North American crane rental and sales operation All (which operates under the All, Central, Dawes and Jeffers names) announced that increased demand for tower crane rental prompted it to purchase five new tower cranes.
The new tower cranes the company has bought are:
Two new Manitowoc Potain CCS city tower cranes, model MDT 219 J10 (11 US ton / 10 tonnes). This model has a maximum hook reach of 213 feet (65 metres) and a maximum hook height of 231 feet (70 m). It has a CCS (Crane Control System) that All said provides fast, time-saving setup and good lift performance. One MDT 219 is already in the fleet and ready to work; the second is due to arrive in August.
One Potain Igo T 130 (8.8 US ton / 8 tonnes). According to All, this is the largest self erecting tower crane from Potain, with a maximum hook reach of 164 feet (50 m) and a maximum hook height of 200 feet (61 m) when using an elevated jib. All claimed that the new T 130, the first one in the fleet, has a greater capacity than others in its class. All said it offers great flexibility with its multiple jib configurations, variable mast heights, and an offsettable jib. The T 130, available immediately, will be put into service at the Pittsburgh branch.
Also joining the fleet are two Terex SK 415-20 hammerhead tower cranes (22 US ton / 20 tonnes). This model has a maximum hook reach of 246 feet (75 m) and a maximum hook height of 214 feet (65 m). These are already a popular staple in the All fleet, the company claimed, so it chose to add two more that have the longer 263 foot (80 m) jib (versus 246 feet / 75 m). The SK 415s are due for delivery in July.
“Tower crane rental rates continue to trend upward,” said Clay Thoreson, general manager of All’s tower crane division and 45-year veteran of the tower crane industry. “With the economic recovery in many markets, more buildings are going up on tight city sites that require tower cranes. We’ve been adding to our fleet in categories where we see growth. Last year this was in luffing-boomed models. The year before, in larger hammerheads. Now, in 2017, we are filling some of our customers’ niche needs.”