Crane Service Installs 68-ton Shunt Reactor


Crane Service, Inc., was in charge of offloading a 136,000-lb shunt reactor at the Tucson Electric Power wind park located near Deming, New Mexico. In this project they used a Tadano-Faun ATF220G-5 (250 ton) class crane to hoist a shunt reactor off a transport trailer. After offloading the shunt reactor they immediately placed it on a five-axle transport dolly. The transport dolly was pulled by mover Mighty Mel, which hauled the shunt reactor 350 feet down a dirt road. At this point it had to maneuver the reactor into the transmission site where it would ultimately set. Once Mighty Mel was past the gate the Tadano-Faun ATF220G-5 hoisted the shunt reactor into place. Due to the soil conditions, the Tadano-Faun ATF220G-5 was required to hoist the shunt reactor three times to make it to the pad.

“This project truly showed off our abilities as a heavy hoisting and hauling company,” says Chris Martin, marketing coordinator at Crane Service. “Not only were we able to offload the shunt reactor, we are able to move it into place with our prime mover and transport dolly.”

Crane Service, Inc., specializes in rigging, heavy hoisting, and heavy hauling. It has been serving the greater southwest for more than 50 years. With four locations—Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Chaparral, and Sweetwater, Texas—it is able to serve the greater southwest’s heavy hoisting needs. The company’s fleet is able to serve a wide spectrum of clientele, from 8.5 to 550 tons. It is continually raising the bar for what a crane rental company can be. Contact Martin at (505) 710-5844 or To view a video of the operation go online to or visit the Wind Systems Facebook page.