wide by 8m long and a 127 kW Stage 3B Mercedes Benz engine powers the lifting operations. Up to 42 t of counterweights can be assembled and removed without the need for a second crane.
A second 405 kW Mercedes engine is used to drive the carrier’s second, fourth and fifth axles to give the unit an 85 km/h maximum travel speed. All axles can be steered when moving around the site while on the road the last three are locked in the straight-ahead position once the sped exceeds 50 km/h. The width can be kept to 2.75 m by specifying 445/95R25 tyres and each axle carries 12 t.
Also on the Cranes UK stand was Tadano’s recently launched ATF 70G-4 all terrain crane. The 70 t capacity four axle unit has a five-section jib giving a 45 m hook height and a maximum reach of almost 42 m at which radius it can handle 1.2 t. Both 9 m and 16 m fly jib attachments are available and can boost the maximum hook height beyond 60 m.
Variable winches work at up to 130 m/min and the maximum single line pull on the 16 mm diameter cable is 44kN.
Twin Mercedes Benz engines provide 320 kW to drive the carrier (via a 12-speed transmission) at up to 85 km/h while 95 kW is available for the lifting operations. Axle weights are 10 t or 12 t depending on the specification and the overall length is less than 12.4 m, while the running height is below 3.8 m.
One of the most disconcerting sights at Vertikal Days was MEC’s self-levelling rough terrain boom which distributor Riwal displayed at a very eye-catching obscure angle. MEC’s two-machine range is designed to work on sloping ground while still offering the ability to be driven from the basket at almost full height.
A pivoted boom mount allows the mast to be set vertical when the ground is sloping by up to 14 degrees side to side or 10 degrees fore/aft. This enables workers to, for instance, efficiently install or maintain a number of lights above a disabled access ramp or to work with one wheel on the pavement when inspecting a row of streetlights. Each wheel is individually driven so if one loses contact with the ground it is isolated and the drive automatically diverted to the other three wheels so they can get the machine back onto more suitable terrain.
With working heights up to 11 m and platform capacities up to 770 kg, the units are well suited to heavy duty work and have a stowed drive speed of 6.4 km/h meaning they can be moved quickly around site.
Riwal’s other offering was the Titan 40-S an Ultra Deck boom lift with a 6.7 m long deck which is capable of lifting 1.8 t of materials and workers to a working height of 14.2 m. The Ultra Deck has two side loading gates (worker access is at the rear) and can be specified with positioning/handling attachments for pipes up to 1.5 m in diameter.
Not only does its platform rotate through 180 degrees, it also moves on the top slider boom giving it 1.8 m of lateral movement. The 4x4 unit has three steering modes, is self levelling within 10 degrees and is fitted with stabilisers at the front for use when heavily laden.