VAN operators need to stay safe when loading and uploading heavy items,.
And it’s not just a matter of the important safety aspects, there’s efficient working to be considered, too. A crane can allow one worker to handle a load that might otherwise require two people.
The FV500 can handle a load of 500kg in a working radius of 119cm
According to lifting and load-handling equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics, fitting a crane with a maximum working load of 150kg or 250kg into vans is straightforward, and the company has been making installations for years.
But more recently there’s been a demand for cranes with working loads of up to 500kg on vehicles with 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weights.
Installing a 500kg crane on a 3.5t van is not a simple job. Available space is a limitation, the weight can inhibit the overall load capacity and the crane may need ancillary gear such as hydraulic tanks and power supplies, all of which need extra space.
And few compact cranes available are designed for the type of chassis or sub-frame usually found on the 3.5t van.
The company says its SwingLift FV500 counters the usual installation problems with careful design and manufacture, which replaces certain components previously made from steel with lighter materials. This makes the 500kg crane substantially lighter than competitive products.
At 95kg, it can be installed in most light commercials. And the reduction in carrying capacity is acceptable for many business operations.
The crane folds down when not in use, taking a width of just 39cm when stowed, and with the hydraulic reservoir and pump integrated into the crane body, the crane is completely self contained.
Power is provided by the vehicle’s electrical system and Penny Hydraulics offers fitting kits for most popular models of van.
The FV500 can handle a load of 500kg within a working radius of 119cm.
The crane is swung out from the van’s rear or side door to handle loads on and off the van or, by using its electric winch, down access shafts or into underground locations.
With a 500kg crane, business vans can handle much larger items than possible previously and support a wider range of applications, especially for utilities, local authorities, highways maintenance, and other service engineering applications.