A family-owned crane business has marked its 40th anniversary by taking delivery of a new high-spec Liebherr crane.
The new addition to the fleet at Spence Crane Hire is an LTM1150-5.3 featuring fly jib with hydraulic offset, remote control and winch and boom head cameras. And on hand to welcome the landmark model into the company’s yard in Devon were two generations of the Spence family.
With a maximum lifting capacity of 150t, the LTM 1150-5.3 has a 66m main boom and a 19m double swing away fly jib. The crane has a maximum hoist height of 92m and maximum working radius of 72m. Under STGO regulations the crane can travel on public roads in the UK with 29t of its full counterweight leaving just two 8t cheek weights to be transported on a support vehicle if the 45t max counterweight is required on the job site.
The deal is the latest in a series of recent Liebherr purchases. Later this year another 60t LTM 1060-3.1 will be added to the portfolio. The company also runs 90t and 100t Liebherrs in a mixed fleet that includes spider and mini crawler cranes.
Director John Spence said: ‘To celebrate 40 years since Spence Crane Hire was established, we are happy to add the LTM 1150-5.3 to our fleet, which continues our long standing, good relationship with Liebherr. The LTM 1150-5.3 has replaced the Grove GMK 5150L as the largest crane in our company and allows us to continue serving those clients with the larger and more complex lifts. This crane will be a valuable asset due to its 66 metre boom length and the ability to travel with 29 tonne of ballast.’
Operating across the south-west of England, Spence is a main contractor to South West Water and to EDF Energy at the Hinkley Point B Power Station.