The demand for mobile cranes is on the rise worldwide, growing steadily along with the construction sector. Adding a crane to your service truck is a great way to diversify your business and generate new capabilities and income opportunities.
This article will provide you with information on the different types of service truck cranes available and their installation process to help get you started.
Getting a Service Truck Crane Installed
First and foremost, it’s important to note that installing service truck cranes is a complicated, multi-step process with many moving parts and safety risks. Therefore, it is recommended that you hire a professional, experienced truck installation service to ensure the crane installation process goes smoothly and according to plan. Much of the planning for crane installation, including any special considerations or customizations, will begin during the quotation process. The quote you obtain will likely include the timeline for crane purchase, assembly and installation, among other details. For more information on what the installation process entails, see “The Install” section below.
Knowing Your Needs
To determine which crane is best for your truck, you’ll want to consider two things: how often you plan to use the crane and how much lift capacity you need. If your business has limited lifting needs, a lighter-duty electric crane might be best for you. For more heavy-duty lifting, a hydraulic crane might be needed. For maximum-duty lifting, you’ll need a knuckle-boom or articulating crane. The type of crane you choose will impact not only your business’ productivity, but also your safety, so it’s best to consult with a professional company and ensure you’re making an informed decision.
The service truck crane installation process first requires making sure that your truck body is capable of safely handling a crane. The installation team will either help you select a crane that works for your truck as-is, or reinforce your existing truck configuration, if possible. Reinforcing the truck bed or body will minimize damage to your vehicle down the line. Once the truck is configured and reinforced properly, the crane can be mounted and wired onto the truck body. Finally, a series of diligent tests will be done to ensure the crane is properly-mounted, in accordance with safety standards, and ready to get lifting. This is a crucial step as crane accidents can cause serious damage, injury and even death.
Ready to Get Going?
If you are ready to start the crane selection and installation process, reach out to us and request a free service truck crane quote. Our Custom Truck Equipment Sales and Installation Department will walk you through your many options, important safety considerations and provide you with a detailed timeline and process for installation. You can rest easy knowing that our installers have over 75 years of combined experience to make certain that your crane is expertly installed. We look forward to hearing from you!