New Groves for MSG
By Alex Dahm25 January 2021
Crane rental specialist MSG Krandienst in Germany has taken delivery of a new Grove GMK4100L-1 and a new GMK5150L.
MSG Krandienst is based in Kehl, Baden-Württemberg, and collected the cranes from Grove’s Wilhelmshaven factory. The 100 and 150 tonners join a new 300 tonne capacity GMK6300L-1 delivered early in 2020. The GMK5150L replaced its predecessor, a GMK5130-2, and the GMK4100L-1 replacing a competitor crane, manufacturer Manitowoc said.
MSG said it had 16 Grove cranes at four locations in Germany and France. Capacities ranged from the 60 tonne GMK3060 up to the 400 tonne GMK6400. MSG said its typical applications included assembly of precast concrete elements, steel construction and as auxiliary cranes in the wind energy sector.
Björn Jatz, MSG managing director, said, “The Grove GMK5150L is a reliable crane with a 60 metre mast and 11.8 tonne load capacity on the long main boom. We have had a very good experience with its performance so our decision to purchase another GMK5150L was a quick one.”
Extras on the GMK5150L included aluminium alloy wheels, a 17.8 metre hydraulic swingaway jib. Manitowoc’s Birdview 270 degree camera system was also specified to improve operator visibility.
Commenting on the jib, Jatz said, “The jib comes into play when we are carrying out special chimney filter changes in steel mills, for example, or completing roof work from a distance. That’s when we need the strong load charts and long reach the 150 tonne Grove offers us.”
The new GMK4100L-1 went straight from the factory to its first job erecting a tower crane in Freiburg. Its 2.55 metre width helps travel to even the most confined city centre job sites, Manitowoc said.
“With a 48 tonne driving permit, the crane can be moved to any project comprehensively. The Megatrak independent suspension “gives us the necessary ground clearance when the terrain off-road becomes more difficult,” Jatz said. “The GMK4100L-1 is also the second of MSG’s cranes to have the same construction. Given the § 29 driving permit in Germany, in future, it will be essential to have identical machines in the fleet,” Jatz continued.