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Grove launches new best-in-class GMK4090 all-terrain taxi crane

Grove launches new best-in-class GMK4090 all-terrain taxi crane

From a Manitowoc News Release date November 1, 2017

  • The 90 t (100 USt) capacity taxi crane has the strongest taxi load chart in its class and can easily maneuver on narrow job sites due to its compact design.
  • The new crane will replace the GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, bringing more modern and efficient features that ensure better return on investment for crane owners.
  • The GMK4090 crane features the new MAXbase outrigger system that expands options for crane set up on the job site.

Manitowoc has introduced a new all-terrain crane, the best-in-class Grove GMK4090. The new taxi crane features a modern, compact design that puts emphasis on roadability and maneuverability.

The new crane comes in response to customer demand for lightweight, flexible taxi cranes in the 90 t (100 USt) capacity class. It represents a generational upgrade over the previous GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, a popular all-terrain crane in Europe due to its versatility in applications, especially with rental companies.

Manitowoc has also introduced the GMK4080-2, a similar crane with 80 t (90 USt) capacity. The GMK4090 will be released globally, whereas the GMK4080-2 won’t be available in North America.

Andreas Cremer, global product director of Grove all-terrain cranes, said the GMK4090 and the GMK4080-2 models are essentially the same crane, but the GMK4080-2 carries less counterweight, to match the load chart of its predecessor, the GMK4080-1/GMK4100B.

“The GMK4090 has been designed with flexibility and maneuverability as main focuses,” he said. “With its best-in-class taxi load chart and compact footprints, this crane will be ideal for a variety of jobs, such as general construction and plant maintenance work. Various counterweight options also give it versatility in roading, which can increase efficiency and return on investment for many owners.”

The GMK4090 offers a 51 m (167 ft), six-section MEGAFORM boom that utilizes Grove’s TWIN-LOCK pinning system. Boosting its overall reach is a 9/15 m (49 ft) bi-fold swing-away jib that can be extended with a 6 m (20 ft) boom extension for a total jib length of 21 m (69 ft).

The new taxi model also offers excellent roadability and travel features. The GMK4090 can travel with a maximum 18.3 t (20.2 USt) counterweight, and within 12 t (13 USt)/axle it can transport up to 9.1 t (10 USt) to the job site without the need for an additional transport truck. The result is a taxi crane with a strong capacity that can keep transport costs low.

The crane features compact dimensions, with a narrow 2.55 m (8.37 ft) width, so it can easily access and maneuver within the tightest of job sites. It has a minimum tailswing of only 3.53 m (11.58 ft), so it stays within the maximum outrigger width. The GMK4090 also offers the new MAXbase feature as an option — this variable outrigger setting gives the crane more setup flexibility on the job site, especially when erecting it on irregular job site grounds, and also more capacity when compared with the 360° standard load chart.

The new crane also features Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), an easy-to-use operating interface that has now been standardized across the company’s crane offerings and is featured on every new model.

“We spoke to many customers when designing this new crane to fully understand their needs and desires for cranes in this class,” Cremer explained. “When seeking to replace the very popular GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, we had to ensure that the GMK4090 would be extremely versatile in travel, set up and lifting options. This is The Manitowoc Way in action, and the result is a new crane that should help crane owners increase efficiency and utilization in their fleets.”

40 Years of the JCB Loadall

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From an Access International post by Euan Youdale dated October 20, 2017

JCB is today celebrating a major milestone in its long record of innovative machine design – the 40th anniversary of the Loadall telehandler.

First launched on October 20, 1977 the machine mechanised lifting and loading tasks on building sites more usually carried out by a small team of men. The potential for the Loadall in agriculture was also quickly harnessed and it went on to revolutionise materials handling tasks on farms, stacking bales, loading muck and shovelling grain, replacing rudimentary tractor mounted hydraulic loaders.

JCB has sold more than 220,000 Loadalls to date, generating more than £7 billion ($9.2 billion) in sales – £4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) of which has been from exports.

Today daily output of JCB telehandlers at the World HQ in Staffordshire, UK, is currently at its highest level since the launch, with the number of machines built expected to increase by 25% by the end of the year compared to 2016. One Loadall rolls off JCB’s Rocester production line every six minutes. The business making the machines today employs more than 1,200 people.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said, “When we launched the Loadall in 1977, we sold just 64 machines that year but we were very confident that the telescopic handler would grow in popularity simply because it made jobs so much easier on construction sites and on farms.

“The concept soon took off and the faith we put in the telescopic handler four decades ago has been repaid. It’s wonderful to celebrate 40 years of success of the Loadall with production hitting historic levels.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone around the world who has contributed to this success over the past 40 years. We must now look forward to the next 40 years and build on what has been achieved so far.”

Experienced hands

Eddie Finney, 59, is a Team Leader in Loadall. He said, “I started my JCB career in 1976 in the machine shop but the following year I transferred and started working on the Loadall assembly line. At the time there were only four Loadalls coming off the line every day. I can’t believe the volume we have now achieved 40 years later.”

Kevin Holley, 60, works in the Loadall Fabrication Shop on a laser machine. He said, “I joined JCB in 1978, working on a gas cutter for several types of machine. I then became a gas profile cutter for the Loadall division. At that time, with only four a day coming off the line, Loadall was thought to be the poor relation because it wasn’t as busy as backhoe. But I could see the potential straight away. It did amazing things and nobody else had anything like it.”

Keith Weston, 61, has worked in Maintenance at JCB since 1973. He said, “I have been on general manufacturing maintenance for most of my career but I was responsible for shot blasting and painting on the Loadall assembly line in the 1980s. In the early days I never realised Loadall would reach the volume of sales that it has. I have been proud to work on it.”

It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it took less than 10 years for the next 100,000 to be sold. JCB says it is world number one for telescopic handlers with more than one in every three sold being a JCB.

The public launch of the JCB Loadall on October 20 1977 was promoted under the banner of ‘Obsolescence Day is Coming’ as an indication that the new machine, with its ability to reach forwards and upwards, would render the masted forklift obsolete.

JCB Loadall production facts:

  • There are 34 base models and over 1,000 individual configurations.
  • Welding during Loadall manufacture consumes more than 14.5 million metres of wire per year.
  • Each Loadall takes around 35 stages to produce and 8 hours to assemble.
  • Loadall manufacture consumes more than 35,000 tonnes of steel a year.
  • A recent £1 million investment brought new precision laser and plasma cutting equipment.
  • A 650-tonne steel press forms the telescopic boom box sections.
  • On average, it takes 45 minutes to make two sides of the heavy-duty chassis.
  • Robots handle 70% of chassis welds – but skilled operators tackle hard to access welds.
  • Preparing and painting booms, chassis and stabilisers (on construction models) takes two hours.
  • The painting facility uses 73,000 litres of primer and 50,000 litres of gloss paint per year
  • Every Loadall spends 13 minutes at full speed in a roller test booth to calibrate the driveline.
  • Every Loadall must hold a test weight with the boom fully raised and extended for 10 minutes.


3CX15 Backhoe Loader: Roadability + Stability = Efficiency

Derry Township Public Works Finds Efficiency in Their JCB 3CX15’s Roadability and Stability



In 2016, Derry Township Public Works (Hershey, PA) purchased their first JCB, a brand new JCB 3CX15 backhoe. The JCB 3CX15 offers 15’ dig depth plus extend-a-hoe, a 109 H.P. turbocharged diesel engine, and a 6 speed transmission. They hadn’t bought a new backhoe in about 20 years. Tom Clark, Director of Public Works, compared the advancements in backhoes over the last 20 years to the advancements in automobiles, mentioning that driving a JCB is like driving a Cadillac compared to their previous backhoe.

The Swatara Creek, which eventually dumps into the Susquehanna River, runs right through Derry Township. Derry Township Public Works uses their backhoe for excavating storm pipes and storm drain repair. Their Crew Leader, Max Hauck, noted, “The JCB is so stable, we don’t need to put the outriggers down to lift the storm drains.” They are able to save a lot of time because of this. They also use a clam shell bucket on occasion to pick up trees. “It has plenty of power for anything we need to do”, Max said.


The biggest selling factor for them was roadability and visibility. Dillon Kessler, one of Derry Township Public Work’s Operators, said, “We can go fast down the road and safely see all around us. It is definitely the best road machine.”  Their backhoe has never been on a trailer. With the 109 HP turbocharged diesel engine and the 6 speed transmission, they can go 30 mph down the road. Their 3CX15 is equipped with a floating bucket option, so the ride is smooth, too. “We were sold within 5 minutes of demoing it”, Max added, “Without a doubt, it really is nice to ride down the road”.

Derry Township Public Works also noted that they are able to do their own service work on the backhoe because they are so low maintenance. The combination of roadability, stability, vision, and power makes this the perfect machine for them.  Max concluded, “Overall, we really like this backhoe.”


JCB Announces the NEW 510-42 TeleHandler


The NEW JCB 510-42 telehandler is designed for maximum productivity. With a maximum capacity of 10,000 lb and no requirement for outriggers, operators are able to efficiently move from one project to the next, to complete more tasks.

The 510-42 is built with the benefit of JCB’s 40 years of telehandler manufacturing experience. With a one-piece, fully welded chasis and JCB’s U-profile boom that has been proven on more than 200,000 machines, the 510-42 delivers the strength and reliability necessary to complete any work site application.


  • 74 or 109 hp Options
  • 10,000 lb Max Lift Capacities
  • 42′ Maximum Lift Height


  • No outriggers/stabilizers with 10,000 lb capacity
  • Single, proportional joystick
  • 10 degrees of frame sway
  • Dry lubricant for three-section boom
  • Large, comfortable operator station
  • Four-speed powershift transmission

An Investment with a High Return

The 510-42 features the responsive JCB EcoMax engine for fuel-efficient matching of transmission and hydraulics.

JCB Loadall telehandlers meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards with a sealed-for-life SCR system that requires no separate diesel particulate filter (DPF) or productivity-sapping DPF regeneration. The 510-42 is available with a 109 hp engine or a 74 hp engine that requires no DEF and no aftertreatment.

These telehandlers are equipped with a precise, high-speed double-boom-chain extension system for maximum efficiency and reliability.

JCB telescopic handlers are always a smart financial investment. Not only are JCB telehandlers efficient to own and operate, but JCB’s incomparable build quality and legendary productivity means that your JCB telehandler will command a premium resale price when it comes time to upgrade your fleet.

Visibility and Safety

JCB Loadall telehandlers are renowned for excellent visibility. The high boom profile and pivot allow the operator good visibility to the sides of the machine and a cut-out over the hydraulic tank provides clear line-of-sight to the rear.

A reverse alarm is a standard feature on all JCB telehandlers.

Hose burst check valves are standard to prevent collapse in the event of a hose failure.

Working Environment

Choose an operator environment to suit your climate: fully glazed or canopy. The exterior top door slam latch allows the upper door to be closed from outside.

For fast, precise and intuitive control, JCB telescopic handlers feature a fully-proportional, single-lever joystick.

New instruments and a 3.5-inch color TFT screen form an intuitive, automotive-style cab layout. An adjustable, tilting telescopic steering column is also available.

The 7-speed fan heater creates a comfortable, productive operator environment. Optional air conditioning is ideal for work in hotter climates.

JCB’s standard-fit tinted cab glass reflects 30 percent of the sun’s energy, for enhanced operator comfort.

Serviceability and Durability

JCB telescopic handlers designed to maximize uptime and productivity and built tough with top-quality components. All hydraulic cylinders, cabs, axles, transmissions and engines are built by JCB, and designed to work in perfect harmony for optimum reliability.

The range of JCB lift-and-place telehandlers, including the 510-42, boast 500-hour extended service intervals and simplified maintenance procedures, with easy access to service points.

All daily checks can be done from ground level, and the battery is accessible via a lockable cover. A battery isolator switch is also standard.

A dry lubricant system means wear pads are extremely durable, with service intervals of 500 hours – compared to approximately 250 hours for competitor machine sin this class.

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017


From a Manitowoc News Release Dated August 17, 2017

  • At ICUEE 2017, Manitowoc Cranes will display three of its strongest offerings to the utilities market: the Grove GHC30, National Crane NBT45-1 and National Crane 890D.
  • The GHC30 and NBT45-1 will be making their ICUEE debut, and all three machines will be outfitted with special attachments that utility contractors will find useful.

Manitowoc Cranes will showcase a trio of cranes that thrive in utilities applications at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition 2017 (ICUEE). At outdoor booth N2021, the company will highlight the Grove GHC30 telescoping crawler crane and a pair of National Crane boom trucks: the NBT45-1 and 890D. All three machines will be outfitted with special attachments to better show their effectiveness in the utilities market, and two of them — the GHC30 and NBT45-1 — will be shown at ICUEE for the first time.

This year’s ICUEE will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center from October 3 – 5, and more than 950 leading manufacturers will participate. The event will cover more than 25 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and will host several product demonstrations and educational seminars throughout the grounds.

ICUEE gives manufacturers the opportunity to meet with utility contractors and learn about their needs firsthand. The three cranes on display at Manitowoc’s booth show that the company has listened to its customers in the utility sector and put these needs into manufacturing practice.

Grove GHC30 with pole claw and auger

The GHC30 is Manitowoc’s newest addition to its line of Grove telescoping crawler cranes. The 30 USt crane is the smallest member of the GHC range and offers the same 100 percent pick-and-carry function as the rest of the line. With its full-power, three-section 83 ft telescoping boom, operators can easily handle a variety of lifts at various radii without setting up on outriggers like traditional hydraulic boom cranes. This saves time on the job and provides a better return on investment for the customer.

John Bair, Manitowoc’s product manager for GHC cranes, commented on some of the features that make the GHC30 ideal for the utilities market.

“The GHC30 boasts excellent gradeability, low ground-bearing pressure and multiple attachment options, such as the pole claw, auger and personnel basket,” he said. “All of these features — paired with class-leading boom length and capacities — make this a powerful and versatile crane that will improve efficiency on utility jobs and provide our customers with a great return on investment.”

The GHC30 on display at ICUEE will be outfitted with pole claw and auger attachments, which are especially useful for the utility industry. These attachments are particularly effective when working at electrical substations and surrounding distribution lines, for example. When equipped with the auger and pole claw, the crane is adept at off-loading, lifting and installing the poles needed for these projects.

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017

National Crane NBT45-1 with aerial platform

The National Crane NBT45-1 will also be at Manitowoc’s booth. The 45 USt boom truck sports a 142 ft boom and is well-suited to the utility sector, where energy work on de-energized power lines and new transmission infrastructure construction often requires the use of both a crane and an aerial lift. The model on show at ICUEE will be equipped with a two-person, 1,200 lb maximum-capacity, quick-attach yoke platform with wireless radio remote control.

Justin Pilgrim, global product director for boom trucks and carrydeck cranes at Manitowoc, said the NBT45-1 will immediately improve fleet utilization for companies and provide greater versatility.

“With this crane, customers will gain the benefits of having both a boom truck and an aerial lift in just one package, potentially cutting their need for two or more machines down to one,” he explained. “The NBT45-1 offers the best of both worlds with straightforward setup, clear steps to reconfigure it as an aerial lift, and simpler, smarter operation when in use. Utility-focused customers will find a host of useful functions, including a wireless wind-speed sensor and a hydraulic tool circuit with a pressure intensifier in the aerial work platform.”

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017

National Crane 890D with auger

Also representing the National Crane line at ICUEE is the 890D boom truck, which will be equipped with an optional auger attachment on its 90 ft boom. With its two-speed auger, the 23 USt 890D boasts 14,000 lb-ft of torque and a 39-ft maximum digging radius. The boom truck can also be supplied with various flighting options that range up to 48 inches. The 890D’s capability for both lifting and high-torque digging makes it suitable for a wide range of utility work. For example, the crane can drill holes for pilings, utility poles and light poles, and then install the components once drilling is complete.

“The National Crane 890D auger unit has been specifically engineered for the demanding utilities and construction sectors,” said Robert Ritter, Manitowoc’s product engineering manager for boom trucks. “It’s been built from the ground up to handle many different lifting and digging applications. We trust that visitors to our ICUEE booth will be impressed with the versatility this boom truck can add to their fleets.”

Manitowoc fleet raises the roof at new Milwaukee Bucks arena

Manitowoc fleet raises the roof at new Bucks arena

From a Manitowoc News Release Dated August 14, 2017

Construction of a new $524 million, multi-purpose arena is underway in downtown Milwaukee, and a fleet of Manitowoc crawler cranes is handling its most crucial lifting work. Dubbed the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, the arena will replace the aging Bradley Center and serve as the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Mortenson Construction is managing the lifting plans on the job site, and the company has employed a number of Manitowoc crawler cranes since construction started in November of 2016. Two Manitowoc 999s were used in March to lift all of the arena’s structural steel segments, with the heaviest being a 6 USt cantilever beam that was lifted to a height of 125 ft.

In May, Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, provided two Manitowoc 16000 crawler cranes to the job site. Both 440 USt crawlers were configured with 244 ft of boom to lift 60 USt roof trusses to a height of 125 ft.

Brennan Seeliger, product manager for crawler cranes at Manitowoc, said that the 16000s used for this job were set up with an extended upper boom point, a configuration typically reserved for building wind turbines.

“Generally, crane operators will use this configuration to achieve added clearance between the boom system and the lifted load when lifting at a high boom angle,” he explained. “It’s not common outside of wind applications, but contractors in certain pockets, such as stadium construction, have found a use for it. It often results in fewer necessary components and quicker assembly times.”

Operators also used a Manitowoc 14000 — again provided by Dawes — to lift 20.5 USt precast segments. All three cranes worked in close proximity at the center of the arena’s “bowl” and had to work in shifts as a result — the dual 16000s lifted trusses daily until 4 p.m. when the 14000 took over.

Ryan Olsen, safety manager for Mortenson, said the Manitowoc cranes brought ideal capacities from compact footprints, enabling the contracting team to seamlessly coordinate lifts.

“The main challenges on this job were the tight project site and, more specifically, the confined space in the arena’s center, so identifying the right cranes for the project was critical,” he said. “A significant amount of coordination was involved since we couldn’t run all of the cranes at the same time. Plus, we had to assemble all roof truss components on the ground before lifting. We needed cranes that could deliver the necessary capacity and mobility to execute our lift plans, and these Manitowoc crawlers did not disappoint.”

Dawes Crane & Rigging rented the cranes to Schofield, Wisconsin-based Merrill Iron & Steel and Janesville, Wisconsin-based JP Cullen, the contractors working on the roof truss installation, which finished in June. Dawes suggested the cranes for their versatility, and the Milwaukee-based company also helped design the project’s lift plans. Construction of the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center is due to be completed in 2018.


Stephenson Equipment Announces the Acquisition of Walsh Equipment

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SEI Continues its Journey to Become the Region’s Leading Distributor of Asphalt, Paving, Construction and Truck Equipment, Cranes and Heavy Lifting Equipment


July 28, 2017:
Harrisburg, PA based Stephenson Equipment, Inc. (SEI) who is celebrating 60 years in business announced today that SEI will acquire Walsh Equipment an 85 year-old company headquartered in Butler, PA with a branch location in Ebensburg, PA. The partnership extends Stephenson’s operations to 6 locations in Pennsylvania along with their 2 locations in New York, the combined locations will employ approximately 185 employees. Walsh will operate as a division of SEI continuing to serve customers out of the two Walsh locations.

Dennis Heller, President and CEO of Stephenson Equipment commented, “Charlie Walsh was named SEI Vice President of Walsh Operations and will continue to lead his team of managers and employees.” “This is a perfect venture for Stephenson, both Stephenson (SEI) and Walsh share many business philosophies and principles, as well we both represent brands like JCB, LeeBoy, Rosco and Tiger.” “This merger puts Stephenson among the largest distributors in the United States for these manufacturers.”

All 40 Walsh employees will continue to work for the combined SEI company. Charlie Walsh, the third generation of his family to work in the business expressed appreciation to Mike Walsh who will retire from the business after 40+ years of ownership and leadership. Charlie who is excited about the partnership with SEI had this to say “Mike (Walsh), myself and many of our employees have worked with SEI over the years, we know that SEI is truly one of the best dealerships in the industry, they share the same core commitments as we do, providing the best products, parts and service to our customers.”

Bob Criste COO for Stephenson said: “Earlier this year we were approached by the Walsh’s with this opportunity to acquire the company. SEI and Walsh combined is clearly a powerhouse, together we have an outstanding 145 years of Pennsylvania based dealership experience between us.”
SEI President & CEO Dennis Heller added “In the construction, road building and road maintenance industry, we as suppliers need to be able to grow and adapt to changes in the way this industry operates, we believe this merger allows us to better serve our customers needs.”
Charlie Walsh now VP of Walsh Operations for Stephenson offered one example of ‘better serving customers’, “It is our plan to now offer rentals to the customers we serve, merging with SEI who already expertly provides rentals to customers is very knowledgeable on how to set up and operate rentals in our very niche’ product market, this will help us quickly adapt and offer this valuable service to customers in our region.”

Heller summed the big day up nicely saying “With the merging of SEI and Walsh we will continue to build on the legacy and foundation that has brought us to this point. We will remain true to our values, our commitment to our customers and our employees.”

Yanmar America Adds Three New, Larger Wheel Loaders to Its Product Offering

From Construction Equipment Guide Northeast Edition #14, July 7, 2017



Yanmar America’s construction equipment division has added three new, larger wheel loaders to its product offering —the V8 (61 hp, 1.05 to 1.57 cu. yd. [.8 to 1.2 cu m] bucket), V10 (74 hp, 1.31 to 2.03 cu. yd. [1 to 1.5 cu m] bucket) and V12 (100 hp, 1.57 to 2.35 cu. yd. [1.2 to 1.8 cu m] bucket).

Jeff Pate, national sales manager of Yanmar America’s construction equipment division said, “We are excited to continue to expand our product line. The addition of these three models helps us provide a more complete offering to our dealer and their customers.”

Yanmar America now carries four wheel loader models, eight excavator models, four skid steer models, two track loader models and one tracked carrier model. Each model is purpose-built to overcome the most challenging conditions, work with enhanced power, conserve fuel and provide exceptional flexibility, according to the manufacturer.

Yanmar has been manufacturing wheel loaders since 1975, and introduced the V-series to the North American market in 1997. Yanmar’s construction facility in Germany has been manufacturing wheel loaders since 1971, and manufactures the three larger models.

Yanmar invented the first commercially viable small diesel engine in 1933, the world’s first compact excavator in 1971 and the world’s first true zero tail swing mini-excavator.

For more information on Yanmar equipment click here.



SEI to offer sales and rental of minicrane solutions throughout PA and NY

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Tight quarters lifting is not a problem for the SPX424 Jekko minicrane Malvern Glass rented from Stephenson Equipment for the Haverford College project.

(HARRISBURG, Pa) – Stephenson Equipment, Inc. (SEI), announces a sales partnership with JekkoUSA, exclusive distributor of Jekko minicranes.

SEI will offer Jekko’s versatile minicranes to businesses through its six locations across Pennsylvania and New York. SEI brings 60 years of experience in the sale and rental of heavy equipment – including crane and lifting machinery – to the partnership.

Jekko minicranes are compact crawler cranes equipped with retractable, stabilizing outriggers ideal for operating in interior project spaces. Jekkos give operators lifting capacities ranging from 1.2 to 8.0 tons.

“Stephenson is the perfect fit for Jekko,” says Mike Brooks Jr., minicrane specialist with JekkoUSA, and Jekko training coordinator for the SEI staff. “SEI is a well-respected business that has served the Pennsylvania and New York lifting markets for decades.  We’re very excited about the potential of this partnership.”

Darrick Marris, Branch Manager at SEI Syracuse, notes that Jekko minicranes will be a good addition to the company’s offerings. “Jekkos’ pinpoint accuracy, control and stability have been widely used in the glass handling industry, and have proven extremely useful in many more fields, like utilities, restoration, steel work and more.”

“You can’t match Jekko’s quality,” adds Darin D’Ascanio, Territory Manager, SEI Philadelphia. “They set up quickly and offer multiple outrigger configurations that let them get the work done in very confined spaces.”

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An operator places glass using a Jekko SPX424 Jekko minicrane. Jekko’s are perfect for the glass industry with their precise controls, stability and strength.

Malvern Glass out of Malvern, PA recently rented a SPX424 Jekko Minicrane from Stephenson to place glass for a renovation project for Haverford College in Haverford, PA located just outside Philly. The college is renovating the old gym into an innovative new center for visual culture, arts, and media.

D’Ascanio said “The Jekko worked perfect for Malvern Glass.” “The SPX424 only needs a normal single door opening to enter a space, the photos show the confined space Malvern had to work in to lift and place glass for the Haverford project.”

Stephenson Equipment will be a full service dealer partner with Jekko. They have several SPX424 Jekko’s across their locations in PA and NY. SEI will be housing parts and will service the line.

For more information about the availability of Jekko minicranes through SEI, contact Steve Tucci at 717-648-9491 or visit

NTC55 Featured in March Edition of Crane Hot Line


From the March 2017 Issue of Crane Hot Line:

Truck-Mounted Unit Goes to the Next Level

For traditional users of 40-ton hydraulic truck cranes, there has been a void of new machines in this class. “In the market, there is only one option in the 40-ton truck crane,” says Steve Tucci, crane division sales manager for Stephenson Equipment Inc., the National Crane dealer in Harrisburg, Pa. “That crane’s design is 25 years old.” Hydraulic truck crane users either had to rebuild their existing cranes or purchase a 40- to 50-ton boom truck.

While high-capacity boom trucks provide the required capacity, their wide outrigger stance and long chassis make it difficult to tackle projects in urban and metropolitan areas. To overcome these challenges, Manitowoc will introduce a new truck-mounted crane at ConExpo that will go head-to-head with the 40- ton truck crane market.

Roadability Options

Stephenson Equipment worked closely with Manitowoc on the design of the 55-ton National NTC55 truck-mounted crane. “It was the voice of the customer that drove this. Customers were telling us what they needed in the marketplace, and we listened to them,” says Dennis Heller, president and CEO, Stephenson Equipment. “We took their ideas and our ideas to the manufacturer, and Manitowoc evolved a boom truck into a true truck crane.”

The NTC55 retains the NBT50’s capacity and incorporates features that make it attractive to truck crane users. Stephenson’s goal was to offer the NTC55 on a four-axle carrier that did not exceed 73,280 lbs., the maximum allowed on a four-axle chassis in Pennsylvania. Peterbilt was challenged with producing a truck as light as possible to achieve legal road weights, Tucci says.

“To achieve our goal, our company engineer and chassis specialist worked very closely with National Cranes truck modification group, as well as our Peterbilt truck representative, to engineer a chassis that was specifically designed for this application,” Tucci says. The result is a commercial truck chassis that is shorter and more compact than a 40- or 50- ton boom truck. “Without this collaboration, this project would have come in well over our targeted weight of 73,000 lbs. on a four-axle chassis,” Tucci adds.The four-axle Peterbilt 365 SFFA (set forward front axle) is 36 ft. long bumper to bumper; is powered by a 500-hp engine, and offers the option of an Eaton 18-speed or 18-speed Ultra Shift plus transmission. For additional weight savings, the NTC55 can be mounted on a tri-drive axle configuration equipped with single tires. Dual tires are optional. A six-axle federal bridge legal option is available for customers who travel into surrounding states that require a bridge legal chassis.

Crane Setup

According to Heller, a 40-ton truck crane is very compact, and boom trucks have a wide outrigger stance. The NTC55 is the first crane in its class to offer four position outriggers-7 ’10” retracted, 16’1″ mid-span, 20’0″ three-quarter span, and 24’3″ full span. The X-shape of the front outriggers’ footprint eliminates the need for a single front outrigger. Polymeric outrigger pads are standard, reducing weight by 30%.

Another exclusive feature is the single 3,000-lb. and double 1,250-lb. re-movable counterweights. This provides the flexibility of having load charts for 0-, 3,000-, 4,250-, and 5,500-lb. counterweights. “The hydraulically removable counterweights achieve maximum flexibility for roading demands,” Tucci says. If the job does not require the full counterweight, it doesn’t need to be carried along.

Operation Features

For more comfort during operation, the NTC55 offers a 20° tilting cab, which is a first for National Crane. The maximum main boom angle was increased to 80°, and the crane will use an internal boom length wire in conjunction with a wireless A2B switch. Tucci says this prevents the wire from being ripped off the side of the boom when the crane is working around trees or other obstructions.

The crane is equipped with 128-ft. main boom and a single-stage, 26-ft., 30° offsettable jib, with the 26- to 45- ft. two-piece jib available as an option. Other options include an auxiliary hoist and auxiliary boom tip, pin-on platforms, Samson Kl 00 synthetic rope, additional hook block sizes, and a radio remote.

First Deliveries

Stephenson Equipment received the first National NTC55 in the fourth quarter of 2016. To date, it has delivered four NTC55s that were mounted on the four-axle chassis. The fifth unit sold will be mounted on a six-axle federal bridge legal chassis.

Greiner Crane, Mount Joy, Pa., was one of the first buyers of the NTC55. Jason Brown, crane division manager, notes there were several features that attracted the company to the crane. The company had been running a 50-ton boom truck, but Brown says the outrigger stance and size of the machine limited the areas where it could work. “On the [boom truck’s] tri-drive chassis, it was harder to get in and out of jobsites,” he says. “The 75° boom angle was also a drawback.”

Mounting the crane on a tri-drive with a smaller chassis was a selling point, he adds.