The MLC650 has a maximum load moment of 3,887 tonne-metres, increasing to 9,052 tonne-metres with th

The MLC650 has a maximum load moment of 3,887 tonne-metres, increasing to 9,052 tonne-metres with the optional VPC-Max capacity enhancement system.

The USA’s largest crane rental company, Maxim Crane is boosting its fleet with the addition of large Manitowoc crawler cranes, between 400 and 825 US ton capacity. An additional six units each in the 400 and 825 ton range will have been delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2016, the company said. All cranes are going straight to work on sites around the USA, according to the company.

Bryan Carlisle, Maxim Crane CEO, said, “We are pleased to be coming off of the most successful year in our company history and recognized the current need of our strategic partners requiring large capacity premier lifting cranes right now.”

Frank Bardonaro, Maxim president of sales, said, “We recognise and work with the strongest European and US Crane manufacturers on a regular basis to help determine what the industry needs and identify who has the most versatile products for our customers when making our capex decisions.

"With our true coast-to-coast footprint, it is critical that we are able to strategically position attachments, components, parts and qualified technicians throughout the country. The addition of the five new Manitowoc 16000s and eight of the new VPC Class of crawlers right now, rather than waiting, has given our customers a tremendous advantage and multiple options for their complex lifting operations."

Rob Schultz, Maxim vice president of the crawler division, said, “We have been looking at the new [Manitowoc] VPC design for years and felt that it would provide our customers with better lifting solutions on projects where site access and ground preparation were critical to the project. Although we looked at some of the new products that may be available in 2017 or 2018 from some of the European manufacturers, we knew we had a need for these cranes now and felt that the current engineering and support offered from Manitowoc offered the best solution and product available in the market," he added.

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