Tadano truck crane makes Canadian debut

Cropac Equipment has purchased the first GT-800XL-2 in Canada. Cropac is Tadano’s distributor for Canada, and this new 80-ton truck crane features a 5-section 154.3-foot power boom, 33.1-foot /58.1-foot bi‐fold jib, self-removable counterweight, and max speed 105 km/h. Tadano announced two new truck crane models (120-ton GT-1200XL-2 and the 80-ton GT-800XL-2) at ConExpo earlier this year.

Pictured Left to Right: Ken Butz (Tadano), Dan Melnyk (Tadano), Joel Hunt (Cropac), Michael Karaaslan (DMD Building Systems), Bill Finkle (Cropac), Andy Whitehouse (Cropac), and Justin Andrews (Tadano), Louis Francescutti (Tadano)

“The 80-ton rental market is popular throughout Canada,” said Andy Whitehouse, Cropac general manager for Tadano & Kobelco products. “This machine was presold well before arriving at Cropac. “The GT-800XL-2’s new owner, Michael Karaaslan of DMD Building Systems, is excited to get the unit to work within their existing crane fleet and experience the reliability and low cost of ownership that Tadano has brought to the North American crane market for decades.”

DMD Building Systems is a Calgary-based company that designs, fabricates and installs pre-engineered LSF wall systems (with option to be pre-finished with architectural coatings).

With low axle weights, narrow transport width and long boom designs, the new Tadano truck cranes can easily get special permitting for transport - making them ideal for taxi crane service, the company said. The GT-800XL-2 is designed to provide customers with superior utilization, return on investment and lower cost of ownership.


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