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Shawmut Equipment Keeps A-Quick Pick Crane Service Reaching New Heights →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A-Quick Pick Crane Service Inc. and Shawmut Equipment Company Inc.'s relationship can be traced back to a 17-ton mounted boom truck, purchased in January of 1984. The quality of the equipment and service provided by Shawmut is what has kept the relationship thriving. "A-Quick Pick Crane Service has been a loyal customer of Shawmut Equipment for 35 years because of the product, service and support they provide," Scott Schrade, president of A-Quick Pick Crane Service said.  Click for more...


Looking Back: Cranes From the 1950s →

Construction Equipment Guide takes a lookback at Cranes at work during the 1950's  Click for more...


OSHA Takes Training to a Higher Level →

It finally happened. After almost ten years, on December 10, 2018, OSHA implemented the Crane Operator Certification law and licensing for those states requiring an operator license. But, that's not all they did! In addition to implementing this law, OSHA upped the ante for training and raised the stakes even higher by mandating an Employer Operator Evaluation that went effect on April 15, 2019.  Click for more...


Crane Tracking Onsite and Elsewhere →

Telematics products have proven to be excellent tools for construction crane fleet asset management — when users effectively maximize the return on their investment. Though technology adoption is high, functionality is low because crane owners are only skimming the surface of what these systems can do. One problem may be the mistaken belief that aging staff is electronically-challenged, but telematics providers say 2020 is the year they'll open eyes to the efficiencies crane fleet management solutions can offer.  Click for more...


Palfinger Simplifies Crane Model Numbers →

The simplified naming of Palfinger's cranes aims to better align with the cranes lifting capacities and boom lengths and ultimately makes it easier for Palfinger to do business with its customers. This significant step will further expand Palfinger's presence in the service crane and mechanics truck markets. The PSC 4329 will now be referred to as the PSC 8029 with an 8,000 lb. lifting capacity and 29 ft.  Click for more...


Schuster Concrete Construction Commissions First Potain MDT 809 in the U.S. →

The first Potain MDT 809 in the United States is deployed on a job site in Washington D.C. Launched at bauma 2019, the new Potain crane has been purchased by the Owings Mills, Md.-based construction company Schuster Concrete Construction (Schuster) and is helping to build the "City Ridge" development, which is a project that will transform the former Fannie Mae headquarters into an urban village. One of Potain's largest capacity cranes, the MDT 809 M25 is ideal for this job because of its exceptional load charts, its tip capacity and its up-and-over reach, which enables Schuster to save time on the job site, according to the company.  Click for more...


Demag CC 2800-1 Helps Out With Tandem Lift in Singapore →

Once set up, the Demag duo was ready to lift the 328 ft. (100 m) long, 562 ton (510 t) steel pipe with a diameter of 15.8 ft. (4.84 m). There are only a few jobs that require more than the enormous lifting capacity of a Demag CC 8800-1 with its standard configuration. Lifting a 328 ft. (100-m) long, 562 ton (510 t) C3 splitter tower at the Singapore Refinery Company propylene manufacturing plant was one such job.  Click for more...


Link-Belt Cranes at ConExpo 2020 →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Link-Belt Cranes will be on display at booth F5211 at ConExpo 2020 in Las Vegas. Among the units on display will be the 100-ton (90mt) 100|RT and 120-ton (110-t) 120|RT, recent additions to Link-Belt's rough terrain lineup, along with the 110-ton (100-t) HTC-86110 telescopic truck crane. The 175-ton (150-t) 175 The 175-ton (150-t) 175|AT will have its full North American unveiling, following extensive endurance, road, and field-testing and with first shipments delivering in fourth quarter 2019 throughout North America.  Click for more...


BKL's Grove GMK6400 With MegaWingLift Assists in Construction of a Heat Storage System on the Ingelheimer Aue in Mainz, Germany →

A Grove GMK6400 crane from BKL's crane fleet played a key role in the construction of the new heat storage system on Ingelheimer Aue between Wiesbaden and Mainz in Germany. The specialists at the Frankfurt location of BKL Baukran Logistik GmbH planned the operation and completed the last lifting job with the powerful Grove AT crane. The crane carefully placed the cover of the heat storage container (a component weighing 38.5 ton [35 t]) on the 118 ft.  Click for more...


Tech and Warehouse Building Boom in Greater Columbus →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A strong national economy encourages construction opportunities. However, even a strong national economy typically results in construction growth that tends to be regional. This has not been a problem for central Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio, continues to defy the odds for a mid-sized Midwest metro area by remaining a hotbed of new construction. "We're confident the boom will continue into 2020," said Rich Randall, general manager of ALL Crane Rental Corp.  Click for more...


Tutt-Bryant Builds Mining Infrastructure with TCC-1400 in Western Australia →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Tutt-Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift is a major crane hire, heavy haulage and special projects provider in Australia, lifting structural steel with its Link-Belt 140-ton (127-t) TCC-1400 telescopic crawler crane at BHP's South Flank in western Australia. The South Flank iron ore deposit is 80 mi. northwest of Newman, Pilbara in western Australia. The deposit is 16 mi. (26 km) long, requiring significant mining infrastructure and operations.  Click for more...


Luff It Or Leave It: Using a Luffing Jib for Safety's Sake →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Luffing jibs are often the unsung heroes of certain crane lifts. In fact, many jobs couldn't be done without them. Any time material needs to be lifted up and out — or over a large structure or obstacle — luffing jibs are there. They provide the same capabilities as a crane with straight boom, but can do so much more. With a main boom and luffer combo, keeping the heavy main boom tight and in allows greater leverage, increasing the crane's chart even though it is delivering long reach.  Click for more...


Tadano Maintains Customer Focus During Demag Mobile Crane Integration →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Just five months removed from the conclusion of the acquisition, Tadano continues its integration of Demag mobile cranes into the Tadano family. From day one, Tadano has communicated to the industry that this is a major, strategic step forward for the company and one made to offer significantly more benefits to its customers. The company has maintained the globally recognized Demag name as a stand-alone brand, adding the models to its existing product line.  Click for more...


Three Link-Belt TCCs Save Time in Upstate N.Y →

A joint venture with Skanska, Burns & McDonnell and ECCO Enterprises is building CPV Valley Energy Center in Lower Hudson Valley, 65 mi. northwest of New York City. The combined cycle power facility will have a gross capacity of 675 mW, producing enough electricity for 600,000 homes and more than 400 commercial entities. Green technology is being used with two Siemens F Class combustion turbine generator sets and one steam turbine for the nearly $1 billion project.  Click for more...


George Lucas Museum Moves Toward Final Act →

From Construction Equipment Guide... The spirit of Star Wars is taking form in a huge $1.5 billion spacecraft-like structure called the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The futuristic museum building is even being built using highly modern equipment, including robots and drones. Robots will do some heavy lifting and moving of materials and drones provide a better picture of the construction process.  Click for more...


Looking Back: Truck Cranes →

When asked to provide a feature on cranes I decided early on this was a fairly illustrative photo shoot. That didn't stop me from perusing through the more than 200,000 images I have but, I kept returning to this scene. It is very standard, straight forward and even simplistic crane work. Yet, that crane you are looking at was, at least for a time in 1956 to 1957, the world's largest truck crane.  Click for more...


Liebherr Tower Cranes at Work on Miami's Tallest Luxury Condo Towers →

What will be one of downtown Miami's tallest luxury condo towers has reached a milestone in construction, as crews prepare to go vertical. In January, after months of piling and excavation subterranean work, roughly 700 workers poured the foundation for CMC Group's 64-story Brickell Flatiron condominium. Brickell Flatiron unit prices range from $465,000 to $2.5 million, with penthouses priced at more than $15 million.  Click for more...


English Crane Rental Company Brings Home Demag, Challenger Cranes →

English crane rental company John Sutch Cranes ordered five cranes, with its shopping list consisting of a Demag AC 220-5, two Demag AC 60-3's, and two used Challenger 3160 all terrain cranes. Owner John Sutch pre-arranged the order with Tim Leech, Terex Cranes regional sales manager, a few weeks ago in Liverpool, England. Hayley Sutch-Ware, daughter and future successor of John Sutch, confirmed the order and signed the contract with Lee Maynard, director sales Europe and Russia CIS, and Carsten von der Geest, VP of EMEAR sales and service, while attending this year's ConExpo in Las Vegas, Nev., together with Mike Fitton, sales director.  Click for more...


Seattle Boasts More Cranes on Job Sites Than Any City in World →

One only need to look to the sky to confirm that construction in the Pacific Northwest is booming. A recent report by Rider, Levett, Bucknall, a global company specializing in project management, cost estimating and legal advisory, shows 58 cranes dotting the Seattle skyline. The Seattle Times dubbed the city "the crane capital of America," noting that it had more cranes on the job than any other city in the country.  Click for more...


Demag Duo Performs Tandem Lift of Tunnel Boring Machine Drive System →

The Terex CTT 161 tower crane had more than proven its worth during the first stage of new construction for the Matthias-Claudius-Haus nursing home in Waldshut, Germany, so Waldshut-Tiengen-based construction company Schleith insisted on the use of a Terex crane for the second stage of construction as well. The subcontractor in charge, Lörrach-based Meier-Krantechnik, complied with the request and proceeded to order a Terex CTT 162-8 tower crane, the successor to the CTT 161.  Click for more...



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