Link-Belt Construction Equipment: Rough, Telescopic, Lattice Crawler Crane Manufacturers

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Link-Belt is one of the oldest heavy equipment manufacturers in the world with a history dating back to 1880. The original company was founded by William Ewart under the name Link-Belt Machinery Company. Their first product was a harvester fitted with Ewart's improved chain-drive system; a system for which he obtained a patent in 1874.

Link-Belt got into the crane business in the 1930s after acquiring the Speeder Machinery Corporation. Speeder was one of the leaders in wheel driven excavators at the time. Link-Belt further extended its reach with the 1967 acquisition of FMC. By 1998 the company had spun off or shut down production of everything but their cranes.

Today Link-Belt maintains their headquarters and manufacturing centre in Lexington, Kentucky. Their products are sold all over the world for use in construction and infrastructure projects.

Link-Belt Crane Categories

One of the things that set Link-Belt apart is the fact that they don't focus only on telescoping or lattice boom cranes. They make both types on both wheeled carriers and track mounted carriers. The company cranes are broken down into six categories:

  • Rough Terrain - Their rough terrain cranes are built on wheeled carriers and designed for jobs that aren't easily accessible via paved roads. These cranes are telescoping boom models with a variety of lift heights and load capacities.
  • Telescopic Truck - Link-Belt's telescopic truck cranes are lighter duty cranes mounted on standard truck bodies. They range in weight capacity from 70 tons to 140 tons, and are ideal for jobs that require minimal set-up time. With a Link-Belt telescopic truck crane you can be working in minutes.
  • Truck Terrain - The truck terrain category consists of the all-terrain models in the telescopic truck class. The lift systems are similar in most respects, yet the drive systems differ. Truck terrain vehicles can easily go places where standard telescopic truck cranes can't.
  • All Terrain - For the all-terrain category Link-Belt takes the best of their telescopic truck and rough terrain models and puts them together to create machines that can go just about anywhere.
  • Lattice Crawlers - Crawler cranes are the heavy duty workhorses for most manufacturers. The lattice boom models offer the greatest lift capacity and the highest heights.
  • Lattice Trucks - These cranes are similar to the telescopic trucks in terms of carrier systems. The main difference is the lattice boom rather than a telescoping boom.
  • Telescopic Crawlers - For jobs that require the stability and manoeuvrability of a crawler, with the quick set-up and raw power of hydraulics, Link-Belt offers their telescopic crawlers.

Popular Link-Belt Cranes

The Link-Belt 548 is the biggest in the lattice boom crawler category. It lifts a whopping 550 tons to heights of more than 300 feet. The 600-ton telescopic super lift counterweight system keeps the 548 in place.

In the all-terrain category the ATC-3275 is the Link-Belt Crane of choice. This Crane features a 223-foot lift height with eight boom extension modes and optional lattice boom attachment. It's capable of lifting up to 275 tons.

Recent News Featuring Link-Belt Cranes

Most of the news coming out of Link-Belt these days has to do with new or upgraded products. The 2012 edition of their annual CraneFest event took place this past September to the delight of more than 800 Link-Belt distributors, crane owners, and members of the media.

Link-Belt debuted two new cranes at this year's event: the RTC-8080 and the 248HSL. The RTC-8080 is a truck crane that takes the place of the RTC-8075. It features all the latest technologies and improved lift capacity. The company hopes it becomes the premier model in the Series II line of truck cranes.

The 248HSL is the latest addition to Link-Belt's lattice boom crawlers. It is a 220-ton crawler that continues the line of successful HYLAB 5 cranes that have been in production for the last 20 years. Its little brother, the 298HSL, has also been upgraded from 230 tons to 250.

With more than 130 years in business and a solid customer base it's likely Link-Belt will be around for some time to come. They continue to build a variety of heavy duty cranes suitable for just about any type of project.

Find out more about their cranes at Link-Belt