News | 12/07/2022 “There’s no getting around the LTM 1650-8.1”

Autokrane Schares GmbH has reinforced its ranks with an LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane. The 700-tonne crane is the fourth 8-axle model that the crane and heavy-haulage company from North Rhine-Westphalia has purchased from Liebherr since 2015. The new crane impresses with its high lifting capacities and technical innovations, which significantly expand its range of applications. Schares has already ordered another LTM 1650-8.1.

Crane handover at the manufacturer (from left to right): Manuel Grab (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Eric Reichmann (Autokrane Schares GmbH).

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“We’re looking forward to the LTM 1650-8.1 because you can do things with this innovative crane that were not possible before. In particular, the combination of VarioBase® and VarioBallast® opens up a far greater range of options – like achieving maximum performance on a narrow support base and large ballast radius. We’ve already had good experience with our LTM 1450-8.1 using this technology,” explains Eric Reichmann.

The LTM 1650-8.1 will replace an LTM 1500-8.1 in Schares’ fleet. “The lifting capacities of the new crane are much better than the 500-tonner. It’s now the benchmark. There’s no getting around the LTM 1650-8.1. In some planning documents it is already mentioned as the predestined crane,” declares Reichmann.

Schares is planning the new 700-tonne crane for bridge construction, assembly and disassembly of top-slewing tower cranes as well as maintenance work and shutdowns in industry and petrochemicals as its main areas of application. Reichmann reports: “We offer our customers solutions for complex lifting tasks and are happy to take on jobs that require a lot of planning. Our brand essence is to focus on solutions. Every construction site is different.”

Schares is a medium-sized family business with four locations in North Rhine-Westphalia: Bocholt, Essen, Goch and Willich. The owner-managed company with around 130 employees offers crane rental, heavy transport and industrial assembly. Schares operates 50 cranes from 30 to 700 tonnes lifting capacity and extensive equipment for heavy load logistics. SPMTs (Self-Propelled Modular Transporters) were added three years ago. In the meantime, 40 axle lines are available.