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VIDEO: Exact Crane Now Offering Tadano's New Truck Cranes

Wed April 24, 2024 - National Edition #9

The GT-800XL-2 makes an ideal taxi-cab with a width of only 8.5 ft. and comfortable transportation with independent Hendrickson air suspension.    (Photo courtesy of Exact Crane & Equipment) Truck cranes, commonly referred to as a taxi-crane throughout the industry, are designed to allow the operator quick setup and tear down, allowing them to get from job to job quickly and efficiently.
   (Photo courtesy of Exact Crane & Equipment) The spacious two-person driver’s cabin is shared with several all-terrain models and the operator cab is the same cab used on Tadano’s latest generation rough-terrain cranes.
   (Photo courtesy of Exact Crane & Equipment)

With Tadano cranes gaining market share across the United States, the demand has grown for a Tadano truck crane, according to the manufacturer.

After more than 10 years since offering a truck crane option in North America, Tadano did its research and developed a solution, the company said. As a result, in 2023, the new GT-800XL-2 and GT-1200XL-2 arrived in the North American market.

Truck cranes, commonly referred to as a taxi crane, are designed to allow the operator a quick setup and tear down, getting them from job to job quickly and efficiently. They are lighter than an all-terrain crane option and stouter than a boom truck, according to the manufacturer.

Photo courtesy of Exact Crane & Equipment

"When deciding on the purchase of a new crane, rental and fleet owners take into consideration transport and comfort along with the lifting capabilities," according to Tadano distributor Exact Crane. "The GT-800XL-2 and GT-1200XL-2 with a width of only 8.5 ft. make ideal taxi-cranes. They operate and drive like a dream with independent Hendrickson air suspension, all-around disc brakes, a ZF transmission and Cummins diesel engine."

The Tadano distributor for Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania is Exact Crane & Equipment. Exact Crane was founded in 2006 by Jack Swan, based on the knowledge and experience he developed working in the crane industry for many years. Exact Crane buys, sells and bare rents new and used cranes all over the world. The company also offers parts, attachments and local service to support their customers.

As a Tadano distributor, Exact Crane offers an extensive range of Tadano all-terrains, rough-terrains, tele-crawlers and now, Tadano truck cranes. To expand upon the value and benefits of the new truck cranes, Exact created a detailed overview video providing a glimpse into the capabilities these machines offer to the industry.

In the Exact video overview, Jeff Swan and Ben Herman take viewers on a walk-around of the GT-800XL-2 during which they explore the spacious two-person, euro-style driver's cab (shared with several all-terrain models) along with an operator cab that is the same cab used on Tadano's latest generation rough-terrain cranes.

Throughout the overview, potential customers can see how Tadano kept the operators ease, comfort and maintenance upkeep in mind with the design of the GT-800XL-2, which include:

  • Large upper cab with up to a 15-degree tilt;
  • Blind spot, back up and winch cameras;
  • Outrigger controls on both sides of chassis;
  • Easy to access outrigger pad storage;
  • Multiple swing ladders;
  • Extended catwalk around upper cab; and
  • Easy access to all regular maintenance focus points.

This 80-ton truck crane boasts the longest-in-class 154.3 ft. full-power boom and with a swing away jib (that offsets in three positions) the max lifting height is extended to 211 ft.

Photo courtesy of Exact Crane & Equipment

According to Tadano, when traveling to the job, the GT-800XL-2 has an 8.5 ft. wide carrier, allowing it to travel all times of the day. Upon arrival to the job site, the GT-800XL-2 sets up quickly and easily, having individual outrigger pads stored by each outrigger, outrigger controls on each side of the chassis and in the upper cab. Depending on state regulations, this machine can move with full counterweight or no counterweight on it. Once the crane arrives on the job site, it is capable of self-erecting the counterweight without an assist crane.

Once the crane is in the proper position and set up on outriggers, the operator interface on the AML-E2 control system is very user friendly and easy to use, according to Exact Crane. In addition, the Smart Chart feature allows the operator to maximize the capabilities of the crane.

The GT-800XL-2 has the capability to work in a range of environments, according to the manufacturer. With a 154.3-ft. full power boom, asymmetrical outriggers and Smart Chart, operators can get the most out of tighter job sites providing additional opportunities.

"Exact Crane has been fortunate to offer dependable, smooth, high-demand cranes from Tadano for years, and we're excited to offer a full lineup now with the truck cranes hitting the North American market," said Jeff Swan, vice president of operations of Exact Crane. "If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the new Tadano GT-800XL-2 or GT-1200XL-2, don't miss out on what the industry is buzzing about." CEG

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