Milestone for Manitowoc’s popular all-terrain crane


Manitowoc has delivered a landmark all-terrain crane in a special ceremony in Germany.

The 100th Grove GMK4100L-1 to be sold – complete with a 100 serial number – was presented to Italian family-owned rental company Sollevamenti Mancini at the Manitowoc factory in Wilhelmshaven last week. The milestone was achieved despite the four-axle crane only being launched in the third quarter of 2016.

The 100-metric ton capacity GMK4100L-1 is part of Grove’s long-boom series of all terrain cranes. It was launched in 2016 following the success of the GMK4100L, which it replaced.

“The crane offers unique innovations and class-leading capabilities in the taxi (road traveling) category,” said Andreas Cremer, global product director for all terrain cranes at Manitowoc. “It also boasts the best load charts in its class and its compact design makes it easy to access and maneuver on the narrowest of jobsites.”

Vehicle specifications
In terms of specifications, the GMK4100L-1 is just 2.55m wide and 13.42m long including the auxiliary hoist, yet its 100-metric ton capacity and 60m Megaform boom mean it has the strength and reach to take on lifts more commonly associated with larger cranes.

It has a maximum tip height of 89m, while its single-engine design means the crane can still carry up to 6.7 metric tons of counterweight within the 12 metric ton/axle weight limits. The crane also features Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS). CCS enables the GMK4100L-1 to be fitted with MAXbase, Manitowoc’s variable outrigger positioning technology.

“We have no doubt that this crane will continue to be successful in the market, both in Europe and further afield. We look forward to the next milestone,” concluded Cremer.

Husband and wife Fiorenzo Mancini and Simona Rossetti, who run Sollevamenti Mancini in Tuscany, were given a subsequent tour of Manitowoc’s manufacturing facility upon receipt of the vehicle.

Mancini said, “We chose the GMK4100L-1 for its compact dimensions, great performance and superior power. Having a narrow carrier width offers big advantages when traversing the roads in our region and the compact tailswing helps on narrow jobsites offering maximum capacities. In short, the GMK4100L-1 matched all our needs.”

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