Mounting a crane on a heavy duty truck can improve its functionality. For construction projects a crane provides excellent utility, assists with loading and unloading, and helps with landscaping. The addition of this tool increases productivity and efficiency. However, additional responsibilities and considerations come along with installing a crane on your truck. Crane repair and maintenance costs will be a sizable portion of your annual costs and cannot be ignored. Here are a few questions to ask before fitting a crane on your truck, to ensure you are making the right purchase.
What kind of work do you do?
Truck mounted cranes are not always required. It’s important to list the advantages of installing a crane on your truck. The type of work that you are involved with is a good place to start. If you need to carry medium to heavy loads on a day to day basis, then, the addition of a crane would be useful. These bulky loads could be better lifted with the use of a crane. Ungainly weights such as HVAC units or lumber are good examples of such weight.
Can your truck handle the weight?
The next thing to consider is how much weight can your truck handle? The weight of the crane plus the weight of the load can put a huge train on your truck’s frame. This combined weight can immobilize a truck rendering it useless.
Also, there is to consider, where to install the crane? The rear end allows the crane to unload easily but puts more strain on the rear axle. Installing a crane behind the cab offers greater stability but the effective reach of the crane is reduced.
Serviceability and support
The work of crane manufacturers doesn’t end after purchase. Servicing of the crane is an important cost factor to think about before making a deal. Within reach service stations can greatly reduce transit costs. The frequency of repair and maintenance should suit your own schedule. Downtime costs of keeping the crane in the shop should be thought about as well.
Local and provincial regulations
Sometimes work requires you to cross provincial border. This requires you to carry necessary permits and follow necessary regulations. These regulations dictate the legal height, weight, length, and width of vehicles. Unless, you want to be paying the penalty costs involved, you should take a look at these regulations.
The control station of your crane should be strategically placed for maximum visibility. This can reduce complications while lifting goods on the truck, depending on how unwieldy they are.
If you’re able answer all these questions, then, you’re well on your way to making a smart purchase. Unable to find the right crane for the job? Look at our extensive offerings at Heavy Duty Direct before you make up your mind.
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