In January, MCG launched a 30 US ton (27t) Grove rough-terrain crane, the RT530E-2 (known as the RT530CE-2 in Europe). It has a 95ft (29m) rectangular four-section powered boom. Maximum tip height is 102ft (31m). With an optional 46ft (14m) telescopic swingaway extension, tip height increases to 146ft (44.5m).

Grove RT 530E-2

Grove RT 530E-2

The RT530E-2 also features a completely redesigned chassis, whose improved approach and departure angles provides more clearance over rough terrain, according to RT product specialist Paul Cutchall.

Crane functions on the RT530E-2 run through a new load-sensing hydraulic system driven by piston pumps. This allows for a more efficient hydraulic system by eliminating additional valving and reducing excess heat, which in turn helps extend hydraulic system component life, the company said. It has a Tier III-compliant 6.7L Cummins QSB engine.

Two new RTs, the Terex Bendini RC60 and Tadano GR-550 EX, share many characteristics. The 60t capacity Bendini and 55t Tadano have five-section booms of similar lengths (40m and 42m), and both are powered by 160kW Cummins engines. At 12.3m long, the Bendini is a metre shorter than the Tadano, and 400mm slimmer as well. The Tadano lifts 55t at 3m.

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