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Dana's New Heavy-Duty Drivetrain Promises Improved Performance for RT Cranes

Feb. 11, 2021 – Dana Incorporated has introduced a new drivetrain for use in rough-terrain cranes with lifting capacities from 83 to 110 USt and in terminal tractors.

The Spicer 246 heavy-duty steering axle and Spicer C3300 remote torque converter are offered as part of a complete drivetrain solution for rough-terrain cranes. Dana says they help deliver premium performance through improved gradeability and travel speeds, higher efficiency, increased productivity, and reduced operating costs.

“As the global construction market recovers, buyers are looking for high-performing vehicles that deliver exceptional productivity and efficiency,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Systems. “Dana’s large and growing capabilities for rough-terrain cranes enable us to anticipate market shifts and collaborate with original-equipment manufacturers to supply the drivetrain technologies that improve their competitiveness.”

New Heavy-Duty Spicer 246 Axle

Dana’s new heavy-duty Spicer 246 steering axle features a monolithic design and high integrity seals that deliver exceptional performance in the most severe working conditions. It features optimized steering geometries to minimize slippage, while the single universal joint with outboard planetary gears provides high torque and high-capacity braking with low drag at travel speeds.

Currently available for OEM field testing, the Spicer 246 axle can also be adapted for use with airport ground support vehicles, where it can be configured with optional wet brakes.

Efficient Spicer C3300 Remote Torque Converter

Dana has developed the new Spicer C3300 remote torque converter specifically for rough-terrain cranes. It is optimized for engines up to 260 hp and can be packaged with Spicer remote transmissions. Dana is the only manufacturer worldwide that supplies a remote torque converter with three large pump drives for implements.

The Spicer C3300 remote torque converter is available with an optional lockup that improves efficiency while providing higher braking effort during downhill travel. It features new converter wheel sizes configured to optimize the performance of today’s low-rpm engines.

Available now, the Spicer C3300 remote torque converter is already in use in terminal tractors, where it enables lower heights for fifth wheels.

Broad Portfolio of Drive and Motion Systems for Cranes

Dana has a large and growing selection of drive and motion technologies for manufacturers of tracked and wheeled cranes.

Earlier this year, Dana introduced a new series of Spicer Torque-Hub drives for crawler cranes and other large tracked vehicles. With torque ratings from 59,004 ft.-lbs. (80,000 N-m) to 331,902 ft.-lbs. (450,000 N-m), the new drives offer flexible packaging and gear ratios to meet manufacturer preferences for tracked and wheeled applications.

Also, Dana offers high-performance Brevini winches for cranes and other applications. The winch lifting capacities range from 1.1 US tons to 33 US tons.

Additionally, Dana supports the work functions of cranes with a wide selection of Brevini slewing drives, hydraulic pumps and motors, and proportional directional valves.

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