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Compass Equipment Takes First Potain MDT 489 in North America

Aug. 17, 2022 - Compass Equipment has purchased the first Potain MDT 489 M25 topless tower crane in North America. 

Compass sent the new 27.6-USt crane to work at the Las Vegas Strip last month.

Headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, and serving the Southwest, Compass is a longstanding Potain customer that invests in both self-erecting and top-slewing cranes.

The company keeps its fleet young by routinely investing in the updated technology and features that new crane models offer. The new technology has consistently generated jobsite benefits that have helped Compass grow its rentals and sales.

“We have a lot of trust in Potain products and the company’s support to use them effectively,” said Kelly Hadland, CEO of Compass Equipment. “It was an easy decision to purchase this new MDT 489, and we have high hopes for the crane. We continue to invest in the Potain lineup because this crane builds with the K800 tower system we already have in our fleet for larger Potain models. With the K800 tower, this crane has a free-standing height under hook of 221.8’ with full jib.”

Potain launched the MDT 489 in mid 2021, building on the proven performance and quality of the MD 485.

Updates featured in the MDT 489 include a topless design with strong lifting capacity and CCS (Crane Control System) integration to give crane operators and assemblers commonalities within the Potain lineup.

The crane is ideal for construction’s demands for large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, especially with the demand for installation of larger, prefabricated components and concrete work.

The MDT 489 M25 can lift up to 27.6 USt, can be rigged with up to 262’ of jib, and can lift 6,600 lbs. at a 262’ radius.

It covers a job site and offers cost-saving easy transport and quick assembly. The jib and counter jib attach to the slewing platform with Potain’s easy-pin connection, so the assembly crew can leave their big hammers in the truck when they assemble or dismantle the crane upper.

“We’re particularly excited about how this crane combines great capacity for large construction projects with a compact configuration that enables us to operate on restricted job sites,” Hadland said.



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