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Manitowoc to Show New Products at Utility Expo 2021

National NBT60XL

August 3, 2021 - Manitowoc will display three of its strongest new offerings for the utility market at The Utility Expo this year: the National Crane NBT60XL boom truck; the NBT45-2, a compact 45-ton model from its new NBT40-2 Series; and the Grove GHC110 telescoping crawler crane that just launched in July.

It’s the first time the public will have a chance to see these cranes at an in-person trade show.

This year’s Utility Expo will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center from Sept. 28-30. The event will cover more than 30 acres, and Manitowoc will occupy outdoor booth E843.

Manitowoc says that the three cranes on display are a testament to The Manitowoc Way of listening to its customers in the utility sector and putting their needs into the manufacturing practice. This feedback is evidenced in the new machines’ fast setup, easy roading, and job-site maneuverability.

“We’re proud to have earned the trust and confidence of hundreds of utility customers over the years,” said Michael Heinrich, vice president of sales for boom truck cranes at Manitowoc. “For over 50 years, our boom trucks have led the way with flexible setup, class-leading features and comfort for operators. This is thanks to direct feedback from our customers that’s incorporated into our engineering processes.” 

National Crane NBT60XL Boom Truck

Show visitors will have a chance to check out the National Crane NBT60XL boom truck at Manitowoc’s booth for the first time since its launch in late 2020. This versatile crane is particularly well suited for the utility sector, boasting a 151’ main boom with class-leading load charts and practical transportability.

“The NBT60XL is taking on all competitors in the 60-USt market,” Heinrich said. “This machine features the best combination of boom length and load chart capacity, and its short overall length, just under 45’, makes roading convenient and less costly.” Heinrich also noted that, depending on the selected chassis, the NBT60XL can have a short wheelbase for maximum maneuverability.

The NBT60XL features 16,000 lbs. of hydraulically removable truck crane-style counterweights. The trayless design allows the counterweight slabs to be stacked in any order quickly and efficiently. The NBT60XL also comes standard with a host of operator-focused features, such as a cab that tilts up to 20  and has a heated seat and a Bluetooth/AM/FM radio and speakers.


National Crane NBT40-2 Series Boom Truck 

National NBT 45-2

Also on display will be the new NBT45-2 boom truck, one of two models in the NBT40-2 Series. The crane is also offered in a 40-ton version.

Both the 40- and 45-ton configurations have the same gross vehicle weight as their predecessors while offering  127’and 142’, five-section boom options and load charts that deliver double-digit percentage increases.

The NBT40-2 Series is ideal for work in utility sectors, thanks to its versatile boom lengths and excellent close-in charts and capacity at reach. Tree-care companies will appreciate the rugged design and ability to put a platform up more than 200’.

The NBT60XL and NBT40-2 Series can be factory-fitted with the NTC Performance Package that includes four-position (100%, 75%, 50%, and 0% span) outriggers, wireless wind-speed indicator, two-camera system, and wireless outrigger controls. National Crane boom trucks are proudly American engineered and built in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania.


Grove GHC110 Telescoping-Boom Crawler Crane


Also making its debut is the new Grove GHC110, just added to the upper size range of Manitowoc’s growing telescoping-boom crawler product line. Featuring an impressive 110-USt capacity, the GHC110 joins the larger GHC140 to bring another strong option to the utility market.

“The GHC110’s compact design, excellent gradeability and high maneuverability are ideal for the challenging jobsites typical in the utility sector,” said Mark Hooper, vice president of sales for mobile hydraulic and crawler cranes at Manitowoc. “Telecrawlers provide clear benefits over traditional excavators and other types of mobile hydraulic cranes, particularly for utility infrastructure work, due to their stability and strong out-of-level load charts.”

The GHC110 is fully self-rigging so it can get to work quickly after being unloaded. Its undercarriage offers several advantages in terms of reducing the need for site prep. The 36” triple-bar grouser shoes are standard with, with flat pads optional. The wide stance enhances stability, with the hydraulic tracks offering a choice of three spans in symmetric or asymmetric positions without pinning.


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