Crane trucks are among the most useful trucks around. Essentially, they are self-sufficient, not needing forklifts or other equipment to load and unload. This can make them extremely efficient in day-to-day operations. When arriving on site, many delivery drivers are familiar with waiting for a forklift and operator to become available for unloading. This can take some time. The forklift may have other duties to attend to or the driver may be on a break. In some frustrating circumstances, the forklift or operator may not be present at all, resulting in a wasted journey and the load being returned to base.
When you multiply all of these delays throughout a working day, they can have a serious snowball effect. This can result in late deliveries, angry clients and fewer deliveries being made. A crane truck does away with the need for a forklift and operator on-site.
The crane truck driver can simply unload the truck by himself, without the need to wait around for other equipment. In this way the crane truck becomes less dependent on outside equipment and personnel and can stick more easily to its schedule. The crane truck can therefore achieve more deliveries in a working day, becoming more efficient and experiencing fewer delays.
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Mercedes-Benz Unknown 2531L
2002 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Mercedes 2531L 6X2 Rear Lift Flatbed complete with HMF 2820 Crane Year 2002 Rigid Trucks
Mercedes-Benz Atego HIAB
2002 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
MERCEDES ATEGO 2528 FLATBED LORRY, 533,100 KM, MOT: JUNE 2017, 8 SPEED SPLITTER GEARBOX, 3 SEATS, RADIO, ANALOGUE TACHOGRAPH, REAR WORK LAMPS, HEIGHT 13FT 6 INCHES, 6X2, ATLAS - KRAN CRANE FITTED MODEL, AK 1252 A3, DAY CAB, TOOLBOX, STABILISER LEGS, GOOD TYRES ALL AROUND, FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE A VIEWING / TEST DRIVE PLEASE CALL OUR SALES TEAM!!FOR MORE VEHICLES VISIT OUR WEBSITE...
Scania P Series P310 Euro 4 EGR 310hp
2009 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Sleeper cab with Climate control air-conditioning, Air suspension driver’s seat, Electric windows/mirrors, Cruise control, Trip computer, CD Radio, Night heater, External sunvisor with spotlamps, 310 Bhp Euro4 engine, 3 pedal Optiruise gearbox, Rear lift and steer axle, Twin 400litre fuel tanks, Deep front bumper with spot/foglights. Fassi rear mounted F110A.23 2005 Crane with dual controls and
Hino 700 Series 2838
2008 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Fitted with a 7.2 Metre Triple Drop Side Aluminium Body, Rear Mounted Atlas 105.2 Crane c/w Kinshoffer KM331 Brick Clamp with Double Extension and Top & Bottom Controls, Alloy Wheels, Sleeper Cab, Air Conditioning, Sun Visor, Engine Brake, Electric Windows, Locking Diff, Cruise Control, Heated Mirrors, Radio & CD Player, Digital Card Tacho, Euro 4, LEZ Compliant. On Steel suspension. The gearbox
DAF LF55 55.220
ABS Brakes, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air Suspension, Airbrakes, Bulkhead, Cabin Suspension Manual, CD Player, PCM, Power Steering, Rope Hooks, Seat Belts, Speaker System, Tacho Digital, Tinted Windows, Warranty Body Length: 19ft. This truck is rated as a Euro 5 The engine's power output is 220 HP. Right Hand Drive MoT Expiry: 04-2017
Iveco Eurocargo 75E-150
1995 | Crane Vehicle
IVECO 75 E15 PLATFORM TRUCK,
22 METRE LIFT CRANE,
PLEASE SEE FULL VEHICLE SPEC Adjustable Steering Wheel, Speaker System, Suspension Leaf, Tinted Windows, Warranty Body Length: 16ft. This truck is rated as a Non-LEZ Compliant The engine's power output is 150 HP. Right Hand Drive MoT Expiry: 01-2017
Scania R Series R420
2008 | Crane Vehicle
FITTED WITH TEREX ATLAS 92.2 REAR MOUNT CRANE
2 EXTENSIONS WITH HOOK
Please read full vehicle specification ABS Brakes, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air Suspension, Bulkhead, Immobilizer, Insulated Cabin, Power Steering, Spare Key, Speaker System, SWB, Tacho Digital, Warranty Body Length: 16ft. This truck is rated as a Euro 4
Volvo FE 320
2008 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
PURPOSE BUILT CRANE LORRY
VOLVO FE 320
FITTED WITH HIAB 166 B.2 CL REAR MOUNT CRANE
STAND UP CONTROLS
2 EXTENSIONS WITH BRICK GRAB
4.4m = 3300kgs
6.2m = 2300kgs
PLEASE READ FULL VEHICLE SPEC, ABS Brakes, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air Suspension, Arm Rest, Bulkhead, CD Player, Immobilizer, Power Steering, Rope Hooks, Seat Belts, Speaker System,
MAN TGM 18.240
2007 | Crane Vehicle
MAN TGM 18.240
FRONT MOUNTED HIAB 111 HIDUO CRANE
FITTED WITH BRICK GRAB
20FT ALLOY DROPSIDE BED
PLEASE READ VEHICLE INFORMATION FOR FULL SPEC
THIS LORRY IS SOLD WITH 12 MONTHS MOT
12 MOTHS BRAND NEW CRANE TEST AND CERTIFICATE
FULL PRE DELIVERY INSPECTION
3 MONTHS DRIVELINE WARRANTY COVERING ENGINE DIFF AND GEARBOX
- LIFTING CAPACITY:
- 2.8m = 3850kgs
- 4.2m = 2560kgs
- 5.2 = 1820kgs
DAF CF65 65.220
2007 | Crane Vehicle
DAF CF 65 220,
FITTED WITH REAR MOUNTED HIAB 122
WITH BRICK GRAB,
PLEASE SEE FULL VEHICLE SPEC,
THIS LORRY CAN BE PAINTED TO YOUR SPECIFICATION ASK OUR SALES STAFF FOR DETAILS, ABS Brakes, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Bulkhead, CD Player, Immobilizer, Power Steering, Rope Hooks, Seat Belts, Speaker System, Suspension Leaf, Tacho Digital, Tinted Windows, Warranty Body
Clearly, the crane is a vital, complex and expensive piece of kit on the lorry. This means that it should be given special attention when buying a used crane truck. A comprehensive service record is vital and the unit should be checked over thoroughly. The hydraulics should be checked over for leaks and the operation extensively tested under load. All instruments and controls should also be tested for proper working and the crane's attachment to the truck itself examined for any structural defects. Many cranes come with specialist attachments, such as buckets, grabs or hooks. These should also be checked over.
Check that they attach easily and work properly. Also be careful to establish if such additional implements are actually included in the sale. Crane lorries will have stabilising equipment on the truck itself to ensure that the crane lorry remains stable and safe during lifting operations. This is absolutely vital to the proper operation of the crane. Ensure that these features are all fully operational and in good order and, again, test under load.
Cranes find their way on to all manner of lorries. You will commonly find them on tippers, dropsides, flatbeds and chassis cabs. You will also find a huge variety of weight ratings, reaching up to several tonnes. Clearly, it is important to find a combination of crane and body type that suits your operation. Health and safety regulations also come into play. The driver of the lorry will normally be expected to operate the crane and must therefore receive the appropriate training. Many sites will not let a driver-operator on-site without showing a valid CPCS card. It is vital, then, that the crane lorry purchased is appropriate to the driver's category of qualification and, if not, that the driver is properly trained before operations can begin.
Crane trucks can be used as an all-in-one solution to any number of on-site issues, since they combine the functionality of several vehicles into a single efficient unit. Loading and unloading materials is never easier than when done using a crane truck, since you can take things such as a forklift out of the equation and simply get down to the business of transporting whatever you need without relying on others in the meantime. And when time is money, being able to make more deliveries in a day can be a very cost-effective benefit of buying a used crane vehicle.
There are two types of truck you may encounter in this category: the more specialised vehicles which consist of the crane alone, and the kind of tipper truck hybrids that have both a load bed and accompanying crane mechanism to allow for both lifting and the long-distance transport of materials on board. The former are less common and more specialised, which means they can usually handle much heavier loads and may have features such as telescopic jibs to make them very versatile. Meanwhile, the latter are more all-purpose machines that can take on different tasks and haul different loads as necessary. It's a good idea to think carefully before deciding which would be the most appropriate choice.
If the crane has had a lot of use, then it is sensible to give the workings some attention to determine the state of repair they are in. Hydraulic cranes are relatively reliable, but if the assembly does not seem to be especially smooth when it is being manoeuvred, then this may be an indication that repairs are necessary. Other things such as fluid leaking from the crane and obvious issues with the seals should also be on your radar.
The body of a crane truck will usually be a dropside aluminium unit, which is ideal for quick loading and unloading of a variety of materials. Air or steel suspension may be used on different models, with older vehicles needing some real scrutiny to check that the chassis and onboard systems are in good order. For the cab, there are other options available, usually consisting of three-seater set-ups that allow for all-day working. Bigger crane trucks with sleeper cabs for one or more passengers can be found, while modern truck units can offer luxuries such as air conditioning, in-cab electrics and remote-control operation of the crane mechanism.
A long MOT on a used crane truck is an indication that it is still in a serviceable state and so can be desirable in the second-hand market. You may also need to look at the type of bucket which is featured on the crane assembly, as grabber units are convenient for collecting and depositing loose materials in large quantities over a short time period. A crane truck means that the user is not going to have to wait around for everyone else to get organised when there are materials to be moved, making it a cost-effective choice for a lot commercial users to make.
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