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Crane business booming for LTE, Gleason Cranes

Keeping pace with Melbourne’s booming infrastructure is challenging but the team at LTE Construction group is keeping pace and has turned to the Zoomlion cranes for a range of work.

Maintaining a strong fleet of cranes, LTE Construction Group is working on some of the most impressive projects across Melbourne. 

The company has once again turned to Zoomlion to support its team by bringing two hydraulic boom cranes into the fleet. 

Operating across Victoria and Queensland, the company maintains a focus on piling and earthmoving alongside its transport contracting.

Currently led by Managing Director, Nick Maric, LTE Construction has a solid reputation within the industry of delivering projects to a high standard.

“The business was started back in 2000 and we begun with a focus on tip trucks and excavators and then transitoned into what we are today,” Nick said.

“About half of our cranes work in the piling sector whilst the other half work out of our pre-cast yards along with other required works. They are our main two areas of focus for our cranes though.”

Nick said when it came time for LTE to consider a new crane into for its fleet it was drawn to the Zoomlion cranes offered by Gleason Cranes.

“We brought the ZCT600V into our fleet first and it has been working on the piling side of the business and we were really impressed by it,” he said.

Zoomlion’s hydraulic crawler crane, supplied to LTE by Gleason Cranes.

“For us, it was definitely the price point that was a standout, but then looking at every other aspect it really stood up when we compared to other cranes.

“Once we took delivery and had it out working, we were impressed by how reliable they are.

“Sometimes people can have low expectations for these Chinese machines but it has really exceeded our expectations and not missed a beat since we had it,” Nick said.

The newest series of Hydraulic Boom Crawlers from Zoomlion is a strong offering from the company and is well equipped when compared to similar cranes, he added.

The ZCT600V comes with a Weichai engine producing 860Nm with a 60 tonne capacity and 46 metres of main boom in five sections.

Alongside this, it also has an optional fly jib attachment adding up to 12.8 metres to its reach.

“We were really happy with the ZCT600V and when it came to purchase our next crane we turned once again to Chris and Gleasons for it,” Nick said.

The 90 tonne crane comes with a five section boom with a 47 metre reach and an optional jib which can add up to 14 metres. 

The crane is easily transportable with a width of 3.3 metres and requires no disassembly to be transported to site. 

The six cylinder diesel engine gives the crane plenty of power and the standard grouser tracks, coupled with the 12 month part warranty, made it a simple purchase for LTE construction.

“It was a really simple decision to bring this crane into our fleet, it has a lot of similarities to the others so driver familiarity was high,” Nick said.

Nick breaks down the expectations for the crane and what it will work on in the coming months. 

“This crane will head straight up to Queensland into our yard there and will get to work on pre-cast jobs straight away,” he said.

Nick said he has been extremely impressed working with Chris Logan and the team at Gleasons.

“Chris is an absolute gentleman, he is so pleasant to deal with and always was on hand for any questions we had,” he said.

“We can call the team any time with questions or concerns and they will talk us through ways to troubleshoot the problems, considering it is an overseas brand the backup support is fantastic.

“We were taken through our induction with Gleason Cranes and felt supremely confident once we took delivery of them,” Nick said.

With these new cranes on board the team LTE construction knows the importance of maintaining its strong team, as Nick explains.

“The in-house team at LTE Construction Group has experienced piling staff, machine operators and engineers that ensure our clients receive the best advice before each project starts,” he said. 

“Bringing these cranes on board only strengthens this for the team and will allow us to deliver for our clients.” 

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