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Vehicle-Mounted Crane FAQs

Vehicle-Mounted Crane FAQs

by Daniel Casey

Look no further for answers to the most frequently asked questions about our vehicle-mounted lifting equipment.

What is the lead time for a crane?

All cranes have a lead time of 4–6 weeks from when you place the order.

What is the lead time for a hydraulic loading platform for a commercial vehicle?

All loading platforms have a lead time of 6–8 weeks from when you place the order.

Can any crane be fitted to any vehicle?

In a word, no. It is important to consider vehicle stability, payload and axle loadings when specifying a crane. What is the carrying capacity of your vehicle and what weight do we realistically have to work with for the crane when you take into account any other auxiliary items (such as vehicle racking) and passengers?

Our Area Sales Managers are experts in this topic and they will guide you through this, letting you know what models will be suitable for you vehicle.

A further consideration is regarding the strength or the vehicle body. Is the body strong enough to support the crane? Again, we will work through this with you. There is often work we can do to strengthen the body to a sufficient level to support the crane.

What information do you need from me to specify a crane or loading platform for a commercial vehicle?

To be able to specify a crane or loading platform we would need to know:

  • The type of vehicle you are wanting this installed in
  • The voltage of the vehicle
  • How you are wanting to load the goods
  • The weight of the goods you are wanting to lift

Can Penny Hydraulics cranes be PTO driven?

The cranes in our PH range can be PTO driven.

I need help specifying my crane, what are my options?

You can contact the sales office or contact your area manager

What British Standards apply to cranes?

BS 7121-1 is the essential standard for those planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes in the UK. BS 7121-1 gives recommendations for the safe use of cranes permanently or temporarily installed in a work environment. BS 7121-1 covers the following for lifting operations:

  • Safe systems of work selection
  • Erection and dismantling
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection
  • Thorough examination
  • Operation
  • Planning and management

BS 7121-1 provides guidance on complying with the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This standard is also used by Health and Safety Executive and Courts as an indication of good practice.

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