What is a mobile hydraulic crane?

“Mobile hydraulic crane” is a commonly heard term when it comes to transport. A mobile hydraulic crane (also referred to as an HDS, in Polish) is a machine that comes in handy for many different situations. It is worth knowing what the different types of mobile cranes are, and how to choose the right one.

The type of vehicle is particularly important when it comes to mobile cranes

Mobile hydraulic cranes are mounted on many types of vehicles. Obviously, these are primarily larger vehicles, of heavy weight and with lots of power, capable of supporting the crane.

The crane is usually mounted directly behind the driver's cabin, but sometimes can be at the end of the vehicle as well. Thanks to this, mobile cranes can easily transport machines, or goods on pallets from place to place. Such an assembly process leaves a lot of free space. It’s also possible to transport containers this way.

Installation behind the driver's cabin is common to keep the crane as close to the center of gravity as possible, which significantly increases the lifting capacity of the entire machine. The lifting capacity also depends on the type of crane installed. However, keep in mind that the further the crane arm extends, the less weight it will be able to safely lift.

Smaller mobile hydraulic cranes are typically mounted on vans such as Renault Master, Iveco Daily and Fiat Ducato. The crane lifting capacity of such machines is usually rather low, ranging from 800 kg to 1200 kg. As such, these types of machines are primarily used in the transport of building materials or pallets with only moderately heavy material.

Which mobile hydraulic crane to choose?

Depending on your needs, it is not always necessary to choose the heaviest and strongest option. Sometimes more modest options are sufficient. Cranes mounted on buses will be perfect when you need to deliver materials necessary for finishing operations, because these materials are typically not heavy, but are problematic and time-consuming to move manually.

However, it will not always be cost-effective to use a smaller mobile crane. Sometimes using a larger crane, mounted on a truck, though more expensive to rent, will actually save you money on transport costs. Such equipment has a lot of free space for transporting other equipment/goods. Then, loading, transport and unloading of materials and machine can usually be done with a single vehicle, which is an efficient and convenient solution.

To sum up, a mobile hydraulic crane is simply a convenient solution that can easily replace heavier machines, such as static cranes, if greater lifting capacity is not required. However, it must be remembered that both the quality of the equipment and the operator's abilities count - both of which can be found at the highest level at OKSEL. Contact us to make your work easier.