The Mexican Army has purchased its first National Crane boom truck, a 40 ton (36.3 tonne) capacity NBT 40, to help maintain its fleet of tanks and aircraft and to assist in emergency response work, including storm-related damage.
The NBT40 helped repair a damaged airplane. Among several lifts, the crane removed a 16 ton (15 tonne) engine from the aircraft at a height of 32.8 feet (10 meters).
Guadalajara, Mexico-based TRACSA Group, a Grove and National Crane dealer, worked with the Mexican Army to determine the best boom truck to purchase. Juan Mejia, crane manager at TRACSA, said the NBT 40 was a smart purchase for the army because of the crane’s operating abilities and quality construction.
“The army chose this crane because it offers more impressive load charts than its competitors and is made from higher-quality materials,” Mejia said. “Specifically, the comfortable cab and stronger boom and hoist were major selling points.”
The NBT 40 has a color graphical LMI display and a deluxe operator’s cab built for ergonomic comfort. Boom length options are: 103, 127 or 142 feet (31.4, 38.7 or 43.3 meters).
SITSA, a division of TRACSA, headquartered in Mexico City, supplied the NBT 40 to the army. SITSA has been a Grove and National Crane dealer for four years.