First Tadano GT600-EX in Australia gets nod of approval

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Truck crane brand Tadano has commissioned its first GT600-EX in the country to rave reviews so far.

First Tadano GT600-EX in Australia gets nod of approval
Tadano GT600-EX

Ray Payne of Capel Crane Hire in Western Australia has spent all of his working life in the crane industry. Together with business partner Graham Jones, he purchased the family business from his father and today operates a fleet of 15 cranes.

The cranes range from a 15-tonne Franna through to a 350-tonne Liebherr.

The first Tadano in the fleet was a TG450-E, a 45-tonne truck crane and this was followed by a roughie, a Tadano TR250-M3.

"We decided to upgrade our 45-tonne truck crane to boost our general crane hire work," Payne said.

"In our region, the work is as varied as you can imagine: farm work; construction; water treatment; mining; you name it and we get to lift it."

What this means is Capel Crane Hire is operating a taxi fleet in regional WA. The roads in the Capel area are not the best and travelling times to and from a job can be lengthy.

"Apart from a solid lifting chart, we needed a crane that performed on the road. The Tadano GT600-EX had the perfect spec sheet for us, so based on our great experience with the Tadano brand, we went ahead and committed to bring this new crane into the fleet," Payne said.

After a number of months of operating the first Tadano GT600-EX sold in Australia, Payne could not be happier with his acquisition.

Following a quick delivery time to CTE Mechanical Services, Tadano's WA pre-delivery centre in Perth, the Tadano GT600-EX was painted in Capel Crane Hire livery and sent out to work.

Payne said their new Tadano crane is everything that they expected and more.

"Out on the road it travels comfortably at 89 km/h. What makes this even better is that the pneumatic suspension delivers a very smooth ride, even over our rough roads," Payne said.

"As far as lifting is concerned the Tadano GT600-EX is easy to operate and has a great chart. It is perfect for our general crane hire work out in the bush."

The Tadano GT600-EX is manufactured in Japan and features the longest boom in its class at 43m. This is a newly developed boom with rounded construction, comprising five sections. There is also a two stage bi-fold jib of 9.8 m and 15.2m.

With a capacity of 60,000kg, the Tadano GT600-EX also features a line pull of 5,600 kg thanks to the strong winches on board. The entire operation of the Tadano GT600-EX is managed by the Tadano AML computer system.

For more information about Tadano products in Australia, visit

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