Al Faris takes delivery of region’s first Liebherr LRT cranes

Crane rental major to offer 100t and 90t models of the rough terrain cranes in its fleet

Al Faris has become the first company to introduce Liebherr’s new LRT rough terrain crane (RTC) models in the region, which the crane service provider says will offer clients added flexibility, off-road capability and safety.

The Dubai-headquartered company, which has operations throughout the Middle East, took delivery of the Liebherr LRT 1090-2.1 and LRT 1100-2.1 models earlier this month.

“These are the new generation RTCs from Liebherr, which deliver maximum safety, off-road capability, performance and flexibility. RTCs are in demand in several regions of the world, such as here in the Middle East, and Liebherr is manufacturing them after many years owing to industry demand,” said Kieve Pinto, director, Al Faris.

According to Liebherr, the LRT 1090-2.1 has a 90t capacity with a 47m full power boom. Its bigger sibling, the LRT 1100-2.1, ups the capacity to 100t and sports a 50m pinned boom. Maximum hoist heights are 66m for the 90t model and 69m for the 100t model, with maximum lift radius of 50m and 54m respectively. The two cranes were unveiled last year at the Conexpo construction machinery trade show in Las Vegas.

Both models are powered by a Cummins diesel engine developing 264bhp of power and a high 990Nm of torque. A six-speed powershift transmission from DANA and large 29.5 R25 tyres guarantee the required off-road capability for the two-axle cranes.

The cranes sport Liebherr’s VarioBase variable support base developed by the manufacturer as standard on the new LRT cranes. This makes an important contribution to enhancing safety, allowing each individual outrigger beam to be extended to arbitrary lengths. The crane work is controlled by the load moment limiter within Liebherr’s LICCON controller, which precisely calculates the maximum load capacities for the current situation. This prevents accidents through human error during the assembly process and when hoisting loads.

“In an industry where safety standards are of utmost concern, these two new LRTs have the highest lifting capacities with added safety features due to Liebherr’s special features, such as VarioBase technology, safe access points and a flat deck. A unique feature of the cranes is that they have a 360-degree slewing range that allows unlimited turning. Both the cranes feature superb all-terrain manoeuvrability. Moreover, their ergonomic design makes them comfortable and practical for operators, ensuring better application in lifting operations, faster crane set-up time and faster operation,” said Pinto.

Al Faris will also offer Liebherr-trained crane operators to its customers and will take care of maintenance and support with its qualified teams of engineers and technicians, he added.

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