Grove clocks 400 hours in four months

By Laura Hatton02 May 2014

The GMK6400 lifting steel beams weighing 12 tonnes at a 50 metre radius at a leisure facility

The GMK6400 lifting steel beams weighing 12 tonnes at a 50 metre radius at a leisure facility

A Grove GMK6400, owned by German crane rental company Klema, has logged more than 400 hours since its delivery in December 2013.

The 400 US ton (362 tonne) capacity all terrain crane has been used to build bridges and to assist on construction projects. Jobs have included lifting steel beams weighing 12 tonnes at a 50 metre radius at a leisure facility and lifting pre-fabricated 60 tonne concrete beams at a bridge build for redesign of the Aschheim junction in Munich.

Sven Bauer, technical manager at the Klema Group, said, “Currently, no other six-axle crane comes close to the sum of the features of the GMK6400. As the first crane of its kind in Bavaria, we can take full advantage of its capabilities. Extremely short set-up times, in particular with the self-rigging MegaWingLift, keep it ahead of all other crane concepts in this class, which gives us a competitive advantage.”

Klaus Kellner, crane operator, said, “It’s amazing how the Grove Megatrak suspension system can handle such forces. Manitowoc has managed to translate ‘fireworks of new ideas from Wilhelmshaven’ into reality. What other crane offers such technical refinements as a combined hydrostatic drive, a split hook block, aluminium rims or an elaborate Megadrive energy saving concept? Not to mention lift capacities that some larger cranes can't even achieve."

Klema’s new Grove GMK6400 joins several other Grove cranes in its Munich-based fleet.

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