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First Tadano for Benchley Cranes

US rental company Benchley Contracting & Rental/Benchley Cranes has taken delivery of a new Tadano GR-1000XLL-4 90 tonne/100 ton Rough Terrain Crane - the largest Rough Terrain in its fleet.

The New York state based company purchased the crane, its first Tadano, from distributor Empire Crane. Launched in 2020 the crane features a five section 51 metre main boom and 10.7 to 17.1 metre bi-fold swingaway extension which offsets by up to 45 degrees. The crane also features a new ‘Smart Counterweight’ system providing the operator with two counterweight positions which, when ‘extended’, boosts lift capacity by up to 20 percent. Maximum radius on main boom is 47.2 metres. The forward position provides a reduced tailswing, while the 11.2 tonnes of counterweight can also be easily removed and installed
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The handover

Vice president Andrew Benchley said: “We have heard good things about Tadano cranes, and the lift chart and extra boom length were selling points for us. One of the biggest advantages is the Smart Chart feature that helps to maximise the crane’s lift capacity when the outriggers cannot be fully deployed. It doesn’t rely on a 360 degree load chart and includes asymmetrical positioning.”
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(L-R) Jayden Hawkins of Benchley Crane, Mike Baron of Empire Crane along with Lukas and Andrew Benchley

Empire Crane president Paul Lonergan added: “Benchley Cranes‘ operators are some of the best in the industry and quickly picked up the cranes many new features during training. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the company, dating back to Andrew’s and my father working together on crane purchases and support more than 30 years ago.”

Based in Forestville, New York, Benchley traces its roots back to 1957 with just a single crane, dragline and dozer. Today, the company has a substantial fleet of All Terrains, boom trucks and Rough Terrain cranes with capacities up to 400 tons serving customers in the Buffalo and western New York markets.