In the crane business, the all-terrain crane is a luxury kind of a mobile hydraulic crane. The reputation of this particular crane is similar to driving a Range Rover or a Hummer on pavement. All-terrain cranes are considered to be a hybrid between a mobile truck crane and rough terrain crane. One more remarkable quality of this specific machine is its multi-functional ability to be able to traverse through all kinds of off-road terrain. One of the main selling characteristics of this specific crane is that it travels equally well at high speeds down roads.
The Very First Rough Terrain Crane
The very first rough terrain crane was put on the market by Grove during the year 1959. The crane was intended for use and designed to handle many tasks on construction locations. The industrial strength of the crane's tires could handle all kinds of tricky terrain and is able to move small loads in carry mode. During the 1970s, Grove launched the 4 axle Super-RT 1650 model. This unit has a 270 foot or 82.8 meter height under hook in production, along with a 135 ton lifting capacity. At the end of the day, the rough terrain crane will become the most remarkable machinery of the company over the years.
The Crane's Drawbacks
The rough terrain crane is not without its disadvantages because it is not able to be driven on public roads with any other traffic. Japan is the one country which has made this rule an exception. Additionally, one more issue happened when the crane's lowered boom tended to block the right and left views of the driver, depending on how the cap was positioned. These issues with the crane's design ended up being both dangerous and serious and result in a lot of accidents with RT cranes, particularly when turning. Therefore, lowboys, flatbeds, low-loaders were adopted as the primary method of transporting rough terrain cranes.