The Gräser-Eschbach Group with companies in Mannheim and Bad Schönborn recently took delivery of a new flagship – its new Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 mobile crane is now the largest crane in its fleet. One of its first jobs was to dismantle a tower crane in the new Gateway Gardens business global business village at Frankfurt Airport.
Crane operator Ralf Bundrock had set up the crane for the job with a 44 metre luffing jib. The challenge was the constricted space available on the site, which the crane and team overcame with flying colours. Managing Director Frank Eschbach commented: “The LTM 1450-8.1 was perfect for this job. It was the most economical solution because of its short set-up time and outstanding lifting capacity, particularly with the hook height required here. The 85 metre telescopic boom was the main criterion in our decision in favour of the 450 tonne crane from Liebherr.”
The LTM 1450-8.1 expands the Gräser-Eschbach crane fleet upwards. Its main areas of use will be in structural steel and bridge construction as well as construction crane erection work. In the design of the LTM 1450-8.1, Liebherr focused on high economy and simple set-up on site. This has resulted in the 8-axle crane being capable of travelling on public roads with a 12-tonne axle load including its complete telescopic boom and all outriggers. This enables it to be prepared for use quickly once it reaches the site. The LTM 1450-8.1 can work with a variable ballast radius as VarioBallast® enables it to be reduced with infinite adjustment from 7 metres to 5 metres using a simple hydraulic system, a feature which is very practical on constricted sites.
The Gräser-Eschbach Group has more than 70 years of experience as a crane and transport contractor and currently has a workforce of around 100 staff. The company has almost 50 mobile cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 450 tonnes operating throughout Germany.