It only took two days after the new Grove GRT655L rough-terrain crane was unveiled at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for one of Manitowoc Cranes’ long-standing customers to celebrate the purchase of the ground-breaking model. Groves Equipment Rental (GER) was joined by key members of Manitowoc’s staff for a champagne toast to commemorate the occasion. The Groves, Texas-based rental house was also presented with a celebratory plaque and a customized, hand-painted hard hat (one of only a dozen made).
Also recognized during the ceremony was H&E Equipment Services, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based equipment company that provided extensive voice-of-the-customer research during the design process of the GRT655L.
The 55 USt GRT655L, which was on display at the Manitowoc booth with GER’s logo painted on its side, is the long-boom version of the new GRT655. The GRT655L boasts a 141.2 ft five-section, greaseless boom, giving it a reach advantage of 27.3 ft over the closest competing model. This longer boom gives it a maximum working radius of 120 ft and a 3 percent greater chart capacity than competing cranes at that radius. Both the GRT655 and GRT655L offer up to 12 percent stronger chart capacities than competing cranes in this class. The cranes’ exceptional chart capacities, maneuverability and longer main boom length—combined with their 9.83 ft by 41.9 ft footprints—make them ideal for rental houses, where versatility and flexibility are at a premium.
For more than 50 years, Groves Equipment Rental has served the construction industry, oil refineries, and chemical plants along the Gulf Coast with heavy construction equipment ranging from carrydeck, rough-terrain, and crawler cranes. The Groves, Texas-based company prides itself on providing industry-leading service with its highly trained mechanics and modern, well-equipped shop.
H&E Equipment Services is one of the largest integrated equipment companies in the nation, providing equipment sales, rentals, parts, and service from its 78 locations that cover 22 states. Founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1961, the company has grown to become the largest dealer in the world for Manitowoc- and Grove-branded cranes.