German rental company MSG Krandienst has taken delivery of a new 400 tonne Grove GMK6400-1.
The six axle GMK6400-1 was launched at Bauma last year and features a five section 60 metre main boom, a new Stage V/Tier 4 Final diesel and an upgraded hydraulic system, as well as MegaDrive hydrostatic drive train, Maxbase variable outrigger set up system and CCS operating controls. It can be equipped with up to 79 metres of luffing jib for a 136 metre maximum tip height, while Grove’s Mega Wing Lift self-rigging Superlift system, increases lift capacities by up to 70 percent on the main boom and up to 400 percent on the luffing jib.
The new crane, purchased through dealer KranAgentur Werner, went out on its first job the day after it arrived, recovering a derailed train carriage weighing 68 tonnes, but broken into two 34 tonne sections for extraction. A large barrier prevented a smaller crane getting close enough to manage the load, especially given the pressing need to reopen the track. The GMK6400-1 was configured with 44.8 metres of main boom and 115 tonnes of counterweight, with the crane working at a 24 metre radius, allowing it to complete the job in a matter of hours, and return to the depot that evening.
The operator Yannick Kempf said: “The controls are so intuitive that I was immediately able to operate it. It was great to be able to test the new addition on a jobsite the day after it arrived.”
General manager Björn Jatz added: “We’re consistently expanding our lifting capacity with mobile cranes and have acquired over 50 new cranes in recent years, divided between our two branches in Southern Germany and our cross-border location in France.”
“We guarantee efficient and low cost solutions for a wide range of projects through our team of experts and our extensive range of machinery. Our motto is ‘Badisch-Sympathisch’, (which literally translates as Baden Friendly) which means that our team is always at your service for customers.”
MSG Krandienst was established in 1994 and entered the crane rental market in 2002. Today it employs around 120 staff working from three locations, the headquarters in Kehl, near Baden Baden, plus a branch near Freiburg both of which are in Germany’s South West, plus a depot just over the river from Kehl in Strasbourg, France, allowing the company to comprehensively cover the whole border area in the Black Forest and Alsace regions. The fleet includes All Terrains from 40 to 800 tonnes, four and six axle mobile self-erecting tower cranes and knuckle boom loader cranes.