German crane rental company Scholpp has taken delivery of a new 80 tonne Tadano AC 4.080-1, which went straight to work.
The four axle AC 4.080-1 features a seven section, 60 metre boom and is equipped with the 8.5 to 16 metre bi-fold swingaway extension for a maximum tip height of almost 79 metres and 40 degrees of offset. The crane can carry up to 9.3 tonnes of counterweight on board within 12 tonne axle loads. Scholpp has taken the new crane “with all the bells and whistles”.
One of the first jobs for the new crane was the installation of a steel pedestrian bridge in Bad Rotenfels - to the south of Karlsruhe. The job was carried out in partnership with the steel fabrication company Erich Mächler which has worked with Scholpp since 1984.
Prior to the lift, the Scholpp and Mächler employees inspected the site and saw right away that it was going to be a tight fit for a crane with the required capacity and reach. “Our new AC 4.080-1 with its compact dimensions and stepless Flex Base outrigger system was ideal,” said Scholpp’s Kai Schwarz.
Scholpp transported the five tonne, 16.5 metre long by 2.3 metre wide and three metre high bridge built by Mächler’s to site, where operator Martin Zimmermann took over. “We configured the AC 4080 as a taxi crane, with 9.3 tonnes of counterweight on board. That was enough for this job thanks to the Flex Base outrigger system, which maximises the capacity for the space available,” he said.
For the lift itself, he also had to restrict the slew to avoid a container and the adjacent buildings.
Jan Meißner, Scholpp regional manager for the Rhine-Neckar region said: “For us, this machine is the gold standard for all four axle cranes on the market today. It’s compact, it is equipped with IC-1 Plus and 360 degree Surround View cameras, it has a 60 metre boom, and a boom head camera system.”
The company has now ordered a further three AC 4080-1s for its fleet.
Scholpp, based in Stuttgart, was established in 1956 by Alfred Scholpp after he came up with a concept for a lattice truck crane which he took to the recovery vehicle manufacturer Kässbohrer in Ulm, which took his sketch and developed Scholpp’s first mobile crane, the KS 36. In 2014 Martin Scholpp purchased Scholpp Kran & Transport from the extended Scholpp crane, heavy transport and logistics business, just one year after German private equity firm Odewald & Compagnie had acquired a 49 percent stake in the extended group.