Special six axle 450 tonne Grove all terrain crane for Schuch

By Alex Dahm21 April 2023

three all terrain Grove cranes lined up at a handover to Schuch Heavylift A custom-built Grove GMK6450-1 was one of eight new Manitowoc cranes ordered by Schuch Heavylift in the last year. Photo: Manitowoc Grove

Schuch Heavylift in Germany has ordered a custom-built 450 tonne capacity all terrain crane as one of the eight new Grove wheeled mobiles it ordered in the last year.

The specially-built GMK6450-1 is a version of the GMK6400-1 with extra capacity. It was developed by Manitowoc Lift Solutions. The six axle GMK6450-1 has the same 60 metre Megaform boom in five sections as the 400 tonner. Maximum tip height is 136 metres when fitted with the optional 25 to 79 metre luffing jib.

Fully optioned

An option on this custom model is to remove the boom, allowing an axle loading of less than ten tonnes. To make the most of the benefit, a second circuit was installed in the suspension system to allow the MegaDrive system to optimise the chassis for different axle loads.

Also specified was the MegaWingLift capacity enhancement system for steeper boom angles.

The other new cranes for Schuch Heavylift, part of the Schuch Group, were two 60 tonne capacity GMK3060L-1s, a 150 tonne GMK5150XL and four 250 tonne GMK5250XL-1s.

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