The first four Tadano GR-1000EX-4 Rough Terrain wheeled cranes delivered to Europe were handed over to Havator AB in Luleå, Sweden, in June 2022. The machines were supplied by the Finnish Tadano import company Rotator Oy. Havator is the largest Nordic company to offer lifting services, special transports, and heavy haulage, founded in 1956. Operating in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.

Shown in the picture are the Tadanos being handed over,
with Bengt Hedlin and Adam Wayman from Havator AB and,
representing the supplier, Pertti Isokorpi from Tadano Scandinavia
and Kai Huttunen and Vesa Valtonen from Rotator.


Reach, lifting capacity, and easy handling

The GR-1000EX-4 has a 51-metre boom with five sections. Provided with two telescopic cylinders, the lifting boom extends from fully retracted to fully extended position in just 170 seconds. This 100 ton wheeled crane is approx. 3.8 metres high in transport position, and its overall width is 3.35 metres and length just under 15.2 metres. With 55 ton curb weight the crane is also relatively easy to transport. Tadano Ltd is not only the largest Japanese producer of cranes and aerial work platforms but also one of the largest crane manufacturers in the world.

Crane operators’ favourite

“Learning to use the new Tadano Rough Terrain GR-1000EX-4 is easy and it is also easy to operate, says Bengt Hedlin, Havator’s regional manager in Northern Sweden. ”Any one of our crane operators can be assigned to operate this new Rough Terrain Tadano without any problems. With other cranes, this is not necessarily the case. Tadano GR-1000 is also easy to transport to site when needed. It is compact, quick and easy to transport. Tadano’s reliability is something we and our customers appreciate. Especially here in the north we sometimes have challenging weather conditions. Outside temperatures can be anything between + 35 and – 40 degrees and Tadano GR can handle these temperatures”, says Bengt.

”Positive experiences with Tadano Rough Terrain wheeled cranes encouraged us to make the decision to invest in new and larger Tadanos. We believe that due to their lower maintenance and repair costs, lower fuel costs, and extremely high resale values these are not our last Tadano Rough Terrain cranes”, adds Bengt.

Bengt Hedlin, Regional manager Northern Sweden


”If an operator has the opportunity to choose between a Tadano Rough Terrain crane or a crane of some other make, they will invariably opt for the Tadano RT”, says Adam Wayman supervisor, Havator Luleå. It is really easy to operate, its movements are accurate, and the operator does not need to leave the cabin at the site. The possibility to carry loads is sometimes also a valuable feature according to both Kjell and Adam.

Havator cranedriver, Kjell Aslaksen and supervisor, Adam Wayman



Earlier experience to support Tadano wheeled crane deal

Havator has long and positive experience with Tadano RT cranes. ”Our fleet contains many GR cranes. The oldest are Tadano GR 700s from 2004, and they are still in daily use. And [still] without problems”, says Havator’s fleet manager Joakim Mette. ”Now we needed a bigger RT crane and we believe that the Tadano GR-1000EX-4 is as reliable and cost effective as the earlier RT cranes by Tadano. We also know that we can always rely on help from Rotator and Tadano in possible problem situations as with other after-sales services”, Joakim sums up.

Havator’s fleet manager Joakim Mette


Finnish Tadano sales transferred to Tadano Scandinavia

After more than 51 year as the importer of Tadano in Finland, Rotator Oy is now closing down Tadano import operations in Finland. Together with after-sales services import operations will be handled by Tadano Scandinavia in the future. The four Tadano GR-1000EX-4 cranes delivered to Havator will be the last Tadano cranes sold by Rotator. Tadano Scandinavia will still be supported by Rotator Oy regarding after-sales services for the Tadanos sold in Finland. Rotator wants to thank Tadano for these fine years of cooperation and wishes Tadano all the best in its journey towards an even greater success in the world.


Additional information:

Rotator Oy

Vesa Valtonen, Sales Director, lifts and cranes, Tel. +358 400 622 873,
Janne Salomäki, Marketing Manager, Tel. +358 504 129 013,

Havator Group

Joakim Mette, Fleet Manager, Havator Group Oy, Tel. +358 50 513 0120,
Bengt Hedlin, Regional Manager, Northern Sweden, Havator AB, Tel. +46 72 243 26 01,

Havator Oy | Havator Group Oy

Founded in 1956, Havator is the largest Nordic company to offer lifting services, special transports, and heavy haulage. We are operating in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia. We are dedicated to be the cutting edge company in the field and develop our services by advancing safety and efficiency without forgetting the traditions of the trade. Havator Group Oy has a turnover of about EUR 100 million and employs approximately 450 people. Learn more at:

Rotator Oy

Founded in 1954, Rotator is one of the most experienced machinery import and after-service companies in Finland. For more than 60 years, Rotator has been working for the competitiveness of its customers. It is an honor for Rotator that the customer receives a reliable and efficient machine and reliable after-sales services throughout Finland. Rotator sells and maintains mining and construction equipment, forklifts, cranes, access platforms, telehandlers, mobile crushing and screening plants and compaction equipment. In addition to these Rotator has also comprehensive selection of used machines, as well as rental machines for many different needs. Read more:


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