The employees of German crane service company Neeb were happy to receive three new Grove all-terrain cranes during a handover at the Manitowoc factory in Wilhelmshaven in November 2020. The family business from Wuppertal chose GMK3060L, GMK4100L-1, and GMK6300L-1 to expand its company fleet.
Wuppertal, Germany-based Neeb has expanded its company fleet with three new Grove all-terrain cranes: a GMK3060L, a GMK4100L-1, and a GMK6300L-1. The trio of Grove cranes covers a variety of applications, enabling Neeb to flexibly respond to customer needs. Neeb chose Grove for its high standard of quality and reliability, and the cranes’ strong capacities.
The proud new owner of the Grove trio, Armin Neeb, said:
“We took delivery of a GMK5150L almost a year ago and have been very happy with this strong and reliable crane. This was one of the reasons we decided to purchase Grove all-terrains again. The strong lifting performance and excellent off-road capabilities of the Grove cranes will enable us to meet our customers’ needs even better in the future”.
Flexibility and profitability
In the GMK3060L Neeb has received a compact three-axle machine. With a 48m main boom length and only 2.55m widths, the taxi crane is a benchmark for compactness and performance in its class. Similarly, with its heavy-duty jib and the exceptionally large amount of storage space, the GMK3060L is an asset in day-to-day operations. When the boom is fully extended, it can lift an impressive 6.6t, and at 8.67m, the carrier is almost as compact as that of a two-axle crane.
“The GMK3060L currently offers the best crane concept in the 60t class. The long boom, which has a very low boom overhang, combined with the compact design and strong load charts is unique”, Neeb explained.
The GMK4100L-1 is the second new Grove all-terrain crane in the company’s fleet. With its 100t load capacity and 60m main boom, the four-axle machine has impressive performance characteristics. The crane accommodates up to 6.7t of counterweight in taxi configuration and offers the best load charts in its class. The remaining counterweight, including supporting pads and accessories, can be transported on just one standard semi-trailer.
From Wilhelmshaven, the GMK4100L-1 went straight to a construction site in Wuppertal, where the crane, equipped with 26.2t of counterweight, got to work on a very confined job-site underneath a highway bridge. Thanks to the user-friendly Manitowoc CCS (Crane Control System), this demanding first job was very simple. Manitowoc Crane Care employees were also on hand to answer any questions the crane operator had.
“The GMK4100L-1 has an impressively long, strong boom that can be used for a wide variety of tasks, and as such is the most compact taxi crane. The crane can even travel within widths of 2.55m with 19.9t of counterweight, which is extremely important when completing jobs in industrial plants”, Neeb said.
The GMK6300L-1 completes the trio of new Grove all-terrain cranes for Neeb. With an 80m main boom and an optional boom extension of up to 37m, the six-axle crane can reach a maximum height of 120m while still lifting 2.1t. The GMK6300L-1 also boasts a load capacity of 300t and can lift up to 14t within a working radius of 14–28m at full boom length.
Crane rental companies often face challenges when moving cranes. Bridges increasingly have load restrictions in Germany, for example, so the total weight of the mobile crane plays a decisive role when planning the journey to the site. The GMK6300L-1 from Neeb has a boom removal kit in order to drive more flexibly without the boom and with less overall weight. Disassembly and assembly of the boom are quick and easy to perform, and without the main boom, the crane can travel on the road with a total gross vehicle weight of less than 51t.
After the handover in Wilhelmshaven, the GMK6300L-1 headed to a lime works, where Neeb operator Ingo Klees used it to dismantle a tower crane. On the way there, the crane made a short stop at a wind firm to dismantle a crawler crane. “The right people on the right machines – this makes every job at Neeb run like clockwork”, Klees said.
At the handover of the three cranes in Wilhelmshaven, Jonathan Reckers, area sales manager at Manitowoc dealer KranAgentur Werner, thanked the Neeb team for their cooperation. He said:
“I wish the team much enjoyment with their three new Grove all-terrain cranes and believe they will prove to be an indispensable part of the company fleet”.