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City crane is the first of its kind for Grove

March 29, 2009

Manitowoc is launching a Grove mobile crane, the GCK3045 city crane, which will be used for city center and indoor industrial projects.

The crane, the first of its kind from Manitowoc's Grove brand, is a compact three-axle, single cab unit with a "boom down" design. It has a 45-ton capacity with a 34-meter boom and an optional "twist" jib. As the name suggests, the twist jib attaches through a simple elevation of the boom and a twist of the jib by the operator before it is bolted into position.

The entire operation is a one-person job, minimizing setup time on site. It can also be done without the need to set up outside the crane's width of 2.55 meters, meaning full boom and jib can be rigged in a very small area.

Dimensions are crucial for city cranes, and the GCK3045 can pass through narrow factory entrances. The crane has a choice of five outrigger positions and can operate with outriggers extended to different lengths on either side of the crane.

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Power is supplied by a 6-cylinder, 330-kilowatt diesel engine, and the hoist has 160 meters of 16 mm rope. The hook block for the crane stows automatically for easier travel preparation.

The company plans to use Intermat 2009, an international trade show in Paris, to roll out the new crane in Europe.

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