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Trailer-Mounted Crane Powers Itself
"It's much less expensive than a conventional truck-mounted crane and doesn't tie up a truck. You just tow it to the work site, set it up, and and drive away," says Ron Anderson, Anderson Welding & Mfg., Chassell, Mich., about his new trailer-mounted crane that's designed to be pulled behind any pickup.
  The crane is controlled by four 12-volt electric motors that are powered by a pair of deep cell batteries. The motors chain-drive sprockets that drive cables which raise and lower the crane. It rotates on a 360 degree turntable. Once you arrive at the work site, you set up the outriggers, then jack the trailer down to take the weight off the wheels. The operator controls all crane functions with a remote control.
  "It doesn't require any hydraulic oil, gas or diesel so it's very energy efficient. You can operate it all day for almost nothing. And, there's no smoke or noise," says Anderson. "It has more than a 40-ft. lift and a maximum capacity of 1,000 lbs. at maximum reach. At its 20-ft. reach, it'll carry 1,800 lbs."
  According to Anderson, the trailer-mounted crane works great for hanging trusses on buildings, moving blocks around job sites, setting floor joists, lifting walls, and so forth. It's also ideal for lifting shingles onto a roof. At the end of the day you just plug the batteries into a battery charger.
  "I've used the crane on a customer's farm to double stack round bales. I've also used it to lift an old deep well pump that had to be replaced, to pull engines and vehicle cabs, to place roof air conditioners, and to set light poles in a parking lot."
  The crane retails in the low $20,000 range.
  He's looking for dealers and is willing to travel to demonstrate the unit.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Anderson, Anderson Welding & Mfg., P.O. Box 262, Chassell, Mich. 49916 (ph 877 523-4219 or 906 523-4661; fax 906 523-4219; email: rjanderson@chartermi.net).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5