As the developer of the Alexan Apartments in Dallas, TX rushes to start leasing the luxury apartments, a Maeda mini-crane is relieving the tower crane of some lifting duties to speed final construction.
The 365-unit structure’s large footprint stretches the limits of the only tower crane on the project. In order to have faster and safer placement of steel on the upper levels, the contractor rented a Maeda MC285-2 from Inman Company Texas in Houston to save tower crane time for other trades.
After flying the 4,680-pound MC285 to the roof, the tower crane staged steel for placement by the mini-crane. The Maeda’s radio-remote control allows the operator to be closer to the point of placement providing precision and speed a tower crane operator could never achieve. With a 30-inch width the track-mounted machine easily positions itself in the best spot to execute the lift. This maneuverability also allowed the machine to make full use of its 6,210-pound capacity by being closer to the lift. The 31’10” five-section telescoping boom is easily able to handle the weight of the structural steel members. Faster and safer, that’s the Maeda way.