Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental received the first Manitowoc MLC300 crawler crane.
Last March, the ALL Family of Companies purchased 10 new 330-ton (299 t) Manitowoc MLC300 crawler cranes. The MLC300 features technologically advanced variable position counterweight (VPC), a movable counterweight system. In addition, the MLC300 has completed and passed Manitowoc load testing over the last year and was determined to have the strongest load chart in its class.
Once again, the ALL Family of Companies leads the pack in taking delivery of the first crane off the line. This unit will go to Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, ALL’s Wisconsin branch.
ALL has a reputation for being first to procure the newest machines, having taken Serial #1 on several previous Manitowoc models: the 21000 in 1999, the 18000 in 2003, the 16000 in 2006, and the 14000 in 2007.
With the VPC system, the counterweight is centered between the fully retracted and fully extended positions, and a rail system transfers the counterweight from back to front depending on the boom’s extension. Because it moves as it is needed, VPC improves crane stability with a more constant center of gravity resulting in reduced ground bearing pressure. Additionally, this new technology eliminates the needs for carbody counterweights. That weight can now be added to the upperworks to increase the crane’s capacity while retaining the crane’s mobility and performance, according to the manufacturer.
“It’s a truly remarkable crawler crane. We’re very excited about receiving the first of these new MLC300s,” said Rick Mikut, crawler crane division manager. “With the advantages the VPC system brings, we can reduce mats by half, not to mention the savings realized with reduced job site prep. This is a dramatic reduction in number of loads needed to ship this machine to a job site. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this cost and time savings to our customers, who depend on ALL for better, more efficient ways of working. This crane helps us deliver.”
For more information on ALL, call 800/232-4100 or visit www.allcrane.com.