Maxim Crane Works will remanufacture 14 of its Manitowoc 2250 crawler cranes over the next several years, gaining an additional 12 to 15 years of utilization at a “fraction” of the cost of new cranes.
The company is working with Manitowoc and its EnCore business to overhaul the cranes. The work is initially being carried out at MGX Equipment Services facilities in Belle Chasse and Birmingham, Alabama.
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“The Manitowoc 2250 is the only true 300 USt crawler crane on the market with the ideal cost-benefit tradeoff for rental work,” said Larry Lis, VP of fleet, in a statement. “We have 50 Manitowoc 2250s working in our fleet around the country. They are widely accepted by the market and proven cranes. We can have them remanufactured by Manitowoc and have great working cranes for another 12-15 years at a fraction of the cost of purchasing newer cranes that may not be ideal for our current demands.
“The rental market for crawler cranes is being driven by the 300 USt capacity class,” Lis said. “We’re seeing work building data centers, warehouses for major e-commerce sites, and petrochemical plants, along with taking on large projects in infrastructure, renewable energies, and more.”
How does crane remanufacturing benefits operations?
Lis said that remanufacturing will also enable the company to retain its accumulated knowledge from using 2250s in its fleet for more than a decade.
“With 50 of these cranes already in our fleet, our operators know how to use them,” he said. “Our mechanics know how to work on them. We already have a strong spare parts inventory for cranes in this class. Our logistics team knows how to transport them. We understand the differences in how to move and operate them in various regions.
“They will also have a strong resale value if we decide to change up the fleet. The remanufacturing certificate from Manitowoc will hold a lot of value.”
The EnCore remanufacturing project will continue through 2026, with 3-4 Manitowoc 2250s being remanufactured at a time. Lis said the plan could be expanded and more cranes cycled through, should the need arise.
“These cranes will be used for both bare and operated rentals, and be strategically positioned at locations across the U.S.,” he said. “We are looking forward to being able to operate Manitowoc 2250s in our fleet for a long time to come.”