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Tadano rolls out new telescopic boom crawler crane

October 15, 2020
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Tadano, one of largest crane manufacturers in the world, is introducing the new telescopic boom crawler crane in the 180-tonne capacity class. An all-rounder crane, the GTC-1800EX has an actual lifting capacity of 156 tonnes and a maximum load moment of 590 MT.

Developed and built in Zweibrücken, Germany, the crane made its concept debut at last year's Bauma. Now that Demag is part of the Tadano Group, it is being relaunched as the Tadano GTC-1800EX.

There are good reasons for including the telescopic boom crawler crane in the Tadano brand: Tadano has a long tradition with these products and a very strong line of telecrawlers.

This makes the integration of the crane from Zweibrücken into the Tadano portfolio an ideal addition and consistent, from a technological point of view.

The move is also a logical step in terms of corporate strategy: “Our goal is to become ‘One Tadano’. With the first telecrawler produced in Germany and branded by Tadano, this vision is now becoming a reality,” explained Ingo Nöske, Director Product Management, Crawler Cranes.

This will strengthen cooperation between German and American colleagues in the Tadano Group in the future, stated Noske.

The group can take advantage of synergies and the “best of both worlds” can flow into the development of new products – as is the case with the GTC-1800EX telecrawler, which has the Demag IC-1 Plus control as well as the IC-1 Remote telematics system technology, he added.

“With the integration of the GTC-1800EX into the Tadano brand, we’re bringing the lone warrior into the family, so to speak,” said Nöske.

The crane closes the gap between the 130 and 220-tonne capacity classes, he added.

Newly part of the Tadano Group, the Demag brand embodies a 200-year legacy of providing intelligent and innovative lifting solutions.

The Tadano GTC-1800EX has an actual lifting capacity of 156 tonnes and a maximum load moment of 590 meter-tonnes, which makes this all-rounder an extremely versatile and flexible tool: it has a track width that can be adjusted as necessary in both symmetrical and asymmetrical configurations so that it can be used for applications in which space is at a premium, such as bridge construction projects.

It is also perfect for doing construction work, where it is not only able to move and telescope components, but also luff down and retract the boom and then travel underneath roof structures to get to where it needs to be, said the Japanese crane giant.

In addition, GTC-1800EX is also able to bring its strengths to bear as an assist crane, as well as when carrying out wind turbine pre-assembly work.

And since the load charts for its 60-m-long main boom are excellent even when lifting on inclines of up to 4°, its use requires less topographical ground preparation on-site than a lattice boom crawler crane. For example, it can lift a full 34 tonnes at a radius of 12 m when working on an incline of 4° with the main boom at a length of 30 meters.

With its main boom length of 60 meters, the GTC-1800EX already features the longest reach in its class, yet it can be increased further if necessary.

Main boom extensions with lengths of 5, 11, 17, and 23 meters that can be mechanically and hydraulically offset are available, meaning that a maximum system length of up to 83 meters is possible. The five-meter extension can be folded onto the side of the main boom for transport to save space.

Tadano said in addition to a large lifting capacity, the GTC-1800EX provides nearly the same maneuverability and ease of operation as an excavator with its travel pedals.

It is driven by an MTU 6-cylinder engine with an output of 230 kW and a torque of 1,300 Nm. This engine complies with EU Stage V specifications, as well as with Tier 4 Final specifications for the US market.

There are two operating modes in this model: At a speed of 1,500 rpm, the diesel engine will run in an ECO mode that optimizes fuel consumption, while at a speed of 1,800 rpm, it will have a Power Boost function available, explained Noske.

This provides a noticeable output increase and makes it possible to carry out simultaneous movements at high output or speed during crane operation, he added.