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Bigge Crane and Rigging of San Leandro, Calif., is doubling the size of its crane fleet dedicated to erecting wind turbines, and investing in the latest innovations in lifting technology designed to accelerate the construction of wind turbine parks.

The new flagship of the fleet is the 600-ton Kobelco SL 6000, which is designed for lifting 2.5 MW turbines on 105-meter masts. It also has an innovative design with rope drums in the base section so they do not need to be removed when stripping the crane down for transportation, according to the company.

"We have put together a fleet of cranes that we believe offer our customers the very best solutions, in terms of performance, efficiency and reliability," says Jesse Sullivan, project manager for Bigge's wind power division.

Joining the fleet in the next few months is the Link-Belt RTC 80130, rated at 130-ton capacity and with 162 feet of telescopic main boom and 55 feet of jib.



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