Liebherr Delivers New LTM 1120-4.1 to Steil Kranarbeiten
Steil Kranarbeiten GmbH & Co. KG has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LTM 1120-4.1 mobile crane. The 120 tonne four-axle crane will be added to the fleet operated by the group based in Trier. Its long telescopic boom and high capacity combined with compact dimensions impressed the management.
“The crane is a good addition to our very diversified fleet”, is how company owner Birgit Steil explains the decision to buy the new Liebherr LTM 1120-4.1 mobile crane with its 66 metre boom. It will replace an old 4-axle 100 tonne machine with a shorter boom.
Exactly one year ago, Liebherr launched the new LTM 1120-4.1 with the slogan “There’s nothing more on 4!” at one of the last trade shows to be held before the coronavirus pandemic, the Conexpo in Las Vegas. It is the most powerful all-terrain mobile crane with the longest telescopic boom on four axles in the world.
These performance data helped Steil reach its decision: “The compact dimensions of the crane relative to its high lifting capacity were impressive, then there is the boom length and the VarioBase® variable support base. The crane also benefits from being able to obtain permanent road permits because it travels at a gross weight of just 48 tonnes”.
The new powerful LTM 1120-4.1 can tackle jobs which normally would require a 5-axle crane, eliminating all the logistics work needed for larger models. Because a 4-axle crane delivers benefits in terms of licensing and route permits, it can tackle jobs faster and with greater flexibility. The design of a 4-axle crane also enables it to tackle jobs where there is insufficient space for larger cranes. On constricted sites, in particular, Liebherr’s VarioBallast® and VarioBase® innovations deliver enhanced performance, flexibility and safety for this new crane model.
VarioBallast® on the LTM 1120-4.1 enables the crane to operate with a ballast radius of 3.83 or 4.77 metres. The ballast radius can be reduced by 940 mm quickly and easily using standard, mechanically adjustable ballasting cylinders when site conditions get tight. The large ballast radius delivers higher performance and often also cost benefits by reducing ballast transport, as many crane jobs can be completed with fewer counterweights.
Steil will mainly use the LTM 1120-4.1 for jobs in industry where it can best demonstrate its strengths. The group now has a workforce of around 300 and runs 120 cranes, more than half of which bear the Liebherr logo. A second LTM 1110-5.1 was delivered to Steil in February and another LTM 1230-5.1 plus another LTM 1060-3.1 will follow over the next few weeks. “Service and the availability of spare parts are both reliable and good at Liebherr”, says Birgit Steil.
The Steil Group provides crane services on a regional basis, but also provides services for wind power customers based throughout Europe. The company’s range of services also includes heavy haulage, rescue and towing services, machine relocations and oil slick removal work. Its subsidiary Onroad provides crane relocation services throughout Europe.
Featured Title photograph, from left to right: Jens Minnebeck, Waldemar Hoffmann (both from Steil Kranarbeiten GmbH und Co. KG).