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Mini-Crane Handles Lift Beyond Tower Crane’s Reach

Erectors found the mini-crane was much faster assembling the steel because of its close proximity and precision placement, according to Maeda.

August 31, 2015

An addition to the St. David’s Medical Facility in Austin, Texas, required steel beams be placed, but the on-site tower crane couldn’t reach the farthest corner of the structure.

It was, however, able to hoist a Maeda MC 285 mini-crane to the roof and stage the steel beams. Erectors found the mini-crane was much faster assembling the steel because of its close proximity and precision placement, according to Maeda. The mini-crane operator was able to closely monitor the workers on the beams and communicate directly with them, which also improved the safety of the steel erection.

The mini-crane was a less expensive alternative than a large mobile crane rental, according to Maeda. The crew was able to bolt-up the steel columns and beams in a day on the rooftop corner. The track-mounted MC 285, which was rented from Inman Texas in Houston, was able to maneuver on the roof with its compact 30-inch width.

See the promotional video below.

Source: MaedaUSA

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