Terex launches tower crane transfer masts
Terex has added four new transfer masts improving flexibility between its different tower crane brand designs. The four new transfer masts – HD23-TS212, HD23-TS23, TS23-H20 and TS23-TS21 – allow crane companies to use any Terex tower section segments with flat top, luffing jib and hammerhead tower cranes under the Comedil and Peiner brands.
Positioned between two different towers or directly on the lower slewing unit, the transfer masts allows a combination of tower segments to increase freestanding capabilities, lower inventory requirements and improve flexibility.
“The luffing jib and flat top cranes are Terex Comedil designs, while the hammerhead crane line originated from Terex Peiner,” said Matthew Dobbs, director of sales for Terex Cranes. “The tower segments were not originally designed to be compatible with each other however these transfer masts bring the two designs together so that any Terex crane could be used with any tower section.”
Pittsburg, US-based equipment and rental company Maxim Crane Works purchased the first transfer masts. The company’s tower division operates 100 tower cranes – all Terex – the vast majority are hammerheads but also it has 15 Terex SK 575-32 tower cranes. Maxim Crane has nearly 1,000 tower sections for hammerheads and 150 segments larger SK cranes. The company also has 80 tower sections to cover its four luffing jib and flat top cranes. Its recent purchase of two Terex SK575-32 hammerhead cranes allowed it to use the transfer masts and unused heavy duty tower segments.
“We had 40 unused luffing jib tower segments,” said Matt Hyden, tower operations manager for Maxim Crane. “Purchasing the transfer masts allowed us to use those towers with the new cranes, so we could more efficiently use our inventory and save money on the crane purchase price.”
And when the need arises, the ability to incorporate the more robust luffing jib and flat top tower sections allows the company to reach higher with its hammerhead cranes. “We can get an additional 80ft to 100ft of freestanding height by mixing tower sections with the transfer masts,” says Hyden.