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8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Boom Truck

Knuckle boom cranes are a fantastic investment for many companies, but they are also a significant investment. This means that you should take your time and ask yourself the questions below when you are considering buying a boom truck. The team at Westminster Hydraulics, Inc. works with companies just like yours to find the right equipment and truck solutions for their specific need, and we are happy to answer any questions that you might have about the process.

1. What Features Does the Boom Truck Have?

Because buying a boom truck is such a big investment, you want to make sure that your truck has all the features that you are looking for. This will ensure that it can perform essential functions at job sites. What lifting radius do you need? How easy will the truck be to maintain? We can walk you through all the specifications for the truck you are looking at purchasing so that you can make a confident decision and get a truck that you love.

2. What is the Capacity?

Knowing the capacity of the truck is important, as you will be using it to lift and haul things every day. When you are buying a boom truck, make sure you ask for the maximum capacity and the maximum capacity at maximum horizontal reach, as those two numbers will often differ significantly. Make sure you carefully consider maximum horizontal reach weight capacity depending on what you regularly lift during a job.

3. What is the Reach?

Just like you need to know how much your knuckle boom crane can hold and lift, you also need to know how far the crane can reach horizontally and vertically. Knuckle boom cranes are designed to allow you to work in spaces that might be otherwise hard to access and navigate around obstacles. Think about the reach that you need when you are buying a boom truck to make sure that you don’t end up with inadequate reach that makes it harder to do a good job.

4. Can You Use a Grapple with the Crane?

Your grapple needs might depend on what you do with your knuckle boom truck. If you are looking for a knuckle boom truck and crane, you should ensure that the truck you choose will work well with grapple controls and a grapple if you use it for things like tree removal, logging, landscaping, or waste management.

5. What Are Your Remote Preferences?

Do you want to use a radio remote control or a hard-wired remote? We can guide you through your remote options so that you have a remote that is comfortable to use and operate.

6. Is There a Warranty Included?

Whether you are buying a new boom truck or a used boom truck, you should make sure that you understand any warranties that are included. Even if there is not a warranty, you can rely on the team at Westminster Hydraulics, Inc. for maintenance and repair that will keep your crane in great condition now and in the future.

7. Do You Have Space to Store the Crane?

This might seem like a silly question, but you should think about how big the crane and boom truck will be when you need to store them on your property or at a work site. Expensive assets will need to be securely stored, so you should ensure that you have proper space to store your crane securely.

8. Is the Boom Truck Safe?

Finally, you should consider the safety of the knuckle boom truck when you are looking at buying a boom truck. We offer Manitex trolley booms that are designed with numerous safety features that will protect you and your employees and ensure that the job can be completed safely and quickly. The boom trucks that we offer are designed with strict standards so that you can have peace of mind when you operate them.

Are You Buying a Boom Truck? Contact Westminster Hydraulics, Inc. Today

Westminster Hydraulics, Inc offers businesses like yours the resources and experience needed to offer customized solutions to your material handling equipment needs. We go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our clients, and we have been specializing in building articulated boom trucks to meet the precise requirements of our clients since 1979. We take your trust in us seriously, which is why we always offer competitive rates, honest advice and trustworthy maintenance and repairs. Operators in many industries rely on us to support their businesses, and we don’t take that trust lightly. Contact us today at (888)-818-4583.

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