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30th April 2021


Ainscough Crane Hire’s growth strategy has taken a significant step forward with the purchase of the UK’s first-ever Liebherr LTM1650-8.1 crane.

The arrival of the LTM1650-8-1 represents a key milestone for the British construction industry and will enable Ainscough Crane Hire to play an instrumental role in the key infrastructure projects that will drive forward the COVID-19 economic recovery, such as HS2.

Ainscough Crane Hire currently boasts the largest crane fleet in the UK. This latest substantial investment will allow the company to better serve its customers and respond to complex lift requirements in the 700 tonnes class or higher category.

The new model is capable of lifting 15-20% more capacity than its predecessor – the LTM 1500-8.1 – and is designed to save fuel and reduce noise.

It also features a faster rigging time of only 2.5 hours, dramatically increasing the time-efficiency of a lift.

Along with 80m main boom and its luffing jib, the LTM 1650-8.1 can also achieve hook heights of up to 151 metres, and a radius of up to 112 metres, adding flexibility in lift planning and will give Ainscough’s project teams the ability to cope with higher wind speeds due to the wind speed capacity tables incorporated in the design.

The LTM 1650-8.1 also incorporates VarioBase®, which enables each outrigger to be extended to a different length. The increased safety and ease of use take the strain off the crane driver who can concentrate fully on the hoist. The enhanced range and lifting capacity means that the system’s capacity has also been improved.

Additionally, the integration of VarioBallast® enables the LTM 1650-8.1 to deliver maximum lifting capacities with a large ballast radius, making it perfect for use on constricted sites with a small ballast radius. This is achieved by quickly adjusting the ballast in seconds.

The new crane has a world-class engine compliant with the latest exhaust emissions regulation ‘Stage V’, which will help to support Ainscough’s clients in reaching net-zero targets. Thanks to its ECOdrive and ECOmode capabilities, the engine is designed to reduce fuel consumption as well as noise pollution and carbon emissions – resulting in both health benefits for crane operators and the local environments in which Ainscough operates.

Derek Gow, Commercial Director at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “This is a very proud day for Ainscough Crane Hire. The LTM1650-8-1 is a highly impressive crane, and its arrival in the UK opens new opportunities for lifts in this country. Our crane investment programme will enhance the service we’re able to provide our customers in a wide variety of sectors across the country as we look to support the recovery effort from the pandemic.

“Green technology is of great importance for both ourselves and our clients as we look towards reducing our carbon emissions as an industry. The new crane’s specialist Stage V engine will allow us to engage in eco-friendly construction practices and help our clients deliver upon ambitious and vital environmental strategies.”

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