Manitowoc Cranes marked the release and first five retail orders for the National Crane NTC55 truck crane during ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas.
In attendance for the announcement was dealer Stephenson Equipment, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which helped Manitowoc in designing the crane. The company gave the dealer a commemorative plaque during the ceremony.
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Five of Stephenson’s customers that have placed orders for the machine also were at the ceremony, including: Greiner Crane of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, the first company to purchase the NTC55; Iron Stag Crane Service of York, Pennsylvania; Allison Crane & Rigging of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; H&K Group of Skippack, Pennsylvania; and Bob’s Crane Service of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Manitowac says the NTC55 can maneuver into the tight working quarters in the manner of a truck crane, but with the “added features of a boom truck to increase versatility on the job site.” It features a four-position outrigger system that gives the crane the reach and capacity of a 55 USt boom truck when fully extended. The machine can retract its outriggers to 75 percent span to take up less space than other models. It also features a hydraulically-removable counterweight system, 80-degree max boom angle and a 20-degree tilting operators cab.