Manitowoc expands its telescopic crawler crane range with small GCH30


Manitowoc has increased its range of telescopic crawler cranes with the addition of a compact model.

With a footprint of 10.6 x 3 x 3m and tail-swing of just 3.3m, the Grove GCH30 is the smallest in the company’s fleet and offers operators increased maneuverability. Its compact dimensions also mean that the hydraulic crawler crane is able to work on jobsites with tighter working spaces, requiring more precise movements.

John Bair, Manitowoc’s product manager for GHC cranes, said that customer feedback played an important role in the production of this latest model. He said, “We talked to a number of dealers and customers about the telescoping crawler line and about how we could expand the range to benefit certain applications.

“Customers that are engaged in utility, energy, construction and barge-mounted work, for example, indicated that a crane with a smaller footprint would help them increase maneuverability and efficiency on many job sites.”

The 30 metric ton crane has full-power, three-section 25.2m telescoping boom, meaning tasks take less time as operators are able to handle a variety of lifts at various radii without having to set up on outriggers.

A powerful, two-stage hydraulic traction motor drives the undercarriage, allowing the vehicle to navigate tough job site conditions, such as swampy or mountainous terrain, while the track-side frames can be extended and retracted hydraulically to provide three track spans with lifting capabilities at each.

A heated seat, climate control system, 178mm screen for viewing hoist, rear- and right-side camera feeds, and load-sensing joystick controls are some of the in-cabin features on board the GCH30.

“With minimal transport requirements, 100% pick-and-carry ability, and a robust, full-power telescoping boom, the GHC30 will prove nimble in both getting to and navigating job sites,” added Blair.

As with previous models in the series, the GHC30 is the result of a partnership with Germany’s Sennebogen Maschinenfabrik.

March 1, 2017

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