Our Military Cranes--What's the Difference?

Our Military Cranes--What's the Difference?
11/30/2015 1:44:53 PM
Military Cranes
At Larry Collier Crane, we’re happy to provide only the best in parts and services to our clients. In the public sector, our military cranes can offer a significant value, especially when compared to standard equipment. These cranes, offered by Terex and its legacy brands, can be put to many different uses, both private and public—we’ll explore them here.

Terex Military Cranes - the MAC-50

Military Today explains that the Terex-Demag MAC-50 was developed specifically to adhere to United States Marine Corps (USMC) standards. This all-terrain crane has a lifting capacity of 45 tons (t) and is capable of lifting heavy objects such as building materials and cargo. The MAC-50 can fit two people in its standard commercial cab. Durability and maneuverability is not an issue: the MAC-50 can ford water obstacles up to 1.5 meters (m) deep and can operate in temperatures ranging from -32 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius. With a maximum road speed of 68 kilometers per hours, the MAC-50 can easily move from site to site to tackle numerous projects.

The Terex Crane Advantage

Apart from the MAC-50, Terex cranes have the versatility to tackle commercial and military tasks. All-terrain cranes have multiple configurations, and include various jibs for maximum versatility. Telescopic crane trucks are quality-built and have easy maintenance access for minimum downtime. Precise hydraulic valving on boom trucks allow for precise control and placement of loads. Just because some Terex models aren’t military-specific doesn’t mean they can’t handle the tasks. In some cases, these turned out to be the best for the job.

Terex in Action

With the superior functionality of Terex military cranes, it should be no surprise that the company has been awarded numerous contracts over the years. The first MAC-50 contract was awarded in 2005 by the Marine Corps, and four prototypes were sent for inspection the following year. The first full order of 100 MAC-50 cranes was made, and deliveries started in 2009.

In recent years, the military has continued to benefit from Terex Cranes. In June 2013, the Department of Defense awarded more than $951 million in contracts. More than one third of this money went to Terex, which was tasked to supply commercial-type cranes. Over five years, through May 2018, Terex will build cranes for various military branches - including Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy - along with federal civilian agency locations.

Terex military crane services aren’t limited to the United States. In 2008, Terex confirmed a contract with Amey Lex Consortium (ALC) to supply almost 60 AC35 and AC55-1 cranes to the British Armed Forces. ALC wanted to stay away from over-customized products, and Terex provided these models knowing to keep non-standard equipment at a minimum. The durability and flexibility of the models was the selling point of these cranes, and deliveries were made through 2008 and 2009.

About Terex’s Military Programs

Terex is proud to have expert project teams that are focused on equipping the military with the world’s best tools and technology. From what you’ve read, equipment under the Terex name is easy to operate, productive, reliable and safe. No matter the military branch, troops are backed by Terex’s worldwide network of distributors that can assist with sales and servicing. Feel free to reach out to Larry Collier or Terex Government Programs to learn more on how we can help with your next project.

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