Grove rolls out new truck crane, TMS500-2
By D.Ann Shiffler29 June 2018
Grove rolls out a new truck crane at its Crane Days event in Shady Grove, PA
Manitowoc has further committed to the truck crane market with a new model, the 40-ton capacity TMS500-2. The 40-ton (36 metric tons) capacity TMS500-2 features was design to meet market demand, the company said.
“We saw a strong demand from our dealers (and the market in general) for a lightweight, versatile truck crane with excellent taxi capabilities,” said J.J. Grace, product manager for truck-mounted cranes at Manitowoc. “We took that sentiment into account, and the TMS500-2 is the result.”
The TMS500-2 will have two boom options. The first ranges from 29 to 95 feet (8.8 to 29.0 m) with three quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves in its main boom nose. The second option ranges from 32 to 102 feet (9.8 to 31.0 m) and has four quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves. Both four-section booms are synchronized and full-power, making this crane easy to set up and quick on the job. The crane can also be equipped with an optional 26 to 45 foot (7.9 to 13.7 m) telescoping swingaway jib for additional reach.
The TMS500-2 shares a common carrier cab with the higher-capacity TMS9000-2, which debuted at CONEXPO in 2017. The single-person cab comes with an upgraded console with an automotive-style gauge display and multi-function steering, which grants fingertip access to cruise control and driving lights. The superstructure cab features full-vision design for maximum visibility, an improved climate control system and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which includes a working range limiter, operator-programmable function speeds and a selectable ECO mode that reduces fuel consumption.
The crane features a 350 hp Cummins ISL engine with an Ultrashift transmission that provides highway travel speeds of up to 70 mph. The TMS500-2 can be configured with either a heavy or lightweight counterweight package for added versatility when meeting local roading requirements.
“The Grove TMS500-2 represents a significant addition to our line of next-generation truck cranes. Our customers asked for a smaller truck crane to maximize maneuverability and efficiency, and we delivered,” Grace said.