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This Day in History (1997): RHED puts all-terrain crane into service

The crane can be driven on all terrains thanks to its unusual suspension system.

This Day in History (1997): RHED puts all-terrain crane into service

From the July 23, 1997, edition of The Arabian Sun

The Roads and Heavy Equipment Department (RHED) recently added a new 130-ton all-terrain hydraulic crane to its fleet.


This state-of-the-art crane is equipped with new technology features that increase its versatility and capability in performing critical lifting tasks more safely and productively than conventional cranes.


The crane can be driven on all terrains because of a newly introduced suspension system that gives each wheel independent suspension and support, thereby eliminating conventional crane axles.


The new mobile crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 112 tons (247,000 pounds) at its minimum length and 2.3 tons (5,000 pounds) at a 42 meter (137 foot) radius.


Despite the crane's size, it has a road/highway speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour). The crane is also fitted with an electronic safe loading indicating system to help crane operators work within the maximum permissible limits.


Caption for the top photo: The Roads and Heavy Equipment Department's new 130-ton all-terrain hydraulic crane.


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