Hiltz Propane of Lancaster, Pa., contracted Flach Crane and its new ATC-3210 to place six tanks in a single day at the Hudson River port.
Flach Crane recently lifted and placed 70-ft. (21.3 m) long propane tanks weighing 85,000 lbs. (38,555.3 kg) each for a storage facility at Port Rensselaer, N.Y. Hiltz Propane of Lancaster, Pa., contracted Flach Crane and its new ATC-3210 to place six tanks in a single day at the Hudson River port. The tanks were unloaded from a drop off point on the east side of the terminal and swung 90 degrees where they were placed on reinforced concrete slabs 45 ft. (13.7 m) apart.
The crane of choice was Link-Belt’s new ATC-3210, a 210-ton (190.5 t) all-terrain crane, which Flach hopes will get them back into the 200-ton (181.4 t) taxi crane market due to customer demand.
“The only comparable machine in this class that we had was a 200-ton crawler [248 H5], and it’s used for long-term rentals, rather than anything taxi related,” said Flach President John Flach.
Flach purchased the crane from Wood’s CRW of Williston, Vt., and is impressed with the ATC-3210’s capabilities.
“The ATC-3210 is lightweight for its capacity, as well as meeting all our requirements that we need for plant maintenance, and the taxi-crane type work we’re involved in. It also has the reach that we need for the technology companies that are coming into this area,” said Flach.
Flach operator Mike Smith said, “We’ve used this crane for many tank placements already, the heaviest being 102,000 pounds.”
Once the tanks are placed, they are rotated so they sit perfectly upright for pressurized valve connections, and using rigging ropes, the tanks are rotated into place.
Flach Crane is pleased with the performance of the machine.
“Link-Belt is constantly upgrading and trying to make their machines better. There are no complaints from us on Link-Belt Cranes. And as far as the technology and ease of working on them, Link-Belt is really doing a good job,” said Flach.
Wood’s CRW has additional locations in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
For more information on Wood’s CRW, visit http://www.woodscrw.com.
For more information on Link-Belt, visit www.linkbelt.com.