Tadano’s range of truck cranes is very popular in the Australian market, especially among hire fleet operators.
Ray Payne and Graham Jones of Capel Crane Hire in WA operate a fleet of 15 cranes ranging from a 15-tonne Franna through to a 350-tonne Liebherr. The first Tadano in the fleet was the 45-tonne TG450-E followed by the Tadano TR250-M3.
Ray Payne explains that they decided to upgrade their 45 tonne truck crane to boost their general crane hire work across farm, construction, water treatment, mining and other segments. In addition to robust lifting capabilities, the crane also needed to perform on rough roads.
Capel Crane found that the Tadano GT600-EX had the perfect spec sheet. Based on their previous experience with the Tadano brand, they decided to go ahead and get one for their operation.
According to Ray Payne, the new Tadano crane is everything that they expected and more. He explains that the crane travels comfortably at 89 km/h on the road with the pneumatic suspension delivering a very smooth ride, even on the rough roads.
The lifting operation is very user-friendly and ideal for their general crane hire work out in the bush.
Key features of Tadano GT600-EX truck cranes:
- Manufactured in Japan
- One of the longest booms in its class at 43m
- Boom features rounded construction and comprises of five sections
- Two stage bi-fold jib of 9.8m and 15.2m
- Capacity of 60,000kg and line pull of 5,600kg thanks to strong winches onboard
- Entire operation managed by the Tadano AML computer system