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Michelin helps crane firm reach new heights

Mobile crane hire and contract lifting specialist, John Sutch Cranes has confirmed it will specify Michelin tyres across its fleet of mobile cranes, tractor units, trailers and rigid trucks, after a trial set covered more than twice the distance normally seen from the firm’s previous tyre of choice.


The family business compared the performance of the 445/95 R25 Michelin X-Crane + tyres fitted to one of its three-axle Liebherr cranes, versus an identical crane doing similar work, but running on the same size tyres from another premium brand.

Commenting, Ian Seddon, Service & Transport Manager at John Sutch Cranes, says: “As well as covering twice the distance, the Michelins didn’t suffer any of the irregular wear we saw on the other tyres.

“Using Michelin tyres will help us save costs in the long run as we won’t be fitting replacements nearly as often, plus the lower rolling resistance we’ve seen should help to unlock continued fuel efficiency benefits. Plus, of course, fitting tyres which last longer means we’ll be consuming fewer raw materials.”

Established in 1990, John Sutch Cranes is a mobile crane hire and contract lifting specialist, based in the north west of England. The company operates a fleet of 38 cranes of various makes and sizes, seven trucks and 11 trailers.