How Long Can A Knuckle Boom Crane Last?

What is the estimated life span of a compact stiff boom crane?

This depends on each brand. Popular brands like BigMax can manufacture cranes that can last up to fifteen years.

The Test Process

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, visit Drive Products website.

 

Radio Controls for Hydraulic Truck Cranes

As with most crane manufacturers, Drive Products, has always offered the option of a factory installed radio system on their BIGMAX line of small hydraulic truck cranes.

However, unlike other crane companies, Drive Products now offers a state-of-the-art wireless remote control system which has the advantage of affordability and ease in being retrofitted onto all standard Bigmax cranes that are already in service.

Radio-Controls-for-BIGMAX-Cranes

Drive Products’s new radio control system utilizes the proven Hetronic Hand Held MFSHL Series transmitter, and a multi section electronic valve providing proportional control for all functions.

To operate, the function is selected by engaging a toggle switch and the speed is controlled by depressing or releasing a trigger.  The hand held transmitter is available with 4 functions with or without additional PMW toggle switches for other non crane functions.  The radio transmitter is available with up to 6 toggle switches, three of which are used to operate the crane. The remaining switches can be supplied in various configurations from PMW momentary-on to 3 position type. The additional switches are typically used to activate boom-mounted hammers, hydraulic outrigger stabilizers and winches.

The multi-function control valve has a flow control section with a flow divider that controls the operating speed of all the hydraulic functions.  The electronic control valve is both sectional and proportional and includes man-sized emergency, manual over-ride levers. This safety feature will allow the crane to be operated manually in the event of an electrical problem, or if the transmitter is lost or broken.  The wiring harness, which uses DIN connectors, is weather proofed for outdoor use and can even be used on both lines of Marine Cranes sold by Drive Products.

For a quote or further information about hydraulic truck cranes for sale, marine cranes or wireless radio controls you can visit any of the following websites:

www.bigmaxcranes.com       www.craneoutriggers.com

 

Drive Products Supplies Outrigger Stabilizers in North America

Drive Products distributes small cranes and hydraulic outrigger stabilizers to dealers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) in Canada and the USA.

The company began selling stabilizers in 2004. The BIGMAX line of stabilizers was introduced as an option for compact BIGMAX hydraulic cranes. Only two models, designed for cranes under 20,000 ft lb rating, were offered initially.

BIGMAX Outrigger Stabilizers

The introduction of the first two models established Drive Products as a supplier of outriggers. Soon the company was attracting inquiries for other sizes and types of outrigger stabilizers. In response to this demand, Drive Products increased the model range offered from two sizes to nine and began to stock more and various models.

Bigmax Outrigger Stabilizers

Bigmax Outrigger Stabilizers

What started out as a product carried to support crane sales, grew into one of Drive Products’s major BIGMAX product lines in a relatively short time.

For more information, call Drive Products.

Cranes and outrigger stabilizers can be shipped to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and all states East.    

Cranes For Sale – Immediate delivery to USA or Canada

Truck Mounted Cranes for Sale in USA and Canada – Always in stock and ready to ship

Crane manufacturer Drive Products introduced the BIGMAX TC cranes in 2005. These are a family of compact and light weight small truck cranes that are also rugged and easy to install.  Although initially released as articulated hydraulic cranes for trucks – they are now widely used for a variety of applications.

The BIGMAX TC series of cranes are capable of lifting up to 5,000 lbs. with hydraulic extensions to 19.5 feet. They are available in hydraulic (PTO) or 12 V DC electric models and are suitable for mounting on 10 to 18,000 GVW trucks.

Two recognized features of the BIGMAX truck cranes are ease of operation and safety. They have proportional controls to ensure safe movement and precise placement of heavy objects.

Optional radio/wireless controls are available which gives a single person the ability to safely lift and place any large object within the length of the boom. Hydraulic outrigger stabilizers can also be provided and are carried in-stock for immediate delivery.

The industry-leading two year warranty provided by BIGMAX is another excellent reason why these are a popular crane for sale in North America.

Drive Products is known for their expertise with small cranes for trucks or boats and gives small crane buyers the attention and service they deserve.

For more information about these compact but rugged truck cranes and outriggers, please call Drive Products.

If you are interested in becoming a hydraulic truck crane dealer in Ontario please contact us thorough our wholesale crane division website www.big-max-cranes.com.

 

 

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 Drive Products, 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 Drive Products.

How and Where are Small Truck Cranes Installed?

Most often, truck mounted cranes are bolted to a reinforced mounting pad on a flatbed truck.  (Another term for a flatbed is a platform or a deck).  The crane can also be secured with outrigger stabilizers that are mounted to the crane truck chassis. Finally, the cranes can be mounted to the rear deck or bumper of a service truck bodies. Trailer mounted cranes are also popular.

BIGMAX knuckle boom cranes and telescopic cranes are suitable for mounting in any of these locations.

For more information about small truck cranes, visit www.bigmaxcranes.com.