For Colorado Crane Inc. owner Patrick Lansu, a 33-year-old HC-218A lattice truck is still hitting its mark. Lansu updated and retrofitted the 1981 HC-218A to comply with the latest industry requirements. Parts for the old lattice truck crane have not been an issue since Link-Belt still carries parts for the over thirty year old model.
Despite his affinity for the HC-218A, Lansu recently purchased a new 2014 model HTC-86100 that his company uses as a taxi-crane for the Denver-metro area. He also owns another Link-Belt lattice truck crane and a smaller tonnage Link-Belt rough terrain crane.
Two recent projects for Colorado Crane Inc. have both the old HC-218A and the new HTC-86100 doing several months’ worth of crane work.
In Englewood, a suburb of Denver, the HC-218A is building retaining walls around a new Denver Broncos indoor practice facility. The new facility will measure 150 feet wide by 400 feet long, but it first had to be outlined with 20 inch thick and 20 feet tall retaining walls to hold back two sides of the nearby rolling terrain. The HC-218A assisted with placement of prefabricated panels that form the shell of the new facility. The new practice field is scheduled for completion by fall of 2014.
Meanwhile, Colorado Cranes operator Rick Witmer has been driving the company’s new HTC-86100 to a jobsite near Colorado Springs where a 66,000 square foot nursing facility is being erected.
At the site of the nursing facility, the HTC-86100 will be on a placement schedule of 100 pieces of steel per day, ultimately placing over 300 tons of bar joists, girders, decking, angle iron and columns.