This week we will be reviewing the 8 tonne Raimondi MRT 144.
The configuration for this crane was a 60m mast with a 65m Jib and a counterweight base (not anchored)
The first thing you will notice operating this crane is how light the controls feel in your hand. Unlike the nice heavy leavers you get with a Jaso or Comansa, these are super light and its hard to feel which gear you are in. If I was running Raimondi first thing is I would get rid of these levers I hated them.
The crane feels light and whilst it is easy enough to operate most of the time, heavier loads towards the end of the jib will throw the crane around. The crane deflects quite a bit, the tower is quite narrow so I guess this is to be expected. It performs poorly in the wind and although the crane is only a year old there is quite a lot of play in the slew brake. Back slew on this thing is hopeless! (makes me mad just thinking about how hopeless it is)
Its max capacity of 8 tonne is in 2 part, this crane does not do 4 part as far as I am aware. Hoist speed is ok but could be faster. Operators with experience on faster hoisting cranes may find it just a bit too slow. The hook block is a great shape, it looks a bit like a liebherr block, it doesn't catch the wind and if you get a bit of a swing it dies down pretty quickly.
The Cabin is actually pretty good overall apart from it having no window tinting except for the door (tint should be mandatory!) and its aircon struggles once it gets to around 30 degrees Celsius.
The cabin is offset quite a fair bit to the side of the jib and along the jib, in fact you can trolley the hook along side the cabin, this makes it very easy to see how the hook is moving when trolleying and catch trolley swing. The cabin has drink and book holders, the seat is ok but doesn't recline so sleeping is out of the question. The way the cabins glass curves down is another big plus, making viewing down pretty easy. The cabin was not big but it wasn't too small, a good enough size.
I'm giving this crane 3 out of 5. If not for the exceptional cabin it would of scored lower. A good crane if you are on a strict budget, if you can afford better... get it.
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