Visitors to Crane Days 2018 were the first in the world to see Manitowoc’s latest truck crane. The Grove TMS500-2 machine was publicly unveiled for the first time at the Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, event. With a 40 ton capacity, the truck crane has quick setup features and can be transported to different job sites without additional loads.
“We saw a strong demand from our dealers – and the market in general – for a lightweight, versatile truck crane with excellent taxi capabilities,” said J J Grace, product manager for truck-mounted cranes at Manitowoc. “We took that sentiment into account, and the TMS500-2 is the result.”
Two four-section boom options will be available on the crane: the first ranges from 8.8-29m, with three quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves in its main boom nose; the second option ranges from 9.8-31m and has four sheaves. An additional telescoping swingaway jib ranging between 7.9m and 13.7m offers operators extra reach.
Grace added, “This machine represents a significant addition to our line of next-generation truck cranes. Our customers asked for a smaller truck crane to maximize maneuverability and efficiency, and we delivered. They have helped design a crane that will have a real impact on their profitability.”