The new model has a six-section boom that can extend up to 183.7ft (56m) using a telescoping pinning system. Tadano says it is the longest boom of any rough terrain crane in the 130USt class.

The GR-1300XL-4 has a compact design; its carrier length is 28ft on a two-axle system. Its dimensions in combination with the self-removable counterweight, facilitate transportation to jobsites.

Powering the GR-1300XL-4 is a 280 horsepower Cummins B6.7 engine capable of producing a maximum of 280HP (209kW) and 850ft-lb (1,152Nm) of torque. Its transmission has five forward speeds that are complimented by four unique steering modes.

The GR-1300XL-4 also comes with 20° tiltable cab and is controlled by Tadano's AML-E2 system on a 10.4in multifunction display.

The newly-developed pump disconnect function automatically stops operation of the crane's hydraulic pump if the crane is not operated for a certain period of time. “This function contributes to a reduction in fuel consumption,” said Tadano.
“The crane is also equipped with functions such as the ‘Fuel Monitoring System’, ‘Eco-Mode’, and ‘Positive Control’ that support environmentally-friendly operations by reducing CO2 emissions, improving fuel consumption and reducing noise.”

The new rough terrain crane features a number of innovations that boost performance and enhance safety. One of them is the ‘Smart Chart’, which expands the working area shape from a circular cone to a square pyramid, allowing users to get the best crane performance in any outrigger extension setup.

 It is also equipped with Tadano View System, a three-camera network that offers right front, rear view, and blind spot views to assist with safe crane operation and driving.

The GR-1300XL-4 also includes Tadano's Clearance Sonar system that integrates four proximity sensors into the rear fender of the crane to audibly and visually alert the operator of any obstacles behind, while also serving as a blind spot warning system. Other features are the Hello-Net telematics web information service and the Hello-Data Link smartphone app.