UK’s first Grove GMK5200-1 all-terrain crane delivered

England’s leading mobile crane hire and contract lifting specialists, John Sutch Cranes, recently added a Grove GMK5200-1 all-terrain crane to its fleet. The family-run business is the first Manitowoc customer in the UK to receive the new five-axle 200 t all-terrain Grove crane.

“We felt confident placing an order for the GMK5200-1 because we already have a GMK5250L, which has been very successful for us,” John Sutch explained. “The GMK5250L is a very busy crane and people really like it. It gets there quick and is quick to set up. It’s great for erecting tower cranes.”

“The GMK5200-1 looks very similar to the GMK5250L and is just as driver friendly and compact but it’s a bit smaller,” he continued. “It runs with an interchangeable ballast and can go up and down the range, which means it’s more versatile for our fleet. We will be able to use it on most 100, 130 and 200 t capacity jobs.”

The 200-t capacity GMK5200-1 features a 64 m six-section main boom, which can be combined with an optional 18 m swingaway jib and either one or two 8 m inserts for a total possible jib length of 34 m. The five outrigger positions likewise enhance the flexibility of the crane, enabling it to fit in tighter spaces.

The counterweight slabs are interchangeable with those of John Sutch Cranes’ existing GMK5250L, as well as the GMK5180, GMK5250XL-1 and GMK6300L-1 in the Grove all-terrain range, helping owners to get more out of their crane, improving logistics and reducing transportation costs. The self-rigging auxiliary hoist also saves time and money by eliminating the need for an assist crane during on-site rigging.