Maeda today (14 April 2016) launched its biggest ever mini crane, the MC-815, and Hird has taken delivery of the first machine off the production line.
The MC-815 – serial number 00001 – was unveiled at the Bauma, the world’s biggest crane and lifting show in Munich, Germany.
The spider crane is Maeda’s largest capacity spider crane, with a maximum lifting capacity of 8 tonnes at a radius of 2.4m.
It has a five-section 19.4 metre boom, and an optional two-section 1,500kg capacity telescopic jib, which increases the maximum lifting height to 25.5 metres. A 1,000kg all-new searcher hook is also available.
Other features include a new joystick control replacing the standard four levers, and a new 10.4-inch multi-function touch-screen monitor.
Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We’re delighted to be the first crane operator in the world to take delivery of what is going to be an industry-leading mini crane.
“We’ve bought a large number of Maeda mini cranes in the last 12 months.
They’re the most popular mini cranes in the world because they’re the most capable and technologically advanced machines, and the MC-815 is no exception.”
A key new development with the MC815 mini spider crane is its new HBC Technos A fully remote radio telemetry system.
While the MC-815 can be operated from a conventional seat on the crane, it can also be fully remote controlled. The crane can also be remotely self-levelled and automatically stowed.
The bio-energy mini crane is fully EU Stage 3 compliant.
Alan Peck, Sales Director at Kranlyt, the European master distributor for Maeda, said: “Hird is one of our most important UK customers so we’re very pleased that they got the first MC-815.
“We’ve already sold 13 of the cranes at Bauma off the stand, and we expect it to the most popular Maeda mini crane in Europe in 2016.
“By all measures it is a major step forward in mini crane design, technology and capability, and Hird is demonstrating its commitment to giving its customers the best lifting equipment by buying the first MC-815 off the production line.”