Gi­ant knuckle boom crane ar­rives in NZ

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

The only crane of its type in the South­ern Hemisphere, the PK200002L SH knuckle boom crane, will soon be a key part of the New Zealand con­struc­tion scene, op­er­at­ing ini­tially through­out the South Is­land.

The NZD1mil­lion ma­chine is the largest knuckle boom crane pro­duced by Palfin­ger. Its 50- me­tre reach and abil­ity to work in con­fined spa­ces are just t wo rea­sons for its well- earned in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, said Ross McFaul, owner of South­land- based Hire Frank­ton Ltd, who pur­chased the crane. He said that hav­ing been in­volved in the hire in­dus­try for over a decade and hav­ing seen how the mar­ket has changed with trucks need­ing ex­tra axles to carry the heav­ier cranes and big­ger loads be­cause of the need for greater lif ting ca­pac­ity and ver­sa­til­ity, he de­cided to get the big­gest knuckle boom crane on the mar­ket.

“For a crane of this size and reach it is re­mark­ably quick and ef­fi­cient to set up. For ex­am­ple, we can set up on the side of the road or in nar­row spa­ces be­tween build­ings with no dis­rup­tion to traf­fic f low, no re­quire­ment for elab­o­rate traf­fic man­age­ment plans but with a safe and ef­fi­cient re­sult.

“I could park this crane on the goal line of a rugby field and it could pick up a 500kg weight near half­way with the boom con­fig­ured par­al­lel to the ground. That is its reach,” he said.

The crane’s ex­ten­sion boom and f ly- jib have a re­verse link­age sys­tem that can reach through low door open­ings and work in­side a build­ing. The boom can even pass right through a build­ing to op­er­ate on the other side. Its ver­sa­til­ity is amaz­ing, and it is so easy to op­er­ate.

“The PK200002L SH, or Jock as we call the crane, is op­er­ated with the Pal­com 7 re­mote con­trol. All safety fea­tures of the crane can be mon­i­tored from the re­mote con­trol,” he said.

The crane was built in Aus­tria at Palfin­ger where it was fit ted and tested. McFaul and Dun­can Phillips (Gen­eral Man­ager Goughs Palfin­ger) un­der­went train­ing and han­dover in Aus­tria. Once landed in New Zealand it has been checked out at Gough Palfin­ger in Christchurch. The Gough Group owns the Palfin­ger deal­er­ship for New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

“Get­ting the PK200002 onto New Zealand roads was not a straight­for­ward task and I must thank staff at the New Zealand Trans­port Author­ity, who have helped im­mensely on this project, as there was an ini­tial con­cern that this crane might be too big for our roads.”

Ini­tially the PK200002 will be based in Christchurch con­cen­trat­ing on con­struc­tion re­build work, main­te­nance and re­pair work, in­stal­la­tion of new plant and pos­si­bly wind farm blade re­pair work. Adding to the crane’s ver­sa­til­ity, it can be moved eas­ily about the coun­try as work dic­tates.

Hire Frank­ton Ltd is a small hire/ lease com­pany that started out in late 2003 in Frank­ton hir­ing scis­sor lif ts, dig­gers and tipping trucks to lo­cal con­trac­tors. Due to the down­turn in build­ing in the Queen­stown re­gion, Hire Frank­ton Ltd moved to In­ver­cargill and changed its di­rec­tion from hir­ing earth mov­ing equip­ment to hir­ing lif ting equip­ment.

It pur­chased its first Knuckle Boom Crane in 2013 which was a PM36 on a FY700 Hino. Mid 2014 a sec­ond hand PK56002 was pur­chased. This is a very good crane and had more reach and could lif t more but still lacked dis­tance and ca­pac­ity. After much in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Hire Frank­ton placed an or­der in March 2017 with Gough Palfin­ger for a PK200002 Knuckle Boom Crane fit­ted to a Sca­nia R560 sup­plied by Ca­ble Price.


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