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New 85-USt RT is Easy to Move, Use, and Maintain

When dealers, rental fleet owners, and contractors told Link-Belt the industry needed a true-80-ton-class rough-terrain crane that was cost-competitive and easy to move, the Lexington, Kentucky, manufacturer answered the call in a big way.

In an exclusive interview, Link-Belt experts told Crane Hot Line about the new 85-USt 85|RT the company will launch at CraneFest, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, and begin shipping in the fourth quarter of this year. Link-Belt is taking orders for it now.

Link-Belt 85-USt RTTrue 85-USt Rough Terrain

“The 85|RT is a newly designed 85-USt rough-terrain crane, not a scaled-down larger model,” said Brian Elkins, Link-Belt’s product manager for rough-terrain cranes. “As a fresh design, it optimizes capacity, transportability, and price for a crane in this capacity range.”

Elkins added that although the 85|Rt is a new design, it incorporates the high-value features found in other models of Link-Belt’s new-generation RTs, like the 100|RT and 120|RT. 

“The new cab, new flat deck with non-skid surfacing, Pulse 2.0, V-calc, vision package, formed boom, and easy maintenance features are all there,” Elkins said, “as well as competitive  capacities and excellent reach, of course.” 

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ML Utilities Buys Utility Equipment Service Inc.

Sept. 14, 2021 - ML Utilities, Charlotte, North Carolina, a one-call solution for utility fleet maintenance, inspection, repair, and management services has acquired Spring Hill, Tennessee-based Utility Equipment Service, Inc. (UES).

The purchase positions ML Utilities to better serve its growing number of customer throughout Middle Tennessee with a wide range of mobile and shop services for utility equipment that includes boom trucks, aerial devices, pressure diggers, digger derricks, and related support equipment.

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ELFA Survey Says Equipment Leasing and Financing Dropped 7% in 2020

Sept. 15, 2021 - The equipment finance industry saw new business volume decrease 7% in 2020, according to the 2021 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA) released recenly by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA).

This marked the first time in a decade that businesses decreased their overall spending on capital equipment, according to the SEFA. However, the 7% decline was less than the double-digit drop expected as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world and transformed businesses.

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Goldhofer Expands North American Dealer Network

Sept. 15, 2021 - Goldhofer and its transportation solutions have moved even closer to its North American customers.

In addition to direct contact through Goldhofer Inc.’s US sales team, three dealerships are now in place for the company’s multi-state highway transportation equipment. That includes the versatile, flexible semi-trailers in the STZ-V series, and the P9 and P12 PLUS highway models.

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Cost-Effective Theft Prevention

Monitoring SystemFor heavy construction, specialty trades, crane and heavy equipment rental, specialized transport, mining, manufacturing, and equipment sales, crane and rigging theft can be a serious issue, whether at the job site or rental yard. 

Stealing crane components, rigging, batteries, or catalytic converters can be a relatively low-risk, high-reward opportunity for thieves unless effective security equipment and procedures are in place. Equipment damage plus cut locks, cables, and fencing, can also cost businesses thousands of dollars to repair.

However, deterring larceny can be difficult with an unplanned, piecemeal approach, using systems that are ineffective. 

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Dana Unveils e-Axles for Class 7 and 8 Vehicles

Sept. 8, 2021 -- Dana Incorporated has expanded its Spicer Electrified e-Powertrain offerings to include a family of single and tandem e-Axles designed for a wide variety of Class 7 and 8 applications.

The Spicer Electrified Zero-8 e-Axles complement Dana's established heavy-duty electric-vehicle (EV) e-Propulsion systems, which are currently powering thousands of vehicles around the world.

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Goldhofer Modular Transporters Key in Building Refinery

Sept. 8, 2021 – On the construction site for the Dos Bocas Refinery in Tabasco, Mexico, the Mexican heavy haul company Pesado Transport moved all the precast concrete pipe racks to their final locations in record time.

In addition to the typical obstacles and confined space for maneuvering of any construction site, the changeable weather conditions of the coastal location near the port of Dos Bocas also had to be considered.

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Worker Hospitalized After Crane Collapse in Fort Lauderdale

May 3, 2018 - Emergency crews rushed a worker to the hospital after a crane fell on him in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning.

Officials say the piece of equipment fell just after 9 a.m. at a building located at 1850 South Ocean Lane.

Crews were able to get the man free and take him to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert, but would not release details about his injury or how the crane fell.

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2 workers die when crane topples on dock in Southeast Texas

,Authorities say two workers were killed and another hurt when a crane fell on a marine dock in Southeast Texas.

Jaree Fortin, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston, says investigators are trying to determine the reason the crane toppled over at Pelican Island on Wednesday morning. Fortin says foul play is not suspected.

The two were already dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Authorities have not released the names or other details about the victims.

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