Construction News

Fri April 23 2021

Related Information

Two new Groves for Ellis Crane Hire

10 Apr 15 Gloucester-based Ellis Crane Hire has bought the first Grove GMK3060 all terrain crane in the UK and a GMK4080-1.

Andy Cahill of Manitowoc Cranes (left) with Bill and Simon Ellis of Ellis Crane Hire in front of the GMK3060
Andy Cahill of Manitowoc Cranes (left) with Bill and Simon Ellis of Ellis Crane Hire in front of the GMK3060

The three-axle GMK3060 crane is rated at 60 tonnes capacity and replaces the 55-tonne GMK3055 in the Manitowoc Grove line up, which Ellis also has in its fleet of nine mobile cranes.

Ellis Crane Hire has also bought a Grove GMK4080-1 as part of the two-crane deal. This is a four-axle machine rated at 80 tonnes capacity with a 51-metre boom.

Talking about the new 60-tonner, Ellis Crane Hire owner Simon Ellis said: “Demand for three-axle cranes has steadily increased over the last ten years, so capturing a greater portion of this key market was never a doubt for us in our decision to expand. We studied similar machines from other manufacturers, but concluded that the GMK3055 had proven to be such a strong and reliable crane, it was the right decision to add another three-axle all-terrain Grove crane to our growing fleet.”

First job for the new crane was lifting a 4-tonne purpose-built special needs pod into the back of a home extension in Gloucester (pictured below). The crane was required to operate in a tight, 5-metre roadway in a residential area. Ellis Crane Hire used heavy timber mats for the 6.2m-wide outrigger spread to reduce pressure on the paved area. The final part of the lift at the back of the house had to be conducted ‘blind’ via radio-communicated instructions.

“Being able to rig and operate in fairly restricted areas helps to solve many of our customers’ lifting requirements,” Simon Ellis said.

Got a story? Email news@theconstructionindex.co.uk

MPU
MPU

Click here to view more construction news »