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From Mobile To Terrain Cranes: The World’s Largest Cranes

From Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, all-terrain cranes and crane lifting are part of a 2,500-year engineering tradition. The pulleys and ropes of early cranes were operated by eight men, with the ability to lift 6,000 pounds (or three tons), an incredibly impressive feat for the time.


Whilst remarkable, the art of crane lifting has evolved with modern all-terrain cranes and the specialized vehicles available from crane rental services.


Read on to learn more about a range of the most powerful, strong, and large all-terrain cranes in the world as well as useful information for finding crane rental services near you.


Various mobile cranes

Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 - The World’s Strongest Mobile Crane

Commonplace on most construction sites, mobile cranes possess impressive portability and versatility, with customizable and specialised capabilities to best suit the job at hand. With mobile crane lifting, small crews lift substantial weight in an effort to speed up the construction process, making them an especially effective machine.


Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 is the best in its class as a mobile crane. Most mobile crane lifting is used for smaller jobs such as moving building materials, but with a maximum load capacity of 1,200 tonnes, the Liebherr can lift a wide variety of objects with ease. The telescopic boom has a length of 328 feet and the hoist height can reach up to 328 feet.


XCMG XCA2600 - The World’s Largest All-Terrain Crane

All-terrain cranes are manoeuvrable and mobile, easily able to move through somewhat rough surfaces such as sand and gravel, as well as smoother materials such as tarmac. This versatility makes it especially useful, as it can travel from site to site with ease and minimal complications or delays.


The Chinese-built XCMG XCA2600 was claimed by its manufacturer to have a basic load capacity of 2,600 tonnes. It hoisted 171 tonnes at a height of 160 metres for a wind power site in Shandong, opening up more opportunities for the efficient construction of more enormous wind turbine installation projects.


Kroll K10000 - The World’s Tallest Tower Crane

For the construction of massive buildings, tower cranes are used instead of mobile or all-terrain machines. This is because they are able to reach incredible heights and are even self-climbing, meaning that they can construct their own tower as they rise next to a building in progress.


The Kroll K10000 is a whopping 470 feet tall and has a maximum jib reach of 330 feet, with an overall area covered of 7.5 acres. As a free-standing tower crane, the Kroll is capable at heavy crane lifting even with a small foundation. Now a rarity on the crane market, the Kroll K10000 was used to build the Chernobyl power plant.


Crane Rental Services

Whilst these tower, mobile, and all-terrain cranes are impressive in how they innovate the art of crane lifting, for most projects they are superfluous to requirements. Crane rental services such as Macsalvors Plant Hire offer all-terrain cranes, spider and compact cranes, as well as lorry loaders for a wide variety of functions and applications.


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