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Mini crane hoisted 40 storeys to complete project downtown Toronto


December 17, 2020
By Jay Koblun

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Construction company Thompson Miller needed a very specific crane for a job downtown Toronto and relied on a Maeda MC285-2 mini crane from rental company Tri-Crane to get the job done.

“We had a customer that needed to work on the mechanical room from the roof top of a 40-storey building on Yonge Street in Toronto,” said Jason Hanna, president of Tri-Crane. “Thompson Miller needed a crane that could be dismantled, then hoisted to the roof with another machine in pieces and re-assembled on the roof.”

The Maeda MC285-2 mini crane was used in hoisting mechanical system components such as HVAC and cooling towers on the roof.

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“Thompson Miller said they were amazed how easy the machine came apart, and that is one of the main reasons we got the job because this MC285 is designed to come apart for this very purpose,” said Hanna.

The crane has several safety features and due to the LMI (load moment indicator), Thompson Miller said it was easy to know exactly how much weight the crane was bearing at all times.

“Being that far in the air there is no room for errors.”

Tri-Crane recently supplied another Maeda mini crane on a project downtown Toronto called The Well.