Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Link-Belt Cranes

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Nolan Pierce posted
Picked up from the Lexington factory, time to make the 1300 mile trip home!
Michael Black Where do you need a 3 axle dolly with a 86100?
Nolan Pierce North Dakota. I keep 18,500 lbs in the dollyJim Bell Cwt. trailer

Nick Barb What size machine is this? Just never seen a 4 axle with a dolly before?Nolan Pierce 100 T
The company started in 1874 with an invention by William Ewart in Belle Plaine, IA, that allowed drive chains in harvesters to be easily fixed in the field rather than waste valuable harvest season time taking the harvester back to the barn to be fixed. [History]

He formed companies that not only made the Link-Belt, but new machines to use his new drive chain invention. "Around the turn of the decade, these fledgling Link-Belt companies developed the ancestor of today's Link-Belt construction equipment ... the first wide-gauge, steam-powered, coal-handling clamshell crane." In 1936, it introduced power hydraulic controls, later known as "Speed-O-Matic." In 1967, it merged with FMC Corporation, and in 1988 it joined forces with Sumitomo Heavy Industries. In 1998 the excavator business was spun off as the LBX Company and today's Link-Belt Cranes is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries with their headquarters in Lexington, KY. [History]

Their factory has rather modern looking buildings.
Product Guide
Some truck cranes are optimized for efficient travel on highways between projects. These cranes can take advantage of good surfaces at the work site such as a parking lot when Downers Grove High School installed new air handling equipment. Other truck cranes are optimized for dealing with rough ground conditions at the construction site. Then they seem to have hybrid designs that offer various compromises between using smooth roads and rough construction sites. And they also make crawler track cranes.

Product Guide, Rough Terrain Cranes
Product Guide, Telescopic Truck Cranes
Product Guide, Truck Terrain Cranes
Product Guide, All Terrain Cranes
Product Guide, Lattice Truck Crane
Product Guide, Telescopic Crawler Cranes
Product Guide, Lattice Crawler Cranes

(new window) "Link-Belt 248 HSL 200 ton (181.44 mt) lattice crawler crane and 248 H5 lift 135 ft. (41.1 m), 120,000 lb. (54 431 kg) bulb-T bridge beams 120 ft. (36.5 m) into the air for a bridge overpass in Phil Campbell, Alabama for Wright Brothers Construction, Inc."

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