Goodline takes first Tadano AT in Australia
By Euan Youdale30 November 2010
Australia's first Tadano ATF130G-5 all terrain crane has been delivered to Goodline at its remote facillity in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
As well as the 130 tonne capacity all terrain, the construction and maintenance company also took delivery of a Tadano GR-550EX rough terrain crane at the same time.
Goodline offers steel fabrication, steel erection, demolition, scaffolding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and civil works services to some of the most remote parts of Australia. The company employees some 400 people at its main site in port Hedland.
"At a time when the biggest crane in the existing fleet was a 55 tonne truck crane, the jump to a 130 tonne all terrain unit would seem to be quit a leap in lifting capability," said John Kennedy, Goodline managing director.
"We were spending about AU$1million (US$958,000) a year hiring larger cranes. I like to keep as much equipment in house as possible, so when we saw the amount of work we were called in to perform requiring a larger crane I started to look more closely at the options."
The requirement, added Kennedy, was not so much capacity but a long reach. The Tadano ATF130G-5 charts confirm it can comfortably lift 20 tonnes to 18 m radius, which is commonly required on local plant work.
"The second-hand 90 to 100 tonne cranes were commanding AU$1 million. So to have extra lifting capacity in a brand new Tadano crane for really not a lot more investment made the decision easy," said Kennedy.
The ATF130G-5 is a 5-axle crane roadable at 12 tonne per axle, full hydraulic suspension, 85 kph road speed, and 79% gradeability, dependant on tyre sizes.
Using the single cylinder telescoping system, the six-section boom extends to 60m in about 380 seconds. It can lift 20.6 tonnes at 18 m radius and 1 tonnes at 76 m radius, both through 360°. Jib extensions are available from 10m/18m to 32 m in manual or hydraulic luffing versions.
Goodline will use the all terrain crane on a recently won medium term contract at Christmas Creek, Western Australia, working on the copper-iron FMG expansion project.