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Link-Belt Announces New Booms, New Deliveries

Wed November 18, 2009 - National Edition
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Link-Belt Cranes announced a 600-ton (544.3 t) Super Lift attachment for the 548 crawler crane and a new five-section boom version of the 140 ton (120 t) HTC-3140 truck crane at its CraneFest ’09 customer event held Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at its world headquarters Lexington, Ky. It also announced orders for its 130 ton (120 t) RTC-80130 Series II rough terrain crane and 550 ton (500 t) 548 crawler crane.

548 Crawler Crane

The first 548 is on the ground and assembled in Houston, Texas, for distributor and end user training and events before delivery to Oklahoma Territory, a Belger Company.

“There has been serious interest in this crane since ConExpo,” said Link-Belt senior lattice boom Product Manager Pat Collins. “It’s been a steady stream of questions and ’what-if’s’ from dealers, with serious buyers in discussions on the 548. Its chart and many unique features make this an exciting crane to sell and own.”

Announced for the first time at Link-Belt’s CraneFest event was a 600-ton capacity Super Lift option. This will include a supermast, supermast and telescopic tray, and supermast with wagon attachment. The Super Lift currently is on the test pad in Saijo, Japan.

Also new on the 548 is a 25 ft. (7.6 m) auxiliary offset top. It’s designed for heavy lifts where additional load-to-boom clearance is required such as vessel placement and wind energy applications.

The luffer consists of a 98.4 to 236.2 ft. (30 to 72 m) heavy duty luffing boom and a 78.7 to 236.2 ft. (24 to 72 m) luffing jib. Maximum tip height approaches 470 ft. (143.3 m).

The 548’s standard heavy-duty boom is 79 to 315 ft. (24 to 96 m) and the long-range boom is 138 to 354 ft. (42 to 108 m). For efficient assembly/disassembly, the standard equipped live-mast lifting cylinder can handle its own sideframes, lower counterweights, and boom base. The main transport load can weigh less than 104,000 lbs. (45,359.2 kg).

HTC-3140 and HTC-3140LB Telescopic Truck Cranes

Also at Link-Belt’s CraneFest event, customers saw for the first time the HTC-3140. Based on the HTC-3140LB’s five-axle platform, the 3140 has a five-section boom. Only the six-section 3140LB had been shown previously. The five-section boom gives even more transportation alternatives when the reach of the LB is unnecessary. It’s 41.4 to 162 ft. (12.6 to 49.3 m) long with a maximum tip height of 278 ft. (84.7 m) with three 18 ft. (5.5 m) lattice extensions and the three-piece, bi-fold lattice fly.

The HTC-3140LB, with its six-section boom, will be in customers’ hands this quarter after final testing. This crane’s boom is 195.3 ft. (59.4 m) with a maximum boom tip height of 204 ft. (62.2 m).

Both booms have five boom modes for enhanced capacities and can telescope a load. Teflon pucks in the wear pads eliminate boom grease.

Optional fly attachments are common to both. A 10 ft. (3 m) heavy-lift fly has 25 tons (22.6 t) of capacity and can perform a single lift with two load lines. This fly, integrated with the optional three-piece, bi-fold lattice fly and three 18 ft. (5.5 m) extensions, allows the LB to reach 311 ft. (94.7 m). The fly also offsets hydraulically or manually from 2 to 45 degrees and has 60,000 lbs. (27,215 kg) of optional counterweight.

RTC-80130 Series II Rough Terrain Telescopic Crane

Link-Belt’s biggest rough terrain crane, the 130 ton (120 t) RTC-80130 Series II, is now in customer hands. ALL Erection & Crane Rental Co. recently announced the purchase of three RTC-80130’s.

“We’re proud that we meet ALL’s high standards with these cranes,” said Rick Curnutte, Link-Belt telescopic crane product manager. “Their vote of confidence speaks volumes.”

Based on its 100 ton (90.7 t) sibling, the 80130 was designed from the beginning for transportability. It transports in two loads with the main load less than 94,000 lbs. (42,637.7 kg) with the boom, both winches, the three-piece fly, and the tires attached. No other big RT can do that. On a trailer, the load height is less than 14 ft. (4.3 m) and, without the counterweights and outrigger boxes, is less than 10 ft. (3 m) wide. This crane can be disassembled and ready for transport in 30 minutes with no helper crane.

The five-section, 162 ft. (49.3 m) formed boom is made in Lexington, Ky., of extra-high tensile steel and has one double-acting, single stage hydraulic cylinder with integrated holding valves. This powerful configuration telescopes loads like a conventional full-power boom. Five boom modes vary the extension of the telescoping sections and provide enhanced capacities. Maximum boom tip height is 171 ft. (52.1 m).

The 10 ft. heavy-lift fly easily swings and pins into place and is integral to one of the on-board fly options. Alone, it has 25 tons (22.6 t) of capacity and can perform a single lift with two load lines making it practical for tilt-up work. With the optional 31 to 55 ft. (9.4 to 16.7 m) bi-fold lattice fly, and three 18 ft. (5.5 m) lattice extensions, maximum tip height is 278 ft. (84.7 m). A new development for this RT announced at Link-Belt’s CraneFest event is that the fly now includes the HTC-3140’s hydraulic offset. For simple operation, a switch locks out the boom hoist lever so that it becomes the hydraulic offset lever. Like the truck, it offsets the full range from 2 to 45 degrees.

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