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Doing the heavy lifting

  • From the February 2020 issue.
Doing the heavy lifting

Abiding by its word, “if we don’t have it we will find it”, Queensland based vehicle hire company, CST Hire, recently answered the call for a client seeking a 33 m/t crane with the purchase of a new Palfinger PK 33002 EH – the largest crane to enter its fleet.

CST Hire was established in 2016 by John Wilton and Nick Barnsdall, bringing with them 50+ years of experience in vehicle and equipment hire to the construction and private sectors.

The business aims to look after its clients’ project fleet needs – from a single truck to an entire fleet of light vehicles and trucks. For larger project fleets, CST hire also provides onsite field mechanics who are based on the job to maintain the vehicle fleet and minimise down time due to breakdowns.

Since being launched in 2016, CST hire has provided vehicles for infrastructure projects nationwide.

The company’s national hire fleet consists of over 100 vehicles including everything a broad range of equipment such as crane trucks, fuel trucks, service trucks, water trucks and crew cabs plus light vehicles.

Catering to the mining and construction industries, the hire fleet is designed to offer its clients high levels of efficiency, safety and flexibility. 

“Much of our equipment is used in infrastructure projects. And in any construction projects there are always things that need to be moved, so the crane trucks are an important part of the business,” says Todd Wilton, Sales and Operations Manager at CST hire.

CST hire has a broad range of over 30 crane trucks suiting tasks big and small, with lifting capacities ranging from 2 m/t to 33 m/t.

The purchase of the new Palfinger PK 33002 EH high performance crane brings the number of Palfingers owned by CST hire up to 12.

“The new Palfinger crane is being used by a customer working in the gas industry for the installation of pipelines. The client had requested a crane with a specific lifting capacity and length, as it needed to be able to go out to 15 metres. We chose the Palfinger PK 33002 based on the reputation of the crane and its availability. Our client also has a similar Palfinger model of its own, so they know the product well,” explains Todd.

“Palfinger has such a good reputation in the industry. They’ve been around a long time and have such a high-quality product. Out on the worksites, people are very familiar with the Palfinger name.”

The PK 33002 EH high performance crane is equipped with Palfinger’s Power Link Plus, which is well suited to a wide range of applications. With its 15° reverse linkage system, it is possible to reach through low door openings and even work inside buildings.

To reduce service and maintenance costs, the crane features a low-maintenance extension system. Sliding elements are made of a synthetic material and the boom is finished in a high-quality KTL coating.

The KTL coating provides the foundation for a perfect surface protection. Components are then either coated in the powder-coating facility or finished with a two-component topcoat, helping to ensure excellent corrosion protection for the life of the crane.

For added efficiency, the PK 33002 EH’s high speed extension is incorporated into the boom system, resulting in lifts being completed faster.

Additionally, Palfinger’s High Performance Stability Control System (HPSC) allows for maximum utilisation of the working range. The variable stabiliser positioning of the HPSC allows the full lifting capacity of the crane to be used, even when working within tight spaces. “CST hire has been dealing with Palfinger since the business started over three years ago. Their product is great, and it’s back up by excellent service and support,” Todd says.

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