Raimondi Cranes LR330 and your imagination

Raimondi Cranes LR330 luffing tower crane




Earlier in the week, I was having a little fun with Instagram stories and created a poll over which article to write next. Do I write about Terex Cranes or Raimondi Cranes?

The following morning, I woke up to the results. The results landed us with this article about Raimondi Crane’s flagship LR330 luffing tower crane. It’s never the crane or the machines themselves that capture our imagination. And the new LR330 comes with some serious numbers, numbers that Eng. Domenic Ciano, Technical Director and the team from Raimondi Cranes, can be proud of.

Raimondi Cranes LR330 and your imagination

Raimondi Cranes LR330 luffing crane, looking along the jibThe LR330 luffing crane can reach 60m and still lift 3.3t which is what stirs the imagination about the sort of construction sites you could place this crane. Think of the possibilities……. More to the point, what are you building that you need a 60m luffing crane?

As each manufacturer introduces new models targeting different circumstances and conditions; it ends up being the construction team’s imagination, and the odd joke about sticking the largest crane you can find that ultimately leads to our choice.

And when companies like Raimondi Cranes release a crane cram packed full of features like the LR330 (see infographic here) the reminiscing begins. We joke about past projects; past operators and we even joke about how the new features would have saved some heartache back in the day.

As you look over the spec’s on the LR330, it’s hard not to start to daydream a little. Starting with the Raimondi’s safety control system, according to Ciano, “crane operators can now choose between three different configurations. This functionality allows the operators to align the crane closer to their specific needs.”

Climbing up the mast of Raimondi Cranes LR330

Also looking at how Raimondi has developed a new equilateral triangular jib with all the benefits that come along with the new design. Such as decreased wind drag, simplified site assembly and being able to pack more onto a truck. I guess I am showing my site manager side when all I can think about is how much more of the jib I can fit on one truck. Think about the savings, especially when you know that your project’s budget is shot.

 

At the end of the day, when a company like Raimondi Cranes have crane operators’ that enjoy taking the driver’s seat, it’s hard to not consider the LR330 as a serious option.

Related article: Raimondi Cranes latest crane MRT234

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Was 2017 a great year?

2017 Multiplex tower cranes

2017 Multiplex tower cranes




2017 has been a successful year, my first taste of success was back in May. I wrote about Hutchinson Builders tower cranes dominating Brisbane’s skyline. The article was received so well that it would go on to become my most read article of 2017.

2017 a series of firsts for The Travelling Builder

My first interview was with Heath from Heath Nicholson Builders about their Round House project.

Four smart toilets in a lineAnd the first filmed interview for The Travelling Builder Show goes to Kevin from True Blue Building Solutions. Kevin and his smart toilets would be the most viewed episode of the series with over 1700 views.

Following on from Kevin, I was able to interview Donna from Colour By Design, Jim from Starbuck Excavations, Heath from Heath Nicholson Builders and Ken from Bread Builders.

2017 stand out companies

Stepping away from the screen, the standout companies I have written about would be Holly and Marc from Clem carpentry and Rou from Fix It Up Shopfitting.

Raimondi flat top crane over top of a construction siteAs the year progressed, against good advice, I followed my heart and went on a hike. That hike had me walking my way around Melbourne taking photos of Raimondi tower cranes.

That one excursion has opened a countless number of doors and international recognition for The Travelling Builder.

And now here we are a few days into what is already shaping up to be a massive 2018. This year will see The Travelling Builder go from a small blog to a leading, reputable media outlet for the construction industry.

Thank you so much for being a part of The Travelling Builder’s journey in 2017. I wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2018.

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Raimondi Cranes newest crane, MRT234 flattop

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 flattop crane




Raimondi's MRT234 flattop craneRaimondi Cranes back in October introduced a new tower crane to the market, the MRT234 flattop. The MRT234 was pre-released to their exclusive agent network before October and was received well.

InterKran of Switzerland will take delivery of the first MRT234, with the second and third units going to Strictly Cranes based in Sydney, Australia.

Developing the MRT234 flattop crane

Raimondi Cranes put a fair amount of time into the developing the MRT234. Around seven months with 3200 design hours not to mention the months of manufacturing and testing that followed at their headquarters in Italy.

Installing the MRT234 cab to mastRaimondi Cranes have managed to gain some significant performance improvements for the MRT234. A 30% increase in slew speed and trolley movements, with a focus towards usability. Raimondi’s Technical Director, Eng. Domenico Ciano had this to say, “Raimondi’s newest product is heavily geared towards the user’s experience, and these UI/UX centric features pioneered by Silicon Valley’s technology companies when applied to heavy lifting machinery result in a high-performance product that boasts extreme operator ease onsite.”

It’s always great to read and hear what companies have to say, from time to time there is a level of doubt surrounding usability statements. The crane’s usability was something that I wanted to explore. And not being sure how to investigate this, by chance I stumbled on my answer.

What do the operators think?

Feet up in Raimondi's cabI was reaching out to crane operators about an article idea regarding the daily tower climb. One of the operators I was chatting too had sent me a photo from inside one of Raimondi’s cab. With the MRT234 article in mind, of course, I asked if he was a fan of the Raimondi cranes.

The response, “Ahh yeah.” That in its self-speaks volumes for Raimondi’s brand, so I throw it out there to see if he had heard of Raimondi’s new MRT234 flattop crane. I couldn’t believe my luck, not only had he heard of it, he is hoping to be jumping in the operator’s seat in the coming weeks, and looking forward to the opportunity.

For a person like myself that has heard so many different sale pitches over the years from various suppliers and contractors. It is those off the cuff statements from the guys on the ground that carry the most weight. With that, I have my answer surrounding the MRT234 usability.

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 Infographic

Just like anything, the real test will come with field use. Raimondi has been around for over 150 years; it’s clear they know what they are up too.

If you are looking for the full specifics of the MRT234 flattop, head over to Raimondi’s website (click here). I have included a copy of their infographic (click here) for those that would like to check it out.

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Raimondi Cranes, thanks for joining me on my walk

topless raimondi cranes in melourne




Raimondi Cranes on King street MelbourneI have been in Melbourne, Australia for a few weeks, travelling around filming the next few episodes of The Travelling Builder Show. As we all experience from time to time, my plans had changed a little, resulting in a free day to do whatever tickled my fancy.

Personal challenge, photographing Raimondi Cranes

Just in case you haven’t seen my Instagram page, its full of photos of buildings and cranes. Instead of aimlessly wandering the streets of Melbourne taking photos of said buildings and cranes; I figured I would set myself a challenge. So, I reached out to Raimondi Cranes and asked if they would be interested in sending me a list of crane locations around Melbourne and I would send over a few photos in return.

A few phone calls later, and help from Clarke Cranes in Melbourne. I got my list of addresses.

Raimondi Cranes in RichmondThere is something about setting a goal that has no implications on whether you complete it or not. I was under no obligations to take photos. I thought it would be a great way to give my day some purpose, a challenge and hopefully build a new connection along the way.

Testing our own personal resolve

Completing this little goal tested my resolve way more than I could have imagined. Particularly heading over to my last destination in St Kilda. I had just finished walking 11km so far in what felt one of the hottest days I have had in Melbourne. The worst part, knowing that I now have a 6km walk to get to St Kilda followed by another 4km’s back to the hotel. It was at this point that the chatting to one’s self about quitting began.

The thoughts, so many thoughts about quitting. Thoughts like, you have bucket loads of photos (by this stage I have 200 plus), no one knows how many cranes you thought you would visit. And with all the images I had taken so far, I had more than exceeded what I thought I would shoot.

Raimondi cranes in St KildaAnd this is where the pull to give up and go home set in. That 6km was the longest, loudest walk of my life; my head would not shut up. The excuses, the reasons, that wrong turn down a dead-end street. But when I looked up from that intersection in St Kilda and saw that familiar round Raimondi crane cab, that sense of achievement was so much sweeter.

Not only had I set myself a challenge and finished it. “I nailed it,” no matter how exhausted I felt, it was worth it. That satisfaction for doing something that we said we would do for no other reason than saying we would, is the most satisfying, don’t you think?

So please, enjoy some of the photos from my day, knowing the victory over my reasons and excuses.

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Raimondi cranes with powerlines
Personal achievement
Raimondi cranes jib and window reflection
Keep going, one more stop