Potain launches 8t flat top for Asia

15 March 2021

Manitowoc has expanded its Potain flat top range for the Asian market, with the introduction of the 8t MCT 185. Like the rest of the models of the range, this model will be manufactured at Manitowoc’s facility in Zhangjiagang, China.

The MCT 185 has a 65m jib and offers a tip load capacity of 1.5t. Manitowoc said its compact design allows for the transportation of the entire upper structure in just five containers.

The manufacturer minimised each crane section’s component dimensions and weight in order to simplify assembly. The counter-jib has a “shorter and simpler” ballast shape, and is available in two lengths: 13.5m for use with a 30-45m jib, or 16m for the 50m-65m configuration. “This choice in configuration allows projects to plan crane positioning more efficiently, a useful feature as jobsites become more congested,” said Manitowoc.

Potain’s 1.6m (L46) and 2m (L68) mast sections are offered, both of which use pinned joints. Also available is the newly-introduced 7.5m-high S46JR reinforced basic mast for taller setup, with freestanding heights for the MCT 185 reaching 59.2m.

Manitowoc offers a selection of LVF hoists for this model, while supplied as standard is the newly introduced 30 kW 40 LVFC 20 Optima winch. This winch comes with a 456m rope capacity and is capable of hoisting 1t at speeds of up to 98m/min. The optional 37 kW 50 LVF 20 Optima winch lifts 1.1t at up to 121m/min; while the 45kW 60 LVFC 20 Optima can move 1t at up to 120m/min and comes with 553m of wire rope.

For horizontal movements, there are four trolley mechanism options, offering speeds of up to 80m/min.

“Topless cranes are becoming the go-to solution for the speed and flexibility they bring to jobsites,” said Kwong-Joon Leong, regional product manager for Asia – tower cranes at Manitowoc. “The integration of the MCT 185 into our topless range opens up even more possibilities for contractors, and of course it is backed by the industry-leading technical support that is synonymous with Potain.”