Austrian-based Pichler has taken delivery of a 50 tonne capacity Tadano HK 4.050-1 crane.

Franz Pichler with his two sons Florian Pichler and Matthias Pichler (Photo: Tadano)

The truck-mounted crane rental company chose the 4-axle model due to its load capacity and manoeuvrability on site.

Pichler ordered the crane with a 9 metre boom extension, 3.5 tonne hook block and radio remote control. The model has separate engines, one for the structure and one for the carrier, which Tadano said reduces fuel consumption and optimises maintenance intervals.

Owner Franz Pichler said, “The HK 4.050-1 is the perfect taxi crane. It is even more powerful than its predecessor and very economical thanks to the dual-engine concept. Now that it also features an H-outrigger, the crane is the number-one choice on construction sites where space is becoming increasingly tight.”

The H-outrigger allows different outrigger widths to be extended for each individual outrigger. It can be vertically readjusted from the upper cab, meaning it is no longer necessary to leave the cabin to re-level the crane, making it a safer experience for the crane driver.

First job

The crane will be used immediately on projects.

Franz said, “The first assignment was already waiting on the way back from Lauf to Kirchschlag, with concrete parts needing to be lifted and moved in the city of Wiener Neustadt. This is the typical sort of project we will be carrying out regularly with this crane, and we were able to handle it quickly and accurately thanks to its enormous power reserves and the many practical advantages it offers.”

The Tadano models were launched last year.

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