Cranes Articles

Sandy Hammonds Elected to Link-Belt Board of Directors →

Sandy Hammonds, CFO and vice president of finance of Link-Belt Cranes, was elected to Link-Belt Cranes' board of directors during the January 2021 board meeting. Sumitomo Heavy Industry (SHI) representatives attended the meeting by video conference; Link-Belt Cranes is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SHI. Melvin Porter, Link-Belt's CEO and president, announced her appointment at Link-Belt Cranes headquarters in Lexington, Ky.  Click for more...


Stellar Industries Introduces Low Cab Forward Service Body →

Stellar Industries has introduced the TMAX 2-14 aluminum low cab forward service truck. The TMAX low cab forward (LCF) aluminum is the latest addition to the long-standing TMAX series. The TMAX 2-14 aluminum body coupled with a low cab chassis delivers provides users enhanced turn radius, making this an ideal choice for metropolitan and small working areas, according to the manufacturer. Additionally, through the use of a larger body, operators won't have to sacrifice storage space and lifting capacity.  Click for more...


New Music Center in Cincinnati Built with Link-Belt 298 Series 2 →

General contractor Messer Construction of Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded the contract for a new $27 million Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center to be built in downtown Cincinnati. When completed, the music center will have an indoor capacity of 4,500 and outdoor seating for 8,000. The venue is being constructed on top of an already completed two-story parking garage built by Hamilton County. Superior Steel Inc.  Click for more...


MSG Krandienst Strengthens Fleet With New Grove Cranes →

After taking delivery of a Grove GMK6300L-1 in February 2020, MSG Krandienst (MSG) took delivery of its new GMK4100L-1 and GMK5150L at the Manitowoc factory in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, in October. The new all-terrain cranes from northern Germany will strengthen the capabilities of MSG's primary location in Kehl, Baden-Württemberg, with the GMK5150L replacing its predecessor, a GMK5130-2, and the GMK4100L-1 replacing a competitor crane.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Crawler Cranes Deliver Strong Performance to Wind Farm Builder IEA Constructors →

Machine wear on cranes is a significant issue for those working in wind energy applications. The installation of turbines usually requires crawler cranes to travel hundreds of miles in the course of an assignment, which will result in proportional wear in their undercarriages. But on a project in Texas, where two Manitowoc MLC650 crawler cranes teamed up with two Manitowoc MLC300 crawler cranes, IEA Constructors (IEA) was delighted to note that all four cranes completed the work with only minimal undercarriage wear, avoiding downtime to replace worn parts.  Click for more...


Versatile Grove GRT655L for Shipbuilder Albwardy Damen →

Albwardy Damen, a specialist shipbuilding and ship repair company in the Middle East, has added a GRT655L to its collection of Grove rough-terrain cranes used at its facilities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The crane's combination of a strong load chart and long reach mean the company can use it for both holding large components in place while ships are built or installing new sections on existing ships.  Click for more...


CWI Crane & Rigging Adds New Demag to Fleet →

CWI Crane & Rigging has purchased a new 120 ton capacity 2020 Demag AC100-4L from Empire Crane Company. CWI needed to replace a 110 ton truck crane and wanted a longer boom as well as all terrain functions. In the spring of 2019, CWI purchased a Demag AC250-5 from Empire Crane. Its experience with that unit ultimately influenced its decision to purchase a second Demag all terrain crane. Owner Chet Chludenski III said, "Since we purchased the AC250-5, we've just loved the machine.  Click for more...


Callahan & Nannini Quarry Ends 2020 With a Bang →

Callahan & Nannini was hired to assemble a 50 ft. high "2020" structure for the late night show "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver. Of the 30 different picks it took to assemble, the heaviest was approximately 5,000 lbs. VP Rob Nannini said, "It had LED light strips on the inside so we had to be very careful while picking sections." Callahan & Nannini used a 6010 Tadano Mantis, which it purchased from Empire Crane.  Click for more...


Unique Machinery Highlights W.Va.'s I-64 Bridge Construction →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A large yellow piece of machinery has been the focal point of bridge construction near the Barboursville exit on Interstate 64 in West Virginia, but many locals and motorists have puzzled over what it is. Hovering over the Guyandotte River Bridge, which will soon be replaced, is a gantry crane. Standing in the median between the two existing bridges, its purpose is multifaceted, but it has helped crews tackle various obstacles while continuing work on a project spanning 3.51 mi.  Click for more...


Expert from Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau Joins NCCCO Telehandler Task Force →

Trent Burns, instructor and inspector with Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB), has been selected to join 25 other volunteers to develop a new certification program for telehandler operators. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) made the decision to develop this new certification program in response to OSHA requirements and industry demand. Volunteers were accepted on the basis of industry expertise and were drawn from diverse backgrounds, including unions, rental firms, training companies, construction contractors, safety consultants, insurance and regulatory authorities.  Click for more...


Grove GMK5250L's Easy Mobility Delivers Precise Lifts at Peruvian Mine →

A Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane, configured with 300 ft. (91 m) of boom, lifted and placed metal structures that together will form the roof of a machinery warehouse at a mining facility in the Peruvian Andes. Given the constricted workspace at the site, the 300-ton (250 t) capacity mobile crane was the ideal solution for the job, as other vehicles needed to use the same road in which the crane was positioned.  Click for more...


Cranes of the Past →

Take a look back at cranes of the past courtesy of Historical Construction Equipment Association. (The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.)  Click for more...


ALL Crane Puts Its Transport Fleet to Work for Customers in Hurricane Sally's Wake →

When Hurricane Sally swept through Florida in September, it left behind millions of dollars in damage. This included a couple of cranes at a construction site in the state's panhandle, which were knocked out of commission as a result. It was a small hardship in the overall scheme of things, but significant to the contractor, which was left scrambling for replacements. The good news? The company had two cranes at other sites in Orlando and Tampa that could fill in for the damaged cranes.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Introduces 'Cab2020' on Grove Three-Axle All-Terrain Cranes →

With the introduction of Manitowoc's new carrier cabin, cab2020, Grove sets new standards in comfort and ergonomics for crane operators, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the new cab2020 is not only the benchmark in design but also meets the latest crash-test requirements in Europe and is ECE R29-3 approved. The new cab2020 is now available on all Grove three-axle all-terrain cranes, the GMK3050-3, GMK3060-2 and GMK3060L-1.  Click for more...


Giant Crane Assists Removal of Shipwreck Off Georgia Coast →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A towering, floating crane arrived on the Georgia coast in October to remove giant chunks of a cargo ship that overturned more than a year ago off St. Simon's Island. The crane, known as the VB-10,000, was soon straddling the shipwreck of the Golden Ray, a South Korean vessel that capsized Sept. 8, 2019, approximately 70 mi. south of Savannah. The ship had just left the Port of Brunswick with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks, most of which remain onboard.  Click for more...


Mammoet Launches SK6,000 Crane to Enhance FPSO Modularization Strategies →

Constructing FPSO and FLNG modules onshore has allowed EPCs and owners to expedite project schedules and increase cost-effectiveness. By constructing the hull and topsides simultaneously and at greater scale, the time to first production has been reduced. As these components grow, their efficiency rises — but so does the challenge of their integration. The sheer size of these modules lies on the edge of what modern lifting technology can achieve — both from the land and the water — regularly breaking the 3,307 ton barrier and measuring tens of thousands of cubic meters.  Click for more...


ALL Crane Adds Nine New Link-Belts →

The ALL Family of Companies is adding nine new Link-Belt cranes to its fleet. The purchase comes on the heels of a previous 16-unit Link-Belt package announced earlier in the year. This latest purchase includes six telecrawlers — two each of the 80-ton TCC-800, 140-ton TCC-1400, and 250-ton TCC-2500 — and three truck cranes: 60-ton HTC-8660, 75-ton HTC-8675, and 110-ton HTC-86110. This will bring ALL's total ownership of TCCs to more than 40 units across its nationwide branches.  Click for more...


Tamimi Rentals Invests in Grove Rough-Terrain Cranes →

Tamimi Rentals is using a large investment in Grove rough-terrain cranes to drive expansion at the company's construction division, specifically to help it win more work in oil and gas fields. The 50 GRT8100 cranes will join the company's rental fleet that already includes more than 40 Grove all-terrain cranes, as well as a number of older rough-terrain cranes. Grove rough-terrain cranes have long been the most popular choice for oil and gas work, with their reliability, strength and versatility ensuring the widest possible job scope on oilfields.  Click for more...


Working With a Heavy Hauler to Transport Your Crane to the Job Site →

When crane manufacturers promote the features and benefits of a new crane model, "easy transport" is always on the list. With road weight and traffic laws set by local and state transportation departments, crane owners need to know they can get the machine to the job site in the safest, most efficient way possible. Ease of transport is critical to the bottom line. Obtaining city and state law permits to transport cranes and heavy equipment should be high on the crane owner's list when it comes to delivering a construction crane to a job site.  Click for more...


Benchmark on Seven Axles: New Demag AC 450-7 All Terrain Crane →

Setting new standards on seven axles — certainly not a humble goal for the engineers at Tadano Demag when they started their work on the new AC 450-7 all terrain crane. And this work was richly rewarded, as their goal was fully met and the crane manufacturer from Zweibrücken, Germany now offers a new seven-axle machine. The basic idea when developing the new AC 450-7 was both simple and demanding: Tadano Demag wanted to "give wheels" to a more powerful alternative to its existing six-axle cranes, with the objective to keep it as compact as its counterparts despite the additional axle, all while combining that with significantly better performance.  Click for more...



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