All Terrain Services General Manager Todd Jackson discusses the growth of the business and the reasons behind the purchase of the new Maeda.
“Over the last few years, we have continued with sustainable growth and expanded and upgraded the spider crane and the mini crawler crane fleet, as well as other equipment including Forklifts, Telehandlers, Cranes and Access Equipment,” said Todd.
“We’ve been moving into electric models with Maeda and our first venture was a few years ago when we purchased the Maeda MC285C-3, a hybrid crane featuring a detachable electric motor that runs off mains power.
“We purchased that crane to expand our capabilities for indoor crane lifting operations and that crane has worked well for the business.
“More recently, we purchased the Maeda MC305CB which is a fully electric, battery-operated model, and this purchase is designed to further expand our indoor lifting capabilities.
“So far, the crane has been received well by our customers and at this stage, I don’t believe there is another Maeda MC305CB in Western Australia.
It gives us a competitive advantage in the market with the extra capacity and reach provided by the Maeda MC305CB,” said Todd.
The Maeda MC305CB has a lifting capacity of 2.98t at 2.5m and a maximum lift height of 12.52 m.
All Terrain Services is currently running a fleet of eight late model Maeda mini cranes, he adds.
With the spider cranes, the Maeda MC285C-3 has a lifting capacity of 2.8t at 1.4m and can operate on both diesel power and mains electric.
Moving up, the MC305C-3 has a capacity of 2.98t at 2.5m and is now available in full battery electric power, then the MC405C-3 with a lifting capacity of 3.8t at 2.7m.
“In the pick and carry range we have the LC383m-5, which is the smallest of the pick and carry mini crawler with a capacity of 2.93t at 1.5m, the CC985s-1, which has a capacity of 4.9t at 2.1m, and the CC1485s-1 which has a capacity of 6t at 2.6m,” Todd says.
The investment in cleaner, more environmentally friendly cranes is paying dividends for All Terrain Services with customers actively moving away from diesel powered cranes where and when possible.
“The move to electric and battery electric cranes has been a significant step forward for our business,” Todd said.
“Not only are our customers benefiting, but also our operators, staff and other workers on the jobsites as well as the general public from reduced emissions, noise and vibration.
“A huge number of mining and construction companies are focusing on reducing emissions and the carbon footprint of their sites.
Everyone is focused on a more sustainable future, and they want to be conducting their sites in an environmentally friendly manner.
So, in that sense our move to electric powered mini cranes is proving to be very popular and we are happy to be able to provide emission free solutions.
“The electric technology benefits everyone, being able to operate cranes with no emissions means our crews aren’t exposed to diesel exhaust, there is less noise and there is very little vibration which improves safety.
The electric models have been received very well by our operators and customers.
“Whether you’re glazing, installing priceless art works or you’re installing steel, there is always a lot of fine movement work.
We find with minimal noise and less vibration, the operators have a lot more feel and control of the crane and there is much better communication between the team and those working closely with the crane.
There are lot of benefits with mains electric and battery electric cranes,” he said.
All Terrain Services have been busy working on projects all over Western Australia.
“We have work all over the Perth Metro area as well as on remote mining, infrastructure and construction projects.
Mini cranes, both spiders and the pick and carry mini crawlers, are becoming increasingly popular and are proving their worth on some of those bigger mining construction projects.
We’ve got cranes on high rise construction projects to residential house builds, waste management facilities, manufacturing plants, in mining applications and large infrastructure and rail projects.
The versatility of our mini crane range is the key to them being busy,” said Todd.
The team at All Terrain Services works closely with Michael Cawston and his team at Pace Cranes, says Todd.
“The team at Pace Cranes is awesome.
From Michael and Anthony through to Craig in spare parts, Greg and Patrick and the service team, everyone has been brilliant with us.
Nothing’s been a problem, they’ve always supported us 100 per cent.
” “We are excited to continue to expand and upgrade the fleet and looking forward to the development of new Maeda models to expand our range and capabilities.
“Pace Cranes is always there when we need them with parts, support, and advice, and that’s the reason we’ve stuck with Maeda for our mini crane fleet, even though there is a lot more competition in the market now.
There’s a lot of options and competitive brands, but we’ve always bought equipment based on performance, reliability and most importantly service, and for us the performance of both Maeda mini cranes and service from Pace Cranes has been exceptional,” said Todd.