French crane rental company Bezombes Niort has taken delivery of the 100th 450 tonne Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 All Terrain crane to be delivered since shipments began less than three years ago.
The eight axle LTM1450-8.1, which was unveiled at Bauma 2016, can travel complete with its 85 metre main boom, along with outriggers and main winch within 12 tonne axle loads. It is largest crane in Bezombe’s fleet and will be used for a wide variety of work including wind power and lifting large boats in and out of the water at the Atlantic ports near the company’s headquarters in Niort, western France.
Managing director Benoît Bezombes said: “We had to replace our LTM 1250-6.1 after 13 years of good, reliable service because our customers are demanding greater lifting capacity, more height and longer reach. That is why we invested in a crane in a higher performance class. The LTM 1450-8.1 is also a member of the latest generation of cranes. It is safe, easy to use, quickly ready to start work and also energy efficient as it is a single engine crane.”
“The 85 metre boom enables us to erect tower cranes in record time. What is more, with its luffing fly jib, the crane delivers extraordinary performance for its size. VarioBase and VarioBallast makes us extremely flexible on sites with limited space. The LTM 1250-6.1 was a very good crane, but the new 450 tonner is an enormous improvement on it.”
(L-R) Guy Bellec and Francis Ebert of Liebherr, Benoît Bezombes of Bezombes Niort, Christoph Kleiner and Georg Reinbold of Liebherr
Bezombes employs 14 and runs a fleet of eight All Terrain cranes ranging from 25 to 450 tonnes. It also operates a fleet of loader cranes and offers a heavy haulage service.