03/02/2021 AKM expands crane fleet with LTM 1650-8.1 and LTM 1120-4.1
- LTM 1650-8.1 now the largest crane in the AKM fleet
- The first ever LTM 1120-4.1 in Germany
AKM Autokranvermietung GmbH took delivery of two new Liebherr mobile cranes in December – the LTM 1120-4.1 and LTM 1650-8.1 are among the latest models in the Liebherr mobile crane portfolio. The Munich-based company now has the first ever LTM 1120-4.1 that Liebherr has delivered to a customer in Germany.
The 700 tonne LTM 1650-8.1 will enable AKM to extend its range of services upwards. Managing Director Sven Bauer explains: “To date, our largest crane was a 500 tonne model. Being able to cover the 700 tonne class with the new Liebherr 8-axle crane is a major benefit for us. The LTM 1650-8.1 is much more flexible and mobile compared to a 9-axle model”.
Bauer regards the Liebherr solution of being able to attach and remove the complete rear outrigger box in a single hoist as quick and practical. One of the main areas of use for the new crane will be erecting construction cranes using a luffing jib – in other words at sites where the mobile crane cannot get close to the construction crane. “The LTM 1650-8.1 can manage 19 tonnes with a hook height of around 80 metres without requiring guying on the telescopic boom. That is perfect for 60 metre construction cranes”, says Bauer.
AKM is delighted to have received the first ever LTM 1120-4.1 in Germany: “Its performance on four axles persuaded us straight away. The compact chassis and extremely long telescopic boom at 66 metres are major benefits for urban jobs”, adds Bauer. The new 120 tonne crane will also be used for erecting tower cranes, among other things, but for the smaller models. As construction sites are often restricted, the 4-axle crane delivers some major advantages compared to 5-axle machines in the same lifting capacity class. In addition, it requires fewer permits to travel on public roads. “The LTM 1120-4.1 is extremely versatile in all areas. It requires very little space, reaches great heights and is also really powerful”, explains Bauer.
AKM Autokranvermietung is part of a group with a workforce of 120 which operates around 50 mobile cranes with lifting capacities up to 700 tonnes and has one of the most powerful fleets in the Munich area with its three 8-axle cranes. Over 90 percent of its cranes are supplied by Liebherr. In addition to performance data, Sven Bauer provides some other reasons to buy from the market leader: “The downtimes of Liebherr mobile cranes are very low. But even if something does happen, the engineers are very quick to respond. The best expertise on the market at the moment. You can always rely on Liebherr, even if you have a few problems.”