A new grab loader crane from Atlas Hydraulic Loaders has three times the life expectancy of regular grab loaders, the manufacturer claims.

And with new levels of speed and reliability being claimed for it, the crane “sets new standards in grab loader operations,” according to general sales manager Steve Francis.

The 9.5tm-rated model 95.1 can spread the flow of hydraulic oil at 100 litres per minute across all the controls, he said.

“This is probably the most tested crane we have ever put on the market,” said Francis. “It is as quick and robust as a small excavator on the back of a truck. The normal life expectancy of a grab loader is about 600,000 cycles. This one is 1.8m.” Design features include a twin circuit/twin pump system for speed, and four or more functions can be operated simultaneously.

There is also a heavy duty linkage system designed to improve capacity and hook approach and the new in-line boom system should reduce torsional stress and the wear on pins and bushes. The 95.1, built at the Atlas factory in Scotland, also features new guides and shields to protect grab hoses and a hydraulically cushioned main lift ram to protect against operator abuse.

Francis said that Atlas had received 300 orders for the new crane in three months.