Thursday, June 6, 2013
State-of-the-art Mobile Crane Will Help Line Crews in Tight Spaces
A new heavy “knuckle boom” mobile crane capable of lifting up to 50,000 pounds is the newest workhorse in Austin Energy’s fleet of trucks. A select group of line workers will be trained on the state-of-the-art unit that can be controlled from the truck or by remote control, so the operator can move around to get the best view of the job.
The hydraulic crane is mounted on the back of a heavy-duty, flat-bed truck and has six hydraulic arm extensions that provide a long horizontal reach to move transformers and other heavy equipment under low-hanging power lines.