Having successfully completed field trials and customer acceptance tests this spring, Veri-Tek International, Corp. announced last month the first shipments
Having successfully completed field trials and customer acceptance tests this spring, Veri-Tek International, Corp. announced last month the first shipments by its Lifting Equipment segment of a 50-ton boom truck. The first such vehicle available on a commercial chassis, the company contends, the unveiling establishes Veri-Tek’s Lifting Equipment segment, Manitex Inc., as the sole manufacturer to serve that tonnage range.
The crane has a base rating of 50 tons at a 6-ft. radius Û reportedly surpassing current boom trucks by 25 percent Û and meets published road and federal bridge laws when configured with a tag axle in addition to a tandem driving axle. Technical features of Veri-Tek’s 50-ton boom truck include:
- Capacity charts for full-span, mid-span and retracted outrigger configurations
- Area of operation including over rear, 360 degree, and on-rubber capacity
- Standard on each vehicle Û four-section, 96-ft. boom; cab and heater; free swing with pilot-operated controls; ACCUSwing metering system; ROCSolid radio outrigger control; CANbus Load Moment Indicator with wireless ATB; and, 15,000-lb. line pull winch with grooved drum and aluminum decking
- Optional items Û two-stage, offset jib; auxiliary winch; and, air conditioner for operator’s cab
Taxi crane operators and service support providers in the mining industry are among end users showing a high level of interest in the boom truck, company officials note. The versatility of the crane is demonstrated, they add, by its cross over into lifting markets traditionally supported by truck cranes mounted on custom carriers. Based on its internal research, the manufacturer believes it is addressing a $100 million market with the vehicle.