Austrian truck-mounted crane rental company Franz Pichler has taken delivery of Tadano’s newly launched HK 4.050-1.
The 4-axle crane was ordered by Franz Pichler, owner of the crane rental company of the same name, with a 9-metre boom extension, 3.5-tonne hook block and radio remote control.
Pichler said: “The HK 4.050-1 is the perfect taxi crane. It is even more powerful than its predecessor and very economical thanks to the dual-engine concept. Now that it also features an H-outrigger, the crane is the number-one choice on construction sites where space is becoming increasingly tight.”
The H-outrigger allows different widths to be extended for each individual outrigger and it can be vertically readjusted from the upper cab. This means it is no longer necessary to leave the cabin to re-level the crane.
The two driven axles mean it benefits from even more traction – even in poor road conditions. And as for the steered rear axle, this makes the crane highly manoeuvrable so that even narrow access roads can be tackled with ease.
The axles and working functions are driven by two engines. Having separate engines for the superstructure and carrier not only reduces fuel consumption, but also optimises maintenance intervals. Pichler added: “Having one engine that drives the crane from A to B and another engine that drives the boom and the superstructure. This means that the crane can be operated particularly efficiently.”
With a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes, the new generation benefits from 25 per cent more ‘power’ than its predecessor.
Pichler explained: “The first assignment was already waiting on the way back from Lauf to Kirchschlag, with concrete parts needing to be lifted and moved in the city of Wiener Neustadt. This is the typical sort of project we will be carrying out regularly with this crane, and we were able to handle it quickly and accurately thanks to its enormous power reserves and the many practical advantages it offers.”