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A New 51 t Capacity Rough Terrain Crane from Tadano

A New 51 t Capacity Rough Terrain Crane from Tadano

Tadano Ltd. will launch a new rough terrain crane for overseas markets in March 2015. The new GR-500EXL with a 51 tonne capacity, a 42 m 5-section boom and right-hand drive.

Tadano recognises an increasing need of its customers in regions such as Southeast Asia where the driving position is on the right.

To meet this customer demand and for safety reasons,Tadano is to start producing rough terrain cranes with driving position on the right.

At the same time, Tadano has redesigned this rough terrain crane to have a long boom, a compact carrier, improved drivability, increased safety and environmentally friendly performance.

The whole package, Tadano claim, will deliver outstanding lifting performance, easy maintenance, and high productivity at a great value.

Tadano GR-500EXL specifications

Primary Features and Benefits

  • Right-Hand Drive to Meet Destination Market Needs

To meet the needs of markets, such as those in Southeast Asia, where right-hand drive is required, Tadano has newly developed this right-hand drive rough terrain crane. This new design will contribute to greater safety for operators when driving.

  • Outstanding Boom and Jib

With a 42 m 5-section boom, it will be one of the longest booms available in the 51 tonne class. The reach and lift capacity means that the crane can operate in restricted access areas or in remote off-road locations.

Extra reach of 8 m to 12.7 m is provided by a 2-staged under slung jib. The jib stows alongside the base boom section and is designed for easy installation at confined jobsites.

  • Compact Carrier

The GR-500EXL uses a compact carrier to minimize setup space necessary at the jobsite. By reducing the length of the carrier to just 8.7 m and making the counterweights heavier, Tadano has been able to shorten the maximum extension width of outriggers.

This allows the GR-500EXL the highest possible maximum crane capacity for confined jobsites in urban areas like Singapore.

  • Improved Carrier Drivability and Safety

The carrier features semi-elliptic leaf springs used on all wheels to improved drivability. With a maximum speed of 48 km/h. the crane can quickly travel from location to location.

On site, there are 3 steering modes - 2-wheel front, 4-wheel coordinated and 4-wheel crab. Transmission is electronically controlled automatic.

In addition, using a shorter twin cylinder-design has allowed the cab to be positioned forward. This gives the operator more visibility from the driver’s seat which has also been significantly upgraded, making for a much safer operator experience while travelling.

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