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Crowland Cranes buys its first Liebherr

8 Mar 16 Liebherr historically accounts for up to 40% of new mobile crane purchases in the UK but Peterborough-based Crowland Cranes has never bought one… until now.

The unconventional LTC 1050-3.1
The unconventional LTC 1050-3.1

Crowland Cranes has added a Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1 compact mobile crane to its fleet, to be based at its new Norwich depot.

The LTC 1050-3.1 is an unusual crane in that it has a three-axle all-terrain chassis but only a single cab. It is positioned at the front of the vehicle for driving on roads and is then elevated hydraulically on a telescopic arm for lifting operations.

When in lifting mode, the cab can be raised to give a maximum eye level of 7.8 metres. The cab also tilts 20 degrees to the rear to allow the operator an unrestricted view of a suspended load.

Liebherr says that this enables it to work as a conventional 50-tonne all-terrain crane, a compact city crane and, with its compact design and 6.1-metre turning circle, an industrial crane.

The LTC 1050-3.1 was introduced at the Intermat 2015 trade fair in Paris last year as the successor to the LTC 1045-3.1.

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Crowland has taken it in full specification, with 13-metre double swing-away fly jib and integrated 1.5-metre assembly jib to extend the reach of its 36-metre, five-section main boom. The assembly jib can be installed with a set of sheaves or searcher hook; one person can swap these parts in the assembly jib without the need to work at height, Liebherr says.  The assembly jib has a maximum rated lift capacity of 25 tonnes.

Crowland Cranes has also opted for the Variobase asymmetric outrigger control function and full remote control of the crane superstructure functions.

Managing director Peter Issitt said: “The LTC1050 is an interesting and versatile product, enabling our hire desks to offer our customers something a little different from the norm. We have a developing relationship with Liebherr GB and so far the experience from quotation to supply has been a very positive one. I look forward to seeing our relationship develop further and hopefully we shall add more Liebherr units in the future.”

Crowland is a dealer for some of Liebherr’s competitors, including Manitowoc’s Grove brand and Chinese manufacturer Zoomlion.

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