We have a lot of customers approach us with their ideal vehicle in mind. The reality of it is that is not always possible. Which brings us to the questions in this post.
What comes first? For us it always the crane. That’s our business.
What do you need to lift and at what reach? Once this has been determined we can start building on your requirements.
We now have the crane, eureka! however it weighs 2500kg and the customer wants to install it on a 7.5T chassis.
What obstacles do we face and what do our customers need to be aware of?
Crane – when specifying what load you need to lift, customers rarely consider the fact that it is not a good idea to always lift at a cranes full capacity. There are always conditions where you need that little bit more, and there is nothing more annoying that buzzers sounding when you approach capacity.
Payload – The golden topic. Whilst you may want to lift the earth, what’s the point if the vehicle can’t carry the necessary?
Stability – Is this monster crane going to lift the load safely? All builds are fully tested before they leave but it’s a bit late if you already have the crane installed. That’s our job. Specify the correct equipment, calculate the stability and required stabilizer legs before we produce.
Tanks, DPF’s, Batteries – with the ever growing chassis furniture, where are you going to put your new crane? Most components can be moved to accommodate, however specifying this from the vehicle manufacturer makes life a whole lot easier for all.
So the marriage begins and we are here to help specify what you need and how it will work.
7.5T crane units With chassis getting heavier we have seen an influx in crane installations on the Canter and Isuzu N75 chassis. They are light weight with adequate front axles and give a higher payload than their bigger brothers. The Amco veba 103 and 105 series cranes have proved popular for this application. The new economical design with in-line booms achieve weight savings compared to other HIAB’s. Initially they look quite striking with the horizontal boom across the cab, but with an installation gap of less than 365mm, all the more space for the load.
3.5T crane units
The 1 series again fits the bill. The Amco Veba 103 crane, weighing just 390kg will lift half a ton over the back of most Transit size drop sides. A proper crane unit only in small proportions. With a build time of about 10 days these little power houses offer the operator a quick turnaround.
This is where things start to get interesting. Cranes ranging from 20-50TM. Tractor units, 6 Wheelers or 8 Wheelers there is far more ‘design’ in these type of units. If specifying you first or repeating current orders its always best to thinks what can be done better, and what can you crane supplier or bodybuilder do to make your life easier? We feel that with larger units customers should not think of Standard builds but build for their applications. If you remember the check list and ask for a drawing you know you are heading the right direction. Lets build what you need not what you have seen.
So long story short… We are experts in creating the right crane solution to meet your needs. If you want to find out how you can have a crane solution to meet your needs contact us today.