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Hence, Tadano decided to produce their own carriers (TC-4255) for the truck cranes. The productions of the new carriers took place at their factory in Shido, Japan in January 2006 for the GT550E domestically and overseas.
Some of the carriers are being supplied to their joint venture company in China, BQ-Tadano (Beijing) Crane Co., Ltd for its production in China. (Note that GT550E-2 is using Jingcheng chassis)
The GT550E has a 42 metres (138 feet) boom and two-stage 14.6 metres (48 feet) jib. It is available in left hand drive and the operator cab has joystick controls and air conditioning. Top speed i s83 km/h from the 257 kW Nissan diesel and eight speed gearbox.
Nissan Diesel Motor Company supplies the powertrain for the Tadano's carrier. The 8x4 carrier has a turbocharged six-cylinder Nissan PF6TB Euro 2 diesel engine with a maximum output of 257 kW at 2,100 rpm and maximum torque of 1460 Nm at 1,200 rpm.
The dry single clutch release mechanism with air assisted booster. The transmission has seven forward and one reverse speeds, with synchromesh on second to seventh hear and constant-mesh on first and reverse gears.
Front axles are reverse-Elliot type with leaf spring suspension while the rear axles are full floating type with equalizer beams and torque rods.
GT550E comes with a five-section hexagonal box construction shape telescoping boom with 6 sheaves at boom head. The synchronization system consists of 2 telescopic cylinders, extension and retraction cables. When fully extended, the full boom length is 42.0m. It can be operated in 2 different boom telescoping modes.
The crane can also be equipped with a 2-staged bi-fold fixed jib at length of 9m and14.6m capable of offsetting at 5°, 25° and 45°. In additional, the crane adapts a underslung installation method which the jib is stow under the base boom section.
Overall Length: 13,480 mm
Overall Width: 2,820 mm
Overall Height: 3,680 mm
Gross Vehicle Weight: 39,800 kg
Front Axle: 15,900 kg
Rear Axle: 23,900 kg
This article has been updated on 30th December 2016 to include more information of the crane.