Treadmill Crane is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the University. Once researched, the construction speed for all buildings is increased by +20%. Treadmill Crane helps players to establish forward bases more quickly or build structures close to enemy territory, especially Castles or Town Centers, which can otherwise take a while to complete.
Despite not having access to Treadmill Crane, the Spanish have the fastest builders in the game due to their civilization bonus that gives them +30% working speed. However, this effect is reduced on Wonders, becoming only 20%, so that Spanish Wonders are built at the same speed as the Wonders of any civilization with access to Treadmill Crane.
- Italians: Researching Treadmill Crane is 33% cheaper.
- Portuguese: Researching Treadmill Crane is 30% faster.
A team containing Malians: Researching Treadmill Crane is 80% faster.
The Age of Kings
- Treadmill Crane cost 200W/300S.
- Franks: Can research Treadmill Crane.
- Goths: Can research Treadmill Crane.
- Japanese: Cannot research Treadmill Crane.
- Vikings: Cannot research Treadmill Crane.
- With patch 1.0b, Treadmill Crane costs 300F/200W.
- Huns: Can research Treadmill Crane.
- Goths: Treadmill Crane removed from their technology tree.
- Huns: Treadmill Crane removed from their technology tree.
- Slavs: Can research Treadmill Crane.
- Vikings: Treadmill Crane added to their technology tree.
The African Kingdoms
- Japanese: With patch 4.8, Treadmill Crane is added to their technology tree.
Rise of the Rajas
- Khmer: Can research Treadmill Crane.
Lords of the West
- With update 44725, Franks, Khmer and Slavs can no longer research Treadmill Crane.
- Italians: With update 44725, Treadmill Crane is 33% cheaper.
- The treadmill crane depicted in-game is also a counterweight crane. It uses the same counterweight model from the Trebuchet albeit smaller.
- The Western European, Central European, Mediterranean, and East Asian Lumber Camps have a Treadmill Crane. The Eastern European and Native American ones also have one but without the treadmill. However, a European style treadmill crane would have been unknown to the Mesoamericans and East Asians in reality.
- Serjeants are not affected by Treadmill Crane.
|“||The construction of castles, cathedrals, and other major building projects required the invention of new techniques, as well as the re-discovery of ancient technologies. A critical tool known to the ancients but lost to the Europeans of the Dark Ages was the crane. The simple crane was a long pole with block and tackle gear that was used to pull loads to a height. The treadmill crane was an improvement over the simple version. It used a large circular treadmill upon which men walked. Gears converted the horizontal circular motion into vertical turning, providing power to wind ropes around a drum and pull up heavy loads. A variation of the treadmill crane employed a capstan that men could push against, like those used on sailing ships to raise anchors.||”|