Trier, Germany-based crane rental firm Steil Kranarbeiten has expanded its fleet with the purchase of a new Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane fleet with its full range of equipment, including both boom options – a 54 metre and an 80 metre telescopic boom – and a luffing jib.

Prior to the purchase Steil had operated several Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1s and its positive experience with these led it to make this investment with its successor, the LTM 1500-8.1.

The LTM 1500-8.1 has a lifting capacity of 700 tonnes, exceeding the capacity of its predecessor by 15 to 50 percent, depending on the equipment package.

The LTM 1650-8.1 has been designed so that users can easily swap between a 54 or 80 metre telescopic boom. According to Liebherr the short boom reduces transport costs and erection time whilst the large boom is also available when required.

The long boom configuration is suitable for jobs requiring a large radius. The two boom versions can also be fitted with a luffing jib.

Steil is mainly planning to use the new LTM 1650-8.1 for jobs in industry, port handling and for wind power.

“We have operated several Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 cranes for many years and have now invested in its successor,” said Birgit Steil, the owner of the company based in Trier. “It is another eight-axle crane which has the same compact measurements with the H-outriggers. The lifting capacity values on the luffing jib are enormous.

“The requirements in industry and wind power are constantly on the rise as are the required lifting capacities. Furthermore, the concepts of VarioBallast and VarioBase are another benefit of the crane.

“Liebherr’s good service, the durability of the machines and the ongoing development of Liebherr cranes all played a part in helping us decide to buy it.”

Steil Kranarbeiten has a workforce of over 300 and operates a diversified fleet of 115 cranes. Over half of them are Liebherr cranes. Steil provides regional crane services. However, the group operates throughout Europe in the wind power industry. In addition, it provides heavy haulage, recovery and towing, machine relocations and oil spill removal services. Its subsidiary Onroad provides crane relocation services throughout Europe.