New Wide Boom Plus inserts help Manitowoc MLC300 VPC-MAX® expand MLC300 reach for wind turbine work

Manitowoc is expanding its boom insert offering with the new Wide Boom Plus kit for its MLC300 lattice-boom crawler crane.

The MLC300 AND MLC300 VPC-MAX® are the choice crane picks for maintenance work on multiple wind farm projects across the US and Canada. And now, the New Wide Boom Insert extended reach and capacity radically expands the use of the MLC300 for renewable energy jobs, particularly maintenance and assembly of wind turbines.

The new inserts will give crane operators extra reach by lengthening their booms to provide a maximum boom length of  429.8 ft (131 m)  and with a tip height of 452.2 ft with the extended upper boom points when used in combination with the VPC-MAX®. In addition to the longer boom lengths, the extra 30% capacity allows contractors to respond to the trend for taller, heavier wind turbines while continuing to enjoy the benefits of operating smaller cranes.

Early feedback from leading players in the renewable energy industry highlights the huge operational and efficiency advantages gained by Manitowoc’s new Wide Boom Plus insert kit for its MLC300 VPC-MAX® lattice-boom crawler crane.
The Wide Boom Insert brings additional height and strong charts that stretch the amount of work that can be performed with a 386 USt (350 t) crawler crane. The MLC300 VPC Max with new boom insert allows this 330-ton crane to outperform comparable 900-ton all-terrain cranes in the field.

Other benefits to the New Boom Inserts include:

  • A friendlier Crane build, with a smaller footprint
  •  Easy Transport and Set-Up
  •  Saves around 16-20 hours in assembly and disassembly time per job
  • Crane operators are already familiar with the MLC300
  • In tricky weather conditions on wind farm projects, there is still 100% availability of the load chart in wind speeds up to 15 mph.

The Wide Boom Plus kit is available for order now from Shawmut Equipment Company. To Inquire about a part please contact Shawmut Equipment Parts Department today  at 1-800-829-4161 OR complete the Parts Inquiry & Contact form at the link below. The Parts Department will return your Inquiry Request Promptly.