June 21, 2023 – Lifting Solutions Corp., Brooklyn, New York, has expanded its capabilities by adding two large new knuckleboom cranes to its fleet.
The newly arrived twin Effer 2655-7S cranes each have a maximum moment of 265 tonne-meters, or 1,916,745 lb.-ft., and a maximum lifting capacity of 60,185 lbs. at a 15’ radius.
Lifting Solutions bought both cranes from Effer’s sole U.S. distributor, Altec Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, said Lifting Solutions owner Pinchas Leitner.
The New York City Dept. of Buildings has approved them to work in construction in the city.
That means they can work in any construction application, such as setting steel, placing windows, and installing façade panels.
“The city’s approval for these Effer 2655 cranes to work in construction really expands the range of customers and applications we can serve,” said Leitner. “Articulating cranes that aren’t approved by the city can only load, unload, and deliver materials. They can’t actually do any construction work. And they can’t reach up more than 100’.”
Each of the Effer cranes is equipped with a seven-section telescopic main boom, a six-section hydraulically telescoping first jib, and a two-section hydraulically extended second jib.
Both of the jibs can be offset for better reach out and over obstructions. The crane operator can control the offset angle of each jib with a wireless remote control.
Also, like all knuckleboom cranes, they can be extended flat-out horizontally to handle loads under overhead obstructions, or reach through window and door openings to set loads inside of buildings.
Excellent Reach and Capacity
With the main boom fully extended horizontally and the jibs extended, the 2655 can handle 10,455 lbs. at a 90’ radius or lift 50,705 lbs. up 104’11”.
With the 7-section main boom and 6-section hydraulically powered jib both fully extended horizontally, the crane can handle 1,145 lbs. at a 164’4” radius, or lift 15,870 lbs. up 177’.
With the 7-section main boom, 6-section powered jib, and 2-section manual jib all fully extended, the 2655 crane can lift 1,480 lbs. up 190’.
Speed and Control
With any boom configuration, the crane has unlimited continuous rotation, so the operator can pick a load anywhere and place it anywhere without having to backtrack.
That offers maximum efficiency and enables the operator to pick the best path from pick to placement.
The crane operator can set the outriggers and run the crane from a wireless remote control, so he or she can always move to have the best view while setting the outriggers or making a lift. That enhances accuracy, speed, and safety.
The crane’s ability to set up with its outriggers extended to 50% or 70% of maximum length rather than full length helps shrink the crane’s footprint on tight job sites or when minimizing traffic disruption is vital.
“With all the boom-and-jib combinations, plus mid- and full-span outrigger setups, we have about 110 capacity charts,” said Leitner. “We have a chart for almost any situation.”
Each of Lifting Solutions’ new Effer 2655 cranes is mounted on a sturdy, powerful six-axle Western Star 4900 SB TS chassis with twin front steering axles for maximum maneuverability.
The complete crane and truck weigh 112,500 lbs.
“We do almost all of our work in metropolitan New York City, so the weight is not a problem,” said Leitner. “Here, we can go anywhere just about anytime on an annual permit, so we don’t need to get a separate permit for each trip. That helps make scheduling easier for us and more convenient and economical for our clients.”
Both cranes are now in Lifting Solutions’ fleet and available for scheduling.