Manitowoc has unveiled the new Grove GHC series of telescoping crawler cranes. Playing host to dealers and customers from North America, the company showed off during a launch event at its Shady Grove factory in Pennsylvania, USA, all three cranes in the series – the 55 USt (50 t) GHC55, the 77 USt (70 t) GHC75 and the 132 USt (120 t) GHC130. The GHC cranes will be distributed exclusively by Grove in the Americas as a result of an exclusive partnership with Sennebogen Maschinenfabrik, whose leadership was also on hand for the launch event.
Dave Hull, senior vice president global sales and marketing at Manitowoc Cranes, reiterated the cranes’ unique features. “From time to time, we look beyond our traditional borders to re-evaluate our portfolio to ensure we are offering our customers a complete line of lifting options to suit their needs,” Hull said. “It’s with this in mind that we are introducing to you the new Grove GHC Telecrawler series, which we know will find plenty of use in North and Latin America, from utility projects to construction and everything in between.”
Following the unveiling, the event moved outside and into the snow, where a full demonstration of the GHC75 was given to attendees. Of particular note were the crane’s maneuverability features, including skid steering and counter-rotation. The crane also demonstrated its 100% pick-and-carry capability on up to 4 degrees of incline. These benefits, along with the ability to fully telescope a load with the robust full power boom, are a few of the series’ most productive features.
Each of the GHC cranes include load charts for level, and load charts for both 2 degrees and 4 degrees out of level, providing excellent versatility for varying job site conditions.
John Bair, product manager for Grove telescoping crawler cranes, explained in detail the crane’s features, which also include a Tier 4 Final-compliant Cummins engine, optional pole claw, auger and personnel basket attachments, and efficient transportability and self-rigging capabilities.
David O’Connell, president of Shawmut Equipment, a Manitowoc dealer, said his company would be stocking the new crane series, pointing out the markets and applications that the cranes would serve well. “We expect that companies working in the utility, bridge-building and marine industries are going to find considerable use for these cranes,” he explained. “This is because of the quick setup times, the 100% pick and carry capacities, the cranes’ full 360-degree swing capabilities, and because the GHC series cranes can still pick a load when not completely level.”
March 27, 2015