At its press conference on the first day of bauma 2019, Manitowoc announced the debut of a new five-axle all terrain crane, the GMK5250XL-1. Andreas Cremer, global product director for all-terrain cranes at Manitowoc, said the crane is an update to the existing GMK5250L, but the additional 8.5 meters of boom offers more reach so it can take on more jobs.


With an additional 8.5 meter boom, the GMK5250XL-1 is an update of the Grove GMK5250L.

With a 78.5-meter boom and a capacity of 250 tons, Manitowoc claims the GMK5250XL-1 has the longest main boom of any five-axle all-terrain crane. The new AT features Grove’s Megatrak suspension and the Twin-Lock boom pinning system. It is also available with the MAXbase variable outrigger function.

“We believe in developing cranes our customers can use in a wider variety of projects for better return on investment,” Cremer said. “The GMK5250XL-1 is a great example of how we do that.”

Options for the GMK5250XL-1 include the VIAB turbo retarder clutch, which first featured on the original GMK5250L. The VIAB unit enables wear-free starting and braking, enhancing maneuverability and operator comfort. In addition to its high-performance features the crane delivers a compact footprint, making it ideal for use in crowded or urban areas.