Selecting the Correct Crane for Your Needs
Utilizing your service truck is always best when using the proper tools. This can include the proper welder, air compressor, drawer units, cabinet size or even the crane and outriggers. Venturo offers a variety of telescopic service cranes which are described by NTEA as “identified by its telescopic boom, a service truck crane’s base and mast structure is not integral to the stabilizer/outrigger system. Lifting is typically accomplished via a winch (electric or hydraulic), and its functions (rotation, elevation, telescoping) are either powered or manual. These machines tend to have relatively shorter boom lengths (10-35’) and lower capacity (1-7 tons) as compared to other telescopic boom-fixed cab machines (e.g., boom trucks, carry deck cranes). Additionally, operations are usually conducted by the use of radio remote or pendant control with the operator standing on the ground following the load.”
These cranes can be used in the service and repair industry, municipalities, propane markets, railroad service, mechanics trucks, oil and gas service, forestry and logging, plus many more. Each industry can utilize certain types of cranes for the particular job required. Choosing these cranes is an important step in keeping your operators safe, reducing costs, preparation and keeping your project on track.
3 Important Factors When Choosing A Service Crane
How much weight will need to be lifted and how far?
Cranes have different capacities, extensions and load requirements that must be followed when choosing for your particular application. Service truck cranes are rated by a Foot-Pound (FT-LB) system which measures the maximum amount of weight lifted x a the distance of the boom. To learn more about FT-LB ratings and how to spec a Venturo Crane, click here.
How will the crane be used – Duty Cycle?
Although an operator might only occasionally use their crane, sometimes the job would require that the crane winch run longer than a couple of minutes continually. The key component to determining whether an operator should use an Electric-Hydraulic crane of a Full-Hydraulic crane is how often the crane is used during a 1-hour time period. Learn more about which Venturo crane should be spec’d for each duty cycle.
Determining the correct truck size for a Venturo service crane.
Recommended GVWR ratings are listed on the back of all Venturo literature. This is an important part of writing a spec for a service crane to be mounted on a work truck. Each Venturo service crane has a minimum allowable GVW in which to install a service crane. This is dependent on the amount of load a crane will pick up, the reach of the crane, the weight of the crane and the use. Most Venturo Electric Light Duty Mast cranes do not require a minimum GVW as they will fit on virtually any truck. Learn how to determine the proper truck size for any Venturo service crane.