Venco/Ventura European Style Cargo Van Crane

Pulley Power

Matthew Randall

As a young boy the idea that a powerful device such as the crane I saw peaking over the skyline of Bath, could grow wheels and become mobile never entered my mind.   Vivid memories exist for me of traveling along Route 1 north and reaching the Sagadahoc Bridge.   In those days the great structure was enveloped in the green patina, common with iron bridges made in the first half of the century.  When cloaked in the early morning fog it appeared as a castle, with two huge towers that housed the mechanism to lower and raise the center of the bridge, seemingly stretching straight up into the sky. 

On the occasions that my family found ourselves having to cross that bridge, I was awestruck by the massive candy stripped crane towering over the Bath Iron Works shipyard.  To my young eyes it seemed like a giant dinosaur, looming over the thousands of workers scurrying around the waterfront.  If fortune was in our favor, we’d cross the river when the huge steel column would be hoisting sections of whatever warship was being built.   The dangling mass would be manuvered with great respect for the laws of physics, and the precision of a surgeon.  Over the months a destroyer would begin to take shape on the river’s edge, underneath the seemingly watchful gaze of this famous Maine crane.

During the classical period, commonly referred to as the Renaissance, the term “simple machines” was coined referring to six basic methods by which all force is managed and directed; one is the pulley.  Single or multiple wheels, on an axle contained within a frame, can bestow upon a human the ability to lift many times their own weight.  This device, quite literally, has helped lift civilization out of the wilderness and constructed many of the great structures of the world - from the pyramids and aqueducts, to skyscrapers and spaceships.  

Amazingly this power to move heavy objects is not just available to large operations with defense contracts such as Bath Iron Works.  Everyday citizens typically deploy this power through the use of a Come-Along Winch, and anybody who lives in a remote part of New England has probably used one to pull a stuck vehicle out of the mud, or to fell a tree.  A great tool, but not an efficient choice for most commerical operations. 

The practical implementation of the power contained within a pulley can be deployed in the form of an installed crane on a work truck or van.  Owning a vehicle with a crane onboard provides a multitude of benefits:

  • A stable platform from which to operate.
  • Allows the operator to manipulate items safely from a distance, with minimal bodily impact.
  • Grants advantageous positioning of the lift arm, even with minimal working space.
  • Uses hydraulics, electricity, or combustion engines to furnish the capacity to do work.
  •  Is quick to set up and take down.
  • Creates cost and time efficiency thanks to its ease of use.

A business or contractor can roll around a service territory with their own personal metal dinosaur on the back of their work vehicle, poised to do hard work for a multitude of customers.  

Industries with use for a mobile crane typically include: shipping, propane, plumbing, construction, shore-based maritime trades, well drilling, forestry, landscaping, waste removal, conservation, public works, rentals, and masonry.   However, there are no limits as to what company could benefit from the acquisition of a crane.  If your line of work requires heavy stuff to be picked up and put down, a crane installed on a mobile platform could be just what you need to increase the efficiency and safety of your operation.

The most popular models include telescoping and articulating arms, along with their cousin - the hydraulic loader.  Options range from cranes that can lift five hundred pounds to well over six tons of weight.  These modern mobile interpretations of a simple machine can be installed on a wide variety of reinforced service and platform bodies, or inside a work van.     

At Messer Truck Equipment we have partnered with Iowa Mold Tooling, Venco/Venturo Industries, and Knapheide in order to provide an array of reliable and rugged products, designed to do your heavy lifting in the toughest conditions the Northeast can muster up.  Customers can request a personalized quote to acquire one of their own mobile cranes by talking the experts in the Messer Truck Equipment sales team

The march of technology moves forever onward with safe and efficient pulley power, built to be used for the continued benefit of society, available today thanks to the products offered here at Messer Truck Equipment and our vendor partners.