BQ-Tadano GT550E Hydraulic Truck Crane (55 ton)

Tadano GT550E Hydraulic Truck Crane (55 ton)
Iamge Credit: Cranepedia
In previous model of Tadano's truck crane, the carriers has been built by commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Nissan, but things took a turn when Yusoki Kogyo, the subcontractor of Tadano's supplier Nissan, was taken over in 2004 by Fuji Heavy Industries and stopped producing crane carriers.

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.

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Technical Specifications

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.

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Main Boom
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.

Fixed Jib
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

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This article has been updated on 30th December 2016 to include more information of the crane.

Tadano HK65 Truck Mounted Crane (65 ton)

Tadano HK65 in Sarens Colours
Tadano HK65 in Sarens colour. Cranepedia

Technical Specifications



BQ-Tadano GT550E-2 Hydraulic Truck Crane (55 ton)

Tadano GT550E-2 with its boom up in the sky
GT550E-2 with its boom up. Image Credit: Cranepedia
It can be backdated to as long as 2003 where Tadano has established a joint company, BQ-Tadano (Beijing) Crane Co., Ltd, becoming the first joint venture company to manufacture construction cranes in China.

This was one of the strategies made by Tadano in order to compete against the competitive truck cranes makers in the market without compromising on their quality. Since then, BQ-tadano has becomes the key manufacturing and sales location in China for Tadano's truck crane.

Although considered to be manufacture in China, Tadano has ensure that major components, such as the crane engine and hydraulic cylinders are imported from Germany and Japan while the assembly of the crane took place in Beijing, under strict supervision and quality control of engineers from Tadano Japan.

Related: Kato NK550VR Hydraulic Truck Crane (55 ton)

Technical Specifications

The carrier was manufactured by Jingcheng Heavy Industry Co., Ltd with left hand steering and 8x4 driving axles. It was fitted with a Euro 3 Daimler OM457LA.III/7 engine with a maximum output of 260 kW (354ps) at 1,900 rpm. GT550E-2 can travel at a maximum speed of 75km/h.

Main Boom
The 55 ton truck crane comes with a 5-section, 42m main boom (said to be the longest in its class). Moreover, the boom has a round hexagonal box boom designed using high tensile steel to decrease the self-weight of the boom and increase the boom strength.

Moreover the crane have two telescoping mode which one extend the 2nd section and synchronized the 3rd, 4th & 5th sections and the other mode synchronize the 3rd, 4th and 5th sections and 2nd section is operated independently. These differences in the telescoping modes allows the GT550E-2 to enhance on its crane capabilities according to the lifting needs at site.

2-Stage Bi-fold Jib
To increase the lifting height, it can also be equipped with a 2-stage bi-fold extension jib for either 8.8m or 15.2m extension. It can achieve a maximum lifting height of 57.2m with the full fix jib extension.

Overall Length: 13,480 mm
Overall Width: 2,820 mm
Overall Height: 3,680 mm
Gross Vehicle Mass: 41,500 kg
Front: 16,800 kg
Rear: 24,700 kg

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Onboard Counterweight
Like most of the Japanese truck cranes, GT550E-2 counterweight are mounted on the crane's body and does not need to be remove while traveling on the road, hence saving time and money for additional assembly and transportation of the crane's counterweight.

Latest AML-C Indicator
The crane has also been fitted with Tadano's latest Automatic Moment Limiter (AML-C) which display operating conditions such as boom length, boom angle, load radius, slewing position, actual load, total rated load, outriggers position, jib length, jib offset angle and the number of part-lines. In addition, the AML-C also provides a working range limit function which crane operators can set the limits for constraint working environment.

Asymmetric Outriggers Extension Width
The GT550E-2 offers three different outriggers extensions width: fully retracted at 2.39m, intermediate extended at 4.6m and fully extended at 6.8m. With the help of the new AML-C system, even when the outriggers extension width differs between any of the four outriggers, the AML will detects such working conditions and displays the optimal value for each work area.

Related: Tadano TG500M Hydraulic Truck Crane (50 ton)


This article is originally created on 26th October 2014 and has recently been updated with new information.

Demag CC1400 Crawler Crane (300 ton)

Demolition company Hofstede from Rotterdam own this crane
CC1400 own by Netherlands' based demolition company Hofstede. More photos at Trucks & Cranes.

Technical Specifications

The undercarriage is 8.25m wide and 9m long.

The luffing jib is maximum 60m long, combined with 72m of main boom. With superlift, it can be erected with a 72m + 66m configuration.

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

Demag CC600 Crawler Crane (140 ton)

Backacter's CC600 working as a yard crane
Owned by Backacter used as yard crane. More photos at Trucks and Cranes.

Technical Specifications

The 140 ton crawler crane can be equipped with 55 ton of counterweight and the tailswing of 5.85m.


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Kobelco SL16000J-H Crawler Crane (1,250 ton)

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Technical Specifications

The SL16000J-H is able to lifts 1,250 ton at a 10m radius (using super heavy lift specifications). The giant crane also has a maximum combination length of 85m luffing jib with a 95m main boom.

Related: XCMG XGC16000 Crawler Crane (1,250 ton)



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Liebherr LTM1800NX All Terrain Crane (Japanese Version)

LTM1800NX setup with superlift and luffing jib
LTM1800NX setup with superlift and luffing jib. Image Credit: Tefutefu Crane

Technical Specifications


Grove GRT880 Rough Terrain Crane (80 ton)

The new GRT880 to be feature during ConExpo 2017
Image Credit: Manitowoc Cranes
Manitowoc is set to display their newest roughter, GRT880 at its booth for CONEXPO 2017 after an introduction was also made during BAUMA Germany 2016. This crane is fitted with several class-leading capabilities and Manitowoc's Crane Control System (CCS).

Product manager for Manitowoc's rough terrain crane, Paul Cutchall, has mentioned that through the advancement of their Product Verification Centre (PVC), each of the component has undergone extensive component validation and prototype testing and using these knowledge, they have been able to improve the roughter from ground up.

Technical Specifications

The GRT880 features a 41m (135ft) main boom that is lighter than other cranes in its capacity class and comes with a full complement of boom extension and insert options. It also has an outstanding reach of 60.9m (200 ft) and a maximum tip height of 68m (223ft). Though the boom might be lighter and longer then its predecessor, it has the ability to lift heavier loads across its load chart.

Comparable to other roughter of the same class, like Tadano GR800EX, the GRT880 is more versatile than its competitor cranes - boasting up to 16% increase in load charts at full radius, 13% greater in mid-range and 27% at close radii.  With offsettable boom and fly jib extensions, the crane will enables customer to lift heavier loads to greater heights.

Though the offsettable jib is manual, the new boom extension stowage system reduce the erection and stowage time by 60% comparing to previous generation Grove cranes. Reducing time in setup and dissemble means lesser cost and increase in ROI.

The GRT880 also had the best-in-class hoist line pulls at 7,883kg (13, 380lbs) on both the main and auxiliary hoists. It reduce the number of part-lines needed to lift loads from similar capacity cranes which in turn higher productivity and faster earnings.


So far the load chart has not been released in the internet yet, but we will keep it in our mind and upload once it is available.

Link-Belt 298 Series 2 Crawler Crane (250 US ton / 227 ton)

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Manufacturer Link-Belt has announced their new lattice boom crawler crane, the 298 Series 2. It is based on the technical specifications of 298 HSL that was introduced in 2007, but feature a new boom design.

The new boom allows the working combination boom tip section to remain in place when transitioning from service to luffing mode with a maximum combination of 180ft (55m) of luffing boom and 195ft (59m) of luffing jib.

In order to provide a quick conversion from conventional-style lifting to a luffing configuration, assembly has been simplified with semi-bore weldments for pin locations, point-to-use storage provisions for all components and stop bolts for quick pin alignment.

Technical Specifications


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Terex American HC50 Hydraulic Crawler Crane (50 US ton / 45.4 ton)

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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.


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Sumitomo CT15000 (SC8000) Crawler Crane (750 ton)

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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 ton)

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.