On the first day of bauma 2022, Bigge Crane acquired two new crawler cranes from Liebherr - an LR 1400 SX and an LR 1700-1.0. These new models are joining Bigge’s fleet, which includes more than 100 crawler and mobile cranes from Liebherr, fortifying this long-standing partnership.
As the demand for lifting heavier loads continues to grow, the LR 1400 SX is a popular crane from Liebherr that excels because of its power, speed, and ease of operation at a load capacity of 440 U.S. tons. At the handover, Bigge officials emphasized that the LR 1400 SX on display at bauma is one of many more models that will be added to the company’s fleet, with three more units already on order. The purchase represents Bigge’s commitment to offering a perfect fleet to customers and partners everywhere, providing the right crane to the right market at the right cost.
The LR 1400 SX has several features that make it stand apart despite its size – including ease of transport and assembly. The heaviest part of transport is the uppercarriage. It includes the carbody center section and the A-frame – parts that never need to be disassembled. Even the walkways and railings can easily be folded up and remain on the crane for transport.
Thanks to the crane's self-assembly system, the unit is designed to be easy to assemble and disassemble the hoist winches, crawlers, carbody counterweight, and boom sections – all of this without a service crane. The crane can even lift, lower, and secure the 165-U.S.-ton rear counterweight hydraulically. The rear counterweight itself is modular and can be equipped with 5.5 or 11-ton counterweight slabs, depending on the requirements.
The LR 1400 SX is equipped with a powerful 450 kW Liebherr diesel engine. The crawlers are now equipped with four drive motors that make it easier to maneuver on construction sites with difficult ground conditions.
Third LR 1700-1.0 to join Bigge’s fleet
Bigge currently operates two LR 1700-1.0 crawler cranes and has ordered a third for delivery in 2023, intended for use in industrial construction and wind power. Bigge will then operate the largest fleet of this type of crane in the United States, the company said.
The LR 1700-1.0 combines the benefits of economical transport of 660 U.S.-ton class crawler cranes with the performance of 825 U.S.-ton class lattice boom cranes and also features all the innovations of Liebherr’s crawler crane developments from recent years.
Two more LR 1500s and LTM 1230-5.1s on order for delivery in 2023
Bigge operates the largest fleet of LR 1500s in the US. Two more LR 1500s are on order for delivery in 2023. For the first of these, Bigge has ordered equipment for wind power and industrial applications.
Bigge will also expand its fleet of all-terrain cranes with an order of two LTM 1230-5.1 cranes from Liebherr to be delivered in 2023.
The animation shows the LR 1400 SX from its transportation to the jobsite to the execution of lifting work: Liebherr - Crawler Crane LR 1400 SX - YouTube.
With headquarters in California and Texas, Bigge operates a strategic network of more than 20 service locations nationwide, allowing it to provide logistical and field support throughout the United States.
Bigge actively buys and sells new and quality used cranes and maintains a rental fleet of more than 1,600 assets.
To learn more, visit bigge.com.