New Liebherr 160t crane with VarioBase and VarioBallast – expanding the possibilities!

September 2, 2016

June 2016 saw our company take delivery of a new 5-axle LTM 1160-5.2 mobile crane, recently seen on display at Vertikal Days.

The new LTM 1160-5.2 has a high specification including VarioBallast and VarioBase. VarioBallast enables the crane to deliver high load capacities with a small ballast radius, making it perfect for use on constricted sites with a small ballast radius. VarioBase is a unique system developed by Liebherr that is particularly effective for lifting operations in locations where space is restricted. It enables every individual crane support to be extended to any length, with the crane operation made safe by the load moment limiter within the LICCON control. The Variable Supporting Base ensures higher lifting capacities and a larger working range, even with a maximum support base, with the largest increases made in the operating ranges directly above the supports.

The LTM 1160-5.2 is equipped with a long boom system with high load capacities. It has a 62 m 6-part telescopic boom and with its 10.8 m to 19 m folding jib and additional telescopic boom extensions, can achieve hoist heights of up to 99 m and outreaches of up to 78 m. Successor to the LTM 1160-5.1, the load capacity of the LTM 1160-5.2 has been increased by around 20-25 per cent. In addition, the vehicle width has been reduced from 3 m to 2.75 m, which means it is not only easier to drive on public roads but also considerably better on constricted sites.

The LTM 1160-5.2 features the Liebherr-developed engine concept for powering the superstructure: instead of the twin-engine concept normally used on cranes in this class, the crane is powered by a single engine with a mechanical shaft. The crane is powered by a Stage 4 / Tier 4 final emission regulations compliant 6-cylinder Liebherr diesel engine.

Hayley Sutch commented, “Liebherr manufactures the most popular machines in our fleet. We find they are modern and reliable with sales and after service care that is second to none. Choosing this model to add to our extensive fleet was an easy decision to make.”