Founded more than 60 years ago, Canadian crane company Irving Equipment’s newest crane services branch out of Wallisville, TX recently purchased a brand new LTM 1160-5.2 from Liebherr. Irving will serve the petrochemical market in the region with the taxi crane.


LTM 1160-5.2 (right) joins LTM 1130-5.1 (left) and LTM 1250-5.1 at new location of Irving in Texas.

”We decided on the 190 US-t LTM 1160-5.2 machine because it nicely filled the gap between our 300 US-t and 155 US-t Liebherr machines,” said Gabe Strybos, location manager, Wallisville location manager. ”We have owned an LTM 1160-5.1 in the past and that size range is a great combination of portability, strength, and reach. The improvements made with the new LTM 1160-5.2 model suited our needs perfectly. First, the narrower carrier improves on-the-jobsite maneuverability, which can often win or lose you the job in the taxi market. Sitting a bit further away may end up requiring a 220-250 ton class machine. Next, both the VarioBase and VarioBallast options continue to make the machine extremely versatile in the taxi market. Improved fuel efficiency from the single engine is just the icing on the cake when we’re travelling the crane throughout the Gulf Coast area.”

The new branch of Irving in Texas opened mid-way through 2019. The new LTM 1160- 5.2 joins the fleet in Wallisville where already a LTM 1250-5.1 and a LTM 1130-5.1 are running, both having been purchased for this depot last year. All three mobile cranes are used in the niche market of serving the local industrial contractors in the petrochemical market on a taxi crane basis.