Texas based company, Big B Crane, receives handover of multiple Liebherr LRT 1100-2.1 and LRT 1090-2.1 at Conexpo 2023, the largest construction tradeshow in North America. These acquisitions will expand their fleet of 25+ Liebherr cranes being utilized throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Kansas.
Big B Crane operates and offers bare rental cranes in the commercial construction, oilfield, and renewable energy sectors. The company started their Renewable Energy division in 2021 and intends to add the rough terrain cranes to assist with ongoing wind turbine maintenance work.
“The sites that these cranes work on are typically a long distance from our terminals, so it’s paramount that our machines have very little downtime,” notes President of Big B Crane, Daniel Basden.
These machines will then be paired with larger Liebherr Crawler and All-Terrain cranes to facilitate maintenance work on wind turbines. The normal workload consists of tailing the turbine rotor to the ground, loading/unloading turbine components, and assisting with the assembly/disassembly of the larger Liebherr cranes.
“Obviously, Liebherr has always been recognized as an industry leader, but I think the bar has been raised in recent years with regard to customer service,” notes Basden. “When we started our Renewable Energy division in 2021, we relied heavily on the expertise of Liebherr Product Managers Jim Jatho and Beau Pocock. Their knowledge and willingness to help has been vital in our growth.”
The LRT 1100-2.1 and LRT 1090-2.1 were both designed with safety in mind. These cranes offer multiple safety features including outrigger monitoring and VarioBase® variable support base which enhances flexibility and increases the cranes' lifting capacity.
The LRT 1100-2.1 rough terrain crane has a telescopic boom with Liebherr’s time-tested telematic telescoping system for rough-terrain cranes, on which the various telescoping sections can be extended independently with a single cylinder and then pinned to the telescopic section above. Whereas the LRT 1090-2.1 rough terrain crane offers rope pull technology. This telescoping technology enables the boom to be extended quickly to any length using a two-stage hydraulic cylinder with a rope extension mechanism.
Both systems are incredibly simple and easy to use for either power or length.