Following its Voice of Customer (VOC) research model, Manitowoc has unveiled its Grove TMS500-2 truck crane.
The new 36 tonne TMS500-2 was designed specifically for Grove customers who asked for a lightweight, versatile truck crane with taxi capabilities.
The Grove TMS500-2 truck crane at the company’s recent Crane Days 2018 event. Visitors to Manitowoc’s facility in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, were the first in the world to see the crane.
The new 36 tonne capacity TMS500-2 features the quick set up and taxi capabilities expected from a truck crane in its class.
The TMS500-2 is a lightweight truck crane that quickly travels from jobsite to jobsite without additional loads, making it ideal for housing jobs, steel erection and HVAC work.
“We saw a strong demand from our dealers — and the market in general — for a lightweight, versatile truck crane with excellent taxi capabilities,” said J.J. Grace, product manager for truck-mounted cranes at Manitowoc.
“We took that sentiment into account, and the TMS500-2 is the result.”
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The TMS500-2 will have two boom options. The first ranges from 8.8 to 29 metres, with three quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves in its main boom nose. The second option ranges from 9.8 to 31 metres and has four quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves. Both four-section booms are synchronized and full-power, making the crane easy to set up and quick on the job. The crane may also be equipped with an optional 7.9 to 13.7 metre telescoping swingaway jib for additional reach.
The TMS500-2 shares a common carrier cab with the higher-capacity TMS9000-2, which was introduced at CONEXPO in 2017.
The single-person cab is equipped with an upgraded console with an automotive-style gauge display and multi-function steering, which allows fingertip access to cruise control and driving lights. The superstructure cab features a full-vision design, an improved climate control system and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which includes a working range limiter, operator-programmable function speed and a selectable eco mode for reduced fuel consumption.
The crane also features a 350 hp Cummins ISL engine with an Ultrashift transmission that provides highway travel speeds of up to 113 km/h. The TMS500-2 may be configured with either a heavy or lightweight counterweight package while meeting local road requirements.
“The Grove TMS500-2 represents a significant addition to our line of next-generation truck cranes. Our customers asked for a smaller truck crane to maximize maneuverability and efficiency, and we delivered,” Grace said. “Putting our customers at the center of our business is The Manitowoc Way in action. They have helped design a crane that will have a real impact on their profitability.”