On the fringe of Altec's massive exhibit space at ICUEE, the AC28-103B and the AC30-103S cranes were premiered. According to Brent Twombly, Altec Cranes Division sales manager, these two new models fill the gap between the company's existing 26103 S and 35103 S models.

Among the key features are the Pole Guide attachments for the 26 through 38 ton boom trucks and fiberglass jibs, which add the extra security of fiberglass when working out of a crane platform. The new boom truck cranes are available globally, with the primary difference being the type of chassis.

According to Twombly, the units are suited for general construction, as well as the electric utility markets. Manufactured in Roanoke, VA, the cranes will be available by late 2007.

Twombly said reception has been strong for these machines, and that the company has experienced significant growth in the boom truck market. Although he said boom trucks sales as a whole have declined recently, he said there are no plans to discontinue any of the models, nor has the availability of parts been a problem.

“The hydraulic system is what makes these [cranes] great,” said Twombly. Other strong features include featherability of controls and safety features. Radio controls are available on all Altec cranes.

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