German crane rental firm Kran Saller, based in the Bavarian town of Deggendorf, used its five-axle, 200-tonne capacity Tadano ATF 200G-5 all terrain crane to erect a 60-metre aerial lift pylon for cable cars in Tyrol, Austria.
Before erecting the aerial lift, the crane’s first challenge was to reach the job site at the top of the Kaunertal Glacier – an altitude of 2,750 metres. The crane navigated inclines of up to 12 per cent along a road with 10 km of tight turns. The final route to the job site comprised of a gravel path.
The approach was made easier, said crane manufacturer Tadano, due to the crane’s flexible 12 counterweight system which meant that it could travel light with just one truck carrying the counterweight and base weights. Once at the site the crane had to be loaded with the counterweight and base plates before moving into position to work along the unpaved road.
The crane spent one month working on erecting the aerial lift pylon. The load comprised around 150 steel components, including two bars weighing 12.5 tonnes each. Conditions were tough at the top of the mountain, said Tadano, presenting snow and frost. In addition, work had to stop for two days due to high wind. The crane completed the required work safely.