Press releases | 11/29/2022 Eight new cranes in eight years: Rahlf strengthens fleet with an LTM 1160-5.2

  • The 180-tonne LTM 1160-5.2 is now the most powerful crane in the Rahlf fleet
  • The vehicle's width of 2.75 metres offers advantages on narrow roads in rural areas
  • The uniform operating concept of Liebherr cranes enables flexible deployment of crane drivers

The German Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn is getting a new Liebherr mobile crane. Rahlf-Krane GmbH, based there, has strengthened its crane fleet with an LTM 1160-5.2. The 180-tonne crane is the eighth new crane in eight years that the family-owned company has procured. All of them were made by Liebherr.

Crane handover in Ehingen: (from left to right:) Alexander Rahlf (Rahlf-Krane GmbH), Alexander Schwald (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

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Rahlf-Krane lifts a boat into the water with an LTM 1100-5.2 on the island of Fehmarn.

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Rahlf-Krane's new LTM 1160-5.2 replaces an LTM 1130-5.1 and significantly strengthens its fleet. Alexander Rahlf, the second-generation head of the family business, explains: "Apart from its enormous lifting capacity, the fact that the LTM 1160-5.2 is only 2.75 metres wide was a decisive factor in our decision. It is the only crane in its load class on the market with this width. This is a big advantage for us, because the roads in our rural region are often very narrow."

UK counterweight variant for Fehrmarn

Rahlf opted for the "UK counterweight variant", which Liebherr initially developed for the special axle-load requirements in the UK. However, the entrepreneur also believes this has advantages for the company's standard driving condition with a 12-tonne axle load: "The 3.5 tonne base plate can be carried on the crane. We can transport the remaining 50 tonnes of counterweight on two permit-free standard trucks. For many crane jobs, one truck is enough. This enables us to cover the previous 130-tonne range."

A new crane from Liebherr every year

"We laid the foundation eight years ago with a Liebherr LTM 1070-4.2, with the – at the time – innovative VarioBase® Variable Supporting Base. Since then, we have bought one new Liebherr mobile crane each year. As all these cranes have a uniform operating concept, we can flexibly deploy our drivers on the different types," explains Rahlf. "The sales and customer service at Liebherr is competent and reliable. Moreover, we feel in good hands at Liebherr, like part of a big family."

Rahlf-Krane is a traditional crane rental company that operates in the northern Schleswig-Holstein area – from boat loading to house building and commercial construction. Alexander Rahlf's father, Jürgen Rahlf, started a boat-lifting business in 1977. Today, 45 years later, the family business operates twelve cranes. This year, Rahlf also took delivery of a Liebherr MK 88 Plus mobile construction crane.


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Mobile crane LTM 1160-5.2


Wolfgang Beringer

Marketing and Communication

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH

Dr.-Hans-Liebherr-Straße 1

89584 Ehingen