CWI Crane expands fleet with Demag
By Hannah Sundermeyer12 January 2021
CWI Crane & Rigging purchased a new 120 ton capacity 2020 Demag AC100-4L from Empire Crane Company. CWI needed to replace a 110-ton Grove truck crane and wanted a longer boom as well as all-terrain functions, the company said.
In the spring of 2019, CWI purchased a Demag AC250-5 from Empire Crane. Their experience with that unit influenced their decision to purchase a second Demag all-terrain crane.
The crane’s first job was lifting a 13,000-pound generator at a local middle school. The pick radius was 65’ – the closest the crane to get to the carrying trailer. They were able to complete the pick without needing a support vehicle to bring additional counterweight.
“As a taxi crane service, the ultimate goal is maneuverability with counterweight and the longest possible boom,” said Chet Chludenski III, owner, CWI Crane & Rigging. “The AC100-4L features one of the biggest system lengths of all 4-axle units on the market that can travel within an axle load limit of 11.8 tons.”
The Demag AC100-4L features a 9-foot main boom, 88.6-foot jib and extensions, Mercedes-Benz engines, IC-1 Plus control system for asymmetric outrigger positioning, an optional refinery kit, maximum 54,000 pounds of counterweight and rearview camera and hoist monitoring cameras.
“It can also cover a broad range of lifting heights without the need for additional transportation vehicles, which is ideal for a crane service company like CWI,” added Justin Melvin, general manager of Empire Crane Company’s New England branch.