National Crane launches dual-rated NBT40-1 Series

A peek at National Crane NBT40-1 series
Image Credit: Manitowoc Cranes

New from National Crane is the NBT40-1 Series of boom trucks that are available with an aerial lift configuration. When equipped with this aerial package, this series of three new models—the NBT36-1, the NBT40-1 and the NBT45-1—is aimed at the utility market and will enable companies to perform both crane lifting and aerial lift projects more efficiently with just one machine. For the core crane markets, this updated series of cranes will continue to provide the performance customers expect from National Crane.

Fully compliant with both ANSI/SAIA A92.2 aerial lift and ASME B30.5 mobile crane industry standards as well as OSHA standards, the NBT40-1 Series will result in higher utilization and less setup time for National Crane owners, which will increase both efficiency and return on investment for many companies. Manitowoc will also offer a comprehensive aerial lift “Train the Trainer” training program at its facilities to ensure their dealer network and end customers are aware of their responsibilities regarding the safe operation, inspection and maintenance of their equipment in order to maximize their investment.

The new dual-rated NBT40-1 Series will be especially useful for the utility sector, where energy work on de-energized power lines and new transmission infrastructure construction often require the use of both a crane and an aerial lift. The tree care, signage and millwright industries, among others, will also find these new National Crane models ideal for their projects. All three models feature the option of a two-person, 544 kg (1,200 lb) maximum capacity, quick-attach yoke platform with wireless radio remote control.

Justin Pilgrim, global product director for boom trucks and carrydeck cranes at Manitowoc, said the new NBT40-1 Series will immediately improve fleet utilization for many companies and provide more versatility for their investments.

“With these new models, customers will gain the benefits of having both a boom truck and aerial platform in just one package, potentially cutting their need for two or more machines down to one,” he explained. “The dual-rated NBT40-1 Series offers the best of both worlds with straightforward setup, clear steps to reconfigure as an aerial lift, and simpler, smarter operation when in use, thanks to features such as operator feedback of operating height and reach; automated function slowdowns when nearing outer edges of working envelope; wind speed; an emergency lowering system in the event of an engine failure; and many other utility-focused options.”

Versatility in all applications

The NBT40-1 Series has a number of features and capabilities aimed at increasing efficiency and maximizing utilization for companies. The cranes leverage the field-proven heritage of the NBT40 Series, such as simple, smooth operation and class-leading boom lengths, but also provide several other enhancements.

The class leading 49,1 m (161 ft) boom length offers the highest platform working heights of 51,5 m (169 ft) on main boom and 62,8 m (206 ft) on the jib, and is well suited for the most demanding aerial lift applications while delivering solid crane performance. The 43,3 m (142 ft) boom offers the most well-rounded performance featuring strong lifting capacities and aerial lift platform floor height of 45,7 m (150 ft) with the main boom and 62,5 m (205 ft) with the jib extended. Several utility-focused options are available as well. A hydraulic tool circuit in the aerial platform enables operators to hook up various high-pressure tools without the need for any additional equipment placed in the platform. An available integrated wind speed sensor provides real-time feedback of wind speed conditions to the operator—both at the operators cab and at the aerial lift platform controls.

Aside from the available dual-rating, there are many updates for the NBT40-1 Series cranes as well. A Graphical Rated Capacity Limiter (RCL) simplifies set up for both the crane and aerial modes, increasing efficiency before the job even begins. Accessibility and setup improvements abound, such as new strengthened aluminum decking, a swing-out cab access ladder and second removable ladder to allow access at several locations around the machine, and lighter polymeric outrigger floats that reduce operator fatigue and prevent theft at the jobsite.

An optimized lift cylinder offers improved strength, lighter weight, high-performance seal design, and integrated pressure transducers for fewer leak points. Auxiliary winch option preparation is also standard for future field retrofit to offer flexibility and future-proofing for the investment, and operator cab air conditioning is now standard.

“At Manitowoc, we continue to stay in touch with our core markets and identify their evolving lifting needs,” Pilgrim said. “The utility and infrastructure markets are solid, growing sectors. We are committed to providing these markets with lifting solutions that will help them increase the utilization of their equipment and ultimately improve the return on their investment. The NBT40-1 Series reflects The Manitowoc Way in action.”

The NBT40-1 Series replaces the former NBT40 Series that included the NBT36, NBT40 and NBT45. The new series of boom trucks will be available in Q1 of 2017 and will also be featured at Manitowoc’s booth for CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

News Source: Manitowoc Cranes

Fuwa QUY50D Hydraulic Crawler Crane (50 tonnes)

Display of Fuwa QUY50D working at site

Technical Specifications

The QUY50D crawler tracks measures 5.5m in length and equipped with 760mm wide shoes. The fully extended crawler width is 4.36m and can be retracted to only 2.9m for transportation purposes.

The crane can be equipped with a total of 16.3t of counterweight which are divided into three pieces. Currently the factory is still doing adjustment of the counterweight and the weights of each individual piece is still not reveal.

Main boom stretches from 13m in basic boom configuration to 52m in length. So far there are no additional information to indicate if this crane will comes with a fixed jib or maybe a tower attachments.

Related: Sany SCC500E Hydraulic Crawler Crane (50 tonnes)


Load Chart in Chinese (Metric). (.RAR file format)

Link-Belt TCC-2500 Telescopic Crawler Crane (250 US tonnes / 227 tonnes)

Link-belt showing off its new 250 US ton telescopic crawler, the TCC-2500
Image Credit: Link-Belt
Link-Belt has expanded their line of telescopic crawler with the new 250 US tonnes (227 tonnes) TCC-2500, which is also the high capacity telescopic crawler currently available in the market, winning Liebherr LTR1220 by 7 tonnes.

The TCC-2500 was put on test field in late July 2016 in Lexington, KY and the product team was putting the crane through vigorous testing to ensure that the crane exceed expectations.

Since entering the telecrawler market, Link-Belt initial idea was to provide a solution to ease off-road manoeuvring common for powerline utility applications. However, Link-Belt TCCs have seen a steady growth into rental and general construction fleets both domestically and abroad and therefore the expansion of this telescopic crawler for capturing a larger market share.

The crane will make its public debut in Las Vegas, NV at ConExpo 2017 between March 7-11. First production units are expected to be ready for shipment in March 2017.

Technical Specifications

The TCC-2500 comes with a Tier 4 Final Cummins QSL 9 diesel engine and a seven-section formed boom. The seven section 43.7 to 223 feet pin and latch boom is the longest in its class and offers eight simple boom extension modes.

It also comes with a three-piece offsettable fly jib that can be configured in 12, 40, 67 feet while it can be additionally equipped with two 25 feet boom extensions for an overall lifting height of 346 feet. These attachments comes with optional hydraulic luffing allow for "up-and-over" capacity like luffing lattice crawlers.

Another key feature for the TCC-2500 is the extra wide winch design that can handle its maximum permissible line pull through the fourth layer - front and rear winches are matching. The rear auxiliary winch can be removed for transport weight reduction and a power pinning system helps preventing working at height exposure.

Operating system features a 10-inch colour display that incorporates RCL and engine data. The display has a resistive touch screen that can be used with gloves and visible under direct sunlight with larger and clearer images.

Electric cabs controls were designed for functionality and ergonomics. Operators job site view is enhanced with four cameras for rear-view, blind-side swing-view and two individual winch-view cameras that provide more site awareness and control from inside of the cabin.

Track gauge of the TCC-2500 is 20 feet, 4 inchs. The lower carbody is a hook and pin system making assembly quicker and easier. The TCC-2500 can also self assemble side frames with standard equipped carbody jacks and wireless remote control for hydraulic pinning and jack operation. The new two-bar grouser track shoes provide better traction with standard nylatron pad inserts to protect sensitive ground surfaces when necessary.

One of the important aspect for the crane is its ability to move quickly and easily on or off the job site. The main transport load weighs under 53 US tonnes and it can be assemble in fewer and lesser complicated steps. Once off the trailer, carbody jacks can be deployed via remote control.

However, while the crane is on jacks, it sits wider than competitive cranes in this class. The TCC counterweight system attaches 77 US ton of upper counterweight and designed in a nine-piece modular manner to allow partial counterweight capacity charts. The crane can be transport on seven overflow loads, with each at or lesser than 22 US ton.


Not available at the moment. Will update soon !

Sumitomo CT15000 (SC8000) Crawler Crane (750 ton)

The 750 tonne crawler crane was manufactured by Sumitomo in the early days, behind the merger with Hitachi to be Hitachi-Sumitomo. Till date, it ranked 2nd largest crawler crane by Japanese manufacturer, inline with Kobelco's 7800. The first in the rank was Kobelco SL13000 crawler crane with 800 tonne lifting capacity.

Technical Specifications

  • Max. Lifting Capacity: 750t x 6m (Heavylift Boom)
  • Boom Length: 18.28m to 79.25m
  • Fixed Jib Length: -
  • Luffing Jib Length: 24.38m to 79.25m
  • Max. Combination: 


Load Chart in Japanese (Metric), Tokyo Juki
Load Chart in Japanese (Metric), Hitachi Sumitomo Official Website

Kobelco SL13000 Crawler Crane (800 tonnes)

Japan's Kitashikoku Crane using SL13000 and another crawler crane to carry out a tandem lift to upright a column in an refinery job.


Load Chart in Japanese (Metric), Kobelco Website.

Videos Reference

  1. Photo of SL13000 in tandem lift. Kitashikoku Crane.

Updated on 26th October 2014.

Kato KA2000 All Terrain Crane (200 tonnes)

Kato KA2000 All Terrain Crane (200 tonnes)
Image Credit: Cranepedia


This articles has been updated on 1st Nov 2016.

Liebherr LR1750 Crawler Crane (750 tonnes)

Liebherr LR1750 doing a lift at the port
Australia-based crane rental company, Boom Logistics has purchased the first LR1750 in Australia in 2009. Boom Logistics purchased the crane in response to demand for higher capacity crawlers used in wind farm construction, shutdowns, liquefied natural gas projects and heavy industrial applications. The first project was for Laing O'Rourke at Cooranbong in New South Wales.


Kato NK3600 Hydraulic Truck Crane (360 tonnes)

With German manufacturers was producing some fine 500 tonnes capacity class mobile crane decades ago, Japanese manufacturers at the same time wants to stay top of the line for its own domestic market.

Hence they have also started their design and productions of larger tonnage crane. The NK3600 was the second largest crane in Kato's NK Series with NK5000 being the largest.

Instead of all terrain like Demag AC1600, Kato has preferred their 360 ton to be truck mounted. With the limitation of road regulations, the crane comes with a lifter and equipped with a quick coupling for easy assembly and disassembly upon reaching the sites.

Related: Tadano TG3600M Hydraulic Truck Crane (360 tonnes)

Technical Specifications

  • Max. Lifting Capacity: 360 ton
  • Boom Length: 40m
  • Fixed Jib Length: NA
  • Luffing Jib Length: 25.5m super luffing boom
  • Max. Combination: -

Related: Sumitomo ST3600 Hydraulic Truck Crane (360 tonnes)


This article has been updated on 31st October 2016.

ALE AL.SK350 debut first lift at South of Brazil for Heavy Lift (5,000 tonnes)

The AL.SK350 was first launched in 2013 which are in preparation of its first lifts on a FPSO module integration project in Brazil.

The giant crane has been rigged for a 5,000 tonnes load test in September 2016 with its biggest configuration.

ALE claims that AL.SK350 is the world's largest land-based crane with a maximum load moment rating of 354,000 tonne-metres.

Technical Specifications

The biggest configuration on AL.SK350 was 130 metres long A-frame designed main boom on a wide 18 metre based. The crane is equipped with a 4,000 tonnes main winch system and 600 tonnes auxiliary quick winch system.

For loads of up to 5,000 tonnes, a strand jack lifting system can be installed.

Furthermore, it can be equipped with a 3,400 tonnes capacity heavy duty jib. That includes its sister models AL.SK190 (4,300 tonnes) and AL.SK700 (8,000 tonnes) as well. (It will be used on the next FPSO module integration project in Nigeria in 1Q 2017).



Finally, after years of waiting, AL.SK350 hoisted its first load at an offshore yard in the south of Brazil in October 2016. It was the first of the around 40 modules which needed to be lifted as part of the construction of the P-74 FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel. The largest load is 3,000 tonnes which believed to be the heaviest commercial load ever lifted by a land-based mobile crane. 

Liebherr LHM 600 Mobile Harbour Crane

Latin America certainly has a clear preference for the Liebherr 600 series. With the first LHM 600 delivered in 2009, it was followed by two further deliveries in 2010. The figure increase to 3 units in 2011 and rose to 5 units in 2012.

The deliveries peaked in 2013 with total of 10 units sold with Montecon S. A. ordered 2 units, Hutchison Port Holdings is the biggest buyer with 4 units for Latin America ports and 3 units for Mexico. Buenos Aires Container Terminal Service S.A. with their 1st unit in Argentina.

Latin America Liebherr invested in some $20 million in a new sales and service centre in Miami. Opened in June 2013, the new centre serves as a major hub for Liebherr's maritime cranes division and further strengthening their business relationships to the Latin American region. The newly built complex is situated on a total property area covering about 40,000 sqm and a building of total area of 3,800 sqm. It started off with 52 staff members in the new facility in 2013.

Technical Specifications

The LHM 600 has a taller-than-standard design to simplify the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size.

Its tower extension, putting the operator cabin at a height of 37 metres, ensure high visibility into deep cargo holds. A 12 metres extension helps to improve handling efficiency. With a maximum outreach of 58 metres, twin lifting capacity and a capacity of 104 ton,  the LHM 600 can service vessels up to 19 container row wide and 9 containers high.


Load Chart in English (Metric) Load Chart in English (Imperial)


Sany Export First Unit of SAC6000 to Overseas Market to Qatar

Photos of Sany factory people lining up with the green SAC6000
The ceremony was held on 25th October 2016 at Sany's Ningxiang Industrial Park in Changsha, China to mark the special occasion of handing over the first unit of SAC6000 that is set to be deliver to a customer in Qatar.

Sany's heavy lifting division general manager, Mr. Sun Xin Liang handed over the keys to the new owner, Mr. Mohammad of Qatar-based Al Anis Trading Co. "It has been a great pleasure working together with Sany and with this new crane, it will definitely helps to contribute to the local construction", said Mr. Mohammad.

Related: Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 All Terrain Crane (500 ton)

Sany SAC6000 in green and white colour
SAC6000 was painted in bright green and white colour using high quality environmentally paint.
A closer look at Sany's SAC6000 x-type outriggers
A closer view of the SAC6000 with the main boom and outriggers extended.

Related: Demag AC700 All Terrain Crane (700 ton)

Front view of Sany SAC6000
Front view of SAC6000.
Since the beginning of 2016 till date, Sany has already completed the sales of close to 200 units of cranes to the Middle East market. This includes countries like United Arab Emirate, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain.

The small to mid range capacity cranes are the popular models among these regions and mainly focusing on truck crane models like STC250, STC300, STC500, STC750 and STC1000S.

As mentioned by Mr. Sun Xin Liang, the export of the first unit of 600 ton all terrain, SAC6000 to overseas market and the delivery of this machine has also been a new milestone for Sany on the larger capacity cranes to the international market.

Related: Demag AC1600J All Terrain Crane (500 ton)

Liebherr re-enter Rough Terrain Crane market

After being inactive on the roughter market for almost two decades, Liebherr has announced the launch of two new rough terrain cranes. The new models are aimed largely at the North American market, which currently represents almost 50% of the global RT crane market.

The two new models, LRT 1090-2.1 (90 ton) and LRT 1100-2.1 (100 ton) is set to be reveal during Las Vegas ConExpo held in March 2017 although they were recently previewed at an exclusive press event in Ehingen, Germany where the cranes will be manufactured.

Both crane have identical structural vehicle and turntable elements designs and the differences can be seen in their respective boom lengths, telescopic technology, counterweight and most importantly, the lifting capacities.

Both RT cranes are designed with Cummins diesel engine and will feature six-gear Dana powershift transmissions. Other similarities includes three steering options for higher degree of manoeuvrability, fully equipped unladen weight of less than 55 ton for easier and economical transportation.

Liebherr's Ehingen facility managing director, Christoph Kleiner, explained that with the market movement ongoing sidewards, the manufacturer has been looking at ways to strengthen or widen their footprint in the crane industry. Hence Liebherr RT cranes has returned.

However, with fierce competition from Japan's Tadano whom has gained a wide footprint global and USA Grove recent change of strategy to consolidate the production line, Liebherr has to make sure the cranes are competitively priced to gain a foothold in their "new market segment".

We will update soon with the individual profile of each RT crane as soon as Liebherr release more information. Be posted !

Fuwa FWT100 Telescopic Crawler Crane (100 ton)

Chinese manufacturer Fuwa has recently launched their latest crawler model, FWT100. The telescopic crawler crane is rated at 100 ton capacity and has a boom length system from 13.2m to 50m. A new design with two hydraulic cylinders and rope system make the telescopic boom more stable.

The new model comes with an optional, extendable 8.5m to 21m fly jib and a 2m short jib for complex construction and foundation jobs.

Related: Link-Belt TCC-1100 Telescopic Crawler Crane (110 US ton)

Technical Specifications

Download Load Chart Below

Specification Sheet in English.

Heavy Lift Vessel Jumbo Kinetic

Jumbo Kinetic is one of the two vessels from the K-class family. Fitted with two 1,500 ton cranes, it has a combined lift capacity of 3,000 ton. The vessel was built in 2014 and registered in Netherlands. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 18,099 ton.

Technical Specifications

Deadweight: 14,000 ton
Hold Bale: 21,000 cbm
Free Deck Space: 3,250 sqm
Speed: 17 knots
Cranes: 2 x 1,500t SWL (Combined 3,000t)
IMO: 9634165
Length: 153m x 27m
Draught: (min/avg/max): 1.8m / 7.3m / 13.0m

Download Load Chart Below

Specification Sheets

Liebherr LR1750/2 Crawler Crane (750 ton)

Liebherr has released news on 3rd April 2015 that they have modified its current LR1750 crawler crane with the upgraded 750-tonne LR1750/2 model now available. By strengthening the main boom and adjusting the derrick system the crane's load capacity has been increased in some areas by up to 30%. This means that the crane offers much better value for money.

The adjustment of the derrick system includes an extension of the derrick boom by 7 m to 38.5 m. As with the "H boom kit" for the LR1600/2, the strengthened boom systems on the LR1750/2 together with the derrick system has been given the suffix "H" (Heavy) which stands for powerful, heavy boom systems.

The ballast trailer has also been modified as part of the modification to the Liebherr 750-tonne crawler crane. This now has a hydraulic drive unit which means improved handling. The new LR 1750/2 also provides enhanced safety for the operating personnel since the crane has additional platforms and access points and its railings have also been extended and improved.

During its modification of the LR1750, Liebherr ensured that the existing equipment components can also be used on the new LR 1750/2. This is a major benefit for crane contractors who already operate one or more LR1750 cranes in their fleets.

Source by Liebherr News & Press Releases.

Technical Specifications

Technical Data Metric Imperial
Max. load capacity 750 t 1,653,000 lbs
at radius 7.00 m 20 ft
Main boom, lightweight/heavyweight from 21 m 69 ft
Main boom, lightweight/heavyweight up to 140 m 460 ft
Max. load torque 9,864 tm 72,753,000 lbs-ft
Lattice jib from 14.0 m 46 ft
Lattice jib up to 105.0 m 344 ft
Derrick boom from 31.5 m 103 ft
Derrick boom up to 38.5 m 126 ft
Central ballast 95 t 209,200 lbs
Counterweight at superstructure 245 t 539,600 lbs
Derrick ballast 400 t 881,000 lbs
Engine power 455 kW 618 hp
Driving speed 1.65 km/h 1.03 mph

Download Load Chart Below