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Manitowoc introduces Grove TMS9000-2 truck crane
Manitowoc has unveiled its ‘lighter, longer, stronger’ Grove TMS9000-2 nextgeneration truck crane in the United States.
The new 100-tonne-capacity truck crane features a number of improvements over previous models, the company says.
For a start, the TMS9000E is 363kg lighter than its predecessor, which adds flexibility in carrying counterweight, cribbing and other items.
Though the TMS9000-2 is lighter, its boom length and capacity have both increased.
The crane features a new, 51.6m six-section Megaform boom that utilises Grove’s Twin-Lock pinning system. It’s a greaseless boom, which reduces maintenance for owners.
“The improved reach will enable customers to complete a wider variety of applications with the crane, but from a compact chassis [2.6m wide x 13.4m long],” the company says. “The crane will offer manual or hydraulic swingaways, along with an additional insert, for further reach options.”
With this increased reach comes increased capacity across all load charts.
Both the boom and chassis are stronger on the TMS9000-2 than previous Grove cranes, so there is more capacity across all radiuses. On average, load charts with maximum counterweight have improved by approximately 5 per cent over its predecessor, Manitowoc says.
The new model also shares the same counterweight system as the TMS9000E, so existing owners can interchange counterweights and wing weights, giving flexibility across a fleet.
It comes with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), a standardised system that works across several crane brands and models.
The TMS9000-2 offers six simple predefined boom sequences and a Boom Configurator Mode that allows operators to quickly select optimum boom position and length – the operator simply inputs lift parameters and the system calculates the best configuration.