Simms takes first Tadano GT-800XL

US Rental company Sims Crane & Equipment of Florida has become the first company to take delivery of the new 72.6 tonne GT-800XL-2 Truck Crane.

The GT-800XL-2 features a five section, 47 metre full power boom and can be equipped with the same 17.9 metre extension. Multiple self-removable counterweight configurations are possible with a maximum counterweight of 8.1 tonnes.
The new crane is delivered

Vice president Jackson Sims said: “We have been hoping for many years now to see Tadano enter back into the US truck crane market and have been loaded with anticipation from the day they announced the GT-800XL-2 and the GT-1200XL-2. This is a space we have been needing to update in our fleet and are happy to be able to do this with the Tadano product. We look forward to adding many more units in this class to our Florida and Georgia markets over the coming years and are honoured to be the first in the US to do so with the GT-800XL-2 which we will put into action at our Tampa location.”
((L-R) Todd Elkins of Tadano, Michael Howard, Derek Sather, Deborah Weber and Michael Kufferman all from Sims Crane, with Dan Melnyk of Tadano

Tadano America regional business manager Todd Elkins added: “We are thrilled that the first of Tadano's new Truck Cranes for the United States and Canada markets will go to Sims. The
GT-800XL-2 is an outstanding machine, and will be the perfect taxi crane for Sims' customer base across Florida and Georgia."
Sims was founded by Thomas Sims in 1959, he purchased his first mobile crane, a Bucyrus Erie H-5 truck crane, in 1961. The company is now managed and owned by the third generation of the Sims family and operates from 13 locations throughout Florida.