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Quick Pick & Shawmut Discuss Self Erecting Tower Cranes in the Northeast

This article recently appeared in American Cranes & Transport online news section, here.

Potain IGO T130 Builds Condo ComplexA-Quick Pick Crane Service, Inc., headquartered in Derby, Connecticut and Shawmut Equipment Company, Inc. are working together to pioneer the use of Potain self-erecting cranes on projects in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast.

Founded in 1984, A-Quick Pick Crane Service, Inc. has been a loyal customer of Shawmut Equipment for decades, and the strong relationship continues as the two companies collaborate to introduce self-erecting cranes.

”We currently have the Igo 130 on two separate projects in Connecticut: an 18-month demo and rehabilitation of a chemical lab in New Haven, and a five story condo new construction in Norwalk. The Igo T 130, with a 170-foot reach, 124-foot height, and a very small footprint makes contractors take a second look at saving money and getting their projects in on time,” said George Schrade, founder of A-Quick Pick Crane.

Shawmut Equipment was pleased to see A-Quick Pick’s early enthusiasm for self-erectors as the new lifting solution made its debut in North America.

“A-Quick Pick quickly saw the value of Potain self-erecting cranes and has been able to convince some of the most highly regarded contractors in New England to try these cranes on several high profile projects,” Shawmut Equipment Vice President Kevin O’Connell said. “We greatly appreciate A-Quick Pick’s willingness to embrace what is still a relatively new lifting concept in North America.”

Potain self-erecting cranes have been widely used in Europe for decades and are steadily gaining popularity in North America. The key advantages of self-erecting cranes include a small footprint with a long reach, lower mobilization and demobilization costs compared to top slewing tower cranes, and standard radio remote controls that allow the operator to move with the load throughout the lifting zone. Additionally, the ability for the tower cranes to be fully electric allows for crane operations with no emissions and greatly reduced noise in urban and residential areas.