New Potain MCH 125 for South American company Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur



Chilean company Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur has acquired a brand new Potain MCH 125 tower crane.

The crane is the first of its kind to arrive in Chile and South America and was selected for its portable and versatile luffing jib, allowing for easy manoeuvring in tight jobsite conditions and complete lifts.

Julio Nazer Val, commercial cranes manager at Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur said: “We often work in urban areas with lots of buildings in proximity to each other, where the construction of a new structure poses serious logistical challenges.The MCH 125 plays a key role for our company as, thanks to its practical luffing boom, it can work in all kinds of environments despite space limitations.”

The MCH 125 is Potain’s first hydraulic topless luffing jib crane and has a maximum lifting capacity of 8 tonnes and a lifting capacity of 2 tonne at its maximum jib length of 164ft, or 50m. The crane also utilizes VVH hydraulic luffing technology for raising and lowering the jib. This feature moves the jib from a horizontal position to 87° in less than two minutes. In addition, the cab can be installed on either side of the crane, enabling the unit to be positioned closer to a building.

The MCH 125 design does not require luffing ropes, reducing assembly time and its hydraulics are pre-connected at the factory, which further reduces on-site assembly time. The topless design means there is no cathead to assemble at ground level before installation.

Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur’s fleet includes a variety of Potain tower cranes, between self-erecting and top-slewing models, ranging in capacity from 1.8 t to 20 t. The company also owns Grove all-terrain cranes.

Since 1979, Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur has been the exclusive partner of Potain in Chile, along with its sister companies ETAC Peru, and Colgrúas, in Peru and Colombia, respectively. The partnership with Potain over the last few decades has helped establish Grúas y Equipos Cruz del Sur, ETAC Peru and Colgrúas as references in the construction industry in South America.