Chesterfield, UK-based crane rental firm Altida Crane Hire has bought its first Liebherr crane: a three-axle LTC 1050-3.1 compact mobile crane. The crane has a compact, all-wheel-steer chassis providing a turning circle of 6.1 metres. This, Liebherr said, means that the 50 tonne capacity crane can effectively be utilised as either an all terrain crane or as a city crane. Altida specified the crane with Liebherr’s VarioBase variable support base.
The LTC 1050-3.1 has a 36 metre, five-section main boom and a 13 metre double swing away fly jib with a 1.5 metre integrated assembly jib. Altida’s fully-specified model has a double fly jib with an integrated assembly jib that has a maximum lifting capacity of 25 tonnes, a set of sheaves and a searcher hook, plus a remote control for all crane functions.
The crane has a single-operator elevating cabin designed to increase the operator’s view of the lifting area. When in road-going mode the cabin, which is mounted on a telescopic arm, can be moved towards the front to increase forward and lateral views. 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 a better view of suspended loads.
Lee Fletcher, managing director at Altida, said, “We are extremely pleased to take delivery of our first new Liebherr crane. From founding the company just four years ago, we see the introduction of our 20th mobile crane in service to date, the LTC-1050-3.1, as a great milestone. The customer support we have received from Liebherr is second to none.”