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When developers broke ground on the 28-story Church Street Plaza in Oct. 2017 in Orlando, they boasted magnificent “front porch” views of City Hall, the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts and other local landmarks. But when it came time to create that balcony, 18 stories above ground, Unlimited Welding turned to Maeda Mini Crane.

While there was a plethora of lifting equipment available to contractors, Brian Smith, owner of Unlimited Welding, said, the company was looking for more than just power – they needed a lifting machine with precise control with a smaller overall footprint.

The Maeda MC305 Mini Crane turned out to be the perfect tool.

With its small 51” body width, 6,560 lb. lifting capacity and easy-to-use controls, and equipped with an optional Searcher Hook attachment, the MC305 was easy lifted from street level off Unlimited Welding’s truck, nicknamed “Big Sexy”, by the onsite tower crane and placed on the 18th floor.

Using the searcher hook extensively due to minimal overhead clearance on the upper beams, Unlimited Welding used the MC305 to install the heavy steel beams – saving the company time and labor in the process.

Smith remarked that they could not have set the upper beams without the Maeda MC305 and its Searcher Hook attachment.

“The Maeda MC305 really came through for us,” Smith said.

Church Street Plaza is scheduled to open sometime in mid-2019. When completed, the property will add 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 180 hotel rooms, 200,000 sq. ft. of office space, 600 parking spaces and 7,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space to the downtown Orlando area. Find out more about the Maeda MC305 Mini Crane.

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