Displayed at CONEXPO 2020 earlier this year, a Potain Hup M 28-22 self-erecting tower crane is now busy at work helping erect a 192-unit apartment complex in northwest Reno, Nevada.

Potain Hup M 28-22 Self-Erecting Tower Crane Fast-Tracks Apartment Project in Nevada. Source: Manitowoc

The crane belongs to Davis Company, a local general contractor, and is the first Hup M 28-22 model to be deployed in North America. The crane is proving to be a valuable tool for Davis Company. It is supporting several of the tasks performed at the apartment complex site, eliminating the need for other equipment such as forklifts, and also reducing labor costs.

“This is a prefab job and the crane is very useful to set walls, floor modules, and trusses, among many other tasks,” said Jim Smith, job foreman at Davis Company.

All of these jobs would be much harder without a self-erecting tower crane. The number one advantage the crane offers is placing the prefab components right where they go. It saves us time and money to be able to fabricate components offsite and just lift them directly off the truck to their location on the construction site.

Another great benefit to self-erecting tower cranes on multi-unit housing construction sites is the crane’s mobility, reach and ability to perform many different tasks throughout the working day. Contractors can deploy a self-erecting crane between two home construction sites, for example, and reap the advantages of a much more efficient building process.

“Whereas a job with any of our other cranes would require an eight to 10-man crew to get the job done, the Hup M 28-22 enables us to require only a six-man crew”,

said Dennis Davis, founder and owner of Davis Company. “This saves us time by allowing us to utilize our crew in other areas of the job at the same time if needed, and if not, it saves us money in labor costs.”

Potain Hup M 28-22 Self-Erecting Tower Crane Fast-Tracks Apartment Project in Nevada. Source: Manitowoc

As for why Dennis Davis chose the crane over more conventional equipment such as telehandlers and mobile cranes, the answer is simple:

“The Hup M 28-22’s reach and tip capacity is much greater”,

he said.

The crane should remain at the site until early 2021, when the development is scheduled for completion.

Certified Potain dealer Compass Equipment, based in nearby Gilbert, Arizona, supplied the crane to Davis Company, and is certain the crane will continue to catch the attention of other homebuilders interested in building more efficiently.