Hiab’s longest, strongest drywall crane gets North American launch


Hiab is launching its longest and strongest drywall crane to date for the North American market.

With a reach of nine floors and a lifting capacity of nearly 300,000 foot-pound force (ft/lbf), the K-505 HiPro is also the heaviest in the OEM’s line up and will now be available for the US and Canadian markets.

All of the firm’s drywall cranes are equipped with the HIAB HiPro remote control, which gives operators more flexibility of finding the best working space and field of vision. The package brings features such as LSS (load stability system for vertical movements), VSLplus (variable stability logic plus) and ASC (automatic speed control) that improve operator safety and productivity. All of the drywall cranes are connected and prepared for the future, as connectivity enables Hiab’s connected services such as HiConnect.

Marcel Boxem, director of Heavy Range at Hiab, said, “Hiab K-505 HiPro allows our customers to be more productive than ever as it can install drywalls rapidly in buildings up to nine stories high. The technological advanced features and remote control let even less experienced operators get a smooth and precise response from their cranes. As it’s connected, fleet owners have the option of receiving performance data to optimise their vehicle fleet and service alerts based on actual usage.”

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