Bauma 2019 - Palfinger

Palfinger had the most cranes at the show, divided over several points. Here we see one standing at MAN. This MAN has some interesting options like a 13 tons front plate for the outrigger and 10 ton front axles.

The MAN is a TGS 35.500 8x4. Behind the cab stands a PK135002-TEC7 crane, which is still a rather new model that comes below the 165002. Where the 165 is usualy to heavy to have any resulting load within the 32 ton limit, the 135002 offers a bit more space for a load. This way the truck can be used more versatile, like with a body or as a tractur unit.

As written on the body, it is factory mounted. Which means that Palfinger installed the crane and body in their Mounting Competence Center in Lengau. The front bord offers space for hanging lifting equipment and has small doors for access from both sides.

They installed the G-version on this MAN, meaning it will extend 8x. With that, the crane reaches up to 19,4 meters where it can lift 4,5 tons. With the PJ190E jib it reaches up to 32 meters with 1,28 tons. The maximum load on this jib is 10 ton, or with the base crane at full height (~24 meters) that is still 4,7 ton.

These new crane models from Palfinger come with a lot of software features that make the opration of the crane easier and therefore help the operator in his daily work. Variable lifting values, depending on the outrigger positions (HPSC), continuous modification of the jibs capacity depending on the base crane (DPS-C) or automatic (un)folding (P-Fold). A feature that sounds very usefull is the automatic adjustment of the winch cable, dependent on the changes that are made to the cranes boom positions or lengths. This way the load will only make a horizontal movement, but the vertical difference is compensated for, as the software continuously modifies the cable length.

At the stand of Palfinger there was another MAN TGS, now as 10x4*6 chassis. The topmodel was installed on this truck, the PK200002L-SH.

This is the G-version of the crane that extends 25,4 meter with almost 4 tons. The jib is the PJ300F, it has an outreach of 45,1 meter with 500 kg.

This crane folds down in driving direction. Proper stability is provided by the 4 large side outriggers and the heavy outrigger coming out of the back of the chassis. A 6th outrigger was mounted at the front of the chassis.

As an option for the heavier crane models, Palfinger offers this MFA jib, the Multi Funcional Adapter jib. The MFA fits to different crane models and is installed into the crane with an adapter that goes into the last extension. The 3 manual extensions of the MFA offer 5,5 meter of outreach and can lift 650, 500 and 350 kg.

The angle of the adapter has to be set before the lifting starts, as well as the desired outreach. During the lift is cannot be changed anymore. The adapter can tilt downwards with the bolt-hole system on top (when lifting at height) or it can tilt upwards like it does here with a negative angle. The red part you see here is the adapter part that goes into the last extension of the crane, which was cut open for this exhibition.

The MFA has exactly the right length to fit on top of the oiltank, like it does here on special supports. With 155 kg of own weight, it will be necessary to lift it from this position using the main crane. On this PK200002 crane, the MFA would give a tilting height of about 48,5 meters.

The 2nd PK135002-TEC7 crane of the show could be seen here. It was mounted on a Scania G class in 8x2 layout. This one also has got a front outrigger, together with a reinforced chassis for more capcatiy. This Scania is sold to Roar Wilhelmsen in Norway.

The crane is the same version as the one above on the MAN, so the G-version with PJ190E jib.

The crane was mounted as close as possible to the cab to reduce the installation space. You can even be more compact if you choose the version with the slewing ring on top of the outriggers, but that version has to be bolted onto the subframe. This truck also has the MFA stored above the oiltank.

The installation and body again where done in Lengau. The rear holds a heavy outrigger beam that is mounted low. The flatbed can be taken of, so that it can becoma a tractor unit.

This side holds the dieseltank, and behind the side plates sits the mufler.

The red & white on the cab is only stickers, the original color is completely metallic grey.

A new TEC7 model is this 58002. This is the G-version that can lift 1,68 ton up to 21,3 meters.

Since recently Palfinger added tracked cranes to their portfolio, the PCC models. Last year they already presented the topmodel, the PCC 115.002, here the showed the smallest, the PCC 57.002. A model in between these 2 is also available, it's the PCC 71.002.

When designing these crawlers, Palfinger aparently took in account all the possible uses for such a device. Which then resulted in this interesting subframe. It consists of 2 beams that lie side by side and can extend to the front and back. The is mounted between them to save installation space. On top of these beams there are 2 supports for the ballast, so that the crane can put it's own ballast on.

On both sides of these beams heavy outrigger beams where mounted with double extending legs. This offers the ability to support the crane on slopes up till 8° and still get the crane standing straight. The outriggers can be operated in such a way that the whole subframe can sideshift while lifted of the ground, via the beams of the subframe it can also shift back and fort. This way it is possible to shift into a position that is not otherwise not reachable.

The crane is a modified version, the turret is lower than usual to reduce the transport height and stay compact for work in cramped spaces. The E-version, 6x hydraulic, combined with a also 6x extendig jib can reach up to 29,5 meter with 470 kg. At the back of the turret they added ballast. Unfortunately Palfinger doesn't indicate how much ballast that is. The own weight of this unit is indicated with 20 ton, which is probably without that ballast.

The crane with subframe can be seperated from the crawler carrier. This carrier is equiped with a 74 kW engine from Caterpillar, the 2 larger crane models are driven by a 110 kW engine. When both are seperated, the crane will have to be connected to the carrier again via longer hydraulic hoses, as the power comes from the carrier. The large quick couplers in the front here, are used for those hoses.

Without the carrier, the crane also be used, for example when it has to pass through a very low door. With the shift operation it can shuffle itself in with small steps. To the right we see the long hoses coming from the carrier unit. The dimensions of this crane are 1,9 meter wide, 5,9 meter long and 2,8 meter high without jib or 3,25 with jib. The height of the crane without the carrier is not mentioned, but I would say that it is at least 0,5 meter less.

BKL had a crane you couldn't miss, they put their MAN TGS 8x4H*6 on top of a high structure.

On the TGS we see a Palfinger PK92002 SH in F version with a PJ170E jib.

Here the crane is lifting a heavy spreader construction. The front of the chassis also got equiped with an outrigger by the bodybuilder KFB Jessen.

The last Palfinger that I came across was this PK33002-EH on a nice Scania R500 of Bredenoord.
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