Link Construction recently completed two houses three weeks faster than anticipated by strategically placing a Potain self-erecting crane, an Igo MA 21, between two house plots. Locating the crane between the jobsites allowed workers to reach both projects using just one piece of equipment.
“It saves us a lot of time because it’s just so quick and easy to operate,” says Patrick Link, owner of Link Construction. “We used it for setting the floors, the walls, and the roof trusses, among other tasks.”
Compact Footprint, Big Reach
Potain says that using self-erecting cranes for homebuilding can sometimes eliminate the need for other equipment, such as mobile cranes or additional forklifts. Link Construction was able to use the remote-controlled self-erecting tower crane in all stages of the building process, because the Igo MA 21 takes up just 13.8 square feet (1.28 square meters), while offering a jib radius of 85.3 feet (26 meters).
“Using the crane was very handy,” adds Link Construction crane operator Joseph Link. “With the remote, you don’t have to be sitting in the crane. It just gives you a lot better sense of what you are doing on the job because you can move around and see things for yourself.”
More On The Igo MA 21
The Igo MA 21 is a towable (at speeds up to 50 mph) self-erecting crane that can be powered by a 220-volt single-phase or 480-v three-phase power connection. Once erected, the Igo MA 21 can lift up to 2 tons (1.8 metric tons) and offers a 68-ft (20.7-m) maximum hook height with the jib at 20 degrees. The radio remote control also lets operators move around the jobsite and cooperate with subcontractors on different tasks to increase communication and cooperation.