November/December 2006

Vol. 8, Issue 8

complete issue in one PDF file (PDF, 5.07 MB) or access individual sections


Contents / Comment (PDF, 365.98 KB)

News (PDF, 663.34 KB)
Tower crane collapse in Seattle, Tower crane collision in London, Lavendon acquires Gardemann, Facelift resurrects Universal, Manitowoc announces the 14000, New derrick crane from Liebherr, Half year and three quarter financials, Yongmao tower cranes arrive in Europe, Zoomlion ships first truck cranes to Europe, JCB doubles production capacity but who has built the most and who is market leader?, New president for Terex Group, Easi-UpLifts moves into England, Speedy buys LGH, 100,000th JLG boom lift.

Articulated booms (PDF, 723.52 KB)
In our annual in-depth look at articulated self propelled booms we check out the growing range of 50 to 51 ft models. Are they taking over from the all-popular 45 ft models? We also review the top end of the market now that there is a real choice of product offerings in the 125 to 135 ft platform height. While product development has been only steady, we find a surprising number of interesting developments, particularly in the growing Nifty range.

2006 Rental rate survey (PDF, 804.8 KB)
Our seventh annual rental rate survey shows the UK and Irish markets in a buoyant mood for both cranes and access, while telehandlers are a little less certain. 2006 has certainly been a better year than many had predicted. Most companies that responded said that rates had increased and that 2007 looked stable to good. Fleets have also continued to expand.

Knuckle boom crane attachments (PDF, 508.82 KB)
Sales of tracked 'spider boom' aerial lifts have soared in recent years. We explore the rarer self propelled crawler lifts, look at some very special crawler mounted scissor lifts and ask why they are not more popular in the UK and Ireland?

SAIE (PDF, 550.25 KB)
This years SAIE fair in Bologna was one of the best ever with tower cranes, loader cranes, telehandlers and access platforms out in force. We dedicate four packed pages to all that was new at the show.

Safety and Anti collision devices (PDF, 414.76 KB)
Our in-depth look at safety devices primarily concentrates on the hot topic of anti-collision devices for tower cranes as well as looking at other new safety items.

Face to face (PDF, 71.6 KB)
Mark Darwin talks to Alfons Thihatmer of Teupen following a visit to the company's production facility in November.

Electrocution accidents (PDF, 49.27 KB)
A real risk on loader cranes – we report on two incidents and look at what lessons can be learned.


ALLMI focus (PDF, 54.05 KB)

Training (PDF, 124.58 KB)

IPAF Focus (PDF, 127.96 KB)

Books and models/Web links (PDF, 299.76 KB)

Letters (PDF, 81.26 KB)

Innovations (PDF, 58.5 KB)

What's on event guide / Market place (PDF, 1.12 MB)