Crane trucks are commercial-sized vehicles specially designed to lift heavy objects and equipment and transport them from one location to another. They are used to handle a variety of materials, equipment, and even vehicles over both long and short distances. Available in a variety of sizes, designs, and capacities, crane trucks are highly versatile. They are critical for quick and safe material and equipment transport for a wide range of industries, including the construction, oil and gas, transportation, and energy sectors. 

As a leading distributor of quality propane and heating equipment, IPS has branched out into plant construction, bobtail sales and service, transportation service, and pumping station construction and servicing. To provide quality services, we maintain a versatile fleet of crane trucks to help lift and transport heavy-duty equipment, tanks, construction equipment, and more. 

What Is a Crane Truck?

A crane truck fundamentally consists of a crane or lift attached to a large truck or tractor-trailer. Cranes are mounted onto a variety of truck sizes, depending on the length of the crane, lift capacity, and conditions in which the crane is expected to operate. Depending on the intended weight and operating conditions, crane trucks are divided into light, medium, and heavy-duty categories. Crane trucks are highly versatile, with a wide range of crane operating methods, mounting techniques, and trucks. 

Types of Crane Trucks

To meet the needs of a variety of applications, a variety of specialized crane truck designs have been developed. Below are examples of the most common crane truck types, their characteristics, and uses. 

Truck-Mounted Cranes

Truck-mounted cranes consist of a hydraulic crane or boom mounted on a chassis. The chassis is designed with rubber wheels for easy transport between locations. Because it is truck-mounted, this crane design can be transported on streets and highways, making it easier to move from one location to another while carrying a heavy load. The mobility of truck-mounted cranes makes them particularly useful for efficient cargo loading and transport. 

Boom Truck Cranes

Boom trucks are narrower than truck-mounted cranes and can be collapsed into a small, easily transported package. Since boom truck cranes can extend over long distances while maintaining a narrow, low profile, they are ideal for use in alleys, narrow roads, and confined spaces. Although they are smaller than other designs, boom trucks are capable of moving and transporting high payloads with a high degree of control. 

The primary strength of boom truck cranes lies in their ability to fold the knuckle boom into the bed, which increases the amount of storage space available for transporting products. Boom truck cranes are made from lighter materials than other cranes, which further reduces the weight of the equipment and increases load capacity.

Rough Terrain Cranes

Specifically designed for rugged use, rough terrain cranes feature a self-propelled boom mounted to an offload truck or other rugged vehicle. This type of crane truck is particularly suited for construction equipment, infrastructure and bridge building, oil and gas, mining, and chemical industry applications where rough conditions are common. Rough terrain cranes typically use a single engine mounted to the undercarriage to operate both the boom and the undercarriage. 

All-Terrain Cranes

All-terrain cranes are the last word in crane truck designs. Engineered to withstand even the most hazardous conditions, all-terrain cranes can operate equally well on smooth highways and rugged terrain. They are capable of operating at high speeds, even while under heavy loads, and feature a state-of-the-art suspension system and all-wheel drive that allow for smooth, reliable operation in all conditions. The crane is specifically engineered for heavy-duty use, with hydraulic winch systems and multiple telescopic booms that can be extended as needed. 

Advantages of Crane Trucks

Crane trucks offer numerous advantages for a variety of industries and applications. The two primary benefits of crane trucks are their lifting power and their maneuverability.

Unparalleled Lifting Power

Crane trucks with knuckle booms and telescopic booms each offer unique lifting capabilities that can be tailored to the needs of particular applications. Knuckle booms, also known as articulating booms, bend at one or more reinforced joints, folding into small, lightweight packages that ensure optimal load-bearing capabilities. They are easy to maneuver and are often used to move and transport heavy items such as telecommunication poles, electric transformers, construction materials, and municipal water and sewer pipes. 

Telescopic booms operate like a telescope and can be extended or retracted along a linear axis. Because there are no bending joints, telescopic booms offer exceptional structural stability ideal for moving and transporting extremely heavy items and equipment. The item is typically secured to the end of the boom using heavy-duty cables, ropes, and hooks, to ensure safe transport.

Unrivaled Maneuverability

Unlike traditional cranes and lifts, crane trucks are specifically designed to operate on roads and highways. With a wide range of sizes and capacities, these cranes can easily be transported to on- and off-road worksites for quick and easy loading and unloading. While standard cranes must be grounded and stabilized on specially prepared surfaces, heavy-duty crane trucks have the stability and mobility to quickly enter the worksite, load and move materials, and exit with speed and efficiency. 

Since truck cranes can rotate 360° and extend long distances, they can be operated from a variety of locations within the worksite. In addition, most modern crane trucks come equipped with computerized load calculation and radio-controlled performance monitoring equipment to ensure optimal safety, accuracy, and efficiency. 

Crane Trucks at IPS

As the propane industry continues to evolve, companies are increasingly in need of specialized propane delivery and installation equipment. IPS works to fulfill that need with state-of-the-art crane trucks that feature the latest technology, including: 

  • 12′ Aluminum and Galvanized Steel Propane Body
  • Maintainer Full-Hydraulic Crane
  • Manual Out Controls
  • Hydraulic Up, Down, and Outrigger Controls
  • Wireless Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Manual Back-Up Controls
  • Roll-Out Block Rack
  • E-Track for Cylinder Transportation
  • Tie Downs in Floor and on Edge of Deck

As industry leaders in the distribution of quality propane systems and equipment, we understand the specific needs of the industry. At IPS, we have extensive experience operating in rugged conditions, confined spaces, and hard-to-reach areas. Our seasoned engineers and propane experts understand the need for exceptional stability and safety in propane system equipment. With years of experience, we are well versed in regulatory requirements and industry standards, and we work to exceed customer expectations every time. 

Reach Out to Our Experts Today!

Whether you need a light-duty crane truck for small equipment transport or a heavy-duty vehicle for rugged terrain and maximum loads, the experts at IPS can help you find the perfect crane truck for your propane transport needs. We will work closely with you to determine the particular needs of your project, including load capacity, distance, terrain, and space allowance, so you can be sure that you have the right truck for the job. 

With more than 50 years in the industry, we have extensive experience handling propane projects for customers in virtually every industry. Our extensive selection of products includes autogas equipment, Bobtail equipment, cylinders and tanks, heaters and grills, pumps and meters, regulators, valves, fittings, hoses, tubing, and much more. No matter what you need for your propane system, IPS has the industry knowledge and experience to help. 

Contact our experts today to find out more about our family of solutions for the propane industry.