Tadano turns right

10 April 2018

Tadano can now provide right hand drive versions of its truck cranes.

The company brought out its GT-750EL, GT-600EL and GT-300EL truck cranes last October, all of them with left hand drive. Tadano have now introduced the same cranes in right-hand drive models. Known as GT-750ER, GT-600ER and GT-300ER, the suffix has changed to indicate the difference.

Right-hand drive cranes are a requirement in left-hand traffic countries, so Tadano says that it can now respond to world-wide truck crane needs.

The RHD models are geared mainly toward Southeast Asia, Africa and other left-hand traffic regions. These regions include many emerging markets. The product concept behind the GT series is to meet the strong demand in such markets for high-quality truck cranes with good lifting performance, the capability to drive both on rough roads and at high speed on highways, with durability and ease of maintenance.

As with the left-hand versions, these cranes have a high tensile steel rounded boom. Lifting heights are 47.3m (GT-750ER), 43.4m (GT-600ER), and 34.0m (GT-300ER), with working radii of 40.0m, 34.0m, and 32.0m respectively.

A 2-stage (9.0 m/14.3 m, 8.5 m/14.0 m) underslung jib gives extra reach and simplifies installation in narrow spaces. It extends lifting heights to 61.2m (GT-750ER), 57.3m (GT-600ER), and 48.0m (GT-300ER) with working radius reaching 48.0m, 44.0m, and 40.0m (GT-300ER) for the different models.

The carriers have leaf suspension in front and rubber mounted suspension, newly developed in collaboration with Hendrickson, in the rear. They have a new cab, cruise control option, and automatic transmission giving, says the company, excellent drivability on and off-road.

On conventional cranes, outriggers extended to their maximum length provide uniform, circular rated load capacity footprints over 360° of slewing angle. However, Tadano's newly developed Smart Chart safety and control system, for the GT-750ER and GT-600ER, provides a square-shaped rated load capacity footprint; extended "corners" over the rear outriggers increase the load radius depending on the degree to which the outriggers are extended.