Manitowoc customer Geoffrey Marsh of Marsh Plant Hire celebrates the sale of the GMK3055 with Steve Barnett, commercial director for UK/Ireland and Scandinavia at Manitowoc Cranes.
The UK-based crane rental company Marsh Plant Hire, has purchased the last Grove GMK3055 to be sold in the UK.
The GMK3055 was manufactured at the Manitowoc factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy, and has now been completely replaced in the Grove all-terrain crane line by the 60t capacity GMK3060.
Marsh Plant has long been an admirer of the GMK3055 and this latest delivery – which arrived at the end of January – is the 9th in the company’s fleet since 2010.
On arrival, the new GMK3055 was fitted with cameras and a telematics system to enable access to real-time data for more efficient routing, service planning and crane operation. The Grove GMK3055 is scheduled for work on a number of jobs across the UK including house building projects and petrochemical applications.
Andy Honeywell, managing director of Marsh Plant Hire, said the company likes the GMK3055 for its long boom plus its suitability for a wide variety of jobs.
“One of the central reasons we purchased this final GMK3055 is because we have always been extremely satisfied with the crane’s performance,” he said.
“It’s a reliable and versatile crane that fits so many of our customers’ requirements, thanks to its long boom and compact dimensions. Additionally, it is a big advantage to always have the great support on offer from Manitowoc Crane Care, which is another reason we continue to buy Grove cranes.”
The three-axle Grove GMK3055 has a capacity of 55 t and features a 43 m main boom with Twin-Lock pinning.
Additional reach is available through the 8.7-15m bifold swing-away jib which provides a maximum tip height of 60 m. Better maneuverability comes courtesy of the Megatrak independent suspension and all-wheel steer system.
Marsh Plant Hire was founded in 1948 and operates from five depots across the UK. It is a family-owned business that operates a large fleet of mobile cranes.