The pricing is also comparable. "Articulating cranes are competitively priced when compared with similarly rated telescopic cranes," says Cheshier. "Keep in mind, articulating cranes come with stabilizers built into the crane base, whereas telescopic cranes do not come standard with outriggers."
With all of the different types of cranes and options available, choosing the correct setup for your application requires a little thought. So which crane will work best?
"The answer to that really depends upon the application for which the crane is being used," says Whiteis. "There are areas where an articulating crane may be better suited. However, there are others where a hydraulic telescopic crane is more appropriate."
Wireless Becomes Standard
When it comes to truck crane control systems, Jason Ollerich, Feterl Mfg., notes, "Pretty much everybody is going standard with some kind of wireless now. It is not just for the high-end customer anymore."
Kyle Whiteis, Auto Crane, agrees, noting, "FM controls are becoming more commonplace and offering greater flexibility."
Feterl's standard control system can be either wireless or umbilical cord. The wireless system can also be connected to the crane via an umbilical cord. "If your battery dies, you can plug it in and keep working," Ollerich points out. "If you are in an area where radio frequency is not allowed, you can plug it in."
Auto Crane offers a similar arrangement "Auto Crane provides a tether as standard alongside the FM control for use in areas where FM signals are not allowed," Whiteis comments. "Additionally, the tether may be used in cases where the batteries die in the FM transmitter."