Set To Help Lift Spirits

In a show of support for the Black Dog Institute, Preston Hire is painting the 50th Maeda crawler crane in its SuperCranes fleet black and will be donating $5,000 from the machine’s hire (February to November 2015) to help the Institute’s efforts to improve mental health in the community. The company will also match dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000) on any contributions made to the institute by any Preston Hire customers during that period.

Following a special presentation to Preston Hire by Maeda in Japan in December, the Maeda MC-405C will arrive in Australia in January 2015 and head to Queensland for hire.

Preston Hire’s General Manager, David Serg, said the company is pleased to be supporting the Black Dog Institute, which is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

“We are a company that does business in a very personal way; we care about our people, our customers and the wider community,” David stated.  “Sadly we know firsthand, from a tragedy with one of our own team, that mental health issues can affect anyone at any time and the devastating impact it can have.

“So when we purchased our fiftieth crawler crane - a proud landmark in our company’s growth - we decided to get it painted black and get behind the Black Dog Institute’s valuable work.”

The Maeda MC-405C Mini Crawler chosen to wear the black livery is one of the most powerful in the Maeda MC range and a popular performer that will further enhance Preston Hire’s SuperCranes fleet, which is comprised of Maeda, Sennebogen, UNIC and Kato cranes in a wide range of models and capacities.

A mere 1380mm wide when stowed and weighing only 5600kg, the MC-405C has an outstanding lifting capacity of 3.83t and an impressive lifting height of 21m using the fly jib.

For hire wet or dry, the powerful little black beauty will definitely be an asset on any construction site and David Serg hopes customers will also get behind the Black Dog Institute and make sure the MC-405C works steadily during 2015.

“Our customers count on us to deliver a hire experience that always makes their job much easier; now we’re counting on them to help us keep the MC-405C busy so that together we can make the lives of people with mental illness that much easier,” David said. “It’s good to know that the MC-405C will be helping our customers get the job done while also helping in some way to fight the black dog of depression and mental illness.”

For more on the work of the Black Dog Institute, or to donate, visit

For more information on Preston Hire’s SuperCranes fleet or other equipment, call 1800 440 550