The company is the largest crawler crane supplier in the North West of England. The new additions include two CKE 900-G2s, a CKE 1350-G2, and two CKE 1100-G2s. They bring Q crane’s total of Kobelco cranes for hire to thirty-two.

The CKE 1350-G2 has a maximum lifting capacity of 135t at 4.5m and will be supplied with a 61m main boom. The CKE 1100-G2s, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 110t at 3.6m, will also be supplied with 61m main booms;  the CKE 900-G2s, with a maximum lifting capacity of 100t at 3.6m or 90t at 3.9m, will have a 57.9m main boom and an 18.3m fixed fly jib.

All five cranes are fitted with Kobelco’s KCross remote operation management system and Kobelco’s new Stage IV/Tier 4 Final engine. Both features were important when it came to ordering new cranes, according to Anthony Quinn, managing director at Q Crane & Plant Hire Ltd.

“Regulations around emissions are becoming ever more important. We’ve seen a big push by clients who are looking to win work, particularly those working in urban environments and large-scale infrastructure projects like Crossrail or Hinkley Point C, towards using the latest, cleanest machines,” said Quinn.

“KCross allows us to see what the machine has been doing, wherever it has been working in the UK. This means we can be ahead of the curve on maintenance requirements” he added.

The company bought its first Kobelco crawler crane in 1999 and has been adding them to its fleet ever since.