The Potain MDT 489 topless crane supports construction and infrastructure projects, including the installation of large, prefabricated components. The crane can also be used for shipyards and mines with heavy loads to handle. It is available in two versions: one with 20 tons of maximum capacity and the other with 25 tons of maximum capacity. Both can work with up to 80 meters of jib for coverage and reach.
As with all Potain cranes, transport, assembly and disassembly are straightforward for a crane this size. The crane's configuration enables operation in tight and congested sites. All components, aside from the slewing mechanism, can be transported in standard-sized shipping containers. The rotating (upper) section of the MDT 489 can be transported in just nine containers. That is up to five fewer than needed for a typical crane this size, resulting in manageable transport costs and reduced complexity. Onsite assembly with the full 80-meter jib and 50-meter mast can be done within two days and does not require a lot of space.
“Today’s contractors understand better than ever that effective material handling is about more than having the best cranes,” said Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice president for brand and product management, tower cranes, at Manitowoc. “Potain cranes are well-known for the productivity and reliability they offer, but we’re equally appreciated for the strength of our product support and extensive distribution network. We’re continuing to invest in this area with a growing range of technologies and services.”