The first two Manitowoc Potain Hup self-erecting cranes to land in Australia have been delivered to NSW-based Active Crane Hire.

Active Crane Hire has taken delivery of the country’s first Potain Hup cranes.

And the two Hup 32-37 cranes were immediately put to work on a residential project in Ryde, 13km north-west of Sydney, where their compact footprints and versatile configuration options made them the ideal choice for the construction of a seven-storey apartment building.

Active Crane Hire managing director Hermann Buchberger said the Hup 32-37, particularly its flexible mast system, will enable the company to use the crane in a variety of scenarios on the job site. The crane features an adjustable two-section mast with a third section within the second. This allows the third mast section to be telescoped out, boosting its working height to 27 metres.

"Unlike most cranes used for low-rise construction, the Hup 32-27 has a 27m working height, meaning it fits above the local tree line, which tends to be around 21m," Buchberger explained.

"It's also compact enough that if we need to install it underneath a tower crane on an existing site, we can do that. This eliminates the need to rearrange cranes on site."

The Hup 32-37 has a maximum capacity of four tonnes, and can lift 1t at its jib end of 32m. It has a rear-slewing radius of only 2.25m, enabling it to be positioned closer to buildings.

Despite being taller than one of its predecessor models, the Igo 36, the Hup 32-27 occupies the same footprint, making it ideal for space-restricted job sites. Its two footprint options, 4m x 4m or 3.5m x 4.42m, and an innovative unfolding movement mean the crane can set up in even the most congested spaces.

The Hup 32-27 debuted in mid-2016 and has already begun popping up on job sites around the world. The goal of the Hup design is to deliver improved versatility and agility to customers, which helps them increase their return on investment. In particular, the crane's wide variety of configurations and ease of erection help achieve this.

Three raised positions of the luffing jib, at 10°, 20° or 30°, in addition to horizontal, provide unprecedented options for a self-erecting crane. To maximise operator efficiency, the crane has a new radio remote control with a large color screen and easy-to-use navigation (via jog dial). New Smart Set Up software displays unique and simple on-screen, step-by-step information during erection.

"The Hup fills a gap between large self-erecting cranes and small tower cranes. It is small and flexible enough to handle construction work for four-storey to seven-storey developments," Buchberger said.

"It's more user-friendly than the alternatives and the commissioning is faster, which saves us time and money."