The information in this post is extremely useful for those who are operating a vehicle that would benefit from more stability when their crane is in work mode.
Outriggers and Their Main Functions
The main function of outriggers, which are also commonly called stabilizers, is to keep a truck and crane unit stable while in operation. This is often accomplished by using a single set of outriggers, but in other cases, adding auxiliary outriggers can create an even more stable platform for handling materials during load and offload.
The additional support provided minimizes shifting and leaning creating much less stress on both the crane operator and on the equipment.
The Important Role of Outrigger Stabilizers
Another important benefit of the second set of outrigger stabilizers is the reduced wear and tear on the crane rotation system due to limited side loading. Studies have indicated that additional repair costs and loss of productivity occur from operating cranes without adequate outriggers in place.
Further information will be posted each week on each of the different styles of hydraulic outriggers and stabilizers that are commonly used on different service trucks and trailers.
We would be pleased to provide more information or answers to any specific questions. To talk to a specialist on hydraulic outriggers, please call Drive Products.