The first 130-ton Tadano Mantis GTC-1200 telescopic crawler is on a 345 kV powerline construction pr

The first 130-ton Tadano Mantis GTC-1200 telescopic crawler is on a 345 kV powerline construction project near Floydada, TX.

Monroe, LA-based Scott Powerline and Utility Equipment in the USA has placed the first 130 US ton (118 metric ton) capacity Tadano Mantis GTC-1200 model on a 345 kV powerline construction project near Floydada, TX. The crane, which features a 155-foot (47 meter) full power telescopic boom as well as a 2-piece bi-fold lattice jib and extension giving a maximum rated tip height of over 220 feet (67 m), is placing steel poles ranging from in height from 120 to 195 feet (37 to 59 m). The rental customer is North Houston Pole Line which, coincidentally, rented Scott Powerline’s first Mantis 20010 (100 ton/91 metric ton) on a powerline job in 2008.

“As always it is a pleasure teaming with Scott Powerline,” said Frank Ingram, vice president, operations, North Houston’s Transmission division. “Once again they have been able to take care of NHPL when needed. With our work load of major transmission projects in the south central region, we found ourselves in need of another large live boom hydraulic crane. Conventional cranes are very restrictive in our line of work due to multiple energized crossings. Scott Powerline and Tadano Mantis to the rescue!”

Ingram said Scott Powerline’s GTC-1200 is a very good fit due to its lifting capacities at max height as well as its pick and carry capabilities.

“I was very pleased with the GTC-1200 when setting a 195-foot four piece steel pole,” said Ingram. “The support from Scott Powerline and the performance of the crane are spot on.”

After nearly a month on job, the GTC-1200 is proving its worth, the company said.

Scott Powerline said it has enjoyed many firsts with the Mantis Crane product line – one of the first dealers, one of the first to place these cranes in a rental fleet, and one of the first to introduce several new models over the years.

“We’ve continued that tradition with Tadano Mantis’ new GTC-1200,” the company said. The crane allows users important pick and carry capability through 360 degrees and it has “superior gradability, and its design incorporates many new safety and ease of operation features,” the company said.

The crane is self erecting and uses the Tadano AML-C LMI system.

“Scott Powerline's GTC-1200 is the first of this model to be received by a dealer, placed in a rental fleet, and now put to work,” the company said.

Scott Powerline and Utility Equipment rents, sells and services a wide range of equipment including boom trucks, bucket trucks, cranes, crawlers with winches, digger derricks, multi-purpose amphibious vehicles, pressure drills, sign trucks, track-mounted equipment, vacuum excavators and wire-stringing equipment for electrical line construction and maintenance companies, investor-owned utilities and electric co-ops, and companies involved with bridgework, foundation drilling, sign and lighting, and general construction.

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