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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Scania P Series P230 4x2 Rigid Flat Bed With Crane
2013 | Crane Vehicles
Day Cab, 17.4ft Flat Body With Aluminium Drop Sides, Hiab XS 099 Hi Duo 2 Extension Crane, With Remote Control, Half Leather Seats With Lumber Support, Reverse Camera, Exhaust Brake, Electric Mirrors And Windows, Euro 5 Engine RIGIDS
Volvo FM 12 6 X 2 DRAWBAR SPEC FLATBED/CRANE - 2006 - CU06
2006 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
Volvo FM Series Globetrotter Twin Sleeper Cab. Volvo D12D-420 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Volvo Engine Brake (V.E.B.). Volvo 14 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. ECAS Front And Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w In Cab Controls. Gearbox Driven Rear Mounted Atlas 92.2 Crane C/w Dual Controls And Front And Rear Hydraulic Stabiliser
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824 Bluetec 5
2008 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
Barrier rig with post drivers on both sides and Palfinger PK15500 crane (6.1 ton max to 1690KG at 8 meter) compressor and generatorMoT Due Nov 17log book present
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824 Bluetec 5
2008 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
Barrier rig with post drivers on both sides and Palfinger PK15500 crane (6.1 ton max to 1690KG at 8 meter) compressor and generatorMoT Due Dec 17log book present
Scania G Series G450
2018 | Crane Vehicles | 32000kg
(2018) G450, 8 x 2 Rigid and fitted FASSI F820RA.2.26 with 6 Hydraulic Extensions.Comes with all toolboxes, walkways, wheelchocks and footpads. Fitted with worklights, beacons and strobes. Includes Air Conditioning and Electric Windows.You can choose your own specifications, optional drawbars and small bodies fitted. Available for lease or rent to purchase.8x2
Mercedes-Benz Axor 2528
2006 | Crane Vehicles | 26000kg
2006 Mercedes Axor 2528. Manual gearbox, day cab. 6 by 2. Fitted with 2008 PM50 crane, 4 hydraulic extensions, fully remote control. V.G.C. £POA.6x2
Trailer Fruehauf ACID TANKER
1992 | Crane Vehicles
CRANE TRI AXLE 22,000 LITRE STAINLESS STEEL ACID TANKER, HONDA PETROL PUMP, 1 COMPARTMENT, HAND RAIL, DRUM BRAKES
Trailer Fruehauf 25,000 LITRE TANKER
1983 | Crane Vehicles
CRANE 25,000 LITRE STAINLESS STEEL TANKER, TRI AXLE, SPRING SUSPENSION, DRUM BRAKES, ROR AXLES
MAN Unknown 2007 (56) MAN 18.220 4X4 FLATBED POLE CARRIER
2007 | Crane Vehicles
20FT BODY. 27 TON METER PALFINGER 27002 DOUBLE EXTENDING CRANE WITH 4 JACK LEGS. FULLY REMOTE. EX BALFOUR BEATTY. GOOD CONDITION
DAF LF55 LF 55.250 Euro 5
2013 | Crane Vehicles
2013 13 DAF LF 55.250 Euro 5, 25ft flat, HMF 910 crane, tool boxes, 8 speed manual, cruise control, 185kms, 1 owner from new, daf r+m from new, excellent condition ú29950 + vat Rigids
Clearly, the crane is a vital, complex and expensive piece of kit on the lorry. This means that it should be given special attention looking at used crane trucks for sale. 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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