The Volvo FM truck family is described by the manufacturer as being a versatile platform for specialist applications. And that description certainly fits the crane trucks which fall into the FM range.
You can find a range of used Volvo FM crane vehicles for sale, running the gamut from models with flatbed bodies to those with tipper capabilities for use in construction. Because there are different technologies and truck types in demand throughout this category, buyers will need to hone their search to suit their needs. The crane itself will be the biggest asset of any FM truck that features it, so testing it before buying is a must.
Volvo FM tippers in this category tend to feature the crane mounted just behind the cab, allowing for loose materials to be quickly collected and deposited into the body. Referred to as grab loaders, these all-purpose vehicles are usually outfitted with a 6x2 or 8x4 axle configuration to improve off-road stability and traction.
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Volvo FM 9 300 Rigid Flat With Crane
2005 | Crane Vehicle
Atlas 165.2e Remote Crane, 24 Flat Body, Parrot Hands Free Kit, Rear Lift Axle, Cruise Control, Engine Brake, Analog Tacho, Electric Mirrors and Windows, 9 Speed Manual Gear Box, RIGIDS
Volvo FMX 380 8X4 HOOKLOADER
2012 | Crane Vehicle | 32000kg
2012 12 VOLVO FMX 380 EURO 5 8X4 HOOKLOADER, HIAB XR265 EQUIPMENT, SHEETING SYSTEM, OUTSIDE LOCKERS, GOOD TYRES, DAYCAB, 306,000 KLMS, I - SHIFT GEARBOX, CAMERA SYSTEM, HALF LEATHER SEATS, ELECTRIC WINDOWS / MIRRORS, HANDSFREE KIT, SUNVISOR, VERY CLEAN TRUCK, COMES WITH SPARE KEYS, 1 OWNER FROM NEW, END FEB 2018 TEST.
Volvo FM 6x4
2001 | Crane Vehicle
Manual 6x4 rear crane remote controle
Volvo FM 360
2008 | Crane Vehicle | 32000kg
Volvo FM360-8x4 Euro 4, Add blue, 8 speed manual gearbox, Palfinger Pk19000 x4 extensions, remote control, Ramsey hydraulic winch, Flip over ramps, Steel suspension on rear, 397535km, 12 months MOT, 12 months crane test, 12 months winch test, Year of reg Beavertails
Volvo FM 400
Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Volvo FM400, PM 36023, 3 extensions, Remote control, Rear hydraulic crane legs, 6x2 rear lift, air suspension, Cheese wedge body, Rear hydraulic support legs, Wheel chocks, Tool box, Ramsey hydraulic winch, Tow ball and socket, Fall arrest, add blue, Auto Beavertails
Volvo FM FM12 340 Globetrotter
2003 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Volvo FM12 340 Globetrotter 2003 RPC LEZ Converted, Full Drawbar Spec, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, 25' 3" Beavertail Plant Body, Hydraulic Beavertail Ramps, c/w Palfinger PK 27000 Remote Controlled Crane, 4 Hydraulic And 1 Manual Extension, Winch, Front & Rear Hydraulic Legs, Twist Locks, Colour Cameras, Double Sleeper, I Shift Gearbox, All Round Air Suspension, Upright Exhaust, 5 Stage Engine Brake,
The crane will typically feature a clamshell bucket that can grab materials, and of course if you have a tipper with its own loading mechanism, it can operate on its own rather than requiring supplementary equipment. A steel tipping body is preferred for grabloaders, while even older models can come with reversing cameras, weight sensors and lots of other impressive features. As long as everything is in working order, there should be little to get in the way of your search for a crane-augmented Volvo FM tipper.
The crane vehicles in this range which offer true extendable reach are even more specialised than the tippers, allowing operators to lift heavy equipment and goods utilising a portable platform that can be easily repositioned for optimal access to high places. This can further be enhanced through the use of hydraulic legs, which are available on certain models. Checking the maximum payload that the crane can manage at specific angles and elevations is also important.
Most of these FM variants will come with third-party crane mechanisms which offer full remote control to the driver. A 6x2 axle configuration allows for a rear lift axle set-up, providing the extra stability that is necessary whenever the crane is in action. A flatbed body can allow other equipment to be loaded using the crane, while dropside bodies are also available on this type of crane vehicle.
Checking the core mechanisms of a Volvo FM crane vehicle is important, but you must also look at what second-hand models have to offer in terms of cab space, comfort features, fuel efficiency and durability. Euro 5 and 6 engines are present on more recent releases in this range, while both day and sleeper cabs can be chosen on the used market, depending on the kinds of distances you are likely require the vehicle and its driver to cover in a given time scale. Beacons and working lights may also be on your checklist, so make sure the Volvo FM crane vehicle you choose has these on board to avoid disappointment.
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