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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DAF CF 400
Available for long term hire, DAF CF400- 8x2, Rear steer, PM38:5 crane, Montracon cheese wedge body, Tool boxes, beacons, strobes, Top spec. Beavertails
DAF CF75 .310
2006 | Crane Vehicles
75 CF 310 2006 (56) Sleeper Cab, LEZ Compliant, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle c/w 28 Ton HMF Full Radio Remote Control Crane, 4 Extensions, Brand New Mot, Full History, Ready To Work, Can Be Painted In Customers Colours.6x2. Right Hand Drive
Mercedes-Benz Axor MERCEDES 2528 FLATDED & CRANE
2005 | Crane Vehicles | 26000kg
Scania 4 Series 94C340
2000 | Crane Vehicles
6 x 2 Flat Bed Lorry with Palfinger PK 27000 Hydraulic CraneYear 2000 ('W' Reg) / 1999 CraneMileage 300k milesPalfinger 27.5 tpm hydraulic crane with 4 extensionsCrane will rotate 360 degrees over cab.340 bhp diesel engine8 metre / 26 ft trailer bedAll cab lights will remain fitted.In excellent condition, very well maintained and regularly servicedCrane has just been tested.Lorry MOT till Spring
MAN TGS 26.320
2010 | Crane Vehicles | 26000kg
MAN TGS 26.320, 6x2 rear steer, Year of reg 01/04/10, Year of Manu 2009, 10 reg, Auto, work lamps, PM25 SP crane x3 extensions, remote, Ramsey hydraulic winch 5000kg, Cheese wedge body, Tow pin, foot pads, Fire extinguishers holders, 382971km, Truck ins Beavertails
DAF CF85 85.400ATI
1998 | Crane Vehicles
26t – 3 axle rigid with beaver tail and winch. MOT: May 2018 HIAB: Copma 1999 – C1930/3 - Max reach 12m. Right Hand Drive
DAF CF 400
2016 | Crane Vehicles
2016 CF 400 – 6x2 – Rear lift and steer – 9 ton front axle – Fitted new FASSI F485A2.25 crane – New cabin specification body – Drawbar specification – CHOICE – painted in your colours – Lease or Hire. Left Hand Drive
Volvo FH 540
2017 | Crane Vehicles
2017 FH540 – 6x2 – Tag axle – Leather – Air con – I shift – Fitted new FASSI F820RA2.26 crane – Drawbar specification as well.. Right Hand Drive
DAF CF85 .460
2016 | Crane Vehicles
8x2 - Fitted Palfinger PK48000 crane - New cheese wedge plant body - Choice to lease / lease purchase / rent.. Right Hand Drive
Iveco Eurocargo 180E25
2009 | Crane Vehicles
Eurocargo 180E25 2009 (09) Euro 5, 24' 4" Flat Body c/w Hiab XS 144 Crane, Piped For Grab, 2 Extensions, Dual Crane Controls, Auto Gearbox, Front Hydraulic Legs, Tool Box, Cruise Control, Sun Visor, Electric Windows, CD Player, 164,000 Miles, Full Service History, Excellent Condition.4x2. Right Hand Drive
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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