08/16/2021 Compact crane – Leitl adds LTC 1050-3.1 to its crane fleet

  • Leitl purchases LTC 1050-3.1 compact crane for jobs inside industrial buildings and on constricted sites
  • Elevating cab delivers improved visibility of the site
  • Leitl only uses Liebherr mobile cranes

LK Leitl GmbH & Co. Kran KG based in Eggenfelden has extended its fleet with the purchase of a Liebherr LTC 1050 3.1 compact crane. The company plans to use this new crane particularly for jobs inside industrial buildings and in constricted environments. The Bavarian contractor decided to buy the elevating cab option which provides the crane operator with improved visibility of the site situation.

Crane handover in Ehingen (from left to right): Wolfgang Sailer (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Alexander Krapf, Jasmin Klein, Sandro Leitl (all from the Leitl Group), Florian Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

Crane handover in Ehingen (from left to right): Wolfgang Sailer (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Alexander Krapf, Jasmin Klein, Sandro Leitl (all from the Leitl Group), Florian Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

Crane handover in Ehingen (from left to right): Wolfgang Sailer (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Alexander Krapf, Jasmin Klein, Sandro Leitl (all from the Leitl Group), Florian Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

Crane jobs in factory buildings often pose a real challenge as there is very little space either for driving or supporting a mobile crane. These jobs therefore require particularly compact cranes. Shareholder Sandro Leitl explains: “We decided to buy the LTC 1050-3.1 because we wanted it to enable us to tackle jobs inside industrial buildings and on constricted sites. It is perfect for hoisting work in tight spaces. And if things get even tighter, the front storage box can simply be removed. Furthermore, the compact Liebherr crane will even pass through clearance heights of just three metres. The LTC 1050-3.1 rounds off our fleet perfectly due to its flexibility.”

Leitl uses the LTC 1050-3.1 for its first job erecting a prefabricated house.

Leitl uses the LTC 1050-3.1 for its first job erecting a prefabricated house.

Leitl uses the LTC 1050-3.1 for its first job erecting a prefabricated house.

Variable single-cab crane

The cab concept used on the LTC 1050-3.1 is unique on mobile cranes. For driving on the road the cab is moved to the front of the vehicle using a telescopic arm. In this position the crane driver has better visibility and a good driving position, particularly at high speed. The elevating cab, which can take the crane operator to an eye level of 7.8 m, opens up whole new possibilities and some significant benefits compared to conventional machines. The drastically improved visibility in a site situation enhances safety for many crane jobs. Leitl therefore decided to buy the elevating cab. Operations Manager Alexander Krapf reports: “The operator telescopes the cab to the precise position that gives him the best view. That was another important criterion for us when we decided to buy the LTC 1050- 3.1”.

A perfect view of the site situation with the elevating cab.

A perfect view of the site situation with the elevating cab.

A perfect view of the site situation with the elevating cab.

First job erecting a prefabricated house

At its very first job, the LTC 1050-3.1 was able to demonstrate that its strengths are not restricted to jobs inside factory buildings, managing to drive along the narrow access road through a residential estate with a tight turning circle to a prefabricated house site in Bad Birnbach with consummate ease.

The weight of the prefabricated components also presented no challenge for the 50 tonne crane. Crane Operator Stefan Wick, who was using the elevating cab for the first time, was delighted: “The height takes a bit of getting used to, but the visibility really is significantly better. It makes things so much easier”.

The Leitl Group

The Leitl Group has been established for more than 40 years and is a reliable partner for recycling, crane hire, forwarding and commercial vehicles. Leitl currently has a 55-strong workforce. All six of the company’s mobile cranes have been purchased from Liebherr. Sandro Leitl says: “We have had a relationship with Liebherr since we bought our very first crane. We have always been impressed with the machines’ excellent reliability and ease of use.”