In addition to the lifting equipment on display, Manitowoc will have areas dedicated to Manitowoc Crane CARE, its customer support division, and CraneCREDIT, the company’s financing arm. There will also be a training simulator on the stand and visitors are encouraged to stop by and test their crane operation skills.

One of the cranes making their international debut will be the 225 US ton GMK5225 five-axle all terrain. The GMK5225 can achieve tip heights of up to 328 ft when working with jib extensions. It has axle spacings specifically designed for US market requirements. It also offers maximum on-site flexibility with a choice of four outrigger width settings.

Another completely new crane is the Potain MDT 268, which comes in two versions. The J10 has a maximum capacity of 11 US ton, and the J12 can lift up to 13.5 US ton. Both versions of the MDT 268 have a 213 ft jib with the J10 version able to pick 2.9 US ton at the jib end and the J12 version able to pick 2.8 US ton. Several additional shorter jib options are available—for greater lifting capacity—down to an 82 ft jib where the J10 picks 10.5 US ton at jib end and the J12 picks 10.3 US ton.

The crane uses 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft mast sections and offers a maximum free-standing height of 228.7 ft when mounted on fixing angles or maximum height of 246 ft when mounted on a chassis.

The second model in Potain’s Igo T range of self-erecting cranes, the Igo T 85, will also be on display. The Igo T cranes are characteried by telescopic lattice masts that offer users variable working heights. The Igo T 85 offers working heights between 66ft and 115ft with variations achieved either through telescoping or adding auxiliary sections. The maximum tip height of the crane is 157 ft.

Also new is the National Crane Series 900H boom truck. A key feature of this crane is a patent-pending control console technology called ‘Easy Reach’. The console itself moves from one side of the truck to the other, depending on which side the operator needs to work from. Unlatching the spring-assisted console allows for effortless movement into the transport and operation positions.

The National Crane 900H is available with three different boom lengths: 105ft, 95ft and 69ft. Capacity is 27 US ton at a 5ft radius, and a 25ft to 44ft jib is optional. Maximum boom tip height with the jib is 158ft.

From its industrial crane line, the firm has two new models, the YardBoss YB4409-2 and the Shuttlelift 3339. The YB 4409-2 offers a three-section 32’–10” main boom and an optional, off-settable swingaway jib. With its boom and jib configuration of 51 ft, the YB4409-2 has an 8 ft reach advantage over other cranes in its class. It can lift its 9 US ton maximum capacity through 360º.

The Shuttlelift 3339 is also a 9 US ton capacity industrial crane. It features a full-power 32’–10” three-section boom and also has 360° continuous boom rotation. The crane is powered by a Cummins QSB 3.3L diesel engine that is turbo-charged with 99 hp.

As well as product launches, Manitowoc is showing a number of cranes in North America for the first time. These include the recently launched RT540E, a 40 US ton rough terrain with 102 ft, four-section full-power main boom. An offsettable telescopic swingaway jib is available that extends tip height to 154ft. Other features include a 4.7 US ton counterweight pinned to the superstructure, a load moment indicator and anti-two block system.

Also new to the US are two models previously shown at Bauma in Germany, in the summer of 2007. The Model 14000 crawler is a fully hydraulic crane with a maximum boom of 292ft and boom plus luffing jib up to 363ft. Line pull on the main drum is 31,500lb. Transport is a key factor with the Model 14000 and the complete crane, with maximum boom, fixed jib and counterweights, ships on only 12 trucks.

The GMK5115, launched in Europe as the GMK5095, has five axles and a maximum capacity of 115 US ton in the US. Outside the US it has a rating of 110t. It has a 197ft seven-section main boom that features Grove’s patented Megaform boom and Twin-Lock pinning system. Tip heights of up to 272ft are available with the hydraulic luffing bi-fold swingaway that includes an 11ft heavy-duty jib for more demanding lift duties.

Two older models will be shown in upgraded versions. The 45 US ton capacity TM500E-2, replaces the TMS500E in Grove’s truck crane line. The new crane is equipped with a 29ft to 95ft four-section, full-power boom. A longer 32ft to 102ft four-section full-power boom is optional. Maximum tip heights are 102ft and 110ft. With the optional 45ft offsettable telescopic swingaway extension, maximum tip height increases to 154ft.

The upgraded TMS9000E replaces the TMS900E, also in Grove’s truck crane line. The 110 US ton capacity crane has a 36ft to 142ft five-section, full-power boom. Maximum tip height for the crane is 151ft. The crane also features a manually offsettable (at 0°, 20° and 40°) bifold lattice swingaway extension. It increases maximum tip height to 207ft. A hydraulic version of this extension is also available and can be offset from 5° to 40°. Lattice insert extensions are available to increase maximum tip height to 237ft. The TMS9000E can accommodate up to 48,500lbs of counterweight, with a hydraulic removal system incorporated for ease of set-up. The superstructure cab can be tilted +20° for increased operator visibility and comfort during operation.