Terex launch its Explorer 5500 all-terrain crane


The latest model sits in the 130-tonne capacity class, and will complement its ‘big brothers’: the Explorer 5600 and 5800 units.

Despite its impressive lifting capacity, Terex claims that the Explorer 5500 is the most compact all-terrain crane that it has ever released.

The unit features a 60m-long main boom, and is available with three extensions with 11m, 21m, and 33m lengths. The maximum system length is 86.5m. The crane’s maximum load moment is 395mt, and its capacity whilst telescoping is 24.5 tonnes.

However, with a carrier length of just 12.1m, a total length of 14.3m, and a width of 2.75m, the five-axle crane is amongst the most compact in its class. Terex claims that the Explorer 5500’s petite dimensions make it ideal for use inside cities and narrow construction sites.

Steerable axles have also been included to provide improved manoeuvrability in tight quarters. For comfort and safety in driving operation, the machine has been fitted with a dynamic launch control function, which prevents it from rolling backwards when starting up and traversing uphill grades.

Terex has also focused on maximising the model’s economic viability. As such, all of the components for the Explorer 5500 can be transported using a single standard support vehicle.

The crane also boasts Terex’s single-motor concept, which was previously included on the Explorer 5600 and 5800 models. This lowers the operating costs even further, according to the manufacturer, as end users only need to maintain one motor.

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