Manitowoc to show Grove GMK6400-1 at bauma 2022

Equipment Report

The new Grove GMK6400-1 all-terrain crane will be one of the many highlights on the Manitowoc booth at this year’s bauma 2022 tradeshow in Munich, Germany.

Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessor the new crane retains the much-loved features of the original and adds notable new technologies for a stronger overall offering. 

Visitors to the Manitowoc booth at bauma 2022 will be able to see the Grove GMK6400-1 all-terrain crane “in the iron” in public for the first time. Andreas Cremer, vice president of product management for all-terrain cranes at Manitowoc explains: 

“The GMK6400-1’s predecessor, the GMK6400 was hugely successful and broke the mold for what was possible with a six-axle crane in terms of lifting power. So, with the new and upgraded model, we’ve kept that power that customers love and added more speed and flexibility. Visitors to bauma 2022 will get to see that for themselves and fully appreciate the expanded capabilities of the new crane.”

THE STRONGEST HEAVY DUTY 6 AXLE CRANE

The GMK6400-1 is the strongest heavy-duty 6 axle crane on the market with a self-rigging MegaWingLift™ (rigging time < 20 min). Able to take on jobs that would usually require a seven- or eight-axle model, this outstanding 400 t all-terrain crane features an improved hydraulic system with faster flow to provide quicker operating speeds and even smoother movements. As an upgrade to the GMK6400, its implementation of Manitowoc’s CCS ensures that performance is optimized and operation can be boosted to a whole new level. Furthermore, with the addition of MAXbase variable outrigger positioning, capacities on the main boom are increased.


Like the GMK6400, the new GMK6400-1 has a maximum capacity of 400 t and a main boom of 60 m. Manitowoc has packed the GMK6400-1 with new innovations, including an improved hydraulic system with faster flow to provide quicker operating speeds and even smoother movement. Also added to the new 400 t machine is the Crane Control System (CCS) and MAXbase variable outrigger positioning system. 

“We knew we wanted to add CCS and MAXbase in the 400 t class and our Voice of the Customer discussions confirmed this,” said Andreas Cremer. “It was a complex process to incorporate these upgrades into the new design, along with the latest emissions-compliant engine. The result is an impressive heavyweight performer that delivers greater productivity and profitability for our customers.” 

The new engine on the GMK6400-1 conforms to the latest requirements for both Tier 4 Final Emissions Standards and EUROMOT 5. Driving both on and off-road is efficient, thanks to a best-in-class driveline that features a MEGATRAK® suspension system and MegaDrive™ hydrostatic drive. 

As with the original GMK6400, the new GMK6400-1 includes the optional capacity-enhancing MegaWingLift™. This self-rigging attachment can be deployed in less than 20 minutes and does not require an assist crane. It increases lift capacity by up to 70% on the main boom and by up to 400% when using the luffing jib. It makes the crane well-suited to applications such as bridge construction, wind farm work, or tower crane assembly. Manitowoc expects the crane to prove popular in infrastructure, general construction, energy, and industrial projects. 

Maximum tip height for the GMK6400-1 is 136 m when fitted with its full complement of jib. With its impressive capacity and reach, the GMK6400-1 outperforms the competition in every category. Like the GMK6400, the GMK6400-1 can take on jobs that usually require a seven-axle (or even eight-axle) crane but inside a smaller overall footprint. It is an all-terrain crane that can lift up to 64 t on its 60 m main boom with MegaWingLift™. This delivers a clear competitive advantage and ensures an accelerated return on investment for owners. 

The GMK6400-1 will be among several Grove cranes on the Manitowoc booth at bauma 2022 with further announcements to come. This year’s bauma 2022 exhibition takes place between October 24 and 30 at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Please visit the Manitowoc booth located at FS 1202.