Würzburger Kranverleih und Bergungsdienst GmbH took delivery of two new Liebherr mobile cranes in October. The family-run company will be using the LTM 1030-2.1 and LTM 1110-5.1 to modernise its fleet, 80 percent of which is made up of Liebherr cranes.
The new LTM 1110-5.1 will replace an ageing 100 tonne crane. Company owner Ibrahim Kücükdag explains: “The LTM 1100/2 has served us well for almost 20 years, but the new crane comes with plenty of benefits. Its 60 metre telescopic boom is eight metres longer and its VarioBase® variable support base makes it suitable for a whole range of new types of work. The LTM 1110-5.1 it is also easier to set up at the site as even the maximum ballast is the same width as the vehicle”.
Liebherr first unveiled the LTM 1110-5.1 at the Bauma in Munich in 2019. Its main features are its high lifting capacities, a long telescopic boom and excellent global mobility. The new 5-axle crane achieves axle loads of 12 tonnes with 13.4 tonnes of ballast, but can also be driven with a gross weight of less than 48 tonnes with a maximum axle load of 10 tonnes. Even with its maximum ballast of 29 tonnes, its axle load remains below 16 tonnes. A quick- change system for the ballast slabs ensures maximum flexibility for changing the crane’s set- up.
Würzburger Kranverleih will also be using the LTM 1030-2.1 to replace an ageing Liebherr model – when it was launched more than 20 years ago, the LTM 1030-2.1 was the first mobile crane with a data bus controller. As Liebherr has repeatedly created and used innovative developments on the LTM 1030-2.1 and its other cranes, it is absolutely state of the art.
Family-run Würzburger Kranverleih has a 30-strong workforce, including two sons and a daughter who already work for the company, and almost exclusively uses cranes from Liebherr – the fleet comprises 12 mobile cranes, with ten of them bearing Liebherr logo. “The operating procedures and crane control systems on all our Liebherr cranes, from our 30 tonne model to the large 220 tonne machine, are identical. That means that we are extremely flexible when it comes to assigning operators to them. It also makes planning easier if somebody is ill”, explains Kücükdag.
The highlight of the fleet is an LTM 1025 built in 1991
An LTM 1025, which the company regards jealously, is almost 30 years old. Kücükdag bought the 25 tonne crane second-hand in 1995. He says: “It was the first crane we had with a LICCON controller and is still worth its weight in gold to us because it is very compact, and thanks to its split superstructure cab, it can be driven through gaps with a clearance height of 2.95 metres. Its Niveaumatik hydro-pneumatic axle suspension and two steered axles mean it also has up to date chassis technology.”
Kücükdag also has plenty of praise for the reliability of the vintage crane: “We have had very few technical problems since we have had it and we have only needed to replace wearing parts. And when it comes to service, nobody can hold a candle to Liebherr in Ehingen – if we place an order at 4 pm, the parts are with us by 9 am at the latest the next morning. Even for our 30 year old crane, the whole thing only takes two or three days.”