More truck mounts for Krösche

German crane rental and prefabrication installation company Krösche-Kran Service has taken delivery of a further two 45 tonne Liebherr LTF 1045-4.1 truck cranes.

Mounted on a four axle Scania chassis, the LTF 1045 features a 35 metre main boom and a 9.5 metre swingaway extension, which can be offset up to 60 degrees, to offer hook heights of 44 metres. Carrying nine tonnes of counterweight plus its swingaway, the crane offers axle loads less than 10 tonnes.

Managing director Joachim Ruthe said: “For around 30 years, the Krösche-Kran fleet has consisted entirely of truck mounted cranes. The main factor for us is the flexibility of the concept as the cranes have comprehensive road permits. The LTF 1045-4.1 is the perfect example of this, because with five tonnes of ballast, its gross weight is still just 33 tonnes.”
(L-R) Erich Schneider of Liebherr with Joachim Ruthe and Michael Lotz of Krösche

“The permanent road licences provide us with flexibility in our job planning. That enables us to run the cranes economically, which is extremely important for smaller cranes. The long-distance driver's cabin of the truck chassis gives the crane driver the possibility to spend the night there.”

Based in Holzminden - due south of Hanover - Krösche-Kran runs a fleet of 30 truck cranes with capacities ranging from 35 to 60 tonnes. With more than 20 LTF 1045-4.1s in its fleet, the company has been Liebherr’s biggest customer of LFT cranes over the past 15 years.


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