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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Volvo FM 13
2010 | Crane Vehicle
FM13 360 8X2 REAR LIFT AND STEER 5.1M WB CHASSIS CAB I SHIFT COMFORT TRIM ALLOYS A/C UK MOT DEC 17 IDEAL CRANE OR BEAVERTAIL CHOICE Rigid Trucks
DAF CF85 460 4x2 T/unit
2010 | Crane Vehicle
PK50002.EH Remote Crane, 4 Extensions, 4 Legs, 26ft Outreach Cheese Wedge Body, Twist locks At Front Of Body, Draw Bar Spec (no hitch) Euro 5, Hub Reduction Rear Axles, Cruise Control, Air Con, Large Diesel Tank, Parrot Hands Free, Engine Brake, Euro 5 En RIGIDS
DAF CF75 310 EURO 5 6 X 2 FLATBED CRANE -
2008 | Crane Vehicle | 9000kg
DAF CF Series Day Cab. Paccar 310 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/W Ad Blue. ZF 8 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. DAF Single Reduction Drive Axle C/W Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. Air Suspended Twin Wheeled Rear Lift Axle C/w In Cab Controls. Gearbox Driven Terex 105.2 Front Mounted Crane C/w Dual Controls And Pull Out Hydraulic Stabiliser Legs. 26 Ft
Scania Unknown 8x4 Day Cab Steel Body Tipper
2003 | Crane Vehicle | 32000kg
C/W Hiab 106 HD Crane, Stand Up Controls, Exhaust Brake, Cruise Control, Steel Suspension MOT- May 17 TIPPERS
DAF LF45 LF55 220 4x2 15000kg GVW Rigid
2012 | Crane Vehicle
Hiab Duo Crane With 2 x Extensions, Three Seater Cab, 18ft Out Reach Flat Body With 2 x Aluminium Drop Sides, Storage Cabinet Under Body, 6 Speed Manual Gear Box, Euro 5 Engine, June 2017 M.O.T RIGIDS
2009 | Crane Vehicle
2009 Volvo FM400 8 x 4 Sleeper Cab,I shift box,535000 Kms
MOT Dec 17, F360XP Crane Remote Control,Andover C/W body
Twist locks, Hydraulic winch
£60,000 + VAT
STEEL HOOKLOADER MUCKSHIFT BODY / ATLAS GRAB CRANE COMBINATION ATlAS 90.1A12 PTO Driven Crane C/w Rotating Grab Bucket. Hydraulic Stabiliser Legs. Dual Stand Up Raised Controls. Quick Release Hydraulic / Electric Couplings. Steel Muckshift Body. Barn Doors. Refurbished in 2012 #Hook Crane 20 #Hook Crane 17 #Hook Crane 19 #Hook Crane 21 #Hook Crane 1 #Hook Crane 16 #Hook Crane 7 #Hook Crane #8
Trailer Dennison tri-axle timber trailer on SAF axles fitted with
2001 | Crane Vehicle
This is used DENNISON truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
Scania 3 Series 124 420 6x2 T/unit With PM 32 Series Crane
1999 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Topline Cab, Twin Sleeper, 2002 Year PM 32 Series Crane, 4 x Extensions, 4 x Legs, Retarder, Exhaust Brake, Tag Axle, Cruise Control, 13 Speed Manual Gear Box, Electric Windows, Air Con, Sliding 5th Wheel, TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
Scania R Series R400
2010 | Crane Vehicle
2010 60 Scania R400 8X2 chassis with new flatbed body with twistlocks and fall arrest, reverse camera, strobes and beacons, toolboxes, piped for drawbar with 57mm coupling, fitted with a new front mount PM50 remote crane with 5 hydraulic extensions, 406000kms, 12 months mot. Crane Vehicles
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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