First Grove all-terrain crane equips Samson rope

Swedish firm tests out synthetic hoist rope on a Grove all-terrain crane as field tests continue for its use in the Gulf

With the K-100, operators reduce the weight of the spool, allowing them to carry more counterweight.
With the K-100, operators reduce the weight of the spool, allowing them to carry more counterweight.

Sweden’s Lambertsson Kran is taking delivery of a Grove GMK4100L-1 equipped with the Samson K-100 synthetic rope, which is currently undergoing field tests with CCC to determine its suitability in the Middle East.

The company chose the 100t GMK4100L-1 for its compact footprint and reach — it has the best load charts in its class and a narrow 2.55 m width, while the “L” denotes it’s the long boom version of the crane, with a reach of 60m.

Critically, however, the crane’s two hoists will each be fitted with K-100 in the first pairing of the Samson product globally with an all-terrain crane.

The company said it was intrigued by its potential to increase return on investment, namely its lower maintenance requirements (such as a lack of greasing or lubing), environmental benefits (such as a lack of oil usage) and its ease of handling in reeving.

“The GMK4100L-1 is a compact crane and ideal for lifting jobs in the city, and in factories with tight working quarters,” said Claes Jakobsson, region manager with Lambertsson Kran.

“With K-100, we can reduce the weight of the crane and carry more counterweight, which will help us as we primarily use the Grove as a taxi crane performing lifts in the city of Malmö.

"K-100 will also make it easier for the operator to reeve the rope on the jib and hook blocks.”

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