R&D Crane purchases Grove GMK5250L

08 July 2020

R&D Crane, a division of the Cherubini Group of Companies operating in Atlantic Canada, has expanded their fleet with the purchase of a new Grove GMK5250L.


R&D Crane, based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has been providing crane services to a broad range of industries, including construction, commercial, marine, wind and residential for over 30 years.

The addition of the 300 ton all-terrain crane was fueled by increased demand in the market, especially in R&D Crane’s primary fields of focus, which includes bridge and structural erection, tilt-up building panel erection and industrial mechanical machinery (air conditioning units) installation.


The GMK5250L was received in May of this year and its inaugural job was just one week later erecting the William Trail Bridge in Waverly, Nova Scotia.

“Due to increased demand in the market, coupled with many upcoming bridge erection jobs, the new GMK5250L was an essential purchase to continue with the work that we do,” said Aaron Harvey, general manager, R&D Crane.The decision to purchase the Grove GMK5250L comes down to our comfort with the Grove/Manitowoc product lines, our 25 year relationship with Shawmut Equipment and their professional team of technicians that provide the customer service and support we need.”

The GMK5250L was received in May of this year and its inaugural job was just one week later erecting the William Trail Bridge in Waverly, Nova Scotia. The crane is designed with a 230 foot MEGAFORM main boom manufactured with the Twin-Lock boom pinning system.The machine’s dimensions allow for excellent roadability while providing a stronger reach and load chart than many fixe-axle cranes in its class, the company said. Other new advancements include Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS) and the VIAB Turbo clutch module, which was designed to improve fuel economy and increase maneuverability.

Dave Hawboldt, a sales representative for Shawmut Equipment of Canada said that when R&D Crane was looking to upgrade their Grove GMK5240, the Grove GMK5250L was a clear choice.

”With a 230-foot main boom, ease of transport and latest technology, the machine is a perfect fit for them,” added Hawboldt. “Shawmut continues to enjoy a prosperous relationship with the Cherubini Group and R&D Crane. We are pleased to continue to support the company with OEM parts, factory-trained technicians and any other future equipment needs.”

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