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New Off-Road Cranes Ideal for Monument Handling

New Off-Road Cranes Ideal for Monument Handling


The ability to handle monuments, headstones, construction materials and small items of plant and equipment safely and efficiently continues to be a challenge for many memorial masons. Health and safety regulations are becoming ever more stringent and local authorities and other stakeholders often impose their own codes of conduct on contractors working on their premises. Manual handling is frowned upon to say the least and the recommendation is usually to employ some form of mechanical equipment to lift and move items around site. But working areas can be uneven, remote from hard standing or confined by existing structures which means conventional handling equipment can be difficult or impossible to use. A solution to this problem could be one of the ingenious new compact track-mounted mobile cranes designed for off-road and rough-terrain work launched recently by Penny Hydraulics and Hinowa.

The MiniCrane HS400/V12 is a unique battery powered mobile crane designed for handling items weighing up to 630kg in a variety of applications. It is based on the Hinowa HS400 electric chassis designed for use with a wide range of attachments and whose compact dimensions and low centre of gravity make it an ideal platform for a crane. The Penny Hydraulics V12 is a fully hydraulic crane with a proven design that is widely used to handle a variety of loads on and off light commercial vehicles. Mounted on the HS400 it can lift most monuments and many other items including small plant and machinery. Battery power ensures the unit can be used indoors and in confined spaces without risk of fumes affecting users or contamination to loads.

For larger applications the MiniCrane TP2000/FV1200 is a petrol engine powered mobile crane that can lift loads up to 1200kg. This unit incorporates the fully hydraulic Penny Hydraulics FV1200 crane that has three stage extension to provide a maximum reach of 4.3m. One of the main advantages of this larger design is that the unit can travel while lifting its load, enabling it to carry items across rough and uneven terrain and position them where needed with precision.

Hydraulic activation of boom lift, lower, extension and slew ensure smooth, precise and consistent load handling for the best possible efficiency and safety. An electric or fully hydraulic winch can be supplied as an option to add to the handling versatility of the cranes by enabling items to be lifted below ground level.

The V12 incorporates three unique safety features as standard: a load limiting device prevents the crane from operating beyond its safe working load in any configuration; load limit indicator provides an immediate visual warning when the safe working load is exceeded; the remote umbilical control ensures operators stand clear of the working area during lifting operations. The FV1200 also incorporates the load limiter for safety with an integral hydraulic system to save weight. Its lever operated proportional control valves provide pin point load positioning accuracy.

On both models the crane folds down to the king post when not in use. An integrated and fully enclosed oil tank and motor pump unit are protected from accidental damage but remain within easy access for servicing. The complete HS400/V12 unit is just 790mm wide and 1844mm high in the stowed position which means it is small enough to fit through a standard doorway and can be transported inside high-roof vans or on the bed of a dropside pick-up. Both models can also be carried on conventional plant trailers. The V12 crane can be demounted easily so that the base unit can operate as a compact rough terrain dumper truck or with other attachments.

Penny Hydraulics designs, manufactures and services lifting and load handling equipment for use in a wide range of applications. Products include the Swing Lift range of medium duty cranes for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and flat-beds and the Step Lift, Load Lift and Tail Lift lifting platform ranges for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and vans. The company also manufactures the Mezz Lift for handling loads between ground floor and mezzanines and specialist equipment for handling wheels, tyres and barrels in vehicles and at customers’ premises. Penny Hydraulics is a privately owned family business based in Clowne, Derbyshire.

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