Yagao XCMG XCA 220 Mobile Crane by Cranes Etc TV

Yagao is the preferred model maker of
the giant Chinese construction equipment company XCMG. This model is the XCA 220
mobile crane and we can see that Yagao is stated as the model maker on the box.
I think we can assume that the 220 indicates that the capacity of the real
crane is 220 tonnes and this one is a five axle all-terrain machine. Cutting the
tape and lifting the lid we can see that the parts are wrapped in soft paper but
no instructions are supplied with this model. As usual for the initial assembly
we’ll just get the crane ready for the road and the first thing we can fit are
two magnetized engine covers. These are metal and they easily slot into place. Next I
think we’ll decide to add on the two hooks that come with the crane and we’ll
start out off by using a key on the winch drum to take off the rope. The
winches are good because they’ve got a positive spring action with a brake, and
here we see the two hooks reeved on. There is a hitch point at the front of
the cab and you get a tiny steel pin to put in it. As you can see that pin is so
small there’s no point trying to use salami sized fingers to get it in. No we
need to be much more clinical so here we’re using a pair of tweezers and I
guess that in real life the tweezers they use must be very large.
To fix the hooks we’ve used a chain but that’s not included with the model. Next
we’ve got some metalwork to install at the top of the crane and that comprises
of two small platforms and there’s a set of handrails to fit on each one. There’s
also a much longer piece of handrail to fit on the top of the body. Starting at
the cabin there is a structure and a pair of tanks modelled, and as we move down the
chassis we can see that the drive shafts are modelled also. but they’re not quite
continuous. At the back there’s a couple more tanks and the road tyres have a
decent tread pattern. On top of the cab there’s a large rack and there are mirrors
and very thin windscreen wipers. There’s a small badge above the grille and the
lights look good. There are sharp graphics and a nice tread plate on the
step. There are more nice graphics on the side of the body and the outrigger posts
and it’s always nice to see branding in the side walls of the tyres. There’s
another protection rack on top of the crane cab and there are more sharp
graphics applied to the crane body. At the back we have a spare wheel and
the lights have plastic lenses with more sharp graphics adding detail. That also
applies to the boom where the small graphics are perfectly legible. At the
front of the crane body there are textured steps and handrails and up on
top the platform also has texturing. The ropes applied on the drums is of decent
quality. A particularly nice touch is the spooling drum because it has cable
loaded on it. Looking at the boom top all of the pulleys are separate and they’re
made of metal. Included with the model are spreader plates for the outriggers and the
outriggers themselves are very detailed with smooth looking pistons and there
are tiny graphics printed on the outrigger beams. Detailing behind the
carrier cab is of a high standard with nice mesh grilles and there is also a variety
of textures and a fixed in place ladder. The included fly jib is metal and it has
some good quality lattice work. It is a luffing jib controlled by a hydraulic
ram with the colour of the plastic ram jacket being slightly off. There is a
large metal hook supplied and it’s got three separate sheaves inside. You can
also rotate the hook to get a different angle but it is really quite stiff. The
other hook supplied is a single line hook and it’s a heavy metal piece. Starting with the chassis each axle has
independent steering and the range of movement you can achieve is really good.
With each axle having independent steering it’s possible to replicate any
steering mode that you want including crab steering.
The other piece of nice model engineering on the chassis is
independent suspension on each axle so let’s put the crane out onto the test
track and we’ll start by giving it a bit of up and down and testing of the
suspension. After enough of that we can move the crane along and it rolls nicely
in a straight line helped by its heavy weight. Let’s now set the steering axles
so we can do a reasonably tight turn and that works well enough although at this
stage not all of the axles are now grounded properly, and finally everybody
likes a bit of crab steering so let’s set all of the wheels pointing in the
same direction and then we can replicate that classic shifty sideways movement. At
the front the cab has opening doors and we’re using the pointer that’s supplied
with the model to get it open and having arrived on site and been able to get out
of the cab we can now set the crane up for operation. The two-stage metal
outrigger beams pull out easily and then we can lower the piston just by
unscrewing in the usual way. The pads are supplied as separate parts and they
latch on over the end of the piston to lock them in place. Tiny steel pins
are provided and they are an easy fit – perhaps too easy – because they come out
easily. To spread the load on the outriggers we can use the plates
provided. The outrigger system is strong enough to support the model wheels-free.
Raising the boom is easy and it goes up with a gentle caress and you can lock it
at any extension you want by tightening up the grub screw.
To give the crane some lifting capacity we need to add some counterweight and it’s
been nicely modelled because all of the parts are separate pieces so with some
care it would be possible to configure the counterweight in different ways and
that includes adding on cheek weights. Also the lift rams are modelled as
separate parts which press into holes and as you can see that at the top that
results in slots and you use those slots to connect the counterweight to the
crane. A consequence of the way it’s modelled is
that the underside is perfectly smooth which means it can’t really be posed
properly on the carrier deck for self ballasting so attaching the
counterweight is the job of giant hand cranes and you offer it up to the fixed
rams on the body and when it interlocks you slide it sideways to lock it.
The system is a little bit fiddly at first but once you get the hang of it it’s
very secure. With the counterweight fully loaded let’s check the outriggers and
with the full load on we can see they’re not perfectly straight because of some
movement in the connections. The telescopic boom sections have got
locking points at approximately 50% 90% and 100%, and to extend the
boom you pull out the sections in the normal way. They were initially a little
bit sticky on the review model but once they get moving they are smooth enough.
Let’s look at some other features on the model and the crane cab can be tilted.
The ram controlling it was very stiff but it does mean it holds a pose.
Also the cab features an opening sliding door and you need the plastic pointer to
get it started but once it starts it slides easily enough. Another feature we
saw earlier was the removable engine covers and when they are lifted up you can
see a detailed engine underneath. A model like this really needs to be
displayed lifting something and here it is working as an assist crane attaching
the fly jib onto the big XCA 1200 mobile crane. That’s a model we’ve reviewed
previously. To extend the reach of the crane there is a two-piece fly jib that you
can add and if you want the maximum length you join the two pieces
together and secure them with tiny nuts and bolts. Now tools are provided to help
with the task but in reality for this connection things are very tight for
space so the bolts can be inserted easily enough from outside but getting
the nuts on is a more difficult problem. A special tool is provided to hold the
nuts but really you can only fit them in on one side because there’s not enough
space to get a tool and a nut in, and with the job done you can see how tight it is.
To fit the fly jib on it is positioned over the attachment lugs on the boom head
and in this respect the fit of parts is very good so much so it stays on well
even without the nuts and bolts. Space to fit the nuts is again difficult so here
we’ve just inserted the bolts. The advantage of this fly jib is that it’s controlled
by a hydraulic ram so you can set an offset angle. Models of cranes for
Chinese companies like XCMG have improved a lot in recent times. The XCA
220 by Yagao continues that trend and it’s a very nice combination of high
detail and functionality. It’s been well engineered and looks impressive and
overall is good enough to be rated excellent.

9 comments on “Yagao XCMG XCA 220 Mobile Crane by Cranes Etc TV”

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  5. Marco Buijs says:

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  9. G says:

    Looks like one of the cheaper manufacturers

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