Last December, Nebraska Crane purchased a Grove GRT9165, the manufacturer’s longest-reaching, highest-capacity rough-terrain crane. The Kearney, NE-based rental company already has a RT fleet comprised of 95% Grove machines.
The crane has been working non-stop since its arrival at Nebraska Crane’s facility, performing maintenance work on wind turbines in Iowa and, most recently, assisting with the construction of a large parking garage in Nebraska, where it is currently setting precast concrete panels.
“We are very pleased with the performance of our new GRT9165,” said Ty Noyes, operations manager, Nebraska Crane. ”Being a Grove product, it’s exactly what we expected: it’s superior to competitor’s machines. We expect excellence and they deliver it every time. Its strong charts and boom length provide fantastic capabilities in the field. This job at the parking garage, for example, would traditionally be done with a small crawler crane. But we were able to do it with the GRT9165 at a lower cost while adding more flexibility to the job site, as we can move this compact rough-terrain crane around where we need it.”
With a 165 ton-capacity, the GRT9165 features a 205 foot six-section, pinned boom. It has been designed for easy transport, with a compact overall height of 12.4 feet. It also has a hydraulically removable counterweight system and outrigger boxes, both of which are fully self-rigging, which eliminates the need for an assist crane during set-up. The new three-axle carrier with hydro-gas suspension on the rear axles provides the ability to adjust the height for transportation, in addition to providing a comfortable ride.The GRT9165 also features Grove’s new, wider, full-vision cab with Crane Control System (CCS).
Nebraska Crane’s rough-terrain rental fleet is deployed on job sites across the Midwest, and lately it has been largely used in the wind energy sector and commercial construction. As these cranes are often on the road, transportability and low cost of ownership – repair and parts availability – were crucial factors when purchasing the new machine, the company said.