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Grove GMK5220 gets to Play(mobil) at first Job in Germany

HERRIEDEN/GERMANY, October 30, 2013 - German crane operator Rachinger has completed its first job using its new Grove GMK5220 all-terrain crane. The 220 t capacity crane, which arrived in June, built a new warehouse in Herrieden for German toymaker Playmobil.

GMK5220 crane

Grove GMK5220 all-terrain crane with 220 t capacity arrived in June, at the jobsite Herrieden for German toymaker Playmobil. | photo: Manitowoc

The GMK5220 is the highest capacity crane in Rachinger’s 12-unit fleet, taking the title from a fellow Grove crane, the 100 t capacity GMK5100. Rachinger added the new GMK5220 to its fleet because it easily conforms to all German roading regulations, as owner Reinhold Rachinger explains:

“A new crane is a big investment so we research carefully to ensure we choose the right one,” he says. “The GMK5220 was the front runner because it is fully-equipped for our needs and all of its features, especially the unique aluminum wheel rims that only Grove offers, keep the crane within the legal weight limits of Germany’s roads. This is crucial for us.”

The GMK5220’s first job put its power and agility to the test expanding Playmobil’s storage facility. The crane erected pre-cast concrete structures in loads of up to 29 t at a 17 m radius. The crane’s load control and road handling capabilities were praised by Rachinger’s operators.

Dieter Popp, Thea Elits and Klaus Maag

L to R: Dieter Popp and Thea Eilts from Manitowoc handover the new GMK5220 to Klaus Maag from Rachinger | photo: Manitowoc

Grove’s GMK5220 is a five-axle, all-terrain crane with a 68 m boom, which can be extended to 105 m with a jib.

Established in 1990, family owned Rachinger provides crane sales, rental and servicing to customers across central Germany.

Playmobil was established in 1974 and has sold over 2.6 billion toys worldwide.