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King Lifting orders first Liebherr

16 May 13 Crane hire firm King Lifting has placed an order for its first Liebherr crane and the UK’s first LTM 1300-6.2 model.

Steven Elliott of Liebherr (left) seals the deal with Tristan King
Steven Elliott of Liebherr (left) seals the deal with Tristan King

The 300-tonne capacity all-terrain is unusual in that it works off a single engine. Cranes of this size have previously always had one engine to drive the vehicle and one to power the crane operations on the upper works.

King Lifting is a family-run business with eight regional depots across the south of England and Wales.

Tristan King, son of the firm’s founder Bob King, said: “The Liebherr crane impressed us with its ecological use of a single engine to drive both road and crane operation modes. This makes operational and financial sense. Reducing the on board weight gives greater flexibility in what equipment or ballast the crane carries day to day, this allows us to provide quicker and more cost effective solutions to our customers.”

His brother Kieran King was impressed with the Variable Supporting Base system that the new Liebherr crane will come fitted with. The system measures the position and the support forces exerted on each individual outrigger. The onboard Liccon work planner uses this data to plot the duties of the crane.

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Kieran King said: “The safety aspect to everyone involved in a lift is obvious, it ensures that our cranes are always within their safe operating zone, whatever the set up conditions or positioning. From a sales perspective it gives us another edge over other cranes. In difficult access area such as against buildings and obstructions or non uniform ground conditions or even confined spaces we are able to clearly demonstrate safe working ability. With ever increasing pressures on safety, this is a critical box ticked for many of our customers.”

The LTM 1300-6.2

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