Three new cranes for Bernard Hunter

Scottish rental company Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes has taken delivery of a 230 tonne Liebherr LTM 1230-5.1 All Terrain crane, a 50 tonne LTM 1050-3.1 and a Spierings SK1265-AT6 self-erecting tower crane.

The five axle LTM 1230-5.1 features an eight section 75 metre main boom and an 11.5 to 20 metre bi-fold swingaway extension that can offset by up to 40 degrees. Up to three seven metre inserts can be added between the boom nose and swingaway for a tip height of 113 metres. It also features Liebherr’s ECOmode, ECOdrive, VarioBallast and VarioBase systems.

The three axle LTM 1050-3.1 features a three section 38 metre main boom plus a nine to 16 metre bi-fold swingaway extension. It also features Liebherr’s ECOmode and ECOdrive systems as well as its VarioBase outrigger setup system.
Bernard Hunter's new cranes at its depot in Edinburgh

Finally, the six axle SK1265-AT6 has a maximum capacity of 10 tonnes which it can take to a radius of 13.2 metres, while handling 1,700kg at to its maximum jib tip radius of 60 metres and maximum height of 64.2 metres when the jib is luffed to 30 degrees. The crane joins three other Spierings mobile self -erectors in its fleet, two further SK1265-AT6s and a four axle SK597-AT4.
The company's new 230 tonne Liebherr LTM 1230-5.1

Part of a fleet replacement programme, all three cranes have been equipped with AGL Vehicle Solutions fleet tracking and telematics systems, which provides data across the company’s entire car, truck and crane fleet.

Managing director Mark Rafferty, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has produced many operational re-thinks, but we decided to concentrate on our planned, new crane investment programme despite the challenges. We have had to maintain service levels for our oil/gas industry and energy production customers, with a constant safety management around frequently changing regulations. Enhanced hygiene levels and social distancing are the new norm and we’re fully prepared for the Government’s recent move to re-start the construction industry.”

“The new Spierings mobile tower crane and the two Liebherr mobile cranes bring new levels of safety and technology to our fleet and deliver the very latest efficiency standards to our customer base. We are already seeing several benefits from the data available through our AGL Vehicle Solutions tracking system. The real time and historical vehicle information available adds a new angle to our extensive compliance levels.”
Established in 1946, Bernard Hunter is based in Edinburgh and runs a fleet of All Terrain, mobile tower, crawler, truck and spider cranes topped by a 500 tonne LTM 1500-8.1.


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