New cranes boost Titan’s hire fleet

23rd April 2012

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Greater mobility, flexibility and versatility is a catchphrase to best describe the Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1, the new flagship of Titan Cranes’ hire fleet.

Titan’s Chief Executive Gordon Stone says,” the Liebherr is one of four new cranes purchased this year as part of the company’s two-year programme to upgrade and increase the hire fleet.”

The four cranes are: Liebherr LTM1360-6.1, 350 tonne all terrain crane, Terex AC60/3L, 60 tonne all terrain, Kato NK300VR, 30 tonne hydraulic truck crane and Terex AC 100, 100 tonne all terrain.

The Liebherr due to arrive in Auckland from Germany on 10 June, will join the three other newcomers already in New Zealand.

The Liebherr is the biggest selling 350 tonne crane worldwide, says Vaughan Clark, Titan Cranes Northern Regional Manager. It has many special features and people around the world are finding its versatility a very strong point.

The manufacturers claim the Liebherr 1350-6.1 has a significantly improved load chart and when fitted with its unique Y-guy boom suspension system, makes it the strongest six-axle crane on the market.

The new six-axle crane has a 70 metre telescopic main boom and 78 metre luffing fly jib that takes the maximum tip height up to 132 metres.

Vaughan says its up and over flexibility will work well in Wellington city where it can be positioned close to buildings.

“At 3.1 metres wide, the Liebherr 350 is narrower than other cranes, giving it greater capability for travelling on New Zealand roads with less time constraints. It will be able to travel with all 4 outriggers attached,” he said.

Replacing the Demag AC200 the Liebherr LTM1350-6.1 will work in the capital city and Taranaki. However due to its size and versatility it will also be available for work throughout New Zealand.

On the job in Taranaki

The Terex AC60/3L all terrain crane is based at Titan Cranes Taranaki depot in New Plymouth where it is already on the job in and around the city.

Arriving in New Plymouth in March the AC60 was first put to work on the Shell Todd Oil Services maintenance shut down at Pohokura Production Station, carrying out general lifting work around the site.

Since then it has worked around the city, most recently removing a spa pool out from a residential property on the side of a hill, with access via a sloping road. The crane proved versatile lifting the spa pool out and putting in a new one, said Titan’s New Plymouth Branch Manager Paul Clout.

With that mission completed it was onto the next job on an oil rig at the Taranaki port.

The Kato NK300VR fully hydraulic truck crane currently in Wellington for testing and new signage will be based in New Plymouth where will complement the hire fleet in Taranaki arriving ready to work at the end of April. 

South Island service

Customers in the South Island will benefit from the arrival in Christchurch of the Terex AC 100 all terrain crane.

Gordon Stone says the new AC 100 will be a valuable addition to Titan’s hire fleet working on the earthquake recovery programme in Christchurch city and surrounds.

This crane is ex-Australian stock. Its distinct blue and white colours differ from the Titan New Zealand fleet’s maroon and yellow livery.

The cranes were bought from Titan Equipment’s national sales manager Dean McPhee. Titan Cranes asked Dean to source the most suitable machines from both the Terex and Kato stables. 

Staff training on the two Terex cranes was carried out by Craig Samms from Terex Australia.  Gordon Stone says Titan New Zealand is very grateful to Terex Australia for its commitment to providing our staff with training and ongoing support.