The tilt-up panels, which the LR 1400 SX is lifting on the construction site in Atlanta, are produced on-site. No precast elements and no truck deliveries. The largest tilt-up panel has a height of approximately 34m. “You’re not going to be able to do that in the precast market.” The tilt-up panels produced by Martin Concrete Concrete on-site have the advantage that it makes them considerably more flexible than precast. This is where the size of the LR 1400 SX plays a significant role. “The sky’s the limit,” jokes Jason Richardson. It will probably be boundless when the construction of the Electric Owl Studios is complete and ready for “Action”.
During the development stage, it was important for Liebherr that set-up and transportation are easy, despite the size of the crawler crane. With the compact transport weight of 46t, it can be easily moved between the jobsites. “The self-assembly system of the crane is very important to us. We don’t need an assist crane. Right now, we can fully assembly our LR 1400 SX in under 12 hours.” Full Tilt Crane Services frequently moves from jobsite to jobsite, often completing their projects within one to two weeks.The fact that the LR 1400 SX can be moved quickly is a great advantage for the company.
Platform and railings remain attached to the uppercarriage during transportation and only need to be folded down. Thanks to the self-assembly system, the boom sections, the carbody counterweight, crawlers and hoist winches can be easily assembled and disassembled without the need for an auxiliary crane. The crane can even hydraulically lift, lower, and secure the 150t rear counterweight without assistance. The rear counterweight itself is modular and can be equipped with 5t or 10t counterweight slabs, depending on requirements.
With the assistance systems ground pressure visualization, Gradient Travel Aid or Boom Up-and-Down Assistant, Liebherr has paid special attention to the safety concept of the new weightlifter. In the meantime, Full Tilt Crane Services has ordered a second LR 1400 SX. “Our expectations from the first one met everything we were looking for. It’s a great machine,” enthuses Jason Richardson.