- LTF cranes are a cost-effective addition to the all-terrain crane fleet
- The high performance and compact dimensions of the LTF 1060-4.1 were major criteria behind the decision
- Steil Group active regionally and throughout Europe
The Steil Kranarbeiten Group based in Trier has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LTF 1060-4.1 telescopic truck-mounted crane. The 60-tonne crane with a 4-axle truck chassis is a cost-effective addition to the crane fleet. It will particularly be used for crane work which involves lengthy journeys to the site.
Steil Kranarbeiten now has a total of eight LTF truck-mounted cranes in its fleet. Company owner Birgit Steil comments: “The LTF 1060-4.1 has already proven itself in the past in our fleet. We also recently took delivery of an LTF 1045-4.1 from Liebherr. LTF cranes are an economical addition to our all-terrain crane fleet as the running costs for mass-produced trucks are lower than special models with an all-terrain chassis.”
Another plus point is that truck driver’s cabs are also available with sleeping facilities, if necessary, which is beneficial for certain crane jobs.
Birgit Steil explains: “As a result of the situation on some sites, LTF cranes can never completely replace all-terrain cranes, but they are a good addition, particularly if long distances are involved. We often face long driving distances in the Eifel and Hunsrück regions we cover. The new LTF 1060-4.1 is stationed at our site in Wittlich, which we expanded two years ago.”
Steil says that the high lifting capacities of the LTF 1060-4.1 and its compact dimensions were also criteria in the decision-making process – “In addition to the 60/70 tonne class, we can also use the new crane in the 40/50 tonne class.”
Steil decided to use a Scania undercarriage as the driver’s cab from this manufacturer does not have to be modified. The LTF 1060-4.1 on a Scania chassis takes to the road with its full ballast of 10.2 tonnes with a maximum axle load of 9 tonnes on the front axle is and 12 tonnes on the rear axles. The crane’s gross weight remains under 42 tonnes. It is immediately ready to start work on site with its maximum lifting capacity. No additional transport vehicles are required for ballast weights or equipment. By reducing the amount of ballast carried, the gross weight can be reduced to 33 tonnes or 32 tonnes, depending on the chassis manufacturer, which has a positive effect on obtaining road travel permits.
The Steil Group now has a workforce of around 300 and runs 115 cranes, more than half of which bear the Liebherr logo. The company provides crane services regionally, and also throughout Europe for wind power jobs, as well as heavy haulage, rescue and towing services, machine relocations and oil spill clean-up services. Its subsidiary Onroad provides crane transfer services throughout Europe.