Steil Kranarbeiten in Germany has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 all-terrain crane. For its first job, the 500-tonne-capacity crane worked with another LTM 1500-8.1 from Steil ‘s fleet to complete a tandem hoist of a 185-tonne gas turbine in Luxembourg.
The LTM 1500-8.1 was introduced nearly 20 years ago, and Steil’s new crane is a replacement for an existing LTM 1500-8.1. Stephan Fleischmann, marketing manager at Steil, said: “The crane’s design is mature. At the same time, however, Liebherr is continuously adding technological improvements and upgrades to it to ensure it remains up to date.”
He said one of the positive features of the crane is its mobility. “We ordered the 500-tonne model with the ‘removable telescopic boom’ option,” Fleischmann said. “Thanks to its resulting low axle loads, permits for traveling on roads can be easily obtained. We will primarily be using the LTM 1500-8.1 in industry, but also for repowering in the wind industry.”
Another selling point for Steil was the 84-meter telescopic boom, which Steil ordered it in addition to the 50-meter version. “The 3.5-meter section for the luffing jib was another important criterion for us. That enables us to achieve excellent lifting capacity values for intermediate lengths,” he added.