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.

 

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 – 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.