VERSATILE WA contractor, ABC Crane Hire, recently took delivery of a new Tadano GT-550E hydraulic truck crane supplied by James Equipment . Based near the picturesque waters at Mandurah, ABC Crane Hire began eight-and-a-half years ago and has since become one of the flexible mobile crane hire companies in the area. “In our game, anywhere there is a lifting requirement you will find us,” says company director Jamie Jones. “From housing and construction to vehicle accident and boat recovery, I have seen just about everything. We have even assisted with an antique piano lift at a multi-story property for one of our clients.”

According to James Equipment, the GT-550E, is considered one of the adaptable cranes currently market. With a 55t lifting capacity, 83 km/h ground speed, 42m boom and user-friendly controls, the GT-550E is already taking pride of place at ABC Crane Hire. “Over the initial three weeks of operation we managed to clock up 100 hours,” says Jones.

The GT-550E is the second Tadano for the company and the sixth addition to the ABC Crane Hire fleet. Still in service, the company’s first Tadano was a 1989 model TG 500E-2. One of the differences the hire team noticed about their new Tadano is the stability of the rig under load. The GT-550E does not require any outrigging for balance and Jones is impressed with the solid feel of the crane when undertaking 360° swinging loads.

Source: Construction Contractor