Sany launches 550 ton crawler crane

By Sarah Ann McCay20 December 2012

The Sany SCC8500 550-ton crawler crane

The Sany SCC8500 550-ton crawler crane

Crane manufacturer Sany America has launched its latest 550-ton crawler crane, the SCC8500.

According to the manufacturer, the new crane is ideally suited for construction of wind energy towers, fossil fuel plants, nuclear facilities, petrochemical installations and a variety of infrastructure projects.

The aim was to produce a machine that would fill a niche between existing machine sizes. “The 400-ton-class machines are too small to handle bigger nacelles in wind construction, and the 600-ton cranes require a back mast and luffing jib to make these lifts. The SCC8500 is the perfect solution,” said John Lanning, global director of research and development for Sany crawler cranes.

The SCC8500 offers a full complement of attachments and options, including fixed jib, luffing jib and the Sany UltraLift package.

The optional UltraLift package includes a second counterweight tray with hanging brackets and 36 upper sideblocks for 868,621 pounds (394 000 kg) of counterweight.

The SCC8500 has 10 available configurations for main boom, fixed jib and luffing jib. Maximum main boom length is 354.3 ft (108 m) on the basic machine and 393.7 ft (121.1 m) with the UltraLift configuration. The fixed jib has a maximum length of 137.8 ft (42 m) in both basic machine and UltraLift. The maximum luffing jib length is 236.2 ft (72 m) for the basic machine and 275.6 ft (84 m) in the UltraLift configuration.

The crane is powered by a 600-horsepower (447.4 kW) Cummins diesel engine with 1,845 foot/pounds of torque.

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