DMD Building Systems Takes First Tadano GT-800XL-2 in Canada


Dec. 15, 2023 - Cropac Equipment, Tadano’s distributor for Canada, recently brought the first GT-800XL-2 into the country.

The customer for this first Canadian unit is DMD Building Systems, a company that provides fast-track building solutions by designing, fabricating, and installing pre-engineered LSF wall systems as an alternative to cast-in-place concrete framework.

DMD has offices in Etobicoke, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta.

Andy Whitehouse, Cropac general manager for Tadano and Kobelco products, said that DMD pre-bought this first GT-800XL-2 well before the crane arrived at Cropac, and that Michael Karaaslan of DMD Building Systems is excited to put the unit to work in the company’s crane fleet.

Introduced at the ConExpo trade show this March, the GT-800XL-2 is one of two new truck crane models that Tadano designed specifically to meet the needs of users in North America.

The other is the larger, 120-USt capacity, GT-1200XL-2.

The GT-800XL-2 is an 80-U.S.-ton truck crane with a 5-section, 154.3′ (47m) full-power boom, 33.1’- 58.1’ (10m-17.7m) bifold jib, self-removable counterweight, and maximum road speed of 65 mph (105 km/h).

Cropac expects this ideal budget taxi crane to be popular all over Canada.

"Everyone knows the quality of Tadano cranes, and this new truck crane will be a great fit for our customers and the truck crane Industry in Canada,” said Andy Whitehouse, Cropac general manager for Tadano and Kobelco products. “Plus, the 80-ton rental market is popular throughout Canada.” 

Tadano Americas Regional Business Manager Justin Andrews said, "The GT-800XL-2 is an outstanding crane, and it will be a perfect budget taxi crane for Cropac's extensive customer base." 

Low axle weights, narrow travel widths, and long booms let the new Tadano GT-800XL-2 and GT 1200XL-2 truck cranes to easily get permits for road travel and still have the reach to make most lifts without needing a jib. 

That makes them ideal for taxi-crane service.

Tadano Americas says that the GT-800XL-2 is designed to give customers superior utilization, high return on investment, and lower cost of ownership.

Built with many of the same field-proven, reliable components as Tadano’s GR Series rough terrain cranes, these new models offer the high quality and rugged durability that Tadano customers have come to expect.

"All of us at Tadano America Corp. are extremely proud to have Cropac as our partner to help launch the new Tadano truck crane lineup in North America,” said Ken Butz, Tadano America vice president of sales.

Butz added that Tadano’s product quality and Cropac’s excellent service support delivers great value for customers in Canada. 

In Photo: From Left, Ken Butz (Tadano), Dan Melnyk (Tadano), Joel Hunt (Cropac),

Michael Karaaslan (DMD Building Systems), Bill Finkle (Cropac), Andy Whitehouse (Cropac), Justin Andrews (Tadano), and Louis Francescutti (Tadano).


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