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The New Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane

The construction industry has developed largely over the years from the building of the Egyptian pyramids to the construction of the beautiful sky scrappers we see around our towns. One of the most essential construction machines ever invented is the crane. Cranes are used in most infrastructure projects due to their ability to lift heavy loads. The most essential criteria in choosing the perfect crane is its lifting capacity. The crane has to be stable enough to avoid accidents that often results in unavoidable losses. Cranes are built with a cable, winder, chain and pulley system that enhances their lifting capability.

There are several types of cranes. Tower cranes are mainly found in urban cities and have a capability of towering up to approximately 250 feet. They lift about 20 tons and are normally affixed to the building site until the completion of the project.
Vehicle-mounted cranes as implied by their name can be moved in vehicles and are thus mobile. They are taken to the construction site where outriggers are affixed to the base of the vehicle so as to stabilize the crane. Rough terrain cranes are similar to the vehicle mounted crane as regards their mobility. However, they are specifically used in off-road projects. Aerial cranes also known as sky cranes take the form of aircraft used to lift heavy loads. They are useful in areas where a normal crane cannot be attached. They help in lift off during disaster management as well as in normal construction. Floating cranes as their names imply are found on water and are used in the construction of bridges, ports and also dams.

Finally, we have the crawler cranes that have the outstanding capability of lifting up to 3500 tons. They do not need to be affixed to outriggers and are also quite mobile. This is because after use, they are disassembled and transported in motor vehicles, to and from the construction site. These capabilities are they main reason why they are commonly used for high end infrastructural projects. These, and their great efficiency in construction.

In this article, we shall focus on this specific type of crane. The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes are one of the best crawler cranes ever invented. They are able to access all kinds of construction sites including those that are generally inaccessible to most crawler cranes. This particular crane is configured to enable great lifting capacity. The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane has an adapter that is specifically developed to connect the center pot of the crane to self-propelled axle lines. These axle lines make it possible for the crane to function on tough terrain during the construction of bridges, wind-turbines and even dams.

The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane has a 12 load per axle limit, depending on the road conditions. The axle lines are easily purchased from a diversity of manufacturers. It is important to note that while purchasing the axle lines, one must ensure that they have matching adapters between the center pot and the axle lines. This greatly increases the lifting performance of the crane.Thus the Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane is quite compatible with wind- turbine configurations and the Boom Booster enhancement kit. This could possibly be the reason why it has been considered for the constructions projects that are scheduled to take place in Jordan, Israel as well as the erection of wind-turbines in Germany.

The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes have specially developed adapters connecting the car-body to the axle lines making it possible to move the crane to and from the construction site. This is considered another advantage of the Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes. It’s ability to be relocated as desired is an attractive feature to most construction workers and project developers.

The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes can be purchased as a whole crane or it can also be purchased as a carrier which can be used for its predecessors, the Demag CC 3800-1 and the Superlift 3800.

The configuration of the Demag makes it possible to handle all types of construction sites. This is in regards to the flatness of the ground on which the construction is to take place. In order to ensure that a crane is capable of reaching optimum lifting performance, the ground must be well set. In other words, cranes work best on level ground. Most standard crawler cranes require a 0 degree slope (at most 0.3 degrees slope) which extends over a large area so as to work properly. The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane however only requires space for its outrigger cylinders which also do not require a totally flat surface. These cylinders have a 40 by 40 foot base that provides stability for the crane to function. They can be affixed to any terrain and compensate even 2.1 degrees slope. This feature of the Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane makes it possible to function on very sloppy construction sites.

In addition to this, the outrigger cylinders use the pile foundations already existing on the site as their support. This clearly points to the Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes sufficiency and somewhat ‘adaptability’ hence accommodating a variety of construction projects including those in water bodies. Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane outriggers are hydraulic extendable and foldable and thus their lifting capability is quite exceptional.

The Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Crane does not require too much counterweight in form of trucks, therefore greatly reducing the cost of transportation. Cost of hiring more truck drivers is also greatly reduced. Construction projects are quite costly and require adequate resources. The fact that a machine used in the project can save part of this cost should be very commendable.

While purchasing the Demag PC 3800-1 Pedestal Cranes, ensure to also get a speedy connection to un-deck the superstructure from the chassis. It is wise to get extra outrigger mats.

Finally, for anyone who wishes to purchase the Demag, there are several manufacturers that are currently taking orders. Specific retail prices can be provided by the seller. However, do note that for a great investment one must be ready to part with a significant amount of money.

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