UK tower crane rental company Bennetts Cranes has taken delivery of the first Stage V/Tier 5 compliant Kobelco crawler crane in the country.
The new 100 tonne CKE900G-3 joins two CKE900G-2s and will be used to unload and move the tower crane components such as tower sections, jibs, counterweights, and cabs at the company’s yard in Sharpness, Gloucestershire.
Its power unit includes both a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter - to reduce particulate matter and SCR - Selective Catalytic Reduction - to reduce NOx /nitrogen oxides, both of which are also kept to a minimum using negative ions. The new engine also incorporates a management system that maximises fuel efficiency through optimum combinations of engine speed and pump capacity as well as auto idle stop/start, all of which is said to reduce fuel consumption by around 10 percent. The manufacturer’s KCross remote telematics management system is standard.
Managing director Edward Seager said: “We are delighted to have taken delivery of our third Kobelco CKE900G crawler crane. As well as meeting the highest environmental standards the Kobelco’s lattice jib enables us to lift heavy weights at the full 40 metre radius. We configure the crane for this and, together with the speed of movement, it means we can store our tower cranes in the optimum manner and still load and unload them from transport with ease.”
Mark Evans of Kobelco added: “Kobelco and Bennetts have developed an excellent relationship over the last few years. Bennetts’ attention to detail and compliance with the highest environmental and health and safety standards, and regulations, means even its loading cranes are ‘on point’ when it comes to maintaining excellent customer service and support of its customers. I look forward to maintaining and strengthening this relationship.”
Bennetts has also installed what it claims will eventually be the highest freestanding tower crane in the UK. Its Raimondi LR 213 luffing jib crane has started out on a 55 metre tower, but with a 4.5 metre square section tower and a concrete foundation, the crane will climb to 105 metres during construction of a 32 storey tower on a site in Fulham, London.
Seager said: “Over the past few years there has been a steady trend towards taller freestanding cranes, driven by changes in cladding systems, which has meant it is difficult to apply cladding while the crane is tied to the building.”
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