Blansjaar takes on all terrain Challenger

By Laura Hatton12 December 2012

Three Terex Challenger 3160 all terrain cranes

Three Terex Challenger 3160 all terrain cranes

Blansjaar has added three Terex Challenger 3160 all terrain cranes to its rental fleet in the Netherlands.

The company, which handles delicate and valuable art, purchased the all terrain cranes to help overcome restrictions that their operators face on a daily basis. Constraints such as narrow streets and tall 16 metre historical buildings in The Hague, are just some of these restrictions.

The Terex Challenger 3160 is a three-axle crane in the 55 tonne capacity class. It has a 50 m single-cylinder telescopic boom and capacity is 35.6 tonnes at a 4 m radius. It can be operated independently by one person while remaining under an axle load limit of 12 tonnes. For countries with a maximum axle load limit of 10 tonnes, the crane can set down its own counterweight, keeping the unit’s total service weight under 30 tonnes. The Challenger 3160 also has a Tier 4i-compliant engine, which means that the company is not restricted by emission limitations.

“Rental rates are good and it’s so quick to rig and de-rig that we can handle up to as many as five or six jobs a day, which is already well worth the investment. I’m counting on the prospects of even higher returns once the market picks up again,” says André van Der Dussen, Blansjaar owner and managing director. “The crane is extremely flexible, and its long boom easily clears the distance we need without installing a jib. Our operators find its compact design makes manoeuvres much easier, which is perfect on city jobs.

“We’re a small, no-nonsense business. We all love our job and our cranes, all 33 of which are less than six years old,” noted André. “Our operators, who have been working with us for much longer, have the experience to lift virtually anything but our specialized skills in handling rare and unique pieces of artwork are something that we are particularly proud of. We even lifted a 5 x 2 m Andy Warhol painting estimated at 25 million Euros."

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