HMF ‘power to lift’ event
By Katherine Weir25 April 2016
Denmark-based loader crane manufacturer HMF celebrated the completion of three truck cranes for UK customers in an event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, UK.
Blackmores Machinery Haulage, C.R. Hansard and Banner Plant enjoyed an unusual crane handover in the disused steel mill of the Magna Centre, as the HMF team took full advantage of the atmospheric lighting and expansive space available to display the new cranes.
Alan Johnson, sales director at HMF, said, “With all three loader cranes ready for handover at about the same time, we thought this was the best opportunity to put them on show and highlight how the team have created cranes that exactly match the customer specifications.”
Blackmores Machinery Haulage had a Volvo FM truck on show with the HMF 6020-K crane attached. This 60 tonne-metre rear mounted model came with a K3 extension and it has a 10.4 metre hydraulic reach. The company asked for a low floor height and precise operation.
C.R Hansard wanted a low 5th wheel height, the maximum vehicle life possible and front axle tolerance as part of their wish list. The company opted for the HMF 8520-K with a front axle capacity of 10 tonnes and a HMF sub frame with Electronic Vehicle Stability (EVS).
Banner Plant needed a crane that could lift everything from electric drills to cabins and wanted 360 degree manoeuvrability for work on small sites. Banner also went for the HMF 8520-K with a central pivot front stabiliser of 9 tonne capacity for lifting over the front of the truck. The crane has an outreach of 15.6 m.
All the cranes were fitted with EVS to prevent overturning and to continually monitor the stability and movement of the loader in relation to the actual stability of the vehicle.