The knuckle boom crane is somewhat like a regular crane with one main distinction. The boom can fold back like a finger. In essence, the boom articulates at the "knuckle" near the center. This enables the equipment to be able to transform into a compact size for storage and maneuvering.
Normally, the arm on a knuckle boom crane is somewhat a little lighter than boom truck cranes. The crane arm is designed to enable more payloads to be lifted on the back of the mounted vehicle. Most knuckle boom cranes are mounted at the rear of the cab. This leaves the whole bed of the truck empty.
Interestingly enough, smaller kinds of knuckle boom cranes are capable of being used without a certified crane operator, as long as the maximum capacity is less than 15,000 lbs. or if the maximum boom length is less than 25 feet long.
Control systems for these cranes are normally different. Some can control from the ground, radio remote control, stand up and seated control. The radio remote systems are capable of running the crane as well as starting it. Moreover, many models come outfitted with a computer readout system that provides system readouts at once reporting if the crane is overloaded or not.
Personnel lifts designed by Snorkel have been made to help contractors and maintenance professionals carry out tasks at elevated heights. These lifts are affordable, lightweight, portable work platforms made to be utilized indoor. The patented Girder Lock mast design by Snorkel delivers excellent reach and superb stability. This system, used in the UL Series, provides great lift capacity.
The Snorkel PAM Series and UL Series Personnel lifts have been designed and built in order to be easy for one individual to use. These equipment are easy to transport. They can easily be pushed into position smoothly and pass through a regular sized doorway. These lifts are capable of being erected in minutes and being able to provide working heights of up to 46 feet, they are an efficient option to scaffold towers.