New MARINE CRANES Website for Drive Products

Drive Products, a leader among crane companies that distribute truck cranes to Canada, the United States, Central & South America, has just announced the launch of two new lines of Marine Cranes.

These hydraulic marine cranes are available in two complementary lines:

1) The BIGMAX mono-boom telescopic cranes are smaller and less expensive, while still offering the features that make them suitable for exposure to corrosive ocean conditions and harsh marine weather.

2) The Amco Veba articulated cranes are larger and have a longer reach, the benefit of additional boom articulation and a higher lift capacity.

Drive Products’s staff are marine specialists and have been supplying cranes to the marine industry since 1990. Both brands of marine cranes are excellent choices for cargo handling or workboats in a wide variety of applications including:

  • the Canadian Coast Guard
  • the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • fire and emergency response boats
  • patrol boats, barges and tugs
  • commercial vessels including fishing, aquaculture, crab & lobster boats
  • small private vessels and docks for lake or coastal use

Drive Products is excited about this new website launch – for further information or detailed specifications about marine cranes for sale, please visit www.big-max-cranes.com.

 

Truck Crane Hydraulic Outrigger Stabilizers – Type E

Type E Drawing 5Most Common Type: “E” Model hydraulic outrigger stabilizers

Common Uses: Used with truck mounted cranes, boom trucks, aerial devices, digger derricks, etc.

Configuration: One conventional cross beam with 2 side extensions and 2 hydraulic legs.

Components: Fixed, tilt up or adjustable legs and pilot-operated or manual lock valves.

Mounting: Above or below the vehicle frame.

Styles: 5 different styles of Type E stabilizers are offered by BIGMAX

The Bigmax brand of hydraulic outrigger stabilizers can be used as main or auxiliary stabilizers and are suitable for a varied range of equipment and applications.

Website:  www.craneoutriggers.com

Phone:  1-877-531-8644 Ext. 1

 

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, 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.

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 Drive Products for information and pricing on any TC model crane for sale – with or without winches.

What is meant by crane ‘Lift Moment’?

Important to know when searching for a truck with crane is understanding the lift capability.

The term ‘lift moment’ is the load capacity of the knuckle boom crane in either tonne-metres (t/m) or foot-pounds (ft.lbs.). For example, if you need a truck crane to lift 2000 lbs. at a distance of 10 feet, then your crane must be rated at (or have a lift moment of) 2000 lbs @10 feet, or 20,000 foot-pounds.

BIGMAX TC mono-boom cranes are compact to install with a telescoping boom. The lift moment for the smallest TC 100 crane is 6,710 ft. lbs. This crane can lift 1,890 lbs and its maximum reach is 12 feet.  The largest TC 350 crane has a lift moment of 24,900 with a maximum reach of 23 feet and a maximum lift of 5,297 lbs.

Contact one of the leading crane companies in North America for a list of in-stock cranes for sale at www.bigmaxcranes.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.

 

How To Choose A Small Truck Crane

Are you looking for a small truck crane? Here is some basic information. Small truck cranes generally can lift up to 5,000 lbs. This is referred to as a lift capacity of 5,000 lbs. with a lift moment of 25,000 ft. lbs or 3.5 t/m. Small articulating cranes are often matched with trucks under 15,000# GVW  such as the Ford 550. If you are in the market for a small truck with crane, you would likely be using the crane intermittently. In this case, the crane would be powered by the truck battery.

Drive Products is a leader among small crane companies and BIGMAX cranes are one of the best small cranes in the marketplace.  They come in a range of types and styles including knuckle boom cranes and telescopic cranes.

Wholesale crane inquiries are welcome by calling Drive Products.

Telescopic Cranes for Propane Delivery Trucks

Propane Delivery Truck Cranes

BigMax Propane Delivery Cranes are specially designed for easy loading and unloading of propane tanks. These cranes are rugged and suited to harsh climates and conditions and can lift up to 5,000 lbs.

Be sure to check out the BIGMAX website at www.bigmaxcranes.com to find out more about the whole range of hydraulic truck cranes and PTO powered cranes.

To get a list of in-stock cranes for sale, you can call Drive Products.