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New crane for Hugh Simpson


Scottish crane hire Simpson based in Wick Scotland has praised Liebherr for its commitment to increasing the capacity and flexibility of its crane customers.

The new LTM1650-8.1

Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd took delivery this month of a new LTM1650-8.1 which boosts its lifting capacity to 700 tonnes and is earmarked for large-scale building projects and the construction and maintenance of renewable energy schemes.

Hugh Simpson, Managing Director said: “Liebherr is renowned for its innovation that raises standards for capacity and flexibility. The crane combines compact size and high lift performance. With eight axles this crane can complete hoisting work in the 700-tonne class or even higher with ease.”

The LTM 1650-8.1 carries an 80m boom that can be increased further with a 21m to 91m luffing jib and Y-guy system to give a tip height of 155m and radius of 112m. Power is from a Stage V diesel with EcoDrive and EcoMode systems to reduce fuel consumption, noise and emissions.

Other features include Liebherr’s VarioBase® outrigger set up system and VarioBallast® adjustable counterweight. And with an over-all width of just 3m and height of 4m, the crane can travel at a maximum 85 km/h.

Simpson is a third-generation, family-run business and describes itself as “northern Scotland’s leading lifting and plant hire company”. It specialises in lifting and haulage for industries including energy, construction and fishing and harbours.

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