The company has made the choice to remanufacture its machines to combat rising cost prices of new cranes and has engaged Manitowoc and its EnCore service team to help overhaul the cranes.
The plan – one of the largest of its kind to date, according to Manitowoc – is reflective of the economic drivers around the crane rental market. According to Larry Lis, VP of Maxim Crane Works, the rental market is being “driven by the 300 US-tonne capacity class”, hence the need for refurbishment works on the company’s existing fleet.
“We’re seeing work building data centers, warehouses for major e-commerce sites, and petrochemical plants,” he said, “along with taking on large projects in infrastructure, renewable energies, and more.”
Maxim Crane Works currently possesses 50 Manitowoc 2250 cranes in its fleet. According to Lis, the cranes will be operational at a high level for another 12-15 years after the remanufacturing process and will cost a fraction of the price of newer cranes.
Capable of lifting 300 tonnes at its maximum rated capacity, Manitowoc’s 2250 crawler crane also features a 91.4m main boom with a range of different extensions totaling over 90m available on the crane. For the team at Maxim Crane Works, remanufacturing its fleet of 300-tonne crawlers comes with the serendipitous advantage of keeping machines that the operators are familiar with in operation.
“With 50 of these cranes already in our fleet, our operators know how to use them; our mechanics know how to work on them; we already have a strong spare parts inventory for cranes in this class; our logistics team knows how to transport them; and we understand the differences in how to move and operate them in various regions,” said Lis. “They will also have a strong resale value if we decide to change up the fleet. The remanufacturing certificate from Manitowoc will hold a lot of value.”
The EnCore remanufacturing project will continue through 2026, with 2-4 Manitowoc 2250 crawler cranes being remanufactured at a time.
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