Essex, UK-based Tracked Carriers has launched the 4000 Pro all-electric crawler carrier. It is its largest machine to date with a load capacity of four tonnes.

Weighing in at less than one tonne, the 4000 Pro has a powered rotating deck which can extend up to 2m x 3m to accommodate larger loads. This expansion almost doubles the maximum carrying capacity of the Pro series, previously limited to 2,200kg. Furthermore, when paired with Tracked Carriers' Super Dolly, the 4000 Pro has the capability to carry a load of up to eight tonnes.

The first recipient of this machine is Cobra Lifting Services, a UK spider crane hire company operated by Clint and Ryan Price, a father-son duo. Cobra Lifting Services already possesses a fleet of Tracked Carriers' machines, including the 1200 and 2200 models, as well as a wide range of attachments like dollies.

Clint Price said, "We have a strong relationship with Tracked Carriers and actually offered to field test the 4000 Pro for them during its development. We were so impressed with its performance that we promptly placed the first order upon returning it. Its versatility is a vital asset for the diverse range of work we undertake. During the test phase, we witnessed the machine effortlessly carrying bundles of steel beams, and the amount it can accommodate given its small and compact design is truly remarkable."

According to Tracked Carriers one of the key advantages of Tracked Carriers' machines is their ability to eliminate the need for manual handling, resulting in reduced labour costs and increased productivity. The company says their adeptness in transporting long and bulky loads through tight spaces simplifies installation projects makies them a good partner for mobile cranes.

“We use the Tracked Carriers on our own contract lifting jobs and find them invaluable,” said Ryan. “We have used them to transport everything from pizza ovens to hot tubs. We started with one machine, but they are so popular with our clients and so useful that it has quickly grown from there. This is partly down to the productivity benefits they bring, but also safety. A Tracked Carrier eliminates three men pushing a barrow and replaces it with one man remotely controlling a machine. You can’t get your fingers stuck in the steel from behind the controller and going up gradients is much safer. The lads really appreciate it as it makes their jobs much easier.”

Clint has been involved with cranes for over 30 years and has been an Appointed Person for over 15 years. Ryan, who is also an Appointed Person, is a crane supervisor, slinger/signaller and spider crane operator. Cobra is no stranger to leading the UK market with new equipment, as it was the first company in the country to own a Maeda MC285-3 spider crane.

“The 4000 Pro has already helped us to competitively quote for a job requiring the moving of a 3t man hoist that is 5m long,” said Clint. “With the deck extension it will fit just fine on the new machine. We need something to get the hoist down a narrow tunnel to the job site and this will be perfect.”