Whether you’re transporting your water sports equipment with you on holiday, or moving your landscaping gear with you for work, you’ll no doubt need help to load the items on and off your trailer.
When it comes to using trailers commercially, there are certain regulations and legislation that encourage the use of mechanical handling devices. With incorrect manual handling being one of the most common causes of injury at work, Manual Handling Operations Regulations state that no man should attempt to lift anything heavier than 25kg and a woman’s maximum limit is less at 16kg. The regulations state that wherever reasonably practicable, manual handling should be automated, and the use of mechanical aids is encouraged.
Crane installations are suitable for trailers from all of the major trailer manufacturers, including but not limited to; Ifor Williams, Brian James, Bateson, Indespension, Hazlewood, Buffalo, Meredith & Eyre, and Blue Line. A wide range of trailer types can be catered for, such as; small domestic, general duty, tipper, beavertail, box van, and plant trailers.
Typical trailer crane applications: commercial
Typical applications for crane installations on small commercial trailers include; plant and machinery; construction materials and items of plant; landscaping equipment and materials such as wood chippings and aggregate; animal feed such as hay and grain; military use; solid fuel such as logs and coal; luggage transportation.
From quads to camping gear: trailer cranes for domestic use
Applications for crane installations on domestic trailer applications include; sports and leisure equipment such as quads, motorbikes and watersports gear; camping and holiday equipment; items and equipment for home improvements such as bags of cement and tins of paint.
For motor-sport use, trailers may also be installed with a winch at the same time that a new loader crane is being installed. The PH Winch Range from Penny Hydraulics offers freewheel options making the range suitable for loading motorbikes, quads and other motorised vehicles onto trailers. The PH3300 has a rolling load line pull of 3300 lbs and the PH6000 offers 6000 lbs. Full accessory kits are available including rope and hook assemblies, remote controls and roller fairleads. Boat & marine sport trailers may also benefit from the installation of a winch.
Penny Hydraulics manufacture two crane ranges suitable for installation on trailers. Versatile & easy to operate, PH Cranes are designed to be handled by a single operator. Offering smooth & precise load handling, hydraulic control prevents the need to access the bed of the trailer and proportional controls ensure precise and controlled movements. The cranes are high strength & durable yet are seriously compact & lightweight. Being manufactured from the latest high-quality steels means that PH cranes are some of the lightest hydraulic cranes on the global market helping to keep vehicle emissions low, maximise fuel economy and payload. A sound investment, PH Cranes eliminate the need to use excess time and resource, resort to manual labour or rental services when moving goods on and off trailers.
Hydraulic operation is increasingly popular as it reduces the need for the operator to climb onto the bed of the trailer to position loads. PH Cranes can be operated entirely at ground level and this eliminates any unnecessary working at height. The installation of PH Cranes on trailers is now becoming a popular step that employers are taking in order to gain compliance with Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The most popular PH Crane models for use on trailers include; PH110, PH150, and PH180. The PH110 is an extremely compact crane with a very low self-weight, from only 105kg. This robust little crane stands just 1.2 metres tall but has an outreach of up to 4.5 metres. The PH150 is a lightweight crane from just 165kg. Fully rated it can lift 1300kg and with an optional outreach of 5 metres it is a serious contender for any trailer application. Packing a heavyweight punch, the PH180 has a self-weight from only 180kg and an optional boom outreach of 5 metres.
Our range of SwingLift cranes can be mounted to trailers offering a max working load of up to 500kg. The low self-weight of the crane and generous lifting capacity offers solutions for a variety of applications and trailers.
A key benefit of a SwingLift trailer crane is that many of the cranes are demountable. This not only provides you with the flexibility of use for the trailer but also the added security benefits.
The F/FV Range offers an extremely compact design. Every crane offers a maximum working load of 500kg and a hydraulic version offers optimum precise and safe handling. The heavy-duty hoist ensures reliability and extended duty cycle.
The MC250 crane is the lightest trailer crane available, weighing just 20kg. This tiny crane is ideal for loading plant, signage or chemical drums onto trailers where space is at a premium. An additional cranked hinge option allows almost 360-degree slew.
Installation of a crane on any trailer must be carried out by a suitably qualified installer who is both competent and confident installing trailer cranes. A suitable sub-frame is required for all crane installations on trailers and multiple stabiliser legs may be required. The trailer should be of suitable structure with an adequate capacity for the load and crane installation, taking into account that the crane will be tested at 1.25 x it’s maximum working load. Care should be given to the number of axles and the position of the crane installation which will alter the nose weight of the trailer.
No stranger to the installation of cranes, Penny Hydraulics are part of a network of independent, approved converters for the major commercial vehicle manufacturers including Ford, VW, Renault and Nissan – a network which offers almost limitless conversion potential for customers commercial vehicles. Becoming an approved converter is no mean feat – all converters must undergo rigorous audits to ensure compliance with stringent commercial and technical standards. Knowing that Penny Hydraulics are part of these prestigious networks, trailer crane customers may also be assured that their high standards in terms of warranty, quality control and after-sales are met. Importantly, they’re also given the confidence that only experienced and suitably qualified craftsmen will be working on their trailer crane installation.
Planned maintenance: the key to maximised uptime for your trailer crane
Beyond installation of trailer cranes, in England it is a legal requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)for lifting equipment to have a Thorough Examination and test by a competent person before it is put into service and at regular specified intervals during its life. For peace of mind that trailer cranes are appropriately maintained and safe for use, customers may utilise Penny Hydraulics Service Division. Penny’s ‘end to end’ service means that equipment continues to be Thoroughly Examined in accordance with LOLER at regular intervals throughout its life by a dedicated nationwide network of specialist trailer crane engineers.