Last December, Nebraska Crane purchased a Grove GRT9165, the manufacturer’s longest-reaching rough-terrain crane with the highest capacity. Based in Kearney, NE, the rental company already has an RT fleet, 95% of which are Grove machines.

The crane has been operating continuously since it arrived at the Nebraska Crane facility. He carries out maintenance work on wind turbines in Iowa and most recently supports the construction of a large parking garage in Nebraska, in which precast concrete elements are currently being laid.

“We are very pleased with the performance of our new GRT9165,” said Ty Noyes, operations manager for Nebraska Crane. “As a Grove product, it’s exactly what we expected: it’s superior to competitor’s machines. We expect excellence and they deliver it every time. Its strong charts and length of the boom provide fantastic capabilities in the field. This work in the parking garage, for example, would traditionally be done with a small crawler crane. With the GRT9165, however, we were able to do this at a lower cost and at the same time make the construction site more flexible, as we can move this compact all-terrain crane where we need it. “

With a capacity of 165 tons, the GRT9165 has a six-section pinned boom that is 205 feet long. It is designed for easy portability with a compact overall height of 12.4 feet. It also features a hydraulically detachable counterweight system and jib boxes, both of which are fully self-upgrading so no auxiliary crane is required during set-up. The new three-axle carrier with hydro gas suspension on the rear axles offers not only a comfortable ride but also the option of adjusting the height for transport. The GRT9165 also features Grove’s new, wider, full view cab with crane control system (CCS).

Nebraska Crane’s off-road fleet is used on construction sites in the Midwest and has recently been used primarily in the wind energy sector and commercial construction. With these cranes on the move, portability and low operating costs – repair and parts availability – were key factors in purchasing the new machine, the company said.