German crane and transport company Segeberger Abschleppdienst & Krandienst used its Liebherr 90 tonne capacity LTM 1090-4.2 mobile crane to assemble sets and scenery for the German festival Karl May.

With its 60 metre telescopic boom, the LTM 1090-4.2 can reach all working areas of the set from one location (Photo: Liebherr)

The crane was added to the company’s fleet in February 2023.

Owner René Sellmer said, “The Liebherr 90-tonner is perfect for this job. On the one hand, it’s sufficiently compact and manoeuvrable for the narrow access road. On the other, with its 60 metre telescopic boom, it can reach all the required assembly areas from one crane location, where the soil is sufficiently load-bearing.

The LTM 1090-4.2 navigates the narrow access road to the Bad Segeberger open-air theatre (Photo: Liebherr)

“Since we can’t fully extend all the sliding beams, the VarioBase variable support base is worth its weight in gold since it enables us to work safely.”

Crane on the road

The LTM 1090-4.2 carries 8.8 tonnes of ballast with a 12-tonne axle load on public roads. As a taxi crane, it can perform a large number of jobs without a counterweight transport vehicle.

This crane configuration is also sufficient when it comes to lifting the individual parts of the theatre set (which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes) for the festival.

“A set designer creates unique scenery for each festival season,” said Sellmer.

In addition to recovery and towing vehicles, the company’s fleet includes telescopic loaders, low-loaders, trailers and mobile cranes. The LTM 1090-4.2 is now the largest crane in the company’s fleet.

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