US rental company Davis Crane Service has taken the first 110 tonne Tadano, GT-1200XL-2 Truck Crane to be delivered in the USA.
The GT-1200XL-2 was unveiled at Conexpo earlier this year and features a five section 51 metre pinned boom and can be equipped with a 10.3 to 17.9 metre bi-fold swingaway extension. Self-rigging counterweight options range from 3.5 to 25 tonnes. The four axle carrier has an overall travel width of 2.59 metres with axle width and spacings optimised for weight and road formulas. A boom dolly trailer is available for areas with the most stringent road regulations, the top speed is 65 mph.
The crane was purchased through Tadano’s distributor for Texas Scott Macon Equipment.
Wes Dowd, director of operations & equipment at Davis said: “We wanted the first GT-1200XL-2 because it fits our taxi crane business, the 110 to 120 ton market is a big one for us and we trust Tadano cranes. Our driver/operator drove the new truck crane here and said it was just like a Cadillac. And the Tadano's in the fleet have been just bulletproof. They are just great machines, and you hear that from everybody. With the Tadano reputation and Scott Macon's great service, we’re not really worried about any issues with a new crane. Whatever they can do to help us, they're always there to help.”
Tadano regional business manager Todd Elkins added: “We are very excited that the first GT-1200XL-2 in the United States will go to Davis Crane Service, it is an outstanding machine and it will be the perfect taxi crane for Davis' customer base across Texas."
Family owned Davis Crane Service was established by Raymond Davis in 1962 and is based in the greater Forth Worth area in Texas. Managed today by Dennis Davis, it operates under 10 local names - in Texas they are Davis Crane Service in the Irving suburb of Forth Worth, Mica Crane and F.B McIntire Equipment in Fort Worth, Crocker Crane Rentals in Leander and Irving, Scharff Crane Rental in Sherman, Goins Crane Service in Abilene, E.I.G. Crane Service in Stephenville, Austin Crane Service in Leander, and finally JR’S Crane in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The company’s operated fleet includes truck and All Terrain cranes, Rough Terrain and telescopic crawlers, and some general rental equipment.