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Roadability at the forefront of Liebherr cranes purchase

Liebherr sells two new mobile cranes to Kran Volkl because of their ability carry lots of counterweight

German crane hire company, Kran Völkl, has added two new Liebherr cranes to its fleet: a Liebherr LTM 1150-5.3 and an LTC 1050-3.

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The decisions to purchase the Liebherr cranes were predominantly based on the cranes’ high roadability, with the machines able to carry lots of counterweight when being transported from job site to job site. Additionally, according to owner of the company, Rudolf Völkl, Kran Völkl’s previous positive experience with its 130-tonne Liebherr also drove the decision to return to the German manufacturer.

“Based on our positive experience with our LTM 1130-5.1, we opted for almost the same configuration for the LTM 1150-5.3,” he said. “It was important to us that with its maximum weight of 60 tonnes, the crane still had a reserve of around 400 kilograms for crane accessories, even when travelling with nine tonnes of ballast, a second hoist winch and a three-roller hook block. To save weight, we therefore ordered the crane with aluminium wheels.”

The LTM 1150-5.3 possesses a 150-tonne lifting capacity, a maximum main boom length of 66m that can be extended to 92m with jib extensions, and a maximum radius of 72m. The crane features a single engine design, meaning extra weight and length is given to the boom to provide higher lifting capacities at greater heights.

The LTC 1050-3.1, on the other hand, possesses a 50-tonne lifting capacity, a maximum hoisting height of 48m, and a maximum radius of 39m. The crane is highly adept at providing large lifting capacities in tight spots thanks to its compact dimensions of 10.3m in length, 3.0m in height, and a width of 2.55m.

In selecting the LTC 1050-3.1, the focus was on the high telescoping loads and the height-adjustable crane cab, according to Völkl.

“This special cab is very popular with end customers and is often expressly requested,” he said. “The remote control with Remote Drive and seat cooling are also very popular with our drivers to ensure easy manoeuvring.”

The Straubing-based family-owned business operates cranes from 40 to 500 tonnes for its customers. Among them, the company has 130-, 150- and 200-tonne models, each with double hoist gears and double-hook operation.

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