Grove three-axle crane gets a makeover


Grove has announced it is bringing a successor to its popular all-terrain crane to market.

Featuring an extended boom and the strongest load charts in its class, the three-axle GMK3060L will be unveiled to the public at Bauma 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Compared with its predecessor, the GMK3060, the upgraded all-terrain crane’s boom is 5m (16.5ft) longer and now extends to 48m (157.5ft).

The compact dimensions of the vehicle’s three-axle segment enable the vehicle to access tight jobsites, as well as easily maneuver around built-up urban areas and even work indoors.

With a carrier length of 8.6m (28.4ft), the machine is almost as compact as a two-axle model, while with the suspension fully lowered it has a minimum height of 3.4m (11.4ft).

Powered by a six-cylinder, in-line, Cummins QSL9 engine, the unit offers 254kW (340hp) of power, provides good power-to-weight ratios and is available in either Tier 3/Euromot III or Tier 4 Final/Euromot V variants.

A ZF TraXon automatic transmission provides the machine with 12 forward speed options, in addition to two reverse speeds.

Manitowoc’s global product director for all terrain cranes, Andreas Cremer, said, “We launched the GMK3060 at Bauma 2013, and it has been a great success for us. The new GMK3060L takes that crane and makes it even better by providing a longer boom, stronger load charts, fast operating speeds and a powerful yet more environmentally friendly engine.

“It features Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), as well as a boom configurator feature, which enables operators to input basic lift parameters, such as load, radius and load height, and the system automatically provides optimal boom options for performing the lift. This saves time at the jobsite and makes the setup process much easier.”

The new all-terrain crane will premiere at the Manitowoc stand at Bauma 2019, which takes place on April 8-14 at the Messe Munchen.

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