The Palfinger UK team was delighted to hand over one of two new crane builds in January to long-standing customer, Gibsons of Kendal.
Representing a major investment for the family-run Gibsons business, the latest delivery comprises a Palfinger PK 78002 SH D crane with flatbed body, mounted on a new generation Scania R500 8×2 truck. This is the ninth Palfinger crane for Gibsons, with a second, identical truck due in Summer 2019, taking Gibsons into double figures with Palfinger.
Gibsons specialises in large haulage services in the UK, with a modern fleet of vehicles to perform a wide variety of tasks. As well as celebrating the delivery of the new vehicle, Gibsons are proud to be commemorating the 40th anniversary of their business this year.
Their new Palfinger PK 78002 SH D high performance crane offers a lifting capacity of 4850kg at 13.7m full extension, perfect for the heavy lifting jobs that are part of the everyday activity for the Gibsons team.
The build comes with Palfinger’s High Performance Stability Control (HPSC) system. Sensors for proportional path measurement are placed in the stabilisers, making their positioning fully variable and enabling quick calculation of all permissible working ranges for any slewing angle and stabiliser position. This ensures maximum flexibility and productivity when the crane is in use, with the widest possible working range and maximum lifting capacity, as well as increased safety for all involved.
Gibsons of Kendal owner, Ray Gibson, is pleased to have taken delivery of his newest vehicle. “This is our ninth crane and vehicle from Palfinger UK – previously T H WHITE Lorry Cranes – and we have yet another crane vehicle on order for Summer 2019,” he said. “Our vehicles are used for a variety of applications including transporting water turbines, electric panels, transformers, cabins, containers, gate houses, generators, camping pods and even art sculptures. We’ve always found that Palfinger cranes to be extremely reliable and capable of heavy lifting tasks, especially in challenging situations. Using high quality Palfinger cranes keeps us ahead in our business and our customers satisfied.”
Palfinger UK area sales manager Scott Dunn worked alongside Ray, his son and co-owner Chris, as well as the technical and workshop staff at Palfinger UK to ensure Gibsons received the perfect crane for their needs. “We cooperated very closely with Gibsons of Kendal for a number of months on these particular new builds, designing the specification meticulously to meet their exact requirements. We are all very pleased with the finished result, and are confident that the new addition, alongside its partner arriving later in the spring, will complement Gibsons’ existing fleet of Palfinger cranes. Everyone at Palfinger UK would like to thank Gibsons of Kendal for their continued business and wish them all the best in their 40th anniversary year.”