Terex® CC 2800-1The Sarens Group, a Belgian crane and transportation service provider, recently set a steel footbridge on its foundations for the city of Metz. By doing so, the footbridge connected the city areas east of the river Seille to the city center, enabling both pedestrians and cyclists to conveniently access the city's train station, Amphitheater, and parks. In order to complete the project, the company relies on a Terex CC 2800-1 and its powerful performance characteristics.
"All experts including residents of Metz decided to use the Terex CC 2800-1 on this project after careful deliberation. On the one hand, it had all the performance characteristics that were needed in order to successfully lift the bridge. On other hand, it was compact enough to maneuver around the site, where space was quite tight," explains Sarens project manager Karel Maesfrancx. Yet another key advantage within this context: The Terex crane was also able to move with the equipped 300-tonne (330 US ton) Superlift counterweight. "Slowly, but with laser-like precision," crane operator Robert Pawlowski points out. Pawlowski performed the lift with the help of signalman Jerry Couvreur in four steps: first, he lifted the footbridge while working with a radius of 46 meters (151 ft.), after which he proceeded to increase the radius to 51.6 meters (169 ft.) by lowering the main boom. Once he had increased the radius, he swung the load while deftly avoiding a lamp post that at one point came very close to the Superlift boom, and finally moved the crane-while under load-to a position that enabled him to set down the bridge with pinpoint accuracy. Although the CC 2800-1's technical specifications were ideal for the lift at hand, they were not the only factor involved in the company's decision. Budget considerations also played a key role.
The Terex CC 2800-1 is a lattice boom crawler crane with a remarkable level of versatility. For instance, it can be converted from a standard crane into a special-purpose crane for wind turbine projects - and back - with only a few special components.