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.

 

Bigmax TC100 Truck Mounted Cranes for Sale

About The TC100 Compact Hydraulic Crane

BigMax is a popular brand in crane industry. TC100 is the smallest among the line of compact hydraulic cranes. The TC100 crane has proportional controls for all functions including lifting, slewing, and extending.

There is also one extra fourth control function which can be used for hydraulic outrigger stabilizers,  winches, etc.

How TC100 Compact Hydraulic Crane Works

The TC100 stows completely in just over two square feet of deck area making it one of the best features of its compact design.  The boom, which extends to 9.2 ft from the center line of rotation, retracts to only 3.9 ft. and can lift 1,760 lbs at this point.

With the small footprint of this crane, it makes it possible to mount inside the doorway of a van to swing a load in or out.  With the boom in a horizontal position, the TC-100 will also lift in an overhead space of only 5.5 feet above the surface of the deck.

Bigmax Truck Mounted Crane Inside Service Van

Bigmax Truck Mounted Crane Inside Service Van

The BIGMAX TC100 telescopic crane can be installed on a vehicle as small as a 1/2 ton truck.  These hydraulic truck mounted cranes have been an excellent choice for beekeepers, inside vans, for light delivery vehicles and on mining vehicles that have to operate in tight spaces.

You can get further information about these high quality cranes by calling toll free to Drive Products or by email to info@bigmaxcranes.com.

For information about becoming a hydraulic truck crane dealer in California, Oregon, Washington or Texas, please visit our wholesale cranes website at www.big-max-cranes.com

 

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

 

New Wireless Radio Controls for BigMax Cranes Released

BIGMAX Cranes has just announced they have a new Hectronic wireless remote control system that can be used for articulated or monoboom cranes that have low volume hydraulic systems.  For more than 20 years now, radio controls have been available on large articulated cranes, but most of the smaller mono-boom cranes have been manually operated using the hydraulic control valve on the crane.

There are several reasons that wireless radio controls have been slow to be accepted for smaller size truck cranes, such as:

  1. Reliable FAA approved radio controls have been too costly to justify. In the past, adding wireless controls to a small crane meant increasing its cost by 50%. The option of supplying low cost controls (of garage door opener quality for example), was not a reliable and safe alternative.
  2. Radio controls could not be easily retrofitted to cranes in stock.
  3. While inconvenient, an operator of a small crane could still manage without remote controls. Small cranes have a shorter boom and therefore the load hook is usually less than 15 feet from the operator on the ground.
  4. The few cranes that required radio controls had to be purchased with the equipment already installed at the factory with lead times of 90 to 120 days from Europe.  This delay was not acceptable to many crane purchasers.

At the BIGMAX warehouse in Canada there are currently over 60 cranes which are in-stock and ready for immediate delivery to any location in the United States, Canada, Central or South Amerca. All of these cranes can now be shipped with the new reliable and affordable wireless controls they have designed.

Drive Products, the parent crane manufacturer, has modularized the design of BIGMAX cranes to allow radio controls to be added directly at the Canadian warehouse, rather than having to be pre-ordered from the factory.  This saves two months in lead time at a reduced cost which is value passed on to its customers.

Also, any BIGMAX crane with existing manual controls that is currently in service can be economically retrofitted with the new wireless radio control system.

To get more information about these cranes, visit the website at ww.bigmaxcranes.com if you would like to get a quote on in-stock cranes for sale, with or without the new radio control system.

 

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.

 

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.