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Liebherr crane helps restore historic Italian building

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A Liebherr L1-32 fast-erecting crane at Goriano Valli, Italy Liebherr

The Liebherr L1-32 fast-erecting crane towered over all the buildings in the mountain village of Goriano Valli, Italy. The crane was tasked with helping reconstruct a historic residential building that had been damaged during an earthquake affecting the Abruzzo region in 2009. The job site was a tight squeeze and a variety of loads required a compact construction machine. This restoration project was the first job for the L1-32 belonging to Enrico & C. Sas.

"The construction company Iarossi Enrico & C. Sas. bought the L1-32 through us specifically for this project and is especially impressed by its reliability and quiet handling," says Tania Colatriano, managing director of the local Liebherr dealer Colatriano Group srl.

The L1-32 offers a maximum lifting capacity of 4,000 kilograms and a jib head load capacity of 1,050 kilograms at a 30-metre radius. This makes the crane ideal for the construction and renovation of larger detached houses and smaller apartment buildings.

The crane operation is easy and efficient due to the control and drive technology present in the L1-32. The Speed2Lift function, for example, saves time when handling loads as it automatically selects the maximum speed possible for the load in question. The Micromove assistance system helps ensure precise and safe placement. Plus, the crane operator always has all the information they need in view on their radio remote control.

pleased with the L1-32's first deployment (from left): Enrico Iarossi (Iarossi Enrico & C. Sas), Marco Bonicardi (Liebherr Italia S.p.A.), Tania Colatriano (Colatriano Group srl), and Carlo Iarossi (Iarossi Enrico & C. Sas) Liebherr

"Thanks to its infinitely variable drives, the crane delivered excellent handling performance and was quiet in operation," says Enrico Iarossi, managing director of Iarossi Enrico & C.

The village is located in the heart of the Parco Regionale Sirente-Velino nature reserve and the crane moved bricks, roof panels, wooden elements, and more on the construction site. The reconstructed building "Consorzio Palazzo Angelantoni 1700" was built in the 18th century and originally housed one of the first known pharmacies in the region. Today, the building contains a private apartment, guest accommodation, and a restaurant.

To fully utilize the reach of the bottom-slewing crane and its 30-metre jib, the crane was positioned in the inner courtyard. However, there was only limited space for the crane and the L1-32's small slewing radius of only 2.2 metres proved helpful. As is typical for Italian villages, access roads to the site were narrow; however, the L1-32 has an overall length of 13.3 metres when folded and could move through the streets without difficulty.

"We were totally satisfied with the L1-32 and are already looking forward to its next assignments," says Carlo Iarossi. The crane was in use in the Italian village from 2020 to the end of 2022.

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