New Tadano Faun global Series At

08 May 2008

Launched this month is a new Tadano Faun all terrain mobile crane that replaces the 60 tonne capacity ATF 60-4. The 65 tonne capacity ATF 65G-4 is the third in the ā€˜Gā€™ (global) series launched at Bauma 2004 with the ATF 110G-5 and ATF 160G-5.

As the name suggests, the Global element of the design means the inclusion of specifications and features that consider, as far as possible, the different regulations of markets around the world, for example, carrier width, axle spacing and overhangs.

The new four axle model retains the two-engine taxi concept of its predecessor and it comes within the 12 tonnes per axle limit with a double folding jib, 8 x 6 drive, 16.00 tyres, the full 12 tonnes of counterweight and two hook blocks.

The 44 m single cylinder boom is lighter and has a new profile for safer lifts and a stronger chart. Standard drive/steer is 8 x 6 and 8 x 8 is an option. Also fitted is the automatic electro-hydraulic steering system used on the other G-series models, the ATF 45-3 and ATF 60-3, for optimal turning radii and manoeuvrability. All axles are steered, offering crab on site, and the rear axles three and four can be manually steered independent of the two front axles. On the road the first and second axles are steered assisted by the fourth axle, which is electronically steered up to 25 km/h (in line with road regulations).

The new upper cab is of the manufacturer's Cockpit type where the seat and controls tilt inside the cab rather than the whole thing tilting for better safety. Available as an option is the Lift Adjuster system designed to minimise a change in working radius caused by the extended boom's deflection when it picks a load (see IC March 2005, Technology update, page 46).

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