German crane rental company Gebr Markewitsch has received the 50th GMK6400 produced by Grove. The company took delivery of the 400 ton capacity all-terrain crane last month. It immediately went to work at a job site near Nuremberg lifting pre-fabricated steel bridge sections weighing 40 tons and measuring 18 meters long.
The Grove GMK6400’s overall weight fits within German road laws, which allows Gebr Markewitsch to dispatch it to a wide variety of jobs quickly and efficiently, without having to worry about regional licensing laws. Several innovative features on the crane contribute to its weight-saving design, including a new single-engine concept and aluminum wheels.
The GMK6400 is the only crane in its class to feature a 12 x 8 drivetrain and wider 16.00R25 tires while still remaining within allowable weight limits. Wider tires are preferred as they reduce ground-bearing pressure, which is particularly helpful when moving the crane on site with up to 95 tons of counterweight. They also improve traction.
The Grove GMK6400 also features all-wheel steer and the MegaDrive hydrostatic drive system, which allows it to travel under four-wheel drive, reducing fuel consumption, without adding excess weight.
With sales of the GMK6400 surpassing the 50 mark in just a year since its launch, the crane is firmly established as one of the most popular in the Grove line up.