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Tadano’s Largest Rough Terrain Crane Comes to North America

Tadano goes the extra mile for demanding job sites.

Mon August 12, 2013 - West Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Tadano America Corporation, Houston, Texas, launched the GR-1600XL-2, its largest rough terrain crane. The new crane boasts 160 ton (145 t) capacities, and features a newly designed 200 ft. (61m) 6-section rounded boom, providing a maximum 201 ft. lifting height, and 185 ft. (56 m) load radius, powered by a single telescopic cylinder. Extra reach is provided by a 2-stage, bi-fold lattice tilt type jib, which extends tip height to 257 ft. (78 m) and a load radius to 200 ft.

Listening to customer requirements, Tadano introduced the high lifting capacity rough terrain crane, utilizing Tadano’s first compact 3-axle carrier. The new 3-axle carrier has improved maneuverability to navigate confined job sites with 6x4x6 drive, plus 4 steering modes, and a turning radius of 32 ft. 6 in. (9.9 m), with 6-wheel steer.

For ease of transport, the self-removable counterweight and outriggers require no assist crane. In addition, the cab tilt system design improves operator visibility for high-reaching operations.

Like its XL-2 series predecessors, the GR-1600XL-2 comes standard with several features highlighted below:

• HELLO-NET, used to monitor crane activity straight from a computer or mobile device.

• Eco-mode and positive control systems that reduce fuel consumption while the crane is being operated or on standby.

• The fuel monitoring system designed to minimize environmental impact and reduce CO2 emissions.

• The automatic moment limiter (AML-C) displays important information and allows the operator to preset ?a custom working environment. The operator can preset the load radius, boom angle, tip height and ?swing range, enabling safe and seamless lifting operations.

• Tadano’s asymmetrical, multi-position outrigger setups for maximum utilization of crane lifting capacities when operating in confined areas. This is provided by the AML-C that detects outrigger extension length and boom position as well as the important “soft stop” function that brings the motion of the crane to a slow stop automatically before it reaches the limits of allowed capacity.

In the North and South American markets, Tadano’s energy and mining sector customers require mobile cranes that have larger lifting capacities and longer boom lengths. This is primarily stemming from the complex and growing refinery job sites. With these job sites in mind, especially the energy sector, the need for a crane that can work smoothly while maneuvering through tight spaces is essential.

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