Maeda Provides Lift Where Tower Crane Can’t Reach

On this addition to the St. David’s Medical Facility in Austin, Texas, the tower crane couldn’t reach the farthest corner of the structure.

📅   Sun November 15, 2015 - West Edition
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Erectors found the mini-crane was much faster assembling the steel because of its close proximity and precision placement.
Erectors found the mini-crane was much faster assembling the steel because of its close proximity and precision placement.

A Maeda mini-crane came to the rescue of a structure that was beyond the reach of a tower crane. On this addition to the St. David’s Medical Facility in Austin, Texas, the tower crane couldn’t reach the farthest corner of the structure.

It could however, hoist a Maeda MC 285 mini-crane to the roof and stage the steel beams. Erectors found the mini-crane was much faster assembling the steel because of its close proximity and precision placement. The mini-crane operator was able to closely monitor the workers on the beams and communicate directly with them. This advantage also improved the safety of the steel erection.

The Maeda was a much less expensive alternative than a large mobile crane rental. The crew was able to bolt-up the steel columns and beams in one day on the rooftop corner. The track-mounted MC 285, which was rented from Inman Texas Company in Houston, was easily able to maneuver on the roof with its compact 30-in. (76 cm) width.

This is a trend that is making mini-cranes standard equipment on steel erection projects. As tower crane time becomes more valuable, the precision and safety of a mini-crane is faster and safer.

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