First Tadano GT600-EX in Australia
Tadano has long held a reputation for their range of truck cranes in the Australian market, by volume Tadano was popular with hire fleet operators and now the strength of the Tadano brand in this segment is about to feel the impact of the first Tadano GT600-EX in Australia.
Ray Payne of Capel Crane Hire in WA has spent all of his working life in the crane industry. Together with Graham Jones, Ray purchased the family crane business from his father and today operates a fleet of 15 cranes ranging from a 15t Franna through to a 350t Liebherr.
The first Tadano in the fleet was a TG450-E, a 45t truck crane and this was followed by a roughie, a Tadano TR250-M3.
“We decided to upgrade on our 45t truck crane to boost our general crane hire work,” Ray Payne said. “In our region, the work is as varied as you can imagine: farm work; construction; water treatment; mining; you name it and we get to lift it.”
After a number of months of operating the first Tadano GT600-EX to be sold in Australia, Ray Payne could not be happier with his acquisition.
“Our new Tadano crane is everything that we expected and more,” said Ray Payne. “Out on the road it travels comfortably at 89 km/h. What makes this even better is that the pneumatic suspension delivers a very smooth ride, even over our rough roads.”
The Tadano GT600-EX is manufactured in Japan and features the longest boom in its class at 43m. This is a newly developed boom with rounded construction, comprising five sections, there is also a two stage bi-fold jib of 9.8 m and 15.2m. With a capacity of 60,000kg the Tadano GT600-EX also features a line pull of 5,600kg thanks to the strong winches on board. The entire operation of the Tadano GT600-EX is managed by the Tadano AML computer system.
For more information visit: www.tadano.com.au
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