Determining Truck Size for Cranes

Recommended truck GVWR ratings are listed on the back of the brochures for all Venturo cranes, on each individual crane spec sheet as well the listing just below for the HT & ET crane families.

NOTE: Smaller Mast Cranes don’t have a GVWR listing as they will fit on virtually any size truck.

For HT Series Cranes
A PTO or some other means to drive a hydraulic pump will be needed to drive the hydraulic systems on these types of cranes and outriggers. Several types of outriggers are available for HT type cranes

  • Manual Out & Down
  • Manual Out & Hydraulic Down
  • Hydraulic Out & Hydraulic Down.

See pricing sheet for details on other commonly needed items for these types of cranes.

ET / Electric-Hydraulic crane / ET models and all Mast Cranes
Don’t need a PTO as they are self-contained units and run off the 12 volt electrical system of the truck. Most outrigger systems for these occasional use cranes are manual, however there is an option for “Manual Out & Hydraulic Down”.
See pricing sheet for a more detailed description as well as other commonly needed items for these types of cranes.

Venturo Heavy-Duty Crane Service Bodies:

Typically recommended and used for Venturo Cranes that are 16,000 FT-LBS and larger, (Typically ET16KX and bigger (ET) Electric-Hydraulic cranes and HT Full-Hydraulic cranes.)

  • HT25 (Rated up to 30,000 FT-LB Cranes)
  • HT40 (Rated up to 45,600 FT-LB Cranes)
  • HT50 (Rated up to 50,000 FT-LB Cranes)
  • HT66 (Rated up to 66,000 FT-LB Cranes)
Vehicle Weight Classes
  • Class 1: Up to 6,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 2: 6,001 – 10,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 3: 10,001 – 14,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 4: 14,001 – 16,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 5: 16,001 – 19,500 LBS GVWR
  • Class 6: 19,501 – 26,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 7: 26,001 – 33,000 LBS GVWR
  • Class 8: 33,001 and Up

Types of End Users and Markets for Truck Mounted Service

Crane Applications

Municipalities – for a variety of uses, loading equipment on/off trucks; loading dead animals; loading tree stumps; sewer lids; steel street plates used during road construction; pulling and servicing sewage water pumps; as a mechanics service truck for working on city or county owned equipment — many smaller communities have private contract companies that do all of these things. ET and Mast cranes are very popular in many of these applications, except water pumps pulling in which HT cranes are best.

Rental Equipment Companies – Rental Truck Companies – any Heavy Equipment company, such as CAT dealers; John Deere dealers, etc.. That have equipment they are responsible to service in the field. HT cranes with proportional controls are very popular in this industry.

Propane-Energy Service Companies – would typically need a crane to set propane or oil tanks. HT cranes, especially the HT40 with proportional controls is very popular in this industry.

Well Drilling Companies – for either water wells or fracking related companies. Depending on companies these will use a wide variety of sizes to pick up well casings and pipe lines.

Grave Stone / Monument Companies – very common to use an ET crane, to set head stones, crane is often facing backwards on flatbed truck, mounted in the center.

Building Materials Delivery and Construction Installation Companies – very common to all types of cranes to load granite counter tops / roofing materials, 55 gallon drums of chemicals or large bins of products to job sites. A variety of cranes used to load equipment on and off trucks, such as concrete finishing machines and land scape vibrating plate machines which often way 200-300 lbs.

Fleet Service Companies / Road Contractors etc. – almost all have mechanics service trucks for the fleets.

Factories / Recreational & Induatrial Boat Docks / River Companies – factories and industrial places will often have use for mostly ET or Mast Cranes. Anything involved with water will use both ET & HT cranes to put things like portable docks or smaller boats in and out of the water.