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Replacement after 23 years

RMT Albert Regel Logistik GmbH has taken delivery of a new LTM 1130-5.1 at the Liebherr plant in Ehingen. The specialist for heavy transport, crane and assembly logistics from Baunatal in the German state of Hessen is replacing a 23-year-old LTM 1120, previously the smallest mobile crane in the fleet, with the Liebherr 130-tonner. The new crane has a 15 metre-longer telescopic boom for a total length of 60 metres.

Frank George, managing partner of RMT, came with his wife Marite, who is responsible for crane scheduling, and responsible crane drivers and truck drivers to the Liebherr manufacturing plant in Ehingen for the collection and instruction of the new 130-tonne crane. He commented: “The LTM 1120 was a powerful and reliable crane that experienced very few problems throughout its 23 years of service. However, its 45-metre telescopic boom was limited in terms of lifting height. So we’re looking forward to the 60-metre boom of the LTM 1130-5.1, which is also an awesome crane in its class.”

The new LTM 1130-5.1 will have to prove its strengths on one of its first deployments: it will be used to erect a multi-storey office building in Stuttgart over a period of 16 weeks. “The boom length is obviously really important here. Given the large numbers of orders we have involving the assembly of prefabricated concrete elements, we also ordered a second winch and a heavy-duty jib. So we can turn parts in the air without any problem. We are able to cover a very wide range of applications with the LTM 1130-5.1,” said George.

Diversified crane fleet: four crane types with seven crane models

The diversification of the RMT crane fleet is impressive. Apart from the two universal all- terrain cranes LTM 1130-5.1 and LTM 1300-6.1, RMT also works with the off-road telescopic crawler cranes LTR 1100 and LTR 1220, as well as the compact lattice boom crawler crane LR 1200 from the Liebherr plant in Nenzing. Special find in the fleet: two 43-year-old lattice boom mobile cranes – a 6-axle Liebherr LG 1130 and a 7-axle AK 210 from Gottwald, a legendary crane manufacturer that long since stopped building mobile cranes. Frank George and his team know the benefits of each type of crane and deploy their seven machines to suit the task at hand.

George explains the decision to keep on buying Liebherr cranes: “Liebherr offers us not only high-quality products, but also the best service. We always have a single contact person who can quickly come to our aid. Even for our vintage cranes, we still get replacement parts and support.”

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