New Manitowoc MLC150-1 crawler crane

Manitowoc has introduced its latest crawler crane: the Manitowoc MLC150-1. This new model continues the momentum of its popular predecessor, the MLC100-1, increasing the capacity to 150 t and adding a host of several new features. It has been designed to meet the needs of customers that desire a compact, manoeuvrable crawler crane with a strong load chart and easy transport.

“A big component of ‘The Manitowoc Way’ is listening to exactly what our customers need and want in their cranes,” said Brennan Seeliger, product manager at Manitowoc Cranes. “We have had great feedback on the MLC100-1, so we based the new MLC150-1 on that model, but boosted the capacity for the 150 t class.”

The MLC150-1 features a 150-t base capacity and a maximum boom length of 78 m. A fixed jib of 24 m with a 27 t capacity is available for the crane, and a 52 m luffing jib with a capacity of 46 t is another strong option for the job site.

The new crane also features quicker assembly than previous models. The boom butt mounted sheave enables self-assembly without the boom top; it features a button style rope termination, and a gantry-raised counterweight reduces components. The boom cap, jib butt and struts ship as a single package for fewer connections.

In addition, the MLC150-1 is easier to transport. An increased hook height enables self-assembly with various trailer heights, and the crane is designed to be transported with minimal permitted loads.

Operators will particularly enjoy using the crane control system (CCS), which can be found across Manitowoc’s crane ranges and provides commonality in operation and maintenance. Additionally, the left side console rotates for improved egress inside the cab.

“Users will really like the upgrades to the cab in the MLC150-1,” added Mr Seeliger. “While this crane has great capacity and reach for the 150 t class, improved transport and erection efficiencies are always something users like to see.”