Manitowoc unveils MLC150-1 crawler crane with increased capacity, quicker assembly

Manitowoc has unveiled its latest crawler crane: the Manitowoc MLC150-1.Manitowoc has unveiled its latest crawler crane: the Manitowoc MLC150-1.

In the run-up to ConExpo 2020, Manitowoc has introduced a new crawler crane that the company says will join five other new cranes at the show in Las Vegas next week.

(You can see what other equipment makers have in store for ConExpo 2020 in our show preview page by clicking here, or by checking out the video embedded below in this post.)

The new MLC150-1 replaces the MLC100-1 which was introduced in 2018 as “the quickest crane to erect and decommission in its class.” Manitowoc says it has made the MLC150-1 even faster to assemble than the previous crane while increasing its base capacity from 110 U.S. tons (100 tonnes) to 165 U.S. tons (150 tonnes).

Manitowoc says the crane is designed for customers that need a compact, easy to transport and maneuverable crawler crane with a strong load chart.

Max boom length is 256 feet (78 meters). An 80-foot (24-meter) fixed jib with a 29.5 USt (27t) capacity is available for the MLC150-1. A 170-foot (52m) luffing jib with a 50.2 USt capacity (46t) is another option.

A boom-butt mounted sheave allows for self-assembly without the boom top and features a button style rope termination, while a gantry-raised counterweight reduces the number of components, Manitowoc says. The crane’s boom cap, jib butt and struts ship as a single package making for fewer connections.

For easier transport the MLC150-1 features an increased hook height for self-assembly with various trailer heights and Manitowoc says it is designed to be transported with minimal permitted loads.

Manitowoc says the cab on this crane has been upgraded for improved operator comfort and includes a left-side console that rotates for easier exits from the cab.

The MLC150-1 will be on display at Manitowoc’s ConExpo 2020 booth in the Festival Grounds lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center at #F6144 from March 10 to 14.