Aerial view of the new Jaso J800.48 low top tower crane on test in Spain, painted red and white

Aerial view of the new Jaso J800.48 low top tower crane on test in Spain

Jaso has launched a new large tower crane, the J800.48, second in size only to the J1400 launched in April 2019.

It follows the same low top design principle as the larger model and is designed for loads requiring a capacity of between 18 and 21 tonnes at 40 metres with a maximum boom length around 60 metres. With a shorter jib it has the capacity for PPVC (pre-fabricated pre-finished volumetric construction) where typically module loads of 35 to 40 tonnes are needed.

Capacity with double rope reeving is 48 tonnes or 24 tonnes with single reeving. Capacity at the end of an 80 metre jib is 5.1 tonnes. The standard hoist motor is 110 kW while the optional 132 kW unit gives a maximum line speed of 150 m/min. Lebus grooving on the hoist winch was specially designed for Jaso. It will allow enough rope for a 455 metre hook height with single reeving or 227 metres double-reeved.

Using the standard 2.16 x 2.16 metre tower system, which is in 5.6 metre long sections, the maximum free standing height is 73.6 metres. Taking the stronger TSP20-5,6 mast, which has the same 2.16 x 2.16 metre dimension, a maximum hook height of 101.7 metres can be achieved with the minimum 23 metre boom or 90.5 metres with the maximum 80 metre boom.

Close up of the low top tower head design on the Jaso J800.48 showing the pendant. Painted red and white, against a nice blue sky

Close up of the low top tower head design on the new Jaso J800.48

During erection the section with the pendant attached is lifted, in one piece with the first two sections, to form the short 23 metre boom. Extension is then possible in 2.5 metre increments. Also short is the swing radius, the minimum of which is 18.6 metres, achieved using one of four modular counter jib configurations.

Transport is in standard containers and on standard trucks so there is no need for special open top containers or flatbed trailers. For added safety a secondary clamp-type brake is available on hoist and trolley.

The manufacturer said its low top design is much lower than a true hammerhead. It gives the same benefits as any flat top design in this same range, Jaso explained, “When you compare like with like there is actually no difference in the clearance heights of flat tops and this Jaso low top, because flat top designs need deeper jibs to compensate for the pendant height, to give the boom its strength. So, when oversailing, its performance is more favourable because of less deflection, thanks to the extremely short but strong pendant.”

Red and white painted Jaso J800.48 low top tower crane, boom pointing down, on the test pad in Spain against a blue sky with green hills in backgound

Jaso J800.48 low top tower crane on the test pad in April 2020. Minimum swing radius is 18.6 metres

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