Maeda Mini-Crane Does The Confined Space Lifting at Texas Tech
Confined space with limited access is where Maeda versatility shines brightly. A recent addition to Texas Tech’s ATT Stadium in Lubbock illustrates the mini-crane’s ability to maneuver in tight spots and reach under or over multiple obstacles to place steel where conventional cranes are stymied.
With no other viable lifting alternative, the contractor rented an MC 405, with 54-foot reach, from Inman Texas Company, Houston, to erect steel for a new telecommunications area behind an existing concession stand.
Threading the MC-405’s 5-section telescoping boom through the maze of existing steel under the bleachers was made easier with the proportional wireless remote control. The steel beams weighing between 1,000 to 1,500-pounds were well within the 405’s 8,480-pound maximum capacity. The mini-crane moved to several locations with its rubber tracks and Yanmar diesel power. The confined space didn’t affect the 405’s 19’11” x 17’3” outrigger footprint. The three-position outriggers can be set-up in as small as 14’3” x 17’3” depending on the lift requirements. The 12,700-pound mini-crane did not affect existing flatwork.