The first Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane in the state of New South Wales has been delivered to Turner and Central Crane Services, a construction equipment rental company serving the Central West of NSW.

Grove crane for CentralTurner and Central director Graeme Jenkins said the company was proud to add this latest crane to its portfolio. “We have full trust in the Grove GMK5250L and we’re glad to have it in our fleet.

“This new GMK5250L replaces an older 200t capacity crane and is ideal for our needs. We were particularly attracted to the 70 metre main boom and the flexibility in counterweight configuration, which works better for our transport operation than other solutions on the market. Since taking delivery of the unit in August, it has been continuously employed.”

The 250t capacity crane offers several unique innovations and class-leading capabilities, including the best reach and strongest load chart of any five-axle crane. The ‘L’ designation for the GMK5250L indicates it is a long boom all-terrain crane, and in this case the main boom is 70 metres, which also includes Grove’s Megaform shaping for better strength and stability.

With its long boom length, the GMK5250L can offer more reach both vertically and horizontally than any crane in its class, allowing owners to take on a greater range of jobs.

The GMK5250L is also far better suited to the road regulations of NSW than the 200t capacity unit it replaces. This, combined with flexibility in configuration, allows Turner & Central to easily adapt the crane to the job it is scheduled for.

“The unit is lighter than others in its category, which means we can run it on the road carrying the fly jib and hook block,” Graeme Jenkins explained. “Many of our jobs involve lifting 50t loads or placing concrete panels and the GMK5250L gives us more flexibility for these types of tasks.

“We run it as a 160t, 200t or 250t crane, depending on the job, so it’s spread across a number of different categories giving us better adaptability. I’m confident that we’ll be achieving very high utilisation of this unit.”

In the short time Turner & Central has owned the GMK5250L, it has been employed on a range of job sites, including for work at the Northparkes and Cadia mines, where it was used to install conveyors. In addition to the GMK5250L, the company operates two other Grove cranes - a 100t capacity GMK4100 all-terrain crane and a 130t capacity GMK5130 all-terrain crane.