UK based rental company Weldex has taken delivery of four new Kobelco CKE G series crawler cranes as part of its ongoing fleet modernisation programme.
The company purchased two 60 tonne CKE600G machines and two80 tonne CKE800G cranes which will be based at the company’s depot in Derbyshire, England. The CKE600G israted at three metres and can handle seven tonnes at 12 metres radius on its 51.8 metre maximum boom. The CKE800G will take seven tonnes out to 20 metres with its 55 metre maximum boom length.
The new cranes also feature low emission technology meeting Stage IIIB (Tier 4i) with Diesel Particulate Filters, and exhaust gas cleaning systems. Fuel saving measures include: Auto idle stop, the G-winch which enables the line to be raised at high speed without raising the engine speed; and the G-engine which limits maximum engine speed by controlling pump capacity.
Weldex chief executive Dougie McGilvray said: “We have 120 cranes with an average age of four and a half years. They are all new and that is the way we want to keep it. The company aims to replace all of its machines every eight years. That is why we are working with Kobelco to update and modernise our fleet.”
“We do a lot of work within London area so we are looking at upgrading our fleet to all 3B compliant machines. The cranes will be working on Crossrail and the new Thames Tideway Tunnel as well as carrying out general construction work in London and all over the UK.”
Mark Evans sales manager Kobelco Cranes Europe added: “We experienced major growth throughout 2014 but this year is set to be even better with our first quarter sales outperforming the same period last year by a long way”.