Welsh landscaper M&D Services has taken delivery of a Palfinger PK 19.001 SLD5 loader crane mounted on a farm tractor.
Fitted to a Fendt 936 Vario chassis, the PK 19.001 SLD5 has a maximum capacity of 18.5 tonne/metres and a maximum radius of 12.6 metres. The bespoke model was designed by Welsh equipment dealer David Evans Agri, and allows for the crane to be easily detached from the tractor if required.
M&D Services owner Mark Davis said: “The tractor/crane combo in David’s yard was intended for forestry use and I knew I needed something bigger, so this was a new challenge. I intend to use the tractor in my work with utilities providers mostly. In the countryside around south Wales these companies often need to install poles, pipes and cables in areas which truck mounted cranes can’t reach, such as through fields or down tracks – my tractor mounted crane solves the problem and will open up more opportunities for me in those areas of work.”
David Evans of David Evans Agri added: “We fabricated and installed the mounting kit ourselves, making sure it was the perfect fit for Mark’s Fendt 936 Vario tractor. Building this for a customer was a bit of an experiment so we knew that it was important to have the backup of the importer of a high quality crane, so I came to Palfinger UK. This really is a specialist bit of kit and sort of a prototype for us really. We think it’s gone very well and are certainly interested in working on similar projects in the future with Palfinger cranes.”
Palfinger UK head of technical and sales Les Drage said: “This was a special project with a significant amount of bespoke mechanical, hydraulic and electric interface work completed prior to dispatch from the Palfinger UK depot in Devizes. We are pleased with the outcome and enjoyed working with David and his team on this specialist project.”