Heavy Equipment Guide Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

Ideal Crane Rental taking delivery of three Liebherr LTM mobile cranes

Wisconsin-based Ideal Crane marked the handover of three mobile cranes at Bauma 2019. On hand for the occasion, from left to right, were Lori Kalhagen, and Bob Kalhagen, owners of Ideal Crane; and from Liebherr, Daniel Pitzer, Erik Peterson and Brian Peretin.
Wisconsin-based Ideal Crane marked the handover of three mobile cranes at Bauma 2019. On hand for the occasion, from left to right, were Lori Kalhagen, and Bob Kalhagen, owners of Ideal Crane; and from Liebherr, Daniel Pitzer, Erik Peterson and Brian Peretin.

Ideal Crane Rental is expanding its fleet in a powerful way by adding three Liebherr mobile cranes - an LTM 1450-8.1, an LTM 1160-5.2 and an LTM 1100-5.2. When the company takes delivery of the cranes this summer, each will fill a specific need for Ideal, according to President Bob Kalhagen.

"The LTM 1450-8.1 will be our largest crane," Kalhagen said. "We really liked what we saw with the Liebherr variable counterweights, variable outrigger base and other options." The LTM 1450-8.1 is a 550 US ton-class 8-axle crane with a 279 foot telescopic boom. Designed for cost effective mobility, the crane can travel on public roads and quickly be set up for use once it reaches a jobsite.

Ideal's incoming LTM 1160-5.2 is a replacement for an older crane of the same type. "It has been a great, dependable crane, but we liked a lot of new features on the new 1160-5.2," Kalhagen said. "Those features include the two position counterweight, a rigging jib and not needing cheek weights. There were so many things we liked about the new crane we decided to upgrade." The LTM 1160-5.2 has a 203 foot telescopic boom. With the VarioBallast system, the crane can deliver high load capacities with a large ballast radius and the crane is a good choice for use on constricted sites with a small ballast radius.

The LTM 1450-8.1 is a 550 US ton-class mobile crane.

The incoming LTM 1100-5.2 is a replacement for an existing crane made by a different manufacturer. The LTM 1100-5.2 is one of the most compact cranes in the class. It features active, speed-dependent rear axle steering and the ability to carry up to 25,300 pounds of counterweight, along with the swing away jib.

Kalhagen founded the company in 1973 with a 15 ton crane. Today, Ideal provides a full range of lifting services and offers an extensive inventory of equipment for rental and sales including cranes, forklifts, aerial lifts, carrydeck cranes and attachments as well as parts, technician services and trucking. The company has about 100 cranes, including nearly 20 made by Liebherr. 

The LTM 1100-5.2 mobile crane.

Like Liebherr, Ideal prides itself on being a family owned and operated company. The owners, as well as Ron Kalhagen, Bob's brother, and Kurt Kalhagen and Kristin Chose, Bob and Lori's children, are involved in daily operations, as are several other family members. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the company employs about 100 people and has additional offices across the state, including Milwaukee, Oshkosh and LaCrosse.

More from Cranes & Lift

Three things to know about the ANSI experience

The industry has been alive with discussion over the past couple of years about the new ANSI standards and the changes to the design, training, and safe use of what's now known as Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). Many OEMs have published papers on the upcoming changes to their equipment but, now that these machines are in production, it's time to focus on the ANSI experience. 

First Canadian Demag 300-6 all-terrain crane commissioned by Modern Crane

Milton, Ontario based Modern Crane received Canada's first Demag AC 300-6 all terrain crane. The company purchased the new crane from Terex Cranes distributor, Cropac Equipment, and plans to use it to assemble tower cranes. Modern Crane is a division of the Pumpcrete Corporation, which is highly active in the heavy lifting, concrete pumping sectors, heavy haul and transportation.

Enerpac introduces new self-locking cube jack

The Self-Locking Cube Jack from Enerpac offers a new compact and portable hydraulic solution for incremental lifting and lowering of heavy loads. The SCJ-50 Cube Jack uses a base lifting frame and self-aligning, lightweight steel cribbing blocks to provide high-capacity and stabilized lifting - offering a safer, controlled and more efficient alternative to climbing jacks with wooden cribbing.

Terex adds new commercial team for rough terrain and tower cranes

Terex Cranes announces the formation of a new commercial team to manage the sales, support and training efforts for Terex rough terrain (RT) and tower crane lines in the Americas. Long-time Terex team member, Chris Johnson, will direct efforts for North America, while Manuel Vicuña Galarreta has been tapped to drive growth in Central and South America. Both will report directly to recently appointed Global Director of Sales for Tower Cranes and Rough Terrain Cranes, Lee Maynard. 

Genie adds two more XC models to telescopic boom lineup

Genie's S-40 and S-45 telescopic booms have been updated to incorporate Genie Xtra Capacity (XC) features. The new Genie telescopic S-40 XC and S-45 XC booms now offer a dual-lift capacity of 660 pounds (300 kg) unrestricted and 1,000 pounds (454 kg) restricted, giving these aerial lifts the ability to perform a wider range of heavier lift tasks on construction and industrial jobsites. These models can work with up to three people in the platform while still leaving room for tools and jobsite materials. 

High and mighty: an in-depth report on all-terrain cranes

All-terrain cranes are big machines designed for specialized applications, whether that is construction and maintenance in the oil fields, assembling tower cranes, or lifting HVAC units to the top of buildings. There are many things to consider when bringing an all-terrain crane to a jobsite – including road and bridge regulations, safety and training for the operators, and space on the jobsite in more condensed areas, as well as the costs that go beyond the sticker price of the equipment. We asked a panel of industry experts to share their insight on these topics and more.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Liebherr launches MK 88-4.1 mobile construction crane

Liebherr updated its existing four-axle crane and presented the new MK 88-4.1 at Bauma 2019. The additional number at the end of the product name reflects the 4 axles and that it is the first version of this crane type. Featuring proven MK technology, this mobile construction crane is even more powerful and flexible than its predecessor. This is especially evident in a luffed jib position.

Skills Ontario gets a lift from Skyjack

Skyjack has partnered with long-term customer Battlefield Equipment Rental to give setup crews a lift at the 30th Skills Ontario Competition. The two-day event kicked off May 6 at the Toronto Congress Centre and includes over 2,400 competitors and more than 500,000 square feet of action, demonstrations, and inspiration.

Ontario rental business is first in Canada to offer unique Almac tracked scissor lift

Rental has been growing at an exponential rate for years and its growth is expected in the near future to continue to outpace both gross domestic product and general construction activity. The American Rental Association forecasts equipment rental revenue will grow from $5.35 billion in 2018 to $6.125 billion in 2021, which translates into growth rates between four and five percent each year. 

Manitou presents electrified solutions across its product lineup

The Manitou group, a world leader in rough-terrain handling, presented a wide range of connected, sustainable solutions dedicated to construction and mining at the BAUMA trade fair. A 100% electric platform is premiered as part of the new"Oxygen" label, which is devoted to alternative energies. It reinforces the group's committedCSR policy, offering efficient, sustainable solutions to its users. 

All Family of Companies takes delivery of 1,000th Liebherr LTM 1200-5.1 mobile crane

Representatives from Liebherr and the ALL Family of Companies recently celebrated a milestone - the handover of the 1,000th LTM 1200-5.1 mobile crane ever produced. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the ALL Family of Companies is the largest privately-owned crane rental and sales organization in North America, with 36 branches operating under multiple names - ALL, Central, Dawes, Jeffers and ALT. The safety, product quality and flexibility of the LTM 1200-5.1 were major criteria behind ALL's purchasing decision.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

JCB North America adds two LPG-fuelled models to Teletruk forklift line

JCB has added two liquid propane gas (LPG) fuelled models to its range of Teletruk forklifts. Initially developed to meet the needs of the logistics industry, the new JCB TLT 25 LPG and TLT 30 LPG Teletruks are suited to indoor and emissions-sensitive applications, such as warehouse and logistics facilities, food processing, and greenhouse and commercial landscaping operations.

Load King buys boom truck, truck crane, crossover lines from Terex

Load King LLC, a manufacturer of quality specialized equipment and trailers, announced its acquisition of Terex Corporation's boom truck, crossover and truck crane product lines. The acquisition marks the latest milestone in the continued expansion of Load King's manufacturing portfolio, which already encompasses cutting-edge water tank, dump body, roofing conveyor, mechanics body and trailer lines.    

Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane delivers top load capacities on eight axles with telescopic boom lengths of 54 and 80 metres

Liebherr unveiled a new 8-axle mobile crane at bauma. The LTM 1650-8.1 is designed to deliver maximum performance. The new Liebherr mobile crane has large shoes to fill as it is the successor to the best- selling large crane of all time - with almost 600 units of the LTM 1500-8.1 delivered to date. The successful concept of the two telescopic boom versions is continued - the LTM 1650-8.1 is available with 54 and 80 metre telescopic booms.

Raimondi unveils LR273 luffing jib crane

Raimondi Cranes SpA showcased three cranes onsite at Bauma 2019. Two of the cranes were shown alongside the MRT573's slewing unit, cabin mast and counterjib. "We decided the best presentation of the MRT573 was at ground level simply to bring people up close and personal with our newest product," explained Eng. Domenico Ciano, Chief Operations Officer, Raimondi Cranes. 

"Smooth Operator" contest winner recognized - and certified - by Serious Labs at bauma

Attracting dozens of visitors from all over the world to test their operating skills on its Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) VR simulator at the bauma trade show in Munich, Germany, Edmonton-based pioneer of virtual reality (VR) training solutions Serious Labs announced the winner of its "Smooth Operator" contest, Nico Reinhold of Nimo Industries. Reinhold not only skated away with the grand prize but was also officially certified as a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) operator.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Grove shows new rough-terrain cranes at bauma 2019

In 2018, Manitowoc's factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy boosted production of Grove rough-terrain cranes to better serve customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and this enhanced capability is highlighted at bauma 2019. The company is showing two rough-terrain cranes at the exhibition, a 100 t capacity GRT8100 and a 51 t capacity GRT655L. The GRT8100 on show was built at the Italian plant while Manitowoc plans to start building the GRT655L there in future. 

Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane offers versatility, control and operator comfort

The Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane offers a five section, fully hydraulic boom that extends to 47 m. A 17 m bi-fold jib further enhances the reach and versatility of the crane. Designed for easy operation, the Terex RT 90 features a control system with integrated diagnostics, a new ergonomic cab design with an 18-degree tilt and an easy to access flat deck for safety, superior usability and comfort. 

Liebherr introduces LTM 1110-5.1 - cost-effective transport with 60-metre telescopic boom

High load capacities with a long telescopic boom together with excellent global mobility are the main features of the new LTM 1110- 5.1 unveiled by Liebherr at Bauma. The new 5-axle crane achieves axle loads of 12 tonnes with 13.1 tonnes of ballast, but can also be driven with a gross weight of less than 48 tonnes with a maximum axle load of 10 tonnes. With its maximum ballast of 28.7 tonnes, it remains below an axle load of 15.5 tonnes. A quick-change system for the ballast slabs ensures maximum flexibility for modifications. The variable support base VarioBase delivers particularly high load capacities with its widened rear supports. Liebherr calls it VarioBasePlus.

Three new Grove all-terrain cranes at bauma 2019

At bauma 2019 Manitowoc launched an impressive new unit in the five-axle category and two new three-axle models. Andreas Cremer, global product director for all-terrain cranes at Manitowoc, said the launch of the new models underlines the company's increased speed of product development under The Manitowoc Way and its ongoing commitment to building cranes that offer outstanding return on investment.

Skyjack showcases new models and new technology at bauma

Linamar Corporation's Skyjack division changed things up a bit at this year's bauma. The leader in aerial access took the show indoors and brought a taste of Canada with them to their first two-story indoor booth. With their new full-size rough terrain scissor lift at the helm and the first of their redesigned DC electric scissor lifts on stand, there was a lot of traffic to hall C4 to see what Skyjack had to offer.

The heights of safety

Cramped jobsites are becoming the norm for construction projects, especially in busy urban areas. The combination of multiple machines, workers, material and everything else is a challenge in itself, and the addition of lift equipment to the mix means that safety must be top of mind.

Milestone reached on new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters construction project

The final piece of structural steel was recently installed at the Liebherr USA, Co. new headquarters building - a significant construction milestone. Work is on schedule for completion in 2020. The project will house Liebherr USA, Co. employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution for nine product units.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more