LOAD-handling equipment manufacturer Hiab has launched the next generation of its LOGLIFT forestry cranes. 

The first crane available to order is the Z boom crane LOGLIFT 18Z, with a max outreach of 10.4 metres and a max lifting capacity of 18 tonne metre. 

Promising greater and safer performance, the new crane is said to be for the "next generation of operators" and features digital solutions to improve productivity. 

Davide Pernice, director, Global Product Management, forestry, Hiab, said:  “Our next generation of LOGLIFT forestry cranes are created for the new generation of operators.

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"Easy to operate and service, and designed for comfortable and safe operation, the next generation forestry cranes are also the first with digital solutions that can further increase productivity and uptime." 

The new geometry of the boom creates a powerful crane with an increased outreach. To reduce the chance of unexpected downtime, hoses are placed inside the boom system of the 18-tonne metre crane with fully protected oil distribution and cables. Larger hydraulic pipes improve flow to avoid fatigue during warm temperatures.

Operators benefit from an improved high seat with better ergonomics and sturdier ladder access, Hiab say. Once seated they have an improved field of vision and several new safety features like an illuminated emergency stop button and better illumination. 

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A new modular design for speedier installation of the new cranes, which can be installed with accessories. 

The new cranes have been tested in demanding conditions ranging from cold, snowy winters and heavy rainfall in Finland and Sweden to hot summers and varying weather conditions in Germany. Overwhelmingly, the new cranes have had a reliable performance in even the toughest environments. 

Arkadiusz Banach, global product manager, forestry cranes, Hiab, said:“There is nothing more expensive, and potentially a safety risk, than equipment failure, but our customers can count on LOGLIFT to deliver efficient reliable equipment and services.

"We are also proud to introduce a higher level of safety standards in our new forestry cranes." 

Henri Janhonen, vice president, sales and product management, demountables, forestry and recycling cranes, Hiab, said: “LOGLIFT is ready to lead the way into the future with state-of-the-art, next generation forestry cranes."