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American 9535 question

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by BigIron25, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. BigIron25

    BigIron25 Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Hello everyone! I am operating a new crane (well for me, certainly not new by age) and it’s a barge (pedestal) mounted American 9535. I admittedly don’t have a deep knowledge of American Crawler cranes or friction cranes in general (I typically operate newer hydraulic rigs) and I was wondering if anyone could give me some backstory on the 9535 in particular. I’ve operated American 7250s, 9270s, and 9310s before, but have never seen a 9535. It has some hydraulic controls under the house for easy self removal of the counterweight stack that leads me to think it may have been a truck crane in its past life? The only picture I’ve been able to find is of it mounted on a heavy duty stand alone trailer. I’d also be interested to know what the original capacity was for the crane if anyone knows. I have the load charts now, but it’s all for barge/offshore work, so considerably de-rated. She’s fun to operate, but a little slow compared to the smaller 9270! Also different using a hydraulic swing with friction hoists!