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MAN TGA 35.480 - Couturier s.a.

The company Couturier s.a. from Saxon (CH) recently bought this interesting MAN 5-axled truck.

The base is a MAN 35.480 8x4 which has gotten an extra rear axle. A special feature of this chassis is the Hydrodrive on the 2nd front axle, this way the truck can be used as a 10x6 at low speeds.

The total allowed weight for this chassis in Switzerland is 40 tonnes, which leaves room for a heavy crane. In this case it is a Palfinger PK100002.

A long loading box is mounted behind the crane to carry the load, usually building materials.

The crane is a PK100002 G, a 8x extending crane with a lifting capacity of 82 ton/mtr. The maximum length of the crane is 19,6 meter where it can still lift 3,55 tonnes. Maximum capacity beside the crane is 30 tonnes.

The crane is supported by 5 outriggers. The 4 standard legs and one extra leg at the front bumper. Because the frame is strengthened to the front, this leg can only support a few tonnes (limited by the manufacturer).

With the PJ170E jib, a 6x extending version, the outreach becomes 32,5 meters.

The front leg gives the possibility to lift a small load in front of the truck.

With 2 manual extensions in the jib the total outreach can be about 35 meters.

A special constuction is used at the winch. This one is mounted on a sliding pad. This way the winch can be moved down and a long load can be loaded over the crane and the cab, for example long wooden beams. Here we see the winch in the low position, to use it as a winch it has to be in the high position. At one of the pictures above you can see the strut behind the cab on which the load can be transported.

 
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