German crane rental and prefabrication installation company Krösche-Kran Service has taken delivery of a 40 tonne Tadano HK 40 truck crane.
Mounted on a four axle Scania chassis, the HK 40 features a 35.2 metre main boom plus a nine metre swingaway extension to provide a maximum tip height of 47.5 metres and a maximum radius of 40 metres. Features include separate engines for the chassis and the crane as well as variable/asymmetrical outrigger configurations with automatic monitoring. It can also be driven within eight tonne axle loads, which allows it to carry a permanent driving permit.
Joining eight other Tadano HK models in the company’s fleet, the crane will be used for prefabricated house construction with the company claiming 80 to 90 percent of all industrially prefabricated houses in Germany are erected by the company.
Chief executive Joachim Ruthe, said: “This series, and the HK 40 in particular, is practically made for prefabricated construction. We serve up to 450 construction sites in Germany every week, so we need high-speed machines that are robust and economical. The HK 40 offers these characteristics in abundance – I can’t think of any other crane like it.”
With a history dating back more than 120 years, Krösche-Kran is based in Holzminden - due south of Hanover - and purchased its first crane in the mid-1960s before offering crane rental in 1974. Today the company runs a fleet of 30 truck cranes with capacities ranging from 35 to 60 tonnes and works with partners throughout Germany to provide a full range and good geographic coverage. It specialises in the assembly of pre-fabricated homes, along with steel erection and other applications.