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 7 6x2 Rigid Beavertail
1998 | Crane Vehicle | 26000kg
Atlas 100.1 Crane With 2 x Extensions, 26ft Beavertail Body, Hydraulic Rear Ramps, Rear Lift Axle, Half Leather Seats, 9 Speed Manual Gear Box, Cruise Control, Engine Brake, RIGIDS
Volvo FM 13
2010 | Crane Vehicle
FM13 360 8X2 REAR LIFT AND STEER FACTORY BUILD I SHIFT ALLOYS REVERSE CAMERA COMFORT TRIM 5.1 M WB IDEAL BEAVERTAIL OR CRANE Rigid Trucks
Volvo FM 13
2010 | Crane Vehicle
FM13 360 8X2 REAR LIFT AND STEER 5.1M WB CHASSIS CAB I SHIFT COMFORT TRIM ALLOYS A/C UK MOT DEC 17 IDEAL CRANE OR BEAVERTAIL CHOICE Rigid Trucks
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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