New from National Crane is the NBT40-1 Series of boom trucks that are available with an aerial lift configuration. When equipped with this aerial package, this series of three new models — the NBT36-1, NBT40-1, and NBT45-1 — is aimed at the utility market and will enable companies to perform both crane lifting and aerial lift projects more efficiently with just one machine, according to the company. All three models feature the option of a two-person, 1,200-pound maximum capacity, quick-attach yoke platform with wireless radio remote control.

Fully compliant with both ANSI/SAIA A92.2 aerial lift and ASME B30.5 mobile crane industry standards as well as OSHA standards, the NBT40-1 Series will result in higher utilization and less setup time for National Crane owner, according to the manufacturer. 

Manitowoc will also offer a comprehensive aerial lift “Train the Trainer” training program at its facilities to ensure their dealer network and end customers are aware of their responsibilities regarding the safe operation, inspection, and maintenance of their equipment to maximize their investment.

The new dual-rated NBT40-1 Series will be useful for the utility sector, where energy work on de-energized power lines and new transmission infrastructure construction often require the use of both a crane and an aerial lift. The tree care, signage and millwright industries, among others, will also find these new National Crane models ideal for their projects.

Justin Pilgrim, global product director for boom trucks and carrydeck cranes at Manitowoc, said the new NBT40-1 Series will immediately improve fleet utilization for many companies and provide more versatility for their investments.

The NBT40-1 Series has a number of features and capabilities aimed at increasing efficiency and maximizing utilization for companies. The cranes leverage the field-proven heritage of the NBT40 Series, such as simple, smooth operation and class-leading boom lengths, but also provide several other enhancements.

The class leading 161-foot boom length offers the highest platform working heights of 169 feet on the main boom and 206 feet on the jib, and is well-suited for the most demanding aerial lift applications while delivering solid crane performance.

The 42-foot boom offers the most well-rounded performance featuring strong lifting capacities and aerial lift platform floor height of 150 feet with the main boom and 205 feet with the jib extended.

Several utility-focused options are available as well. A hydraulic tool circuit in the aerial platform enables operators to hook up various high-pressure tools without the need for any additional equipment placed in the platform. An available integrated wind speed sensor provides real-time feedback of wind speed conditions to the operator, both at the cab and at the aerial lift platform controls.

An optimized lift cylinder offers improved strength, lighter weight, high-performance seal design, and integrated pressure transducers for fewer leak points. Auxiliary winch option preparation is also standard for future field retrofit to offer flexibility and future-proofing for the investment, and operator cab air conditioning is now standard.