Loader Cranes | Your Questions Answered
How much do the cranes weigh?
There are over 500 crane models in the Penny Hydraulics crane range. Weights range from 37kg for an electric crane that lifts 100kg to 565kg for a hydraulic crane that lifts 2900kg.
Weight has been removed from the PH Crane Range without compromising on performance and safety. Penny Hydraulics uses its in-house advanced CAD and finite element analysis tools to re-engineer its range to reduce weight through optimised design and use of alternative materials which replace some steel components with lighter alloys.
Operators can now install one of these devices with reduced impact on the overall vehicle weight to leave more carrying capacity for improved operational flexibility and productivity. Although this helps with all types of vehicle it is especially useful for those in the 3.5t and 7.5t classes where remaining within the overall weight and carrying capacity limits are always of concern to operators.
I need to lift a tonne, what crane do I need?
Does the crane need to be installed at Penny Hydraulics premises in Chesterfield?
Penny Hydraulics offer very competitive rates on crane installation at our premises which are centrally located in the UK in Chesterfield. However, it is not necessary for the crane to be installed at Penny Hydraulics if you are not located close by. We have a preferred network of commercial vehicle converters and commercial vehicle bodybuilders situated throughout the UK who can carry out the work. Please note that an installer must be proficient in the installation of hydraulic vehicle mounted cranes to carry out this type of work.
How long does it take to install the crane?
Installation times vary dependant on the crane and also the vehicle. Some commercial vehicles will need more strengthening work than others which adds to the install time. As a rough guide, the smallest crane in the PH hydraulic crane range, the PH50 crane, will take one to two days to install. The largest model, thePH510L will take around 5 working days.
Can cranes be fitted to any vehicle?
In a word, no! It is important to consider payload 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 you have? 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 your 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 is the lead time on a crane?
We have many models on stock so we can supply within a couple of days if necessary. If the crane is being installed at Penny Hydraulics, then we will need to book you a fitting date in. How soon we can carry out the installation is dependent on our installation bookings at that time and this fluctuates. A member of our Sales Team can inform you of the current lead time for fitting.
How are the cranes powered?
Cranes are powered via the vehicle battery and therefore are supplied in either 12v or 24v.
We offer a small range of manual cranes that are operated via hand levers and pumps, these are most commonly installed on trailers (where the crane cannot be powered by the vehicle battery) or on vehicles where the crane will only be used sparingly.
Do you stock spare parts if I need them in the future?
Yes, we have most spare parts on stock for next day delivery to any UK address. If we do not have the part on stock we can let you know the lead time, just enquire.
Do I need to have my crane tested and/or certificated at regular intervals?
You must make sure your lifting equipment is safe to ensure you adhere to current legislation; Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
LOLER states that you must have lifting equipment thoroughly examined at least once in every 12 month period.
Thorough Examinations are not the same as routine maintenance. Routine maintenance typically involves checking and replacing worn or damaged parts, lubrication, replacing time-expired components, topping up fluid levels and making routine adjustments.
Who can carry out LOLER Thorough Examinations on my crane?
LOLER states that you must have lifting equipment thoroughly examined by a “competent person”. A competent person is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly.
How often do LOLER Thorough Examinations need to be carried out on my crane?
As the manufacturer, it is our guidance that PH Cranes should have at least one Thorough Examination per year and one interim inspection per year. Cranes that will be subjected to heavy use, or are operated in hostile environments will likely need more frequent inspections and/or Thorough Examinations.
Our satellite engineers can take care of the scheduling, maintenance and testing of your loader crane. It is possible to book one-off visits, but there are major benefits in getting the crane on a Penny Hydraulics planned maintenance programme.
Our nationwide network of highly trained, specialist lifting equipment engineers based throughout the UK delivers excellent local service and maintenance, repairs and refurbishment services to keep your goods and business moving. Planned maintenance programmes including scheduled annual Statutory Testing give business owners peace of mind that they are complying with current UK legislation.
Our next working day unlimited emergency breakdown service ensures your equipment is up and running in no time. Engineers carry a full stock of replacement parts so that in almost all cases they can fix any issues on their first visit. Our office-based service team remain constantly in touch with the engineers in the field meaning calls will be dealt with quickly by our friendly and efficient staff.
With over 37 years’ experience in lifting equipment service, Penny Hydraulics have many special order national service programmes in place for large, multi-vehicle fleets and national chains covering multiple sites across the UK.
Can you move cranes from vehicle from vehicle?
Yes, in most cases. Just contact us for a quotation.
Do Penny Hydraulics cranes have a lifespan?
8 years after first being put into service, a non-destructive test of the crane structure should be carried out. This is a very expensive and time-consuming process. For this reason, our cranes have a lifespan of 8 years. In reality, we have lifting equipment over 20 years old still in service.
Are the cranes suitable for use with lifting attachments such as claw grabs?
The PH Crane Range is not suitable for use with hydraulically powered lifting attachments, but can be used with non-powered attachments such as dumpy bag grabs.
What are stabiliser legs and do I need them?
More than likely, yes. Stabiliser legs have many different names which can be confusing; outriggers, support legs and stabilisers are the most commonly used terms. Stabiliser legs can be hydraulically powered or manual. It is typical for a leg to be supplied on each side of the vehicle, but in some cases just the one stabiliser may be sufficient. Our Area Sales Managers will be able to advise on the requirement based on the crane model you choose and the vehicle it will be installed on.
Stabilisers are used to stabilise the vehicle when the crane is in operation (to stop the vehicle tipping over) and should be used in conjunction with stabiliser pads which sit between the bottom of the leg and the ground.
Do crane operators’ need formal training?
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) state that those undertaking lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be “sufficiently competent” to do so. To ensure your employees are sufficiently competent to use the crane some form of training should therefore be supplied.
Penny Hydraulics offer basic product familiarisation. All candidates are issued a certificate of familiarisation on completion of the session. Where more in depth training is required, we advise that a trainingcourse accredited by The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers andImporters (ALLMI) is chosen.
What crane safety features are available?
Our Sales Director sits on the board of the Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI). ALLMI has a core aim of promoting the safe use of lorry loaders and Penny Hydraulics prides itself on offering some of most advanced safety features available in the loader crane market.
All PH cranes now incorporate full hydraulic control for even the lightest units. Hydraulic control prevents the need to access the bed of the vehicle and helps ensure smooth and precise load handling with reduced risk of the sudden and unexpected movements that can cause accidents to users and bystanders.
These features are now widely available on cranes with maximum working loads from just 200kg upwards. The use of proportional controls, another recent innovation on smaller cranes, helps to ensure precise and controlled movements which promotes even greater safety.
Remote controls are also available. These are especially useful from a safety point of view because they reduce the need for operators to stand in close proximity of the load thereby increasing operator safety. Two types of control are generally available. The first is attached to the crane by a length of cable known as a wander lead while the second is a wireless device that provides the user with complete autonomy, enabling them to stand in any position with the best all-round view of the working area.
PH cranes come with a range of different safety operating systems to suit the customers specific needs. It is important to keep in mind current legislation and standards applicable to lifting equipment when making your choice.
A particular British Standard, BS: EN: 12999:2011 + A1:2012 188.8.131.52 is particularly relevant in this case. The standard states that "For cranes with a rated capacity of 1000 kg or above, the stability of the vehicle shall be included in the safety function of the rated capacity limiter." NOTE Stability in this case means: Deployment of every stabilizer is monitored by the rated capacity limiter and the rated capacity is reduced or the crane is stopped, if not fully deployed. For a full overview on the safety systems available, visit oursafety systems page.
Are the cranes suitable for use in hostile environments?
If your crane will be used in a hostile environment always let us know as soon as possible in the enquiry process. Typical examples include cranes that will be used in marine environments or cranes used on gritter vehicles where the salt is highly corrosive.
Our PH400 & PH500 crane models are available in a Marine Spec. These models are designed for heavy duty industrial use and for installation on off-road vehicles, pay welders, tracked vehicles and boats. Their unique structural features, including high slewing torque and double rack and pinion rotation system, mean they are able to withstand stronger winds and steeper inclines than standard cranes. They are often incorporated in complex machinery and used without a hook as hydraulic booms in order to meet the specific needs of different industries such as mining, forestry and marine applications. A special corrosion-proof treatment is carried out on the marine version.
Are cranes suitable for static applications such as factories and workshops?
Yes, we have been supplying our cranes for use in static applications for over 37 years. It’s best to give a member of our Sales Team a call to discuss your different options. We can supply transformers and generators if required.