First Potain to USA

By Niamh Marriott11 August 2022

Compass Equipment purchased the first MDT 489 M25 topless crane in North America. The company sent the crane to work at the Las Vegas Strip last month.

The MDT 489 was launched in mid-2021 (Photo: Manitowoc Potain)

Compass Equipment is a longstanding Potain customer investing in both self-erecting and top-slewing cranes.

“We have a lot of trust in Potain products and the company’s support to use them effectively,” said Kelly Hadland, CEO of Compass Equipment. “It was an easy decision to purchase this new MDT 489, and we have high hopes for the crane.

“We continue to invest in the Potain line-up because this crane builds with K800 mast system we already have in our fleet for larger Potain models. With the K800 tower system, this crane has a free-standing height of 221.8 feet [67.6 metres] HUH with full jib.”

The MDT 489 was launched in mid-2021, build up from the the MD 485. Updates include a topless design with strong load charts and CCS (Crane Control System) integration to give crane operators and assemblers commonalities within the Potain line-up.

Potain said the crane is ideal for construction industries’ demand for large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, especially with the demand for installation of larger, prefabricated components and concrete work.

The MDT 489 M25 offers a maximum load of 25 tonnes and a 79.8 metre jib. The crane jib and counter jib attach at the slewing platform with Potain’s connection.

“We’re particularly excited about how this crane combines great capacity for large construction projects with a compact configuration that enables us to operate on restricted jobsites,” Hadland said.

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