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Liebherr mobile crane becomes crown jewel of German crane hire company

A Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 mobile crane has become the flagship for a German based crane hire company, after becoming the largest and most powerful crane in the fleet.

A Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 mobile crane has become the flagship for a German based crane hire company, after becoming the largest and most powerful crane in the fleet.

Its first task was to dismantle a tower crane in the new Gateway Gardens global business village at Frankfurt Airport.

The mobile crane was configured with a 44-metres luffing jib and had to navigate constricted spaces on the site.

Gräser-Eschbach Managing Director, Frank Eschbach, said the LTM 1450-8.1 was perfect for the job.

“It was the most economical solution because of its short set-up time and outstanding lifting capacity, particularly with the hook height required here,” he said.

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“The 85-metre telescopic boom was the main criterion in our decision in favour of the 450-tonne crane from Liebherr.”

The company will be used for structural steel and bridge construction, as well as crane erection work.

Liebherr focused the design of the LTM 1450-8.1 around simple set up on site and high economy.

This means the 8-axle crane is able to travel on public roads with a 12-tonne axle load including its telescopic boom and all outriggers, allowing for quick preparation when it reaches a site.

The LTM 1450-8.1 can work with a variable ballast radius as its VarioBallast system allows it to be reduced, with adjustment from seven to five metres using a hydraulic system.

The Gräser-Eschbach Group has more than 70 years of experience as a crane and transport contractor and currently has a workforce of around 100 staff. The company has almost 50 mobile cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 450 tonnes operating throughout Germany.

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