The three-axle Tadano all-terrain crane has been in development for four years and was shown in concept form at Bauma 2016 in Munich. However, it was not until 23rd April 2018 – the opening day of Intermat – that the innovative model officially went on sale for the first time. Paris is famous for the first sightings of new fashions so the ATF 60G-3 was absolutely at home here.
What makes this crane so different is that it has a single-engine to power both the chassis and the crane operations, but whereas single-engine cranes usually have the engine mounted on the carrier, here the 260 kW (354 HP) Mercedes Benz Euro mot Stage IV (EPA Tier 4f) engine is mounted within the rotating superstructure. Tadano’s engineering design teams in Germany and Japan collaborated on the new concept crane. Optimizing the weight distribution required a total redesign of the classic drive concepts in terms of the axle layout and placement of the engine. Therefore, unlike other 60-tonners, the ATF 60G-3 has two front axles and one rear axle.
This crane outperforms all other 60-tonners on the market as well as giving the operator a quieter life than ever before. By placing the engine in the rotating superstructure rather than on the carrier, a host of benefits are achieved, including a more compact footprint and a quieter drive. It improves weight distribution to create a 60- tonne class crane with a 10-tonne per axle load configuration. It also makes the driving position extremely quiet, with a noise level of only 71 dB(A), helping operators to arrive on-site calmer and less stressed. Moreover, crane operators are not exposed to noxious emissions during the crane operation, as the engine and exhaust system are mounted behind the superstructure cab, and remain always behind the operator even as the upper section rotates.