When searching for the right crane, a company must carefully consider all the various types in order to purchase the right one for the job. Stick crane and knuckleboom trucks are vastly different; although both are capable of handling many of the same jobs, each one also excels at different types of lifting. Before opting for a stick boom crane because it may be priced lower or more readily available, determine whether the versatility of the knuckleboom will be more efficient in the long run.  Then talk to knuckleboom trucks dealers, or a used knuckleboom trucks company, about available units.

Stick and Knuckleboom Cranes

Technically, most jobs can be done with both a stick crane and a knuckleboom truck. The main challenges both face with maneuverability or load lifting can be resolved with good problem solving skills and understanding how each crane works. Access to both types of cranes is ideal for some; however, it is not a necessity when a crane operator is skilled and understands how to use a specific crane to their best advantage. Everything else is merely operator or company preference – or using the most suitable crane most suitable for job at hand.

Crane Specifications

Understanding the differences between stick and articulated knucklebooms is essential before purchasing either from knuckleboom trucks dealers or a used knuckleboom trucks company. This helps establish how each is safely used in more challenging lift situations that require one versus the other.

  • Reach – Stick boom, or telescopic cranes, lengthen as necessary from one extending main boom. Knuckleboom, or articulated, cranes also extend; however, based on how the crane is built and that telescoping parts are inner-boom parts, a crane with the same reach as the equivalent stick boom must be larger and heavier. This requires that it be mounted on a truck that is also larger and heavier. Based on length alone, stick booms may offer more simple reach, while knucklebooms offer more reaching maneuverability when that is required.
  • Lift – Stick boom cranes are simpler to operate than knucklebooms, and are easier for lifting that requires an upward lift, then swinging the load to drop in a particular location. Telescoping cranes are better suited for lifting out of, or into, holes and for use with winches. Knucklebooms can be used with winches; however, it makes the lift more complicated since there are more moving parts to control. Knucklebooms are preferred for lifting in any situation that requires more maneuverability for accurate load placement without having to repeatedly reposition the truck.
  • Payload – Knuckleboom cranes can fold down and stow behind the truck cab, leaving more space for payload than stick boom cranes that stow into the main payload area of the truck. Of course, knucklebooms are larger and heavier than similar telescoping cranes, reducing actual payload capacity by weight alone.

Comparatively speaking, knuckleboom trucks and telescopic stick boom crane trucks are different in operation and the types of lifts they handle well. Yet a skilled operator should be able to use their crane of choice for the same lifts; however, many operators still prefer stick booms, often because they have been in regular use longer than articulating cranes. With the usefulness articulating cranes offer, considering any unit offered for sale at an experienced used knuckleboom trucks company or knuckleboom trucks dealer, is a worthy consideration for those in the market for crane trucks!

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