Representatives from Barcelona Equipment and Tadano Cranes met at the port in Brunswick, Ga., to take delivery of the new Tadano ATF 400G-6 all-terrain crane. The ATF 400G-6 was driven from Brunswick to Barcelona Equipment’s office in Clearwater, Fla. Upon delivery, a customer requested use of the crane and within days of the crane’s arrival to the Barcelona yard it was sent to its first job.
Barcelona’s customer, Hammer Haag Steel, needed the crane to load equipment on a barge that was heading to Louisiana. This was a very complex project, which utilized over 90 percent of the crane’s capacity. The lift was 171,000 pounds at a 46-foot radius. The crane was equipped with maximum counterweights and the total weight of the load was 350,000 pounds. The ATF 400G-6 performed impeccably.
“Barcelona is the finest crane company we have dealt with in the industry and Tadano’s new crane followed with the tradition of perfect performance and safety Barcelona always brings to the job,” said Constantin Haag, Hammer Haag Steel president. “This Tadano all-terrain is the best in the Barcelona fleet.”
The crane was then brought back to the Barcelona yard for two weeks of training with Tadano service technicians. Two of these technicians were here from the Tadano Faun factory in Germany where the ATF 400G-6 is manufactured. Barcelona President Bob Steiner could not say enough about the professionalism and service training of the Tadano service technicians. He believes that this was the smoothest and most professional team he has ever encountered in all of his 46 years in the crane industry. He stated the Tadano service culture is immeasurable in this day and age.
Bob Steiner and Justin Steiner, Barcelona sales manager, recently spoke with Tadano America about the acquisition.
Q: Is this the first Tadano crane purchased by Barcelona Equipment?
Yes, Jack Swan of Exact Crane & Equipment referred us to the Tadano product line because we were interested in adding a larger all-terrain crane to our fleet.
Q: What factors led to choosing the ATF 400G-6 from Tadano?
A: Justin Steiner, my son and sales manager, Jack Swan and myself visited the Tadano American office in Houston to get a better look at the ATF 400G-6. We met with Tadano Vice President and General Manager Ron Dogotch, and he took the time to thoroughly explain all of the advantages of the Tadano crane that we were looking for, making the decision to purchase an easy one.
While in Houston, we were able to see the service team in action. They were fielding customer phone calls and working together to find a solution to get the cranes up and running. We were quite impressed with the camaraderie within the Tadano service department.
Q: What specific features do you like most about the crane?
A: We are particularly impressed with the three backup systems for the boom scoping. For example, if the AML screen should go down, the remote and display sticker on the glass would determine how and where the boom is locking with the cylinder.
If total failure of the AML screen and telescoping display occurs, the yellow ID box in the cabin would show all details over the tele-system so the boom could be retracted safely. This is an excellent safety feature.
Q: What did you find that you did not know as a result of purchasing the ATF 400G-6?
A: We found that Tadano’s exclusive Safety Lift Adjuster is an asset in giving the crane operator extra confidence when lifting in critical conditions. If the crane is lifting a heavy load in a small working area and the lift adjuster is activated, the crane will adjust itself to lift the load automatically.
Q: Are there any other benefits of the Tadano ATF 400G-6?
A: The ATF 400G-6 exhibits an exceptionally strong main boom, a six-axle carrier and all-wheel steering that provides tremendous mobility and easy setup. The steering can be switched from every position without having to move the crane into neutral.
The crane has built-in safety features such as handrails, which assist in making the assembly safer and more efficient. The ATF 400G-6 is portable and very flexible, not to mention safe.
Q: What business sector do you anticipate the ATF 400G-6 will be used?
A: Barcelona Equipment plans to utilize this crane in HVAC, infrastructure projects, power industries, water treatment plants, commercial construction and any project that requires a versatile crane.
Q: How will the ATF 400G-6 give you an advantage over your competition?
A: The main boom capacity of the Tadano ATF 400G-6 is much stronger than comparable cranes. Its quick assembly and road ability separates it from the competition.
Barcelona Equipment would definitely consider adding more Tadano products in the future. The equipment is top of the line and the service is impeccable.
About Tadano American Corporation
Established in 1993 in Houston, Tadano America Corporation is the strategic base for sales of rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes and boom trucks for the North and South American market. Tadano America has dedicated customer service office locations located in Houston, Greensboro, N.C., and Edmonton, Alberta, providing direct-to-customer product support.
Tadano’s corporate office, located in Houston has 46,000 square feet of warehouse space for parts and storage. Tadano’s field service staff works in key areas throughout North and South America continuing Tadano’s core values of safety, quality and efficiency. Tadano’s products are available through a broad dealer network.