700t crawler for Ainscough

UK rental company Ainscough has taken delivery of a new 700 tonne Liebherr LR 1700-1.0 crawler crane. The crane features 165 metres of main boom, while a maximum under hook height of 198 metres can be achieved with 96 metres of main boom and 102 metres of luffing jib. It is able to handle its full capacity at a radius of 8.5 metres and has a maximum radius of 160 metres. The crane also features VarioTray and V-frame ballast systems, with hydraulic ballast radius adjustment from 13 to 21 metres.
The new crane arrives at Ainscough's yard

The purchase is aimed at expanding the company's activities and coverage of the heavy lift and major project market. While the company runs the largest mobile crane fleet it is not in the top 10 crawler crane fleets.
(L-R) Mark James and Peter Gibbs of Ainscough with Richard Everist of Liebherr, Andrew Spink and Lee Sixsmith of Ainscough

Chief executive Peter Gibbs said: “The Liebherr LR-1700-1.0 represents the latest design technology within the heavy crane industry and by adding one to our fleet it will give us the flexibility to undertake a wider range of projects with a single crane. Our existing customers have expressed an interest in utilising its outstanding performance on their projects.”

Founded in 1976 by Gerald Ainscough, the company runs a fleet of 392 cranes operating from 28 locations with more than 850 staff across the UK.