Scottish rental company Stoddart Crane Hire has taken delivery of a 230 tonne Liebherr LTM1230-5.1 - its largest Liebherr crane to date.
The company acquired its first new Liebherr - a 60 tonne LTM 1060-3.1- in 2016 and has since added several others ranging from 40 to 90 tonnes. Its fleet also includes a number Grove cranes up to 250 tonnes and a 130 tonne Tadano.
The five axle crane is equipped with an eight section 75 metre main boom, and can be topped by an 11.5 to 20 metre bi-fold swingaway extension that can be offset by up to 40 degrees. Up to three, seven metre inserts can also be added between the boom nose and swingaway for a maximum tip height of 113 metres (with main boom at 68 metres).
The new crane also includes Vario Ballast variable counterweight, Vario Base Plus outrigger set up and monitoring and remote control of crane operations. Under UK STGO rules the single engine crane can carry 22 tonnes of its maximum 72 tonnes of counterweight.
The crane arrived in time to go on the Liebherr stand at Vertikal Days where it was formally handed over.
Director Ewan Stoddart said: “We work all over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in some remote and challenging locations. That is why we chose the LTM 1230-5.1 as its long boom, powerful duties and excellent manoeuvrability allow us to go the extra mile for our customers.”
Established in 2004 by David Stoddart, an experienced crane operator with a 70 tonne Grove TM870 truck crane, family owned Stoddart is based in Muir of Ord to the west of Inverness. The business has grown at a good pace over the past 19 years, with David’s children, Ewan and Kerri joining the business along the way. The company serves the varied industries of the Highlands, Islands and the UK nationwide. It runs a fleet of All Terrain, mini crawler and loader cranes.