UK based fine art transport and logistics company Mtec has taken delivery of a Mercedes 6x4 Actros 2653 heavy haulage tractor unit equipped with a PM 50.525 SP loader crane and customised trailer combination.
The PM 50.525 SP is mounted directly behind the cab and offers a maximum load moment of 43.5 metre/tonnes with a maximum capacity of 10.3 tonnes at a four metre radius, or handle up to 2,850kg at its maximum radius of 14 metres. Maximum tip height is 18.45 metres, with a capacity of 5,460kg at a two metre radius. The tractor unit is equipped with a standard fifth wheel for regular semi low loader trailers, as well as a drop side flatbed which fits over the top of the fifth wheel and drawbar towed three axle Chieftain VGB beavertail trailer. The vehicle is plated for operation at a gross combination weight of 80 tonnes.
The chassis was supplied by S & B Commercials, while the side body, VBG drawbar coupling and crane were all supplied and installed by Central Hydraulic Loaders, of Tamworth. The new unit will be used for the international delivery and placing of all manner of large artwork, mostly sculptures, to galleries and museums or private collections.
Mtec managing director, David Williams, said: “Manoeuvring a tractor and trailer can be a challenge at places like Kew Gardens, and some of the stately homes we visit. It is obviously not an option for the heaviest sculptures, which can often weigh in excess of 50 tonnes. But for smaller pieces the demountable body and drawbar configuration allows us to crane the item off the trailer and then take it in on the truck itself. It’s a highly practical solution that’s already working very well.”
Based in Ware and with depots in Cambridge and Kent, Mtec has a fleet of 20 delivery vehicles, which includes four heavy haulage units. With storage facilities in Venice, Italy and Antwerp, Belgium, the company regularly transports art throughout the world.