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Mini cranes from Kennards Lift & Shift excel on Sydney Harbour Slipways project

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Kennards Lift and Shift’s two rubber-track, mini crawler cranes proved ideal for work in confined spaces during construction of a new marine maintenance facility on Sydney Harbour.

The $25 million Sydney Slipways project, which is being built by Lucas Stuart on a 1.9ha site at Rozelle Bay, includes a vessel maintenance and refit yard, wet working bays and associated facilities, as well as an office building for marine professionals, retail area and 150-seat restaurant. On completion later this year, this site will be the largest maintenance facility for power and sail boats on Sydney Harbour, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Spartan Steel Fabrication undertook all the steel fabrication and erection and hired a Maeda MC405 unit to install an internal steel stairwell. They used a smaller MC285 model on a rooftop to lift steel rafters.

Having set the crane up on the road, Spartan Steel Fabrication couldn’t block it because it is used non-stop by trucks going to and from a big storage terminal. The mini crawler crane from Kennards Lift and Shift allowed them to complete the job and keep one lane open to traffic as well.

The boom on a larger crane was too big to get into staircase sections at the opening of the building. Spartan Steel Fabrication lifted it up with a larger crane, and used it for the roof steel. They used the smaller mini crawler crane for rooftop work and found the crane ideal for it.

According to Sam Darwich, who operated the larger of the units, the mini crawler crane was easy to use. The warning system for overload was good and the crane offered smooth operation.

Kennards Lift and Shift’s diesel-powered mini crawler cranes can be used for a range of building, construction landscaping and other types of projects.

Applications include:

  • Concrete panelling
  • Sheeting
  • Cladding
  • Glass installation
  • Plant maintenance
  • Positioning heavy furniture through windows from the outside of buildings
  • Relocating valuable art work

The larger model can lift 3.8 tonne when it is working in close, with the arm at a radius of 2.7m, while the smaller, super-slim smaller model has a maximum capacity of 2.82 tonne at a working radius of 1.4m.

Hirers can transport the smaller unit on a trailer behind a medium size 4WD or truck.

A C2 crane operator’s certificate is needed for both machines.

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