New cranes on the Horizon for Scots firms

TWO Scottish companies have placed landmark orders for Liebherr cranes.

Falkirk-based family business Horizon Reinforcing & Crane Hire Ltd has taken delivery of the UK’s first LTM 1250-5.1 mobile crane.

Meanwhile, Stoddart Crane Hire, based in Muir of Ord in the Highlands, has purchased its first ever new Liebherr machine – the LTM 1060-3.1.

Liebherr said the LTM 1250-5.1 features “enormous” load capacities with VarioBallast enabling the crane to deliver “maximum load capacities with a small ballast radius making it ideally suited to constricted sites”.

The manufacturer’s VarioBase and ECOmode features are also present in the machine.

The model is Horizon’s second new Liebherr machine and joins a 10-strong fleet. The firm supplies all terrain, city, truck-mounted and self-erecting tower cranes throughout Scotland.

This 5-axle crane can be fitted with a multi-functional folding jib or a long fixed jib.

Steven Dougall, managing director of Horizon said, “We’re excited to take delivery of the UK’s first LTM 1250-5.1 and are looking forward to seeing our clients put the very strong lifting duties of this crane to use in the wide range of operations that its variable counterweight tailswing will make possible.

“It also has the benefit of VarioBase so will come into its own where space is restricted making it a very useful addition to our fleet. And we’re pleased to have the reassurance of local back up and support from Liebherr, should we need it.”

Elsewhere, Stoddart Crane Hire MD David Stoddart revealed the firm chose to buy the LTM 1060-3.1mobile crane due to its compact size and flexibility. Liebherr said the 6-wheel steering gives the model “excellent manoeuvrability” and the combination of a compact 3-axle chassis and 48 m boom length makes the crane “highly versatile”.

In addition to the 5-section main boom, a fly jib can be installed to further increase maximum operating height if required.

Stoddart Crane Hire was founded in 2004 and has a fleet of around eight cranes.

David Stoddard said, “This is our first new Liebherr and we chose the LTM 1060-3.1 because a 48 m boom with three axles means it’s both compact and flexible, which will make it popular with clients for a range of applications.”