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Compact crane helps construct two residential towers

A rough terrain crane is helping to build a 28-storey and 32-storey residential tower for the Riverwalk Project in Philadelphia, in the United States.

B. Pietrini and Sons has added a Grove GRT655 to its fleet in order to build the first four levels of the two buildings.

It was chosen for its compact size compared with other cranes in its class, able to operate in narrow sites even when the outriggers are fully extended.

The concrete construction company uses the crane to assist with formwork, set reinforcing steel and move the cement bucket to where it will make the job site more efficient.

B. Pietrini and Sons CEO, Fran Pietrini, said the compact footprint of the crane along with its manoeuvrability would allow the company to deploy it on other sites in the future.

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“The crane operators love the tilt cab,” Pietrini said.

“It’s a lot more comfortable and the 20-degree tilt enables them to see exactly where they are placing loads, especially when the boom is at a high angle, which helps improve our job site visibility.”

The company has also deployed a Potain MR 608 luffing jib tower crane to help complete the upper levels of the two structures.

The project began in October 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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