Comparing 8053 the 8421 Cranes
Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:01 AM
Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:24 AM
The 8 wheel steering is nicely done. The outriggers deploy in a manner not common for most cranes we see today. The gearbox in the upper turret eases motorization and is simple to use. The cab even tilts back abit like a real crane so that the operator can see what he is lifting. A great buy.
Also do not forget the B-model which is a harbor crane. It is quite quite large when built and can be placed in a city setup!
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Posted 16 October 2010 - 11:56 AM
My kids like to play with it although it is not motorized yet.
In my opinion the number of functions is adequately to the price of the set. After building I was surprised the cab can be tilt, it's a nice detail. Not so good are the outriggers, but I think for the price (and space) of the set it's OK. The steering is great. I was suprised how good it can turn altough the steering lock is very small.
A really good feature is the possibility to extend the boom and let the hook down on the same time. Is this the first time in a officially mobile crane set the two functions can be used together the same time?
Posted 16 October 2010 - 01:45 PM
You could try replacing the knobs with crank handles for faster winding of the LA. I used them on my telescopic crawler crane. They can extent or retract the LA pretty quickly.
Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:46 PM
Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:42 PM
Likewise. It's the last large Technic kit that I want to get my hands on. But as you said, it's sooo expensive!
It would be great to sit the 8460, 8053 and 8421 next to one another.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 02:50 PM
Posted 17 October 2010 - 03:12 PM
I totally agree. 8421 is one of my favourite sets ever!
I would buy 8053 only for B-model.
Posted 17 October 2010 - 03:42 PM
Even though I don't have the 8053 and know that the stabilizers don't actually do any stabilizing, I would say that for the price - It is as good as 8421.
Guess I'm quite alone on this opinion though
Posted 18 October 2010 - 03:53 PM
That said, I'm keeping my pair of 8421s (have one built each way) and really want to get a 8053 mostly for the b model. When I get an 8053, I'll build the main model, play for a day with it, and then build the B and probably keep it that way. That harbor crane just looks cool and is so unique.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 05:14 PM
8053 still seems like a good buy. I won't be getting it since I have the earlier sets and it doesn't offer anything new compared to them, but it's a solid design and at nearly 1300 parts it gives good value for your money.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:30 PM
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:58 AM
all wheel steering makes it harder to put an engine in it...
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:50 PM
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