Liebherr Group : Truck, Crawler & Tower Crane Manufacturers

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Liebherr Group began as a small family business in 1949. Unlike some other crane manufacturers that got their start manufacturing something else, Liebherr has always been a crane company. Their first products were mobile cranes designed to be affordable and easy to assemble. That philosophy has since been extended to everything in their vast product line.

Though the business is still owned by the same family it's now comprised of more than 120 different companies located around the world. More than 35,000 employees work at the company's manufacturing facilities, sales offices, and corporate head quarters. Those headquarters are based in Bulle, Switzerland.

Perhaps the most well-known Liebherr products are its super-huge mining trucks. Yet the company's crane division will not be outperformed. In 2007 it introduced the nine-axle LTM 11200-9.1 which is still considered the world's most powerful mobile crane. It features a stunning maximum lift height of 100m.

Liebherr Crane Categories

Liebherr prefers to organize its crane inventory under three basic categories: truck cranes, crawler cranes, and tower cranes. Within each category there are several subcategories, some of which we'll list here:

  • LTC Compact Cranes - Liebherr's line of compact cranes are meant to be rough terrain machines manoeuvrable enough to be used in areas with tight space restrictions. Both cranes in this category are three axle models designed with a very small profile when the boom is fully contracted.
  • Truck Mounted Cranes - The next step up are Liebherr's truck-mounted cranes featuring standard truck chassis. The advantage of these medium duty cranes lies in the fact that they do well at highway speeds. That means they can be driven to the job site and put to work very quickly.
  • All-Terrain Cranes - The rugged movers in the Liebherr line are the all-terrain cranes. This is the biggest category for Liebherr; they offer 19 telescoping boom models and one additional model with a lattice boom. Their most popular all-terrain cranes are among the best sellers for Liebherr.
  • Crawler Cranes - Liebherr refers to their line of crawler cranes as "special use" cranes. The company manufactures dozens of cranes in this category, with both lattice and telescoping booms.
  • Tower Cranes - Civil engineering is the main purpose for Liebherr's line of tower cranes. Most of their tower models are easy to assemble and fairly scalable. These are types of cranes you see dotting the skylines of major cities around the world. They are used for loads and heights that can't be safely addressed using a mobile crane.

Popular Liebherr Cranes

Liebherr LTF 1045 4.1 Mobile Truck Crane

Liebherr LTF 1045 4.1 Mobile Truck Crane

For good overall performance and quick set-up Liebherr customers love the LTF 1045-4.1 mobile truck crane. European customers have a choice of chassis options while in North America a Kenworth carrier is used. This 45-ton lifter is ideal for prefab home and office construction. Its telescoping boom and jib can reach a combined height of just over 44m.

Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 Mobile Truck Crane

Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 Mobile Truck Crane

The most impressive crane in Liebherr's mobile category is its nine-axle behemoth, the LTM 11200-9.1. It is the strongest and longest telescoping boom crane in the world, reaching 100m without its jib. Throw in the lattice jib and you get an additional 126m. If that's not enough, this beast offers a stunning lift capacity of 1,200 tons.

Recent News Featuring Liebherr Cranes

This past summer four Liebherr crawler cranes arrived in Southern California to aid in the erection of a new football stadium in Santa Clara. Stadium erection is especially tricky because of the incredibly large trusses that need to be lifted into place. Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. chose the LR 1300 for this job.

Meanwhile, a Liebherr MK 110 mobile construction crane was deployed in Milan to help construct a temporary glass restaurant on the roof of a city shopping centre. The crane was chosen because of its fast set-up time, flexibility in tight spaces, and ultra-quiet operation that was deemed critical to a project being conducted during the overnight hours. Though the entire job took three weeks, the site was cleared every morning in time for daily traffic.

Liebherr is one of the first names in cranes and construction equipment for a reason. Their impressive equipment is used all over the world on projects both big and small.

Find out more about their cranes at Liebherr Group