Since Bigge helped erect the first wind farm in California in 1979, Bigge has helped to accelerate the construction of wind turbine parks across the United States. As of 2017, the U.S. has over 82 Gigawatts of wind power capacity, a tenfold increase in its capacity of a decade ago, and is expected to double its output over the next 5 years. With now almost 40 years of experience, and the largest dedicated wind power optimized crawler crane fleet for rent in the U.S., Bigge is the leader in wind turbine erection and maintenance.
Bigge has a specialized fleet of crawler and rough terrain cranes dedicated to wind turbine erection. All crawlers are available for bare rental nationwide out of any of our 20 locations coast to coast, and operated and maintained crane rental service in the western United States. Bigge also supports wind power contractors by offering a full engineering design service, complete with Auto CAD drawings, for lift planning and transportation operations.
We have put together a fleet of cranes that we believe offer our customers the very best solutions in terms of performance, efficiency, and reliability. In addition to the best machines, we also have the best people. We have a nationwide network of factory-trained service engineers as well as teams of project managers, estimators and safety professionals to help complete our clients wind power projects as estimated and under budget.
Some highlights of our nationwide fleet:
Bigge has numerous Liebherr LR1600 crawler cranes, the best crane in the world for mounting turbines on 100m towers. The 1600 is configured for wind turbine erection, giving it 15% more capacity than the Demag CC2800. With 354' of boom and 39' jib, the LR1600/2 can hoist over 100 tons at a 60' radius. For large capacity 80 and 85m towers, Bigge has multiple Manitowoc 16000 crawler cranes with the new Heavy Boom and Wind Jib attachments optimized for wind turbine erection and maintenance. The Manitowoc 16000 is equipped with 292 ft heavy boom and new 25 ft wind jib.
Bigge also has the largest fleet of Liebherr LR1300 Crawler Cranes of anyone in the world. With a maximum lift capacity of 330 tons, the LR series crawlers have superior load charts, are Tier 4 compliant, and each comes equipped with a newly designed 23' windmill jib and the highest capacity to weight ratio in their class.
For other lifting work, Bigge has assembled some of the largest rubber-tired rough terrain cranes ever produced. These include the dozens of Terex RT1120 (120 ton capacity), Terex RT 1000 (100 ton capacity) and the Grove 9150, rated at 150 ton capacity and with 162 feet of telescopic main boom and 55 feet of jib. These new cranes are ideal for setting cages, lifting wind turbine nacelles, and their maneuverability makes them easy to transport and well suited to wind farm work.