Manitowoc MLC300 VPC-MAX® Punches Above its Weight With New Wide Boom Plus Inserts – Heavy Lift News
10 Mar 2023

Manitowoc MLC300 VPC-MAX® Punches Above its Weight With New Wide Boom Plus Inserts

Early feedback from leading players in the renewable energy industry highlights the huge operational and efficiency advantages gained by Manitowoc’s new Wide Boom Plus insert kit for its MLC300 VPC-MAX® lattice-boom crawler crane.




The updated attachment offers a maximum boom length of 429.8 ft (131 m), with a tip height of 452.2 ft with the extended upper boom point. In addition to the longer boom lengths, the extra 30% capacity allows contractors to respond to the trend for taller, heavier wind turbines while continuing to enjoy the benefits of operating smaller cranes.




Lomma Crane & Rigging is the first company to purchase the kit. Lomma partnered with JMS Crane & Rigging to install it on an MLC300 VPC-MAX® for maintenance work on multiple wind tower sites across the upper Midwest. “We are excited to have been a part of the kit’s development and now see it at work in the field. It radically expands the use of the MLC300 for renewable energy jobs,” said Steve (Burkey) Burkholder, heavy lift manager at Lomma.




The added height and strong charts stretch the amount of work JMS can perform with their 386 USt (350t) crawler crane.  “We have one competitor with a 900-ton all-terrain crane that can’t do what our MLC300 VPC-MAX can,” added Rich Johnson, vice president of JMS.



“Now that 89-, 90- and 95-meter towers are becoming more prevalent, we would have to rely on our larger Manitowoc Model 16000 or add a luffing jib to our MLC300 if Manitowoc hadn’t answered our prayers for the Wide Boom Plus kit. It also enables a much friendlier crane build, with a smaller footprint, and saves us around 16-20 hours in assembly and disassembly time per job. Given that we might do that 300 times a year, it’s a major benefit to us,” Johnson said.

Source Manitowoc

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