Wind turbine installation cranes

Explore Our Most Popular Wind Turbine Installation Cranes in the Midwest

Walter Payton Power Equipment is your trusted equipment supplier for on-shore, horizontal-axis wind turbine construction equipment including lattice boom crawler cranes, all-terrain cranes, telescoping crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes and more. We have equipment to specialize in just about any type of wind job: New construction, maintenance, generator replacement, single blade replacement, inspections, and more. Whether you need equipment for installation or erection, assist or tailing, maintenance, or general support – it’s all available for sale, rental or RPO. Walter Payton Power Equipment is part of the largest Manitowoc, Grove and National Crane supply network in the world, and is trusted by construction contractors and crane rental houses in and throughout the Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Michigan, Central and Southern Indiana areas, and beyond.

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Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes for Wind Turbine Erection and Maintenance

Lattice boom crawler cranes are the undisputed equipment of choice for wind turbine installation, and two models stand out as particularly suited to wind turbine applications. The Manitowoc MLC300 (300-ton) crawler is a standout in 80 m tower maintenance and repower, boasting outstanding capacity and reach in a smaller package when compared against 400 ton class cranes. The MLC650 (650-ton) has been gaining popularity in wind turbine erection since its debut, and can be found on the majority of wind projects around the nation. Both cranes were designed from the ground up for the unique demands of wind projects and also have dedicated attachments for wind work, such as 3.5m wide boom inserts and the VPC-MAX attachment for additional capacities and tip height. These cranes also feature Manitowoc’s Variable Position Counterweight (VPC) system, which automatically adjusts the position of the counterweight to match the required lift, reducing ground-bearing pressure and allowing for exceptional capacity. When outfitted with a 3.5-meter-wide wind boom kit and VPC-MAX attachment, the MLC650 is capable of handling the largest nacelles at hub heights of 120 m and beyond.

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Telescoping Crawler Cranes and Rough Terrain Cranes for Turbine installation, Support and Tailing

Telescopic crawler cranes offer the advantages of quick-set up with the power of a crawler body. Unlike with a lattice boom crawler, where it could be necessary to remove boom sections to navigate around power lines or other obstacles, a telescopic boom can be fully retracted in minutes so the crane can be moved around quickly.  Additionally, telescoping crawlers are the crane of choice to assist in assembly/disassembly of the large main erection cranes as they move tower to tower. Telescoping cranes in the 55-140 ton capacity – for example, the Grove GHC55, GHC75, GHC130, and GHC140, are especially popular for wind applications.

There is a great deal of prep and ground working to be completed in advance of wind turbine assembly, and this is where smaller rough terrain cranes are particularly useful. Rough terrain cranes are great for wind turbine work on rocky terrain, and for working in an area with limited space. Their maneuverability makes them easy to transport, and they are all-around well suited for wind turbine support and tailing. Grove Rough Terrain cranes in the 80-165-ton class, such as the Grove GRT880, GRT8100, RT9130E, RT9150E, and GRT9165, are ideal for setting cages or lifting wind turbine nacelles.

Industry-Leading Service Available for Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Cranes

Walter Payton Power Equipment’s cranes have helped wind projects succeed across the country and into Canada. With decades of experience in the wind industry, and representing the largest crane manufacturers, Walter Payton goes beyond typical equipment sales. Our factory-trained parts and service team is dedicated to support your operation every step of the way – from the initial consultation, to taking delivery, to jobsite support, to service and maintenance years down the line. We support and stand behind every model in our fleet.

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