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Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:19 pm
by BillS
Is anyone in the UK likely to be interested in a vintage (1969) Liebherr tracked self erecting tower crane that is in need of restoration, or is the best option to sell it for scrap? Pictures below.

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Re: Liebherr tower crane

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:25 am
by Jeremy Rowland
Hi there Bills :wave: that is one big piece of kit which would be a real shame to see it go for scrap, you could also advertise it in the back of Classic Plant & Machinery magazine, you never know somebody may just be interested in this more unusual piece of classic kit. :thumbup:

Jeremy

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:16 pm
by BillS
I've just added some pictures of the beast to my original post.

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:14 pm
by Holger
Nice pics Bill!

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:13 pm
by FOWLER MAN
Hi Bills,
Thanks for posting. It would be a shame to see that cut up. :(
The Cardiff Plant Group ran a couple of these when I worked for them. They would have been new circa 1968/9. A brilliant bit of kit in their day. :thumbup:
I have no room for the crane. :lol: Though I have found space, (for all these years), to keep a 1 inch drive ratchet out of an the original Leibherr tower crane tool kit which I still have today. :o

The ratchet was designed to have no teeth so that it couldn't jump or slip for safety if working above ground. :?
If anyone is curious how a ratchet works without teeth :?: I will take a pic. and post it for you to see. :thumbup:

Fred

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:58 pm
by Jeremy Rowland
FOWLER MAN wrote:Hi Bills,
Thanks for posting. It would be a shame to see that cut up. :(
The Cardiff Plant Group ran a couple of these when I worked for them. They would have been new circa 1968/9. A brilliant bit of kit in their day. :thumbup:
I have no room for the crane. :lol: Though I have found space, (for all these years), to keep a 1 inch drive ratchet out of an the original Leibherr tower crane tool kit which I still have today. :o

The ratchet was designed to have no teeth so that it couldn't jump or slip for safety if working above ground. :?
If anyone is curious how a ratchet works without teeth :?: I will take a pic. and post it for you to see. :thumbup:

Fred


Fred that sounds an interesting ratchet to me did it work on a cam? :think:

Jeremy

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:34 pm
by topkit
Lovely olf self erector there, I hope someone saves it, i have a soft spot for tower cranes as i spent some time on them, i did show this post and the pictures to "the current Mrs B" - she gave me one of her looks that means No David :D Oh well i suppose three diggers are enough for the moment!!

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:50 pm
by FOWLER MAN
Jeremy Rowland wrote:
FOWLER MAN wrote:Hi Bills,
Thanks for posting. It would be a shame to see that cut up. :(
The Cardiff Plant Group ran a couple of these when I worked for them. They would have been new circa 1968/9. A brilliant bit of kit in their day. :thumbup:
I have no room for the crane. :lol: Though I have found space, (for all these years), to keep a 1 inch drive ratchet out of an the original Leibherr tower crane tool kit which I still have today. :o

The ratchet was designed to have no teeth so that it couldn't jump or slip for safety if working above ground. :?
If anyone is curious how a ratchet works without teeth :?: I will take a pic. and post it for you to see. :thumbup:

Fred


Fred that sounds an interesting ratchet to me did it work on a cam? :think:

Jeremy


Hi Jeremy,
I did some research on my ratchet. It was made by a German company called "Walter" and though it is 50 years old they are still made today.
The makers refer to it as a "Free Wheel Ratchet" and it works from friction, the one I have is 1 inch drive but they are available with all the usual drive sizes.

The advantages claimed are:-
*stands extremely high loads, much higher than a normal ratchet with toothing;
*practicaly no wear and tear;
*use in narrow spaces (no lost motion).

I have found these claims to be true as my ratchet has been well used and abused.

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You can see from the pics. that the outer band contracts when tightening and grips the centre, ( no teeth), friction does the job and the square pushes through to reverse it.

Fred

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:56 pm
by Jeremy Rowland
Thanks Fred :thumbup: yes Walter tools are still made today I have seen engineering tool holders with their name on them; what a lovely piece of kit :thumbup:

Jeremy

Re: Liebherr tower crane - pictures added

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:05 am
by Jeremy Rowland
I do hope that somebody saves this interesting piece of kit; has anybody got a photo of one of these cranes erected? :thumbup:

Jeremy