C&L, Features, New South Wales

Reaching the 10,000 crane milestone

MCG Cranes recently took delivery of a used Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1 mobile crane, the 10,000th used crane to be supplied by Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH since the company was founded.

MCG Cranes recently took delivery of a used Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1 mobile crane, the 10,000th used crane to be supplied by Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH since the company was founded.

MCG Cranes started business in 2006 as an Australian family-owned company with just a single mobile crane. From the very beginning, the company focused on providing its customers with additional benefits and now, just 13 years later, MCG Cranes is one of the largest crane contractors in Victoria. The company now has a 90-strong workforce with a large fleet of mobile and crawler cranes and over 40 tower cranes for the growing construction industry in the Greater Victoria region in Australia.

The LTM 1350-6.1 is an addition to the top end of the MCG Cranes fleet. It is now the company’s largest all-terrain crane. The 350t crane is a perfect fit for the MCG Cranes business model for erecting and dismantling its own tower cranes.

“The design of the ballast and the Y-guying to increase the lifting capacity convinced us of the quality of the LTM 1350-6.1 from the very start,” says Glenn Martin, owner of MCG Cranes. Other performance features, such as the boom length of 70m and the good lifting capacity values at large radii, also helped with the decision in favour of the LTM 1350-6.1. As a result of the current lead time for a new LTM 1350-6.1, the option to buy a used crane was very welcome to the owners of MCG Cranes, Mick, Glenn and Danny Martin.

“We were able to work very well with Mick, Glenn and Danny from the outset. The decision to buy the used crane was made very quickly and all three provided us with great support from the beginning to the delivery”, Tom Grady, Used Crane Manager, Liebherr-Australia, tells Cranes and Lifting.

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After a one-week intensive training course on site and the subsequent crane handover, the LTM 1350-6.1 was able to showcase its performance by erecting and later dismantling a construction crane at a residential block.

Liebherr has a large selection of used mobile and crawler cranes. Crane experts inspect every machine before it is sold to ensure that used cranes also deliver maximum safety.

As Liebherr is the manufacturer, it can adjust the crane configuration to meet the customer’s needs. For example, MCG Cranes ordered a remote control and preparations to operate the crane with a dolly. At the manufacturing plant, Liebherr modified the crane so that it could be licensed in Australia.

Liebherr has its own repair centres at the factory site in Ehingen, in Oberhausen and Alt Bork as well as in a number of other countries within the worldwide Liebherr sales and service network. In Australia, Liebherr’s presence not only includes sales and service sites for mobile and crawler cranes in Sydney, but also local technicians for more remote areas.

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