Tutt Bryant Equipment recently announced the long-awaited Australian release of the Kato CR-250Rv, 25t capacity city crane.
Featuring several significant changes to meet Australian requirements (Including EN13000), the new CR-250Rv is expected to turn heads on its arrival in the Australian workplace says Peter Lawgall, business development manager for Cranes at Tutt Bryant Equipment.
“As the largest city crane available in the Australian market, the CR-250Rv will take the Kato city crane range to a whole new level. The focus with this new model is on strength, technology, safety, speed of operation and ease of operation in small spaces,” said Lawgall.
“The CR-250Rv is the flagship of the Kato city crane range, complementing the CR-200Rf and the CR-130Rf. Going from 13t, 20t and now to 25t capacity, this latest addition will increase Kato’s dominance of the city crane market,” he said.
The newly released crane is supported with a full Kato factory warranty and national support through Tutt Bryant Equipment’s extensive service and spare parts network.
The CR-250Rv features a new boom and jib, “EJIB” which is designed for deployment in very narrow spaces. It is the first CR model mobile crane equipped with the EJIB which is based on the Kato 4S concept. The 4S concept stands for:
- Slant Boom
- Small Space
Two of the crane’s biggest features are the EJIB mechanism and a hydraulic luffing and telescoping fly which takes a single operator 10 minutes to “swing”. Ordinarily you are looking at two workers for a great deal longer to swing a standard luffing fly because everything is manual. Set up time is 10 minutes for a single operator.
New fully hydraulic fly jib
The Kato Super Luffing Fly Jib has only previously been available on the 35t city crane (Japanese domestic model). It is now fitted as standard on the CR-250Rv bringing the maximum rated lifting height, boom plus jib, to 38.4m. The fly jib hydraulically telescopes from 5.3m to 8.2m and can be mounted within a 5.7m area from the slew centre. It is fully powered and can telescope and offset under 100 per cent load.
The cab impresses with an all-round excellent field of view and provides outstanding operator comfort due to the hydro-pneumatic suspension. Furthermore, it has a built-in IC tag providing high-level security, therefore reducing the risk of crane theft.
According to Lawgall, there are a number of important safety features included on the CR-250Rv.
“The Kato Automatic Crane System is (ACS) is an automatic safety device feature that instantly responds to any direct changes in various operating configurations. It has a range of limiting functions that increase safety during operation. With its high-intensity colour LCD, the new ACS makes operations easier as it provides illustrated key switches, enabling quick identification of their functions for each operation,” he said.
The Kato CR-250Rv has a number of advanced safety features that enhance safety during provide an even safer driving and/or crane operation, thereby minimising the risk of incidents. These include:
1. The surround view camera: which displays a real-time birds-eye view to the operator ensuring an all around (360 degree) view for safer traveling and crane operation.
2. Human detect assist system: which assists the operator by detecting people near the crane that are not visible to the operator.
3. Anti-lock braking system (ABS): The CR-250Rv is equipped with ABS which further enhances braking power and significantly reduces braking distances especially on slippery surfaces.
Touch screen (COR) display – Data Logger
This is a coloured display showing various types information including:
- Fuel consumption
- Operations time, etc.
“The touch screen display, data logger also provides a range of functions which include the ECO switch which saves fuel by adjusting for optimum work engine speed during crane operation. During non-operation, the hydraulic pump outlet and fuel consumption are also greatly reduced thanks to the Auto-Minimum-Control adoption,” said Lawgall.
“The screen is massive giving the operator terrific all-round vision of the site. In my opinion this crane really is the next level for the city class cranes, as most models haven’t changed in such a long time. The CR-250Rv really is a quantum leap forward in terms of operator confidence, comfort and safety,” he said.
The two positional offset Searcher Hook is a breakthrough feature for inserting operations. This feature performs best where the height is limited including applications featuring warehouses, balconies and soffits.
Other optional features include: anemometer, tyre pressure monitoring system, door visor, lunch table, resin/aluminium outrigger plate and storage, and remote-control camera cleaner.
“The CR-250Rv is a gamechanger because it’s the first 25t city class crane to be exported out of Japan. This is a completely new model engineered from the ground up, not just an upgraded chart from a smaller model. The 25t model fits nicely in between Kato’s existing CR-200Rf (20t capacity) and larger all terrains,” said Lawgall.