Manitowoc launches the next generation of Grove taxi cranes with the GMK4100L-1, with notable improv

Manitowoc launches the next generation of Grove taxi cranes with the GMK4100L-1, with notable improvements on its GMK4100L predecessor

The new Grove GMK4100L-1 taxi crane will be shown for the first time at Bauma in April on the Manitowoc stands 1201, 1202 and 1302/1.

Grove has had a four axle 100 tonne capacity all terrain for years, but the GMK4100L-1 is a new design that promises notable improvements as part of a new generation of Grove taxi cranes. It has a 60 metre boom. The old model had two engines but the new one has one, which means more counterweight can be carried on board, allowing it to lift more. Grove claims it has the best load charts in its class when configured with full counterweight, or when set up to run within the 12 tonnes per axle load limit.

The new 100 tonner is 2.55 m wide instead of the 2.75 m of its predecessor and overall it is 0.5 m shorter. The Tier IV Final/Euromot 4 engine has a Fuel Saver function to reduce consumption. It has the new Crane Control System (CCS), which will appear on all new Manitowoc products. The CCS includes Boom Configurator Mode where the operator inputs the weight of the load, radius and height to be lifted to, and the system automatically configures the correct boom length.

Boosting the crane’s overall reach is an 18 m telescopic swing-away jib, which can be extended with an 8 m boom extension for a total jib length of 26 m. The jib offers an improved offset of 0 to 45°. The look of the crane has also been improved with a facelift that includes a new ergonomic carrier cab.

Jens Ennen, senior vice president of all terrain and truck mounted cranes at Manitowoc, said the new GMK4100L-1 is the result of improvements and innovations developed at the factory in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where the crane is built. “We have focused strongly on bringing superior reliability, return on investment, ease of transportation, user friendliness and capacity to this crane,” he said. “With class-leading load charts and specifications, the new GMK4100L-1 is a highly mobile crane that is suitable for use on job sites around the world. The GMK4100L exceeded our expectations in both performance and reliability so we are expecting the GMK4100L-1 to continue this tradition.”

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