Liebherr unveiled the successor to the LTM 1500-8.1 at Bauma 2019 with the slogan “The maximum on eight axles”. After all prototype tests were successfully concluded, deliveries of the crane have now started.

“We are delighted to take delivery of the first ever LTM 1650-8.1 from Liebherr. The performance, mobility and economy of this new crane model will enrich our fleet, giving Mammoet the flexibility to gradually replace our 500 and 700-tonners with this new Liebherr eight-axle crane. The crane handover is also a sign of the strong, long term relationship between our two companies, which are leaders in their respective industries”, said Mammoet COO Jan Kleijn.

Christoph Kleiner, managing director sales at Liebherr in Ehingen, thanked Mammoet for its order for several LTM 1650-8.1 cranes: “Thank you very much for the trust you have shown in us, confirming that, in the form of the LTM 1650-8.1, we have designed a worthy successor to the LTM 1500-8.1. We also appreciate feedback from crane operations and the advice that we received from Mammoet to enable us to extract the maximum from eight axles. Close collaboration with our customers in our product development process is extremely important to us.”

Liebherr retained the concept of the previous LTM 1500-8.1 in that the new LTM 1650-8.1 can also be supplied with two telescopic boom lengths, 54m and 80m. The company’s focus on producing the ultimate crane on eight axles increases lifting capacity between 15 and 50% depending on whether the crane has telescopic boom guying or not.

The standard VarioBase variable support base delivers additional increases in performance when working above the outriggers. This means the new crane will be able to complete hoisting work normally reserved for the 700t class or even higher with ease. It actually has a nominal lifting capacity of 700t.

“Whilst our original desire was to gradually replace our LTM 1500-8.1 cranes, we are delighted that Liebherr has managed to extract so much performance from the LTM 1650-8.1 that we can also use it to replace 700 tonne class machines. The main highlights of the new crane include the simple, fast setup and dismantling of the rear support box. It also has standard ballast slabs, which are compatible with other Liebherr cranes, ranging from 350 to 1,200 tonne models. That increases the flexibility of our fleet and is extremely cost-efficient”, said Peter van Oostrom, director global projects and assets at Mammoet.