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Center Attraction at ConExpo: Tadano 160-ton GR-1600XL-2

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Tadano America will unveil its latest and largest rough terrain crane, the 160-ton capacity GR-1600XL-2 at ConExpo in Las Vegas March 4-8, 2014. Launched late last fall, the GR-1600XL-2 will be unveiled as the strongest and most robust rough terrain crane in the market.

“This crane is a game changer,” said Ron Dogotch, vice president, sales, Tadano America. “Once again, Tadano has delivered to the market a 3-axle rough terrain crane that exceeds all expectations in terms of capacity, reach and safety.”

Sporting a newly designed 6-section formed boom, the GR-1600XL-2 features a 200.1 foot boom with a working radius of 185 feet utilizing a single telescopic cylinder. Extra reach is provided by a 2-stage, bi-fold lattice hydraulic tilt-type jib, which extends the reach to 256.9 feet with a maximum working radius of 220 feet.

“We’ve already received unprecedented market acceptance in the form of purchase orders for this machine and we are looking forward to showing this crane to the world at ConExpo,” said Dogotch. “Interest in this crane has been phenomenal because of the strength of its design and the reliability associated with the Tadano name.” Two GR-1600XL-2 units will be featured in the Tadano booth, Dogotch said.   

The first GR-1600XL-2 will be configured with the crane in the transportation mode, rigged with quick, self-removing front and rear outriggers. This configuration shows how this large RT can be transported with ease on U.S. highways. 

The second unit will be rigged as a general purpose rough terrain crane ready for work at the jobsite.

The GR-1600XL-2 was designed based on customer input that asked for a stronger crane with capacities that exceed the traditional RT class. The new 3-axle carrier, with self-removable counterweight and outriggers, makes the crane easy to prepare for transport, Dogotch said. As well, an assist crane is not needed for setup and rigging. 

“Our exclusive asymmetrical multi-position outrigger system improves the ability to set-up in confined lifting spaces,” said Dogotch.

Designed for operator comfort and safety, the GR-1600XL-2 incorporates the ergonomically designed Tadano cab-tilt system, which improves operator visibility and safety for high-reaching operations. “This machine has everything customers would expect from Tadano including eco-friendly and fuel saving functions, the highest standard of safety, and efficient operating systems,” said Dogotch.

Like its XL-2 series predecessors, the GR-1600XL-2 comes standard with several features including HELLO-NET telematics systems that monitors crane activity straight from a computer or mobile device; and state-of-the-art Eco-mode and positive control systems aimed at reducing fuel consumption while the crane is being operated or on standby. Tadano expects this crane to gain acceptance in a number of markets, including highway/heavy construction as well as the energy and mining sector.

“In the North, Central and South American markets, Tadano’s energy and mining sector customers’ require rough terrain cranes that have larger lifting capacities and longer boom lengths,” said Jay Shiffler, Tadano vice president of marketing. “This is primarily stemming from the more complex and growing refinery and petrochemical jobsites. With these jobsites in mind the need for a crane that can work safely and efficiently while maneuvering setting-up and operating in tight spaces is essential.”

Other features of the Tadano GR-1600XL-2 include :

About Tadano America Corporation

Established in 1993 in Houston, Texas, TADANO America Corporation is the strategic base for sales of rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes and boom trucks for the North and South American market. Tadano America has dedicated customer service office locations located in Houston, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina and Edmonton, Alberta providing direct-to-customer product support. Tadano’s corporate office, located in Houston has 46,000 square feet of warehouse space for parts and storage. Tadano’s field service staff works in key areas throughout North and South America continuing Tadano’s core values of safety, quality and efficiency. Tadano’s products are available through a broad dealer network. Tadano America Corporation is a subsidiary of TADANO, LTD.

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