In the USA and Canada, Drive Products was instrumental in developing and establishing the small crane market.
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 Drive Products 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 Drive Products for more information and pricing – Dealer enquiries on our truck cranes are also welcome.