Liebherr's wider harbour range

28 February 2008

Hydraulics used on the lightweight range are designed to the same level as Liebherr's aircraft compo

Hydraulics used on the lightweight range are designed to the same level as Liebherr's aircraft components, resulting in a longer life, said the company

A new model and upgrades to existing ones have been announced by Liebherr for its lightweight harbour crane range.

In recent years the company focused on the higher end of its range to meet market demand. “But Liebherr also believes the smaller end of the market cannot be ignored, with up to 30% of annual sales falling in to this region. Like their big brothers, the smaller cranes now all feature technical upgrades that will save the customer money and make the crane a more environmentally friendly machine,” said a company spokesperson.

The new LHM 180 has a maximum lifting capacity of 64 tonnes, with a maximum outreach of 35 m. Compared to the LHM 250 from the old range, performance increased in the hoisting gear by 12%, in the slewing gear by 50% and the luffing gear by 100%.

Features include:

• Internally mounted winches – giving longer life and reduced noise levels.

• Higher luffing, slewing and hoisting speeds.

• GRP machinery house on all units, leading to a corrosion-free, lighter structure, with better noise insulation.• Oil coolers are mounted externally to avoid product contamination of the machinery.

• Electric or diesel prime mover, or both, on all machines.

• Real A8 classification on grab application.

• The ability to work with a fully automatic spreader all the way down to the LHM 180 machine. (Five containers across).

Liebherr said the main components of the range would remain the same, such as the undercarriage system, which, the company claimed, is the most manoeuvrable in the harbour crane market, along with the standard hydrostatic drives, for which parts can be shared between models.

The updated range:

LHM – Lightweight:
maximum lifting capacity outreach
LHM 100 (upgraded) 45 tonnes 30 metres
LHM 180 (new) 64 tonnes 35 metres
LHM 250 (upgraded) 84 tonnes 40 metres
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