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Fine-tuning lifts crawler crane sales

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CRAWLER cranes are making a serious comeback in construction according to Kobelco Cranes, which has sold eight new machines in recent weeks.

Weldex, the UK's biggest hirer of crawler, has led the charge, taking on five new machines, from 55 to 70 tonnes, for civils and piling work.

The hirer has also bought seven 200 tonners from the exBaldwins fleet.

Kobelco's sales manager, Andrew Brown, puts the reemergence of crawlers down to more sophisticated hydraulics, more precise controls than the older mechanical machines and easier assembly and transportation, making set-up time comparable to similar-sized mobiles.

Contractor Norwest Holst has taken two 80-tonne models for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, while the biggest machine has gone to Irish hirer O'Kane Bros. The 250-tonne CKE2500, has been put to work on the port expansion at Killeybegs, County Donegal.