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Reinforcing resources with Liebherr

Norwest Crane Hire, a division of the Norwest Group, continues its strong business growth trajectory in 2020, bolstered by its long-standing relationship with Liebherr Australia.

Norwest Crane Hire, a division of the Norwest Group, continues its strong business growth trajectory in 2020, bolstered by its long-standing relationship with Liebherr Australia.

Norwest Crane Hire recently took possession of two new Liebherr cranes, taking its total fleet of Liebherr cranes to 18, with the recent addition of a new LTM 1300-6.2 all terrain and LRT 1100-2.1 rough terrain.

Being the first LRT 1100-2.1 Liebherr rough terrain crane sold in Australia, Norwest immediately mobilised the crane to an existing customer site in the Pilbara, where it continues to deliver operational efficiencies and further expand Norwest’s capability across the Pilbara.

With its proven policy of top tier quality asset standardisation across its fleet, to ensure the highest level of reliability and service delivery to its customers, Bernie Johnson, the Managing Director of Norwest Crane Hire, has remained loyal to the Liebherr product for over 20 years.

“Being the first to market in Australia with the new Liebherr LRT 1100-2.1 provides an exciting opportunity to Norwest Crane Hire, given the flexibility that this crane delivers,” said Johnson.

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Liebherr has extended its mobile crane product range with an additional series of rough-terrain cranes in the 90t and 100t classes. They feature high performance, safety and comfort.

During the design of the LRT 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane, Liebherr engineers focused on one specific criterion – safety. For both the crane operator and surrounding area.

The standard VarioBase variable support base also enhances safety. It enhances flexibility on site and also increases the crane’s lifting capacity. The LRT 1100-2.1 has a telescopic boom with Liebherr’s time-tested telematic telescoping system for rough-terrain cranes, on which the various telescoping sections can be extended independently with a single cylinder and then pinned to the telescopic section above. This system is particularly simple and user-friendly, as excellent lifting capacities over the entire radius range can be achieved with just two telescoping modes, power or length.

High safety levels in every respect were the main priority for the design of the new rough terrain. The LRT 1100-2.1 features an outrigger monitoring system as standard. The support status, on tyres or outriggers, is detected automatically and saved to the crane controller. The attachment of the ballast to the turntable and the installation of the optional double folding jib including its angle adjustment are also recorded and monitored.

The VarioBase variable support base developed by Liebherr as standard on the new LRT cranes makes an important contribution to enhancing safety.

VarioBase also provides greater performance and flexibility on site.

Safety is also enhanced by providing greater comfort for the crane operator. For example, the crane cabin is 220 mm wider than other standard cabins on the market. It can be tilted backwards to provide greater comfort when hoisting loads to great heights. Clear, self-explanatory controls make the crane easy to handle.

The 100t LRT 1100-2.1 has a 50m telescopic boom with a “Telematik” telescoping system on which the various telescoping sections can be extended independently with a single cylinder and then pinned to the telescopic section above.

Fourteen tonnes of counterweights ensure high stability. The lifting capacity of the LRT 1100-2.1 is around 15 per cent higher than that of the 90t model which features 12t of counterweights. The LRT 1090-2.1 features a 47m telescopic boom. Its telescoping system consists of a two-stage hydraulic cylinder with a rope extension mechanism.

The LTM 1300-6.2 features a 78m telescopic boom with a particularly high load capacity. With its telescopic boom extended, the LTM 1300-6.2 is ideal for erecting tower cranes. In addition to its 78 m telescopic boom a whole range of lattice jib systems are available which can equip the new crane for a wide range of applications.

The 12.5 m – 21 m double folding jib can be extended by two additional 7 m sections to a total of 35 m. The folding jib can be erected at an angle of 0°, 20° or 40° or as an option can be adjusted hydraulically between 0° and 40° while fully loaded. The 5.5 m foot section of the folding jib can be used as a heavyweight erection jib and provides a considerable load capacity of 58 t.

Norwest Crane Hire employ Liebherr trained mechanics to ensure the fleet is maintained to the highest standards and with a Liebherr standardised fleet, this has delivered operational efficiencies with experienced operators being VOC’d across the entire Norwest fleet.

With the youngest crane fleet across the Pilbara, a strong reputation for safety, positioning itself as the largest Pilbara based local crane employer and being a leader when it comes to indigenous employment, training and engagement, Norwest Crane Hire are ideally positioned for the future.

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