Chilean rental company Inversiones Farías has taken delivery of two new Grove 100 tonne GRT8100 Rough Terrain cranes.
The new cranes feature a five section 47 metre main boom and a 17 metre bi-fold swingaway extension - with up to 40 degrees of offset - to offer a maximum tip height of around 67 metres. They went straight to work helping assemble material processing equipment on a large mine.
Robert Palma of Inversiones Farías said: “These are excellent cranes that meet all expectations for the jobs we typically perform. Overall, they are pretty robust, very stable and easy to set up and operate. We have been surprised by their stability and how user-friendly they are. The operating system display is very easy to use and understand, and quite practical to operate.”
“The cranes are not oversized in their capacity and their handling nor overly intimidating for our operators. Their performance is top notch, which enables us to be competitive in a market where there are many players. The control display allows us to visualise the current status of the configuration inside the crane and enables us to have full control over it. CCS allows us to see if there are any issues in the machine’s systems by means of signal codes that appear on the screen, and also to know the hour meter, the total length of the boom and the weight to be lifted. It’s all very useful.”
Based in Antofagasta, Chile’s mining capital, Inversiones Farías has been a Grove customer since 2009, when it purchased its first Grove RT760E. It has a fleet of around 250 cranes, forklifts and trucks.