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 LF55 4 X 2 18 TONNE FLATBED/CRANE - 2008 - PN08 NJK
2008 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
DAF LF Series Day Cab. Paccar ISBE 220 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine C/w Ad-Blue. ZF 6 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. DAF Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. 24 Ft Flatbed Body C/w Wood Panel Floor, Raised Headboard and Aluminium Drop Sides. Gearbox Driven Hiab 111 B2 Hiduo Front Mounted Crane C/w Pull-Out Hydraulic Stabiliser Legs, N/s
Scania P Series P270
2007 | Crane Vehicles
57 plate P270. Palfinger PK23500 remote control crane. 6 x 2 beaver tail rigid with 27ft 6inch bed with flip toe ramps. Rear lift axle. The bed is 8ft wide and the flat section is 19ft 6 inches long. Tow bar, winch, digital tachograph and mirror guards. Ex Hewden hire vehicle. For sale due to fleet upgrade.
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1824
2011 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
Mercedes Benz 1824, 2011'61' plate, 240,000 Fully re-painted in white, 6-cylinder turbo intercooled, 6-speed manual gearbox, Full MB service history, MSS Engine Stop/Start, Parrot Bluetooth Phone kit, Reversing camera, Central locking.Fitted with Atlas 92.2 A2 front mounted Crane loader Also 22ft x 8ft 4 inches Double dropside body. MOT Expiry date June 2018For more information please contact
Scania 4 Series R124
2007 | Crane Vehicles
2007 R124 High Line 6x4 double drive Sleeper cab flat fitted HMF crane and Grab with 2003 draw bar trailer6x4
Trailer SDC Tri axle Log trailer
2015 | Crane Vehicles | 44000kg
Fitted Log lift 118S 12 tm crane,BPW Eco 9ton axles with drum brakes,EXTE Aluminium Bolsters,Loler expires May 2018,coupled to 2015 Scania R450 Highline, rear lift tractor unit, with manual gearbox,Will Split.Choice of 2
Volvo FL 10
1999 | Crane Vehicles | 26000kg
6x2 Double Drive, c/w Palfinger PK16000L Block Crane
DAF LF55 .250
2008 | Crane Vehicles
2008 57 DAF LF55.250 REAR MOUNTED CRANE EURO 4
Mercedes-Benz Axor 2533L
2005 | Crane Vehicles | 57320kg
2005/55 plate Mercedes axor 25.33, 6x2, rearlift with 26ft alloy dropside body, HMF 1560 crane and brick grab6x2
MAN TGS 32.400
2013 | Crane Vehicles | 70548kg
2013 TGS32.400 8x4 Andover Cheese Wedge Plant Body, 53ton FASSI F350 XP Crane, Fully Remote, 4 Extensions, Any Inspection Welcome8x4
Scania P Series P230
2007 | Crane Vehicles
P230 2007 (57) 18 Ton, 16' Triple Ali Dropside c/w Palfinger PK15500 Full Radio Remote Controlled Crane, 2 Extensions, Front Hydraulic Legs, CompAir Compressor, Hydraulic Post Hammer, Air Lines, Tow Bar, Air Suspension, Super Singles On Front Axle, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Camera, Half Leather, Steering Wheel Controls, Electric Mirrors, Only Covered 92,000 Miles From New, Tested Sept 18, Excellent
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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