Compact, truck mounted cranes are a cost-effective and labor efficient solution for small businesses and contractors needing a little extra “umph” in daily operations.
The addition of a small knuckle boom or telescoping crane is a great advantage to a utility truck, adding highly useful lifting ability in a compact and light-weight tool.
If you find yourself in frequent situations that require lifting heavy materials, this is the most time-efficient capability in the known universe to utilize your service truck body to the max.
Not all cranes are large and cumbersome
Cranes come in all shapes and sizes, big or small, short or tall (Dr. Seuss anyone?)
Small cranes for trucks will not weigh you down (as some would believe), but they are incredibly compact.
As a result, you get all the lifting power necessary for the job at hand, while avoiding significant chassis wear. Small cranes won’t wreck your fuel economy either.
The myth that truck cranes will create issues with your service body is exactly that, a myth.
Advanced technology has created an opportunity for most (if not all) utility truck bodies to add a crane without causing adverse effects on the work truck.
And that’s pretty freakin’ cool.
Saving contractors long-term money; avoid renting
Jobs get delayed when heavy materials need moved.
Not only that, the cost of renting a crane from job to job adds up, and it adds up big time.
If you were to look at the average cost of time plus the actual cost to rent a crane at each job needing one, the number in dollars and cents may be shockingly high.
Why doesn’t everyone just install a truck-mounted crane to their utility body?
Because it isn’t as easily justifiable in the short term.
The upfront cost of a small truck crane will be higher than the cost to rent one from job to job.
However, when you factor in the time lost when a crane is needed, it should be enough justification to make the investment in your own.
Think about this…
Every day spent completing a job is a day not spent completing the next.
More jobs done equals more money.
Money is lost every time a crane is needed to be brought in to complete a job, as you lose hours or even days of work towards completion.
The long-term savings and increased profitability by adding your own crane to a utility body is reason enough to investigate getting one, sooner rather than later.
Easily installed with several remote options
Small truck-mounted cranes can be easily installed when you find the right manufacturer or dealer.
The initial down-time to outfit your work truck with a crane is minimal, so your style won’t be cramped for too long.
In addition, there are several remote options that can offered along with a mobile crane, ensuring you have optimum functionality (you know, it’s super easy to use one).
Frequently offered control options include manual, wired, wireless or fully proportional wireless, giving you total control to swing heavy stuff around the way you want to.
So, adding a mobile hydraulic crane is sound like a pretty good idea, right?
Here’s what to look for when making a selection.
Domestically manufactured with an emphasis on customer service
Mobile telescoping and knuckle boom crane manufacturers can provide a greater level of service if they can be reached easily.
This is not a “Buy American!” tirade, but rather a practical suggestion to ensure that you receive the best level of service and care when it comes to mobile cranes.
When it comes to small truck-mounted cranes, we suggest finding a manufacturer with a track record of great customer service that can be reached easily in the event of questions, concerns, or service inquiries.
And you are right, that does not necessarily mean choosing a U.S. based crane manufacturer.
However, if you do the research, it will provide enough insight as to what the right individual choice for your business is.
A North American hydraulic crane manufacturer can provide service and response times to ensure that any issues are swiftly dealt with. The key advantage is crane part availability and troubleshooting, which can get more difficult (but by no means impossible) with foreign manufacturers.
Reducing down-time and proactively preventing issues is key with any tool or piece of heavy equipment you rely on for your business.
Did you know?
JOMAC manufacturers knuckle boom cranes and telescoping cranes from scratch at the Carrollton, OH headquarters.
100% USA-made truck mounted cranes that are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.