The 50th GMK6400 was delivered to German crane rental company Gebr Markewitsch.

The 50th GMK6400 was delivered to German crane rental company Gebr Markewitsch.

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.

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