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A pair of Terex® AT 20-3 pick & carry cranes dissemble brewing production line

ZWEIBRÜCKEN, Germany, November 3, 2016 – It’s not every day that a crane company gets asked to move a brewery production line, but that’s exactly the unusual job Moorabbin Mobile Cranes of Melbourne, Australia, recently wrapped up on the site of the Matilda Bay Brewery. 

Selected for the job because of the company’s vast experience and modern fleet of cranes, Moorabbin crew was up to the task of performing several challenging lifts in an extremely confined working area. After surveying the job, the company called in its two Terex® AT 20-3 picks & carry cranes. Crane operators and riggers needed to remove and load onto trailers the brewery's entire production line from its current building. The final and most challenging lift was moving the brewery’s 7-meter (23 ft), 6-tonne (6.6 US t) oven. 

“Anytime you’re performing a lift and carry operation inside of a building precise movements are required,” says Moorabbin Mobile Cranes’ crane crew operator, Mark Curtis. “Our crew has a lot of experience in this type of environment and prefer to use our Terex AT 20-3 pick & carry cranes because of their ability to maneuver in tight spaces with limited overhead space.”

Two cranes, two crane operators and two riggers started the Matilda Bay Brewery job by lifting and placing smaller machinery onto the trailers for transporting. Once the bulk of the production line was removed, Moorabbin Mobile Cranes’ crew could finally tackle the task of lifting and walking the oven through a low overhead door onto an awaiting truck and trailer. 

To begin, the Terex pick & carry cranes were positioned on each side of the long oven. After each side was rigged, each crane operator had to carefully lift at the same time to keep the oven level. With the assistance of crane riggers paying attention to potential overhead obstacles and tight corners, the oven was then slowly walked out of the building and placed on the trailer. “We had to maintain a very low lift height throughout the operation and be able to exit the building with the oven positioned precisely over the top of the trailer.” adds Curtis. “We didn’t have much room to work with. A job like this takes an experienced team and the right equipment. We have both.” 

Once the brewery job was complete, Moorabbin Mobile Cranes had its Terex AT 20-3 cranes onto the next job. In fact, the company keeps these two workhorses busy on a daily basis around Melbourne, Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula. On many jobs, the two cranes work in tandem and perform dual lifts on a regular basis. “Since we started using Terex pick & carry cranes back in the 1990s, dual lifts have become more of a specialty of ours,” says Curtis. “We have a lot of clients that need to lift and place long heavy machinery inside of buildings. And, having the crane pair allows us to do that efficiently and economically.” 

Curtis says that the Terex AT 20-3 crane’s ability to maintain regular traffic travels of up to 85 km/h, its compact size and quick setup helps his crew get on and off jobs faster. It’s a combination that allows Moorabbin Mobile Cranes to get more work done in a week and save its customers money.


About Moorabbin Mobile Cranes

Moorabbin Mobile Cranes is a family owned crane hire company which has been operating in Melbourne, Australia since 1978. With a commitment to service and customer satisfaction, the company's aim is to provide hassle free crane hire throughout Melbourne while building a friendly and loyal working relationship with all its customers. Moorabbin Mobile Cranes 's modern fleet of quality cranes is fitted with the latest technology and safety features and come complete with experienced, fully trained and licensed operators and dogmen. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

About Terex

Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products and services delivering lifecycle solutions that maximize customer return on investment. Major Terex brands include Terex, Genie, Powerscreen and Demag. Terex solutions serve a broad range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utilities, quarrying and mining. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information about Terex is available on its website:, and on its LinkedIn page -- and Facebook page --

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