Mantis Cranes has supplied a Crane Operator Elevator, the first to be installed on a Tower Crane in Ireland, with a Saez TL50 Tower Crane sourced for a client at The National Construction Training Centre at Mount Lucas near Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

The Tower Crane and elevator will be used for training Crane Operators on pedestrian remote control and cab-driven tower cranes. The requirements for the Tower Crane included a number of bespoke modifications. A two-man elevator was also requested to make accessing the cab easier.

The crane was supplied with a modified cat head that could fit to a 1.7m x 1.7m tower, rather than the normal 1.2m x 1.2m.  The larger 1.7m tower sections were chosen by Mantis to give easier access to the crane and elevator. Saez, the crane manufacturer, redesigned the bottom tower section of the crane to be modified, allowing for safe and easy access to both the crane and the elevator by the crane operators and trainers.

Mantis chose a Geda 2PK Tower Crane Elevator to be attached to the tower of the Saez TL50. The elevator was enabled to come to ground level and is enclosed in secure surroundings so as to prevent any personnel from entering the descent area when it is in operation. Click here to see a short video of the lift in operation.

John Kelly, Centre Manager at the National Construction Training Centre (Laois/Offaly Education Training Board) said: “We were very happy with Mantis Cranes from start to finish of the project. They were hands on making sure that our requirements were met. The jumbo cab is the perfect solution for our training purposes as it can hold the instructor and candidate. The modifications that Mantis made to the equipment work brilliantly and allow easy access without compromising on the security of the machinery”.

The Saez TL50 Tower Crane has a 40m jib which carries a maximum of 5,000kg from the tower to approximately 15.2m and it can provide a maximum lift of 1,550kg at the end of jib. Mantis Cranes provides Self Erecting Cranes and Tower Cranes to the rental market in Ireland and the United Kingdom, boasting the largest and youngest fleet of Pedestrian Operated Tower Cranes in these markets. We also provide Tower Crane Sales to the Global market. Previously we have provided Tower Cranes to clients in markets including Belgium, Iceland, Oman, Qatar, Brazil, Mauritius and Australia.

Mantis offer customers the choice of a range of Self Erecting Tower Cranes with jib lengths ranging from 12.7m to 45m and maximum lifting capacity up to 6,000Kg. We also offer a range of Tower Cranes with jib lengths ranging from 20m to 75m and lifting capacities up to 12,000kg.

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