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First National NBT60 Crane Hits PA Market

Bauman Crane worked with Stephenson Equipment’s Darin D’Ascanio to build and deliver the first National NBT60 into Pennsylvania.

Wed June 03, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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Bauman Crane, a local taxi crane company established in 1965 by Frank Bauman, now owned by Dave Kemmerer, worked with Stephenson Equipment’s Darin D’Ascanio to build and deliver the first National NBT60 into Pennsylvania.

“This crane was needed by Bauman for a while. We had an 80 ton crane previously, but it required special permits to move and was travel restricted to certain hours of the day. With the NBT60 we can accomplish lifts with better reach [128 ft.] with no permitting, and we can travel at all times of the day. This allows us to be on the job site when our customers want us to be there. Not having to permit for travel is a huge asset for us,” Kemmerer said.

Bauman now has 15 Nationals in its fleet of cranes, and performs much of its own maintenance, although it has been using Stephenson Equipment for years for National purchases, quick parts turnaround, job site service and troubleshooting. When Bauman contacted Stephenson about its needs, Darin D’Ascanio (Stephenson’s territory representative in the Chalfont, Pa., area) and Steve Tucci (Stephenson’s sales manager) went to work with National Crane and Peterbilt to design what Bauman needed.

“The build on the Peterbilt chassis was a first for Hunter Peterbilt with a specific axle and steering design that worked for both the engineers at National and the engineers at Peterbilt; it provided Bauman with exactly what they needed,” Tucci said.

The crane has seen many jobs so far. Kemmerer noted a recent job completed for a local church where the NBT60 gave it the reach and lift it needed for the long trusses being set.

“Most of our fleet is 127 foot boom length — that is really the magic number for us; it is what has put us on the map with the tree work and the quick taxi crane type work we perform. To be able to step up to the 60 ton class of the NBT60 without sacrificing boom length has been a real plus; it was essential. Because cranes of this class do not normally have that kind of reach, set-up time is reduced, jobs get done quicker, and more options are available to us,” Kemmerer said.

For more information on Stephenson, call 800/325-6455 or visit

For more information on Bauman Crane, call 215/822-2753 or visit

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