German crane rental company, Schuch Heavylift, has recently expanded its rental fleet with eight new Grove cranes, ranging from 60 to 450 t capacity, over the past 12 months. The fleet includes a custom-built model via Manitowoc’s specialist consulting division, Lift Solutions.
The investment in Grove cranes has expanded Schuch Heavylift’s capabilities, with a particular focus on the new Grove GMK6450-1 six-axle model, which shares the same design as the Grove GMK6400-1 but has an increased maximum capacity of 450 t. The GMK6450-1 also features a five-section 60 m MEGAFORM main boom, which delivers an impressive 136 m tip height when fitted with the optional 25 – 79 m luffing jib.
Schuch Heavylift’s GMK6450-1 has a unique feature of having the option of removing the boom, allowing it to be configured at axle loads of below 10 t. To optimize driving without a boom, a second suspension circuit was installed on the MegaDrive system, which adapts the chassis to the different axle loads. The crane was also delivered with the optional MegaWingLift attachment, increasing capacities at steeper boom angles, plus luffing and fixed jibs for greater jobsite versatility.
The Schuch Group, which has been in business for over four decades, owns and operates Schuch Heavylift from six locations in southwest Germany. Schuch Heavylift also undertakes projects across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. KranAgentur Werner sold all the cranes to Schuch Heavylift and provides full aftersales service.