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Grove’s New TMS500-2 Truck Crane is Built for Taxi Work

July 31, 2018 - Manitowoc’s new Grove TMS500-2 is a 40-U.S.-ton capacity truck crane that features the quick set up and versatile taxi capability customers told Manitowoc they wanted in a rig of this type and size.

Its mobility and versatility make it perfect for housing construction, steel erection, HVAC installation, and dozens of other applications.

Manitowoc unveiled a prototype at its Crane Days event in June.

“We saw a strong demand from our dealers and the market in general for a lightweight, versatile truck crane with excellent taxi capabilities,” said J.J. Grace, product manager for truck-mounted cranes at Manitowoc. “We took that sentiment into account, and the TMS500-2 is the result.”


The TMS500-2 will have two boom options. The first telescopes from 29’ to 95’, and features three quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves in the boom top. The second extends from 32’ to 102’ and has four quick-reeve Nylatron sheaves. Both are four-section, full-power, synchronized booms that extend and retract quickly. An optional 26’ to 45’ telescoping swingaway lattice jib quickly adds extra reach when it’s needed, and can be offset at 0°. 15°, or 30°. Maximum jib-tip height is 153.2’.


The TMS500-2 uses the same carrier cab as the 90-ton-capacity TMS9000-2, debuted at ConExpo-Con/Agg in 2017. This modern, single-person cab comes with an upgraded console, automotive-style gauges, multi-function steering, and fingertip operation of cruise control and driving lights.


The full-vision superstructure cab offers maximum visibility and features improved climate control and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which includes a working range limiter, operator-programmable function speeds, and selectable ECO mode that reduces fuel consumption.


The high-performance 350 hp Cummins ISL engine and Ultrashift transmission can zip the TMS500-2 along a highway at up to 70 mph. The crane can be equipped with either a lighter or heavier counterweight for versatility in meeting lifting requirements and local roading regulations. The exact amounts are still being tested and verified. With either amount of counterweight, the TMS500-2 provides best-in-class performance, says Manitowoc. The crane can travel as a self-contained unit, complete with counterweight, outriggers, hoist rope, to minimize cost and maximize the number of jobs it can do in a day.


The four outriggers can be set for 100%, 50%, or 0% extension. The smart length-sensing extension cylinders are more accurate and easier to service than a string-pot system. For fast setup, the outriggers feature automatic leveling and can be operated either from chassis-mounted controls or a wireless remote. The crane also comes with a front stabilizer jack.


“The Grove TMS500-2 represents a significant addition to the Grove line of next-generation truck cranes. Our customers asked for a smaller truck crane to maximize maneuverability and efficiency, and we delivered,” Grace said. “Putting our customers at the center of our business is The Manitowoc Way in action. They have helped design a crane that will have a real impact on their profitability.”

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