R&D Crane acquires new Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane

R&D crane

R&D Crane has expanded their already extensive fleet with the purchase of a new Grove GMK5250L.

Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, R&D Crane, a division of the Cherubini Group of Companies, has provided crane services to a broad range of industries, including construction, commercial, marine, wind and residential for more than three decades.

The addition of the new 250 tonne Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane was fuelled by increased demand in the market, especially in R&D Crane’s primary fields of focus, which includes bridge and structural erection, tilt-up building panel erection and industrial mechanical machinery installation. 

The GMK5250L’s inaugural job was erecting the William Trail Bridge in Waverly, Nova Scotia. The crane is designed with a 70 metre Megaform main boom manufactured with the Twin-Lock boom pinning system, ensuring the boom is among the most stable on the market.

The machine’s dimensions allow for excellent roadability, while providing a stronger reach and load chart than many fixe-axle cranes in its class. Other new advancements include Manitowoc’s user-friendly Crane Control System (CCS) and the VIAB Turbo clutch module, which was designed to improve fuel economy and increase maneuverability.

R&D Crane and Grove

The GMK5250L isn’t the first Grove crane in R&D Crane’s fleet. The company has purchased various Grove cranes including a Grove GMK6400, TMS9000E, TMS9000-2 and GRT880. The most recent addition, the brand new GMK5250L all-terrain crane, offers groundbreaking technologies and was designed with advancements focusing on enhancing job site versatility, lowering operating costs and increasing return on investment.

“Due to increased demand in the market, coupled with many upcoming bridge erection jobs, the new GMK5250L was an essential purchase to continue with the work that we do,” said Aaron Harvey, general manager of R&D Crane.

“The decision to purchase the Grove GMK5250L comes down to our comfort with the Grove/Manitowoc product lines, our 25 year relationship with Shawmut Equipment and their professional team of technicians that provide the customer service and support we need.”

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Shawmut Equipment was instrumental in helping R&D Crane navigate Grove’s all-terrain range of options, leading the crane operator to the GMK5250L, as it precisely fits the company’s capacity and ease-of-transport needs.

“When R&D Crane was looking to upgrade their Grove GMK5240, the Grove GMK5250L was a clear choice. With a 230 foot main boom, ease of transport, and latest technology, the machine is a perfect fit for them,” said Dave Hawboldt, sales representative of Shawmut Equipment of Canada.

“Shawmut continues to enjoy a prosperous relationship with the Cherubini Group and R&D Crane. We are pleased to continue to support the company with OEM parts, factory-trained technicians and any other future equipment needs.”