The Australian division of Australasian crane distributor and manufacturer TRT (Tidd Ross Todd) has launched the new 28 tonne Tidd PC28 articulated pick & carry crane.
The new crane, which was unveiled at the company’s Murarrie, Brisbane manufacturing plant last month, features a 6.1 to 18.6 metre three section full power main boom, and can handle 28 tonnes on the base section lug hook, 27.6 tonnes on the hoist line, and pick & carry up to 25 tonnes with loads suspended from the lug hook attached to the top of the boom's mid section. Maximum radius with boom horizontal is 16 metres, at which it can handle 2,150kg.
The machine has an all up Gross Vehicle Weight of 23.9 tonnes - including 2.3 tonnes of counterweight - and evenly split between the two axles. Overall width is 2.49 metres, Overall height 3.09 metres, total chassis length is 7.5 metres, while the crane has an overall length from boom tip to rear bumper of 10.4 metres. The unit is powered by a six cylinder Mercedes diesel, through an Allison six speed automatic transmission and Kessler high speed planetary axles with a differential lock on front axle.Maximum road speed is 80kph
Chief operations officer Lawrence Baker said: "We are proud of the new Tidd PC28 crane the team has designed and manufactured. We consulted with industry to produce a crane that will work to improve operator safety and deliver productivity improvements across Australasia and based on the feedback we have from the launch, the industry agrees.”
TRT country manager Stephen Dance added: "There has been overwhelming, positive feedback about the quality of the new crane, with many commenting that the new level of safety available will improve outcomes for operators and owners across construction, infrastructure and mining sites. The patented Slew Safe design is a significant new pick & carry safety feature. It is designed to minimise the risk of a crane rollover when the crane is lifting on uneven surfaces, a leading cause of articulating crane incidents in Australia. It provides the operator with feedback through the steering wheel that they can feel when the crane moves into an unsafe operating zone, and visually through the dynamic load moment indicator.”