Cranes for Sale – Material Handling Equipment

Are you looking for a heavy duty compact crane to use for materials handling equipment that can be mounted on service trucks or loading docks? A BIGMAX knuckle boom crane is suitable for a pickup truck, flat deck truck, utility trailer or mounted to a service dock. These compact BIGMAX cranes are less than 10 ton meters with a lift moment under 72,000 ft.lbs and they are now available on-line on a wholesale basis.

Small Crane for Trailer used as Materials Handling Equipment

Small Crane for Trailer used as Materials Handling Equipment

 

75% of the hydraulic cranes sold by crane companies in North America are smaller sized cranes which lend themselves to on-line purchasing for several reasons. These articulating truck cranes are less complex, have fewer options and are easier to install than a larger capacity truck crane which is more job specific and requires more specialized chassis and options.

 

 

As one of the most highly regarded crane manufacturers, BIGMAX provides a 2 year warranty with all their electric or hydraulic cranes along with detailed installation instructions.

For a limited time period, freight will be pre-paid to any destination in the United States or Canada. Call Sales Manager Don Rice toll free at 1-877-531-8644 for a quote on available cranes for sale or for additional information!

Compare BIGMAX Truck Cranes to Maxilift Cranes

In the USA and Canada, Technocrane was instrumental in developing and establishing the small crane market. For example, from 1990 to 2005, they were the exclusive distributor of Maxilift cranes before they chose to replace that crane line with their proprietary BIGMAX Cranes.  During this time period, Technocrane got to know the qualities, as well as the deficiencies, of Maxilift and various other small knuckle boom cranes.

Initially, the main deficiency of Maxi-lift cranes was the vulnerable and poorly protected rotation system, which is most profound in the 160 size as well as in the smaller versions. Instead of being enclosed and protected from the elements, the slewing gear mechanism is only shielded by a fragile plastic cover that regularly broke in transit from the manufacturer in Europe.

Eventually, an effort was made in the larger MaxiLift models to enclose the slewing gears by protecting them from the side, inside a fabricated steel vertical pipe, with a rubber cover that was loose on the outside.  However, this design allowed the outside of the rubber hat to lift at normal road speeds of the crane truck which created an opening where sand, salt and other road debris could enter and cause the slewing system to fail prematurely. This very same design, probably because of its low cost, is still used by Maxilift on their truck crane today.

To solve this problem, all BIGMAX cranes are built with steel slewing gear enclosures – fabricated steel for the  TC-100 version, and cast steel in all other TC models with the gears running in an oil bath. This design has proven to be much more reliable and long lasting which enables Technocrane to offer every crane for sale with a 2 year warranty.

If you would like to learn more about the BIGMAX TC Series cranes, please contact Technocrane toll free at 1-877-531-8644 – Ext. 1 for more information and pricing – Dealer enquiries on our truck cranes are also welcome.

Are Winches Required on Small Truck Cranes?

Small crane trucks (with a lift capability of 5,000 lbs or less) are available in two designs. The first is a fixed boom (davit type) crane. The second is a crane with an elevating (articulated) arm. On a fixed boom crane, a winch is usually employed to do the lifting. The modern alternative is a crane with a pivoting (articulated) arm that lifts on the hook attached to its outer end.

Either type can be installed on service trucks such as flat decks, tire service, propane delivery and larger pick-up trucks.

Most operators consider an articulated crane the simpler of the two types to operate because he/she needs to focus on the movement of the boom tip hook and load movement. The operator of a winch equipped crane on the other hand, must pay attention to the winding of the winch line onto the drum as well as its movement through any sheaves.

An advantage of winch equipped cranes is that they can lift in a straight line, close to the column, while cranes with articulated booms lift through an arc of varying distance from the column.

However, because BIGMAX cranes feature booms that extend (telescope) as well as elevate hydraulically, they offer most of the advantages of winch equipped truck cranes without their operating complexities and extra costs.

Contact Technocrane at 1-877-531-8644 (toll free) for information and pricing on any TC model crane for sale - with or without winches.

Estimating Life Span of Knuckle Boom Crane

How many years of service can be expected from a compact stiff boom crane?

This will vary from brand to brand. One of the leading crane companies, BIGMAX Cranes, manufactures truck cranes that are built to last fifteen years, based on normal expected use and maintenance.

How do they know? Prior to production, 2 test cranes of each BIGMAX model are put through rigorous testing, non-stop 24/7 for the equivalent use of 15 years.  If any component should fail during the test period, it is redesigned and the test gets restarted. The testing continues until each model has been run for the full test period without failure.

For more information about these rugged yet compact cranes for sale, call 1-877-531-8644 (Ext. 1).

 

Advantages and disadvantages of DC electric powered small booms

The main advantage of a DC powered crane over a hydraulic crane on a boom truck is ease of installation. For example, since BIGMAX electric cranes come with their own battery operated power pack, the crane can be mounted on any vehicle including trucks, trailers, and boats which has an adequate battery and sufficient stability. No separate, often costly hydraulic system is required as on a hydraulic crane.

The main disadvantage of DC powered cranes on boom trucks is that, because it is battery operated, the crane has a limited duty cycle. While ideal for more occasional use, a battery powered crane can usually run for 5 minutes every 20 minutes or so, depending on the battery strength and whether the battery is being constantly charged.

For more information about an electric or hydraulic truck mounted crane, check out Technocrane Inc., one of the leading crane companies in North America, on the website www.bigmaxcranes.com.

For a list of in-stock cranes for sale call toll free at 1-877-531-8644 (ext. 1).

Small Truck Cranes for Sale

Technocrane Inc. is one of leading small crane companies in North America.

They have a large selection of compact and versatile truck cranes that start in the lift range of 1800 lbs and go up from there. The BIGMAX TC Series telescopic truck cranes, flat bed cranes, and small truck cranes are excellent choices to have a look at.

BIGMAX cranes can be PTO (power take-off) or battery operated hydraulic cranes that use regular hose fittings, and are constructed with high quality steel.

See the full line of pick-up and one ton cranes today at www.bigmaxcranes.com.  You can also get an updated list of in-stock cranes for sale by calling 1-877-531-8644 (ext. 1).