New Link-Belts

25 April 2008

Visitors to Link-Belt's CraneFest had the chance to learn about and see in iron for the first time two new crawler cranes, a new all terrain, a new rough terrain, and a new boom attachment. The event was held at Link-Belt's headquarters in Kentucky, US, last month.

Expanding the crawler line is the new 298 HSL, a 230 ton (209 tonne) hydraulic lattice boom crawler crane. Added to the all terrain crane line is the new five axle 250 ton (220 tonne) ATC-3250.

For the first time dealers and customers got their hands on the new 45 ton (41 tonne) capacity TCC-450 telescopic crawler crane at CraneFest. It has a 33 to 105 foot (10 to 32 m) Link-Belt four-section box boom. Line pull is 11,000 pounds (4,990 kg) and power is from a 197 hp (147 kW) Tier 3 Isuzu engine.

“As this work becomes even more specialized and general contractors look to TCCs as a lifting solution alternative, the larger dealers and national rental houses will move toward adding these units to their fleets,” said Pat Collins, lattice crane product manager. “It's conceivable we could expand to three or four different sized units.”New in the rough terrain range is the 90 ton (82 tonne) capacity RTC-8090 Series II with new boom design. A first for a rough terrain crane, according to the manufacturer, is the locking and latching system for the 38 to 140 foot (12 to 43 m), five- section boom. It has a single cylinder and there is no deduct in the lift chart for telescoping a load. Maximum tip height is 238 feet (73 m) with the additional two 16 foot (5 m) lattice inserts between the boom head and the optional 35 to 58 foot (11 to 18 m) bi-fold lattice.

Power from a 225 hp (168 kW) Caterpillar C6.6 is transmitted by a Spicer powershift transmission with six forward and six reverse speeds. The suspension is described as automotive style, four- link, fully independent at the rear designed to reduce bouncing and improve handling both on and off the road. Transport weight is less than 90,000 pounds (41 tonnes).

The new angle boom for the 218 HSL crawler is designed for oil field service work, clamshell, pile driving and other applications where conditions are not ideal for a tubular boom. Available from 45 to 155 feet (14 to 47 m) long, the new angle boom has four 4 x 0.5 inch (100 x 12.7 mm) chords.

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