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Grove adds 80-tonne ‘Super Taxi’ to all terrain range

A Grove mobile crane, the GMK 4080L, sits idle in front of Melbourne's skyline.

Grove recently strengthened its four-axle all-terrain crane line-up, with the launch of the Grove GMK 4080L, which can also be offered in a 70t version (GMK4070L) with reduced counterweight.

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The 80t capacity GMK 4080L offers the strongest load charts and the longest boom in its class at 60m. At its full 60m length the crane is able to lift an impressive 4.4t, while at 49m it will be capable of picking loads of up to 8.3t. When working at its maximum radius of 46m, the GMK4080L will lift 1t.

Up to 78m of maximum tip height is available when the 60m main boom is paired with its 15m swingaway jib option. These are capabilities more commonly associated with 100t cranes and allow the new model to take on jobs that would typically require larger cranes.

“The Grove GMK 4080L is an extremely versatile crane that will be a true game changer, surprising customers with just how much more an 80t all-terrain crane can achieve. We believe it will prove to be a very popular taxi crane.” said Neil Hollingshead, Sales Director – Mobile Cranes Manitowoc Cranes Australia.  

One for the road

Offering unmatched versatility, the Grove GMK 4080L will give owners a host of options for travel. In situations requiring 12t per axle, it will carry up to 13.3t of counterweight, while at 45.8t for NSW Level 4 GVM, it will be able to travel with 11t of counterweight and for 10t per axle configurations it will be able to travel with 5.3t of counterweight.

The new high-visibility carrier cab offers the best levels of protection in line with European ECE R29-3 regulations, ensuring exceptional security in frontal impact, roof and rear wall strength. Power for both the carrier and the superstructure will come from a single 320 kW (430 HP) Mercedes Benz OM470LA 6-cylinder diesel engine. Compliant with Euromot 5/Tier 4 Final requirements, this clean, efficient engine is approved for use with HVO Diesel, for customers looking to further reduce their CO2 emissions or meet tight environmental jobsite requirements. The engine’s ECO mode can be used in conjunction with the transmission’s Fuel Saver mode, for unbeatable fuel efficiency.

Technology and automation to the fore

The Grove GMK 4080L offers the exciting Grove CONNECT digital platform that provides owners with real-time access to fleet data. Through Grove CONNECT, fleet managers can get instant insights into the crane’s performance with just a couple of taps on a screen. Service technicians are supported with remote, optimised troubleshooting, reducing the frequency of onsite trips and strengthening preventative maintenance programs.

The digital platform enables remote monitoring through an app-based system providing owners and operators with the ability to view real-time crane information. 

The versatile platform advances fleet management, boosts sustainability, streamlines service and maintenance for users and improves connectivity to cranes with the easy-to-use platform working across smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The MAXbase feature helps users reduce setup time at the jobsite and give them a wider choice of outrigger positions. With this option, the crane becomes an ideal choice for confined spaces or projects where obstacles are preventing setup in the preferred location. The productivity enhancing MAXbase allows the crane’s outriggers to be easily extended to a range of symmetric and asymmetric positions. This maximises flexibility and enables lifting work to continue in less-than-ideal environments.

Also making life easier for the operator is Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which supports both setup and lifting. The CCS (Crane Control System) can be reached comfortably from a seated position and has been ergonomically integrated into the cab. The intuitive interface makes the operator’s job much easier as the most frequently used settings, such as chassis level and axle locking, can be selected via the CCS. Different drive modes can also be chosen via the CCS screen. As all CCS displays offer the same layout and navigation throughout the GMK model range, it is easy for operators to switch from one Grove all-terrain crane to another.

Using its Boom Configurator feature, the operator can select the optimal arrangement of the seven-section MEGAFORM boom with TWIN-LOCK dual-pinning system.

With its compact dimensions the Grove GMK 4080L provides easier access to jobsites, operating in tandem with great manoeuvrability resulting from Grove’s MEGATRAK suspension. 


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