Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you give to yourself. That’s probably what Peter Klüsekamp was thinking when he “treated himself to” a brand-new Tadano HK 4.050‑1 to mark the 10th anniversary of his crane services company, Autokrane Peter Klüsekamp, based in Büren, Germany. He recently took delivery of the new crane from Tadano sales manager Helge Prüfer.
Peter Klüsekamp put a lot of time and effort into choosing his “gift”, ultimately opting for the HK 4.050‑1 to replace his Tadano HK 40. It was a carefully reasoned decision, as he explains: “Firstly, this crane is just as maneuverable on its four axles as a three-axle all-terrain crane. And secondly, it boasts outstanding lifting capacities. That makes it the perfect workhorse for us in our main area of business, prefabricated house construction.” He was also sold on the Tadano HK 4.050‑1’s impressive cost-effectiveness: its standard Volvo truck chassis with conventional truck tires makes for low operating costs. The same goes for its ability to carry up to 4.5 tonnes of counterweight on public roads nationwide without a permit. Other budget-friendly features include the fact that the carrier, being a standard truck chassis, is by design less prone to wear and can use affordably priced standard spare parts. The HK is also backed by excellent after-sales support on two fronts. “Volvo offers nationwide support for the standard truck chassis, and with Tadano, top-notch service is simply a given,” Klüsekamp explains, speaking from experience as a long-standing Tadano partner.
When it came to optional extras for his shiny new HK 4.050‑1, Klüsekamp didn’t stop at the boom-head camera; he also ordered the sleeping cabin. “For our prefabricated house construction customers, we work at sites all over Germany,” he explains. “So, during the working week, the HK 4.050-1 often doubles as our home away from home.” And the new HK 4.050-1 certainly didn’t have to wait long for its first assignments; no sooner had it been handed over than it was out on the job, erecting its first prefabricated buildings. As expected, the HK 4.050-1 proved totally reliable, completing its debut assignments without a hitch.