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 55
2007 | Crane Vehicles | 18000kg
2007 [56 plate] daf LF 55 250 4x2 on springs, 18 ton, 280 horse power engine, 8 speed manual spliter gearbox, diff lock, day cab , 2 seats, ONLY 245000km, 1 owner, tested till August, tyres over 70%, 20ft dropside flat with tieing eyes, 11 tm remote controlled HIAB crane, 2 extension crane with brick grab, hydraulic stabilizer legs, crane will fold up if grab removed, tool box, cd player,. Euro 3
Mercedes-Benz Axor 2628
2005 | Crane Vehicles
Mercedes 2528 26 ton flat bed with manual gearbox. All years - Large choice with or without crane
MAN TGM 12.240
2006 | Crane Vehicles
TGM 18.240 412 SLEEPER TAILLIFT BOX, MAUAL GEARBOX, CHOICE OF 2
MAN Unknown 35.360
2004 | Crane Vehicles
Iveco Stralis AD260S42
2007 | Crane Vehicles
STRALIS 26 TONNE,DAY CAB, BRICK LORRY, TEREX REARMOUNTED CRANE WITH BRICKGRAB AUTO GEARBOX ADBLUE
Iveco Stralis 310
2010 | Crane Vehicles
Stralis 310.Reg Plate: SG60 WCYPlant Recovery Crane Lorry.6-Wheeler.Beavertail.Terex Remote.105.2 Crane.Hydraulic Ramps.Euro 5 Ad Blue.
Iveco Eurocargo STRALIS AD190S31
2007 | Crane Vehicles
2007 STRALIS AD190S31,AUTO GEARBOX,275.000KMS,ADBLUE,ATLAS TEREX 92.2 CRANE WITH BRICKGRAB,DOUBLE DROPSIDE,CLEAN TRUCK,£12.950+VAT.
Scania R Series R480
2007 | Crane Vehicles
2007 R480 6x4 double drive high line Opticruise 3 pedal Atlas Crane with 2003 Triaxle Draw bar trailer, low Kms mint condition.6x4
Volvo FM 9 6 X 4 FLATBED CRANE - 2004 - KX54 UTR
2004 | Crane Vehicles | 9000kg
Volvo FM Series Sleeper Cab. Volvo D9A-300 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Volvo 9 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axles C/w Diff / Cross Locks. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. 26Ft Flatbed Body C/w Wood Panel Floor, Lashing Rings, Raised Headboard And Dropsides. 2003 Gormagh 19000E3 Front Mounted Crane C/w Hydraulic Stabiliser Legs, Dual Standing
Trailer Crane Fruehauf CRANE FRUHAUF 55 CU YD ALUMINIUM TIPPING TRAILER -
1986 | Crane Vehicles | 34000kg
Crane Fruhauf Tri Axle Step Frame Chassis. 55 Cu-Yd Aluminium Tipping Body C/w Single Piece Tailgate, Grain Hatch And Bulkhead Mounted Steps. Front End Tipping Ram. Roll Over Easy Sheet. ROR Axles C/w 385/65R 22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Full Drum Braking System. Steel Suspension. Dual Speed Landing Legs. Plated Weight : 34,000 Kgs. Design Weight : 34,000 Kgs. Tested Until End : Expired.
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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