However, there is demand kicking in from ongoing metro constructions and from expansions being made in roads and bridges sectors with the erection of precast sections. So, there is some traction in the demand of lighter class units, albeit at a modest pace.
Demand is visible for 40 to 150-ton cranes, which, interestingly, have not been much favored by the rental agencies. This is because their excess supply in recent years has kept hiring rates compressed. Now, with industrial construction giving way to general erection, it now appears that rental agencies will start acquiring the lighter capacity cranes.
Sany hydraulic crawler cranes are highly durable for performing duty cycle jobs. The cranes now come with improved Sany'sin-house technology, with safe load and load moment indicators and improved controlled display, making operations safer and optimizing use of the cranes.
Once looked at with disdain by the crane rental fraternity, the lighter capacity lattice boom crawler is now the 'knight in shining armour'. Seeing the prospects in the higher capacity units, Action Construction Equipment (ACE) has commenced production of its ACX 1510-150 Tons Crawler Cranes.
He adds, "The crane, featuring standard safe load indicator, is highly suitable for piling and foundation jobs as it comes with main and auxiliary winch with freefall. Due to its modular design, it can be easily transported and special hydraulic jack system can enable self-dismantling and easy loading of the crane."
ACE plans to manufacture 15-20 units of ACX 1510 till 2019. It currently manufactures ACX 250-25 Tons, ACX 400-40 Tons and ACX 750-75 Tons Crawler Cranes. Informs Mr. Agarwal, "We are selling a good number of 40 Tons Cranes for piling jobs as it's auxiliary and main winch and retractable tracks make it ideal for constricted Metro jobsites." ACE has an active fleet of 250 crawler cranes in India.
He informs that they will be promoting their LR 1750, 750-ton crawler crane, which features an innovative 165-meter SX boom that delivers 35% increased load out. Being modular in design, the car body, counterweight and tracks can be easily transported. Another innovative feature is its 'Vario-Tray' counterweight. It also has the company's standard, LICCON interface mechanism.
With the lighter capacity crawler cranes in demand, manufacturers are re-orienting their service support systems to meet customer requirements.Taking note of feedback from customers on the performance of the cranes, especially during the critical duty cycle applications, will be vital in establishing their applicability, and (therefore), their preference, for various jobs.