Terex Challenger 3160 all terrain crane launched at the customer open days event in Germany, October

Terex Challenger 3160 all terrain crane launched at the customer open days event in Germany, October 2010

A prototype 160 tonne-metre all terrain crane on three axles has been unveiled by Terex Cranes.

The Challenger 3160 is a one-man, taxi crane with 50 m boom in the 55 tonne capacity class. Self contained within the 12 tonne per axle weight limit, it will lift 35.6 tonnes at 4 m radius. Where axle load limits are 10 tonnes, the crane can de-rig its own counterweight for an all up weight of less than 30 tonnes.

Carrier width is 2.55 m and it has the new cab design unveiled at April's Bauma exhibition in Germany. Anti-lock disc brakes and active all wheel steering help manoeuvrability and reduce tyre and brake wear. It has the IC-1 control system with an integrated range of functions, including load moment indicator, lifting charts, load limiter, fault indicator and data logger.

Launch is scheduled for early 2012. The crane was first shown at a Terex Cranes customer open day event at its Zweibrücken factory on 21 October 2010. It was attended by more than 1,100 customers from across the world.

The 3160 is the first of what Terex says will be several new all terrains above and below three axles in the new Challenger series. Its nomenclature is also part of a new branding that will appear across much of the Terex range. The first number in the model designation denotes the number of axles, in this case three. In a departure from recent practice, the remaining numbers indicate the tonne-metre rating, in this case 160 tonne-metres, instead of a maximum capacity rating in tonnes.

This latest crane comes hot on the wheels of the Roadmaster 8000, a 100 tonne capacity truck crane announced in September.

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