World first HSC crawler crane delivered to New Zealand


The very first new generation HSC SCX1800A-3 175t crawler crane released from Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes (HSC)

"This crane does it all"

HSC SCX1800A-3 175t crawler crane

The very first new generation HSC SCX1800A-3 175t crawler crane released from Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes (HSC) is hard at work on a large project at Port of Napier in New Zealand, and its new owners, HEB Construction, part of Vinci Construction, couldn’t be happier. “We chose this model because we were looking for a 150-180t crawler crane suitable for piling operations. It can be difficult to find a crane that is heavy duty enough, and with the high line pull required for piling works, without compromising on lifting ability. This crane does it all,” says HEB’s National Plant Manager, Grant Moffat.

He says the new multi-purpose, adaptable HSC crawler crane is robust, reliable, and has “phenomenal” uptime compared to other brands. “We chose the bigger winches and larger 28mm diameter rope, which are other key things we look for from a foundation construction point of view. The quality of this crane for the price is right up there. It delivers great value.”

The SCX1800A-3 is packed with new features, and has been designed to provide exceptional lifting capability, with a compact body. The main boom and crane jib combination has a reach of up to 75m + 31m (the maximum main boom is up to 84m), covering a wide working area and streamlining operations on worksites. Even greater lifting performance can be achieved with an auxiliary two sheaves option, if required. A clean running engine, and sophisticated, energy efficient control system combines to lower fuel consumption, and therefore running costs. The crane’s eco winch mode allows for high line speeds under light loads without having to increase engine speed, which also helps to limit fuel consumption and noise.

Grant says the crane’s easy assembly and transportability are equally impressive. “The components are well-designed for transportation, speed of erection and demobilisation. Although most crane brands use these sales points, it is definitely true in the case of this crane, which is very quick and easy to put together.”

The total weight during transportation has been kept to an impressive 40.8t (including the lower boom, winch rope and mast), while remaining within a 3.2m transportation width.

Another benefit from HEB’s perspective, is the crane’s variable counterweight charts, which deliver even more flexibility, and opportunities for future use, says Grant.

HEB Construction designs and builds structures and infrastructure and works on some of New Zealand’s largest projects in roads and bridges, land development, water and wastewater, marine and landscaping. The firm was already familiar with the HSC brand, after purchasing its first HSC 70t crane in 2005, followed by a HSC 280t crane in 2011, then another two identical 280t cranes in the years since, after the first crane proved its reliability.

“Our first HSC crane has definitely set the foundation for us sticking to the brand. Usability and operator familiarity are two of HSC’s biggest benefits. We have a transient fleet, which work on projects all over New Zealand. The HSC cranes are user-friendly, with a simple, easy-to-use interface, which operators on our team are familiar and comfortable with. They can operate this crane without requiring any specialist skills.”

The HEB team has noticed a step up in operator safety on the SCX1800A-3, with major improvements to operator visibility through its extra-wide windows, which are fitted with green tinted glass to provide protection from UV rays and flying objects. “There has also been some clever thinking around handrails on this new model, with improved safety when accessing the machine, both at ground level, and on the machine,” says Grant.

Getting in and out of the cab is also safer and easier, thanks to a large sliding door and wide platform, which have been introduced to reduce the amount of space required when opening and closing the cab door. Other safety features include the use of a swing restriction device and swing brake pedal, with a warning alarm and auto drum lock installed as standard.

HEB’s operators are enjoying the comfortable cab in the SCX1800A-3, which has been a focus of HSC’s design team. New, highly-functional seats have been especially shaped to be comfortable for all body types, with a wide range of adjustments allowing each operator to find their best working position. The pitch of the levers can also be optimised for each operator, while the switch layout is ergonomically designed. Operators can see all the information they need on the crane’s large display panel at a glance, without disturbing their forward visibility.

HSC SCX1800A-3 175t crawler crane

Keeping tabs on the operating condition of the SCX1800A-3 is a breeze thanks to the new REMOTE SENSING system installed as standard

The system provides precise monitoring and feeds accurate information back to the owner and maintenance team, helping them to improve operating efficiency, and schedule timely maintenance, which minimises downtime and costs.

Grant says “the sale and purchase process of the HSC SCX1800A-3 with CablePrice went smoothly and the lead time from placing the order through to delivery was also excellent compared to other manufacturers. Taking delivery of the first new model of this crane in the world has also been pretty cool.”

Given HEB Construction’s positive experience with the SCX1800A-3 in New Zealand, Grant believes there could also be strong interest in the new HSC model from the firm’s French parent company, Vinci Construction, given the crane’s features and adaptability. “We have been supporters of HSC cranes at HEB Construction since our first purchase back in 2005, and will certainly be buying more ourselves in the future.”

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