The first LR 1400 SX cranes have left Liebherr-Werk Nenzing’s factory, expanding the manufacturer’s range of crawler cranes in the 400-tonne lifting capacity range.

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“This is a big step for our location,” said Gerhard Frainer, managing director for sales. He added that “the request for a larger crane came from the market”. The first units have already been delivered to customers, Liebherr added.

With the compact transport weight of 46 tonnes, the complete crane can be easily transported between jobsites. Platform and railings remain attached to the upper carriage during transportation and only need to be folded down.

Paul Belcher, owner and managing director of Mountain Crane Service, USA, commented on the ground pressure visualisation feature of the LR 1400 SX, which calculates the current ground pressure of the crane in real time and compares it with the specified safety limits of the relevant position.

The ground pressure is displayed in the operator’s cab and the operator is permanently aware of whether the machine is situated in, or is approaching, a critical area. “This is a super feature. We have to constantly observe and monitor the ground conditions,” said Belcher.