Potain has added to its Chinese built MCT flat top tower crane range with the introduction of the new eight tonne MCT 185 Topless.
Designed with urban and infrastructure projects in mind, the new model shares the same features, transport, assembly and energy efficiencies as the other models in the MCT range which are built at the Manitowoc plant in Zhangjiagang and aimed principally at the regional Asian market.
The new crane offers a 65 metre jib with a tip capacity of 1.5 tonnes. There is a choice of two counter jibs - a 13.5 metre one for use with a 30 to 45 metre jib lengths and a 16 metre one for the 50 to 65 metre configurations. The crane can be installed on Potain’s existing 1.6 metre L46 or two metre L68 towers, both of which use pinned joints. It can also be used with the new 7.5 metre high S46JR reinforced tower base for, with freestanding heights up to 59.2 metres. Potain says that on a well prepared site, the crane can be erected in a day and half while the entire upper works can be shipped in five container loads.
The new 30kW 40 LVFC 20 Optima winch comes as standard, with 456 metres of rope storage and speeds of up to 98 metres/minute with a one tonne load. The optional 37kW 50 LVF 20 Optima hoist manages 1.1 tonnes at up to 121 metres/minute, while the 45kW 60 LVFC 20 Optima offers the same speeds with 553 metre of rope storage. All three winches offer continuously variable speed control that enables operators to fine-tune each pick from the comfort of the S110 Smartview cab. The V140S Vision cab is available as an option. Four trolley mechanism options are also available with speeds of up to 80 metres a minute.
Regional product manager Kwong-Joon Leong said: “Topless cranes are becoming the go-to solution for the speed and flexibility they bring to jobsites. The integration of the MCT 185 into our topless range opens up even more possibilities for contractors, and of course it is backed by the industry-leading technical support that is synonymous with Potain.”