Crane Rental Corp. recently completed the inaugural lift with its second Manitowoc 18000 crane. The crane was shipped from the factory directly to a St. Petersburg, FL jobsite in early February. Assembly of the crane was completed within a week and work began the next day.
The primary task for the crane was hoisting a 492,000 pound transformer from Crane Rental's 12-line Goldhofer hydraulic platform trailer onto its final foundation. A Dehann14- sheave, 440-ton block was reeved with 16-parts of line for the lift. Four TPXC9000 60 foot endless slings were used. The total load was only 70% of the crane's capacity chart.
The inaugural lift was completed safely and efficiently, the company said. The company reports that more lifts are on the way for this new addition to the fleet, including 685,000 pound steam turbine generator, a 308,000 pound steam turbine, and numerous other power plant components.