The Cutting Edge of The Mobile Crane Industry

Construction companies utilize equipment and machinery that achieve very specific and unique jobs. Cranes, the primary workhorse of construction operations, allow for building, repair and maintenance of projects at heights that ladders and crews alone cannot reach. But what about projects that involve work outside of a metropolitan or city scape? How can construction companies take their services to more remote areas? It turns out the answer lies in a machine that is the cutting edge of the mobile crane industry.

The first truck-mounted cranes were produced in 1922 by Appleby Corporation. Appleby was instrumental in the development of cranes from a fixed position base to operating from a moving position on flatbed rail cars. The advancement of mechanical technology in 1922 included the combustible engine, as well as the telescopic jib, which allowed an additional boom to increase the height reach of the crane. This technology was modified in 1962 to include hydraulics in the lift, reducing the cost of operation. A few years later, a modified military version of the mobile crane included a four-wheel drive truck mount with a 10-ton hydraulic lift.

Since the 1970s, mobile crane technological advancements have primarily involved increases in lift capacity hydraulics and the base mounts’ driving range. Companies that utilize cranes of any kind involve on site lifting of building materials at construction sites, loading and unloading of materials on site of factories and warehouses, as well as repair and maintenance on buildings and equipment located in higher altitudes like wind turbines. Recent advances in crane technology include GPS technology for the driving rig for technicians to know distance to fuel sites from work area along within miles-per-gallon reach of vehicle. Hydraulic lifting capacities have increased as well, both in the weight the crane can lift as well as the height capacities.

Through all of these innovations in mobile crane technology, one state-of-the-art technology above the rest lies in the Steiger TTS1000. Manufactured in Germany by Ruthmann GmbH & Co, the Steiger TTS1000 provides aerial reach of up to 328 feet vertically with a lift capacity of over 1,000 lbs for workers and equipment. It’s the tallest mobile crane in all of North America, and is operated by Abilene High Lift. The capacities of work for this unique piece of equipment include maintenance and repair of wind turbine blades, building contractors and even film producers.

Vertical reach alone is a unique offering of the Steiger TTS1000 that puts it ahead of its competition, but its benefits don’t end there. Horizontal lift capacity extends to 131 feet, allowing work crews to have greater access to supplies, equipment and resources for repair and maintenance.

Construction work for mobile cranes can take place in doors, but for this unique machine, operation outdoors is its primary use. With work in the outdoors comes exposure to the elements, and in West Texas that means high winds. The primary reason for the increase in wind energy development and wind farms along Interstate 20 is the consistency of high winds (averaging over 20 mph, with gusts us to 50 mph). The Steiger TTS1000 has the highest rated work capacity for wind speeds, able to operate at up to 38.5 mph wind conditions. Its uncommon capabilities for vertical and horizontal lift paired with its rare strength in sustaining work loads in high wind conditions make the Steiger TTS1000 the perfect fit for construction work in wind energy in West Texas, and the premier piece of advanced technology in the mobile crane industry. Simply, it is the height of mobile crane technology!