25 April 2008

Meade Crane Service has taken delivery of the Republic of Ireland's first 130 tonne capacity Grove GMK5130-1 all terrain mobile crane. The new unit joins two other Groves in the 13-crane Meade fleet: a GMK3055, and a GMK5100. Fergus Meade, a director at Meade Crane Service, said, “We purchased the GMK5130-1 to fill the void between our smaller cranes, with short boom lengths, and larger machines that are too big for working in the city, which is where most of our work occurs.” The first job for the crane involved lifting several 2 tonne air conditioning units to a height of 40 m for installation on top of a building in Dublin city centre. The GMK5130-1 was rigged with its full boom of 60 m and was configured with 18 m of luffing fly jib offset at 40°. To maximise lift capacity 23.6 tonnes of counterweight was used.

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