C&L, Cranes & Lifting

Palfinger launch range of crawler cranes

Hydrulic loader crane manufacturer Palfinger has launched its first range of all-rounder cranes mounted on a crawler chassis, which will initially be available in three variants of around 50 to 115 tonne-metres.

Palfinger offers its customers a powerful and flexible lifting solution for situations where a crane has to work on sites with difficult terrain without having to struggle or reach its limitations.

It is a modular ‘system’ type concept where the three modules – crawler, crane and counterweight – can be individually combined and operated.

The Palfinger Crawler Crane (PCC) is available in three variants – the PCC 57.002 has a maximum reach of 29.5m, a maximum lifting height of 32m and a maximum lifting capacity of 17,900kg.

The slightly more powerful PCC 71.002 has a reach of 31.6m, a maximum lifting height of 34m and a maximum lifting capacity of 19,100kg. Finally, the PCC 115.002, which is the most powerful model in the range, has a reach of 33.3m, a maximum lifting height of 35.8m and a lifting capacity of up to 30,000kg.

“On difficult terrain – for example, when constructing power lines or cable lifts – helicopter transport is normally the only alternative to a truck-mounted crane,” said Michael Hagenauer, head of product division, crawler cranes for Palfinger.

“With the Palfinger Crawler Crane, such jobs can be completed safely, efficiently and inexpensively.”

A strong feature of the type is that it can easily and quickly be repositioned on site. The PCC is 400mm narrower than a standard truck and it can handle gradients up to 60 per cent.

Confined spaces in urban areas and indoors in factories are other areas of potential application for this new crane series

The PCC can be controlled, transported and operated separately, which is beneficial in situations where there are weight restrictions. The crane module can also use its stabilisers for propulsion without the crawler undercarriage.

PCC needs a minimum clearance width of 2m and, minus the crawler undercarriage, a travel height of 2.2m. In addition to moving in confined areas on job sites, the process of moving the crane using just the outriggers allow it to load into a container.

The Palfinger Crawler Crane will make its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in September in Hannover, Germany.

Models PCC 71.002 and PCC 115.002 are available immediately, while model PCC 57.002 will become available in spring 2019. Additional equipment available includes personnel baskets, vacuum lifters and pipe manipulators.

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