Knuckle boom crane

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A knuckle boom crane is a kind of standard crane whose boom articulates at the 'knuckle' near the middle, letting it fold back like a finger. This provides a compact size for storage and manoeuvring.

Fire appliance, with rear knuckle boom HIAB crane, folded for transport
Same crane, extended to recover a damaged car

Knuckle boom cranes have become very common on offshore vessels as less of the deck space is blocked by the crane. Disadvantages of this crane type are the higher power demand and increased maintenance requirement due to the increased number of moving parts.

Knuckle boom crane arms are much lighter than boom truck cranes, and they are designed to allow for more payloads to be carried on the back of the truck that it is mounted on. The majority of them are mounted behind the cab and leave the entire bed of the truck empty.

Effer Arrives at Collett in Halifax
8x4 Mercedes 4155 tractor unit complete with 205 Tonne/Meter Effer 2055 crane vehicle arrives at Collett in Halifax, currently the largest of its kind in Europe.[1]

The cranes come with different types of control systems, such as: stand up, control from the ground, seat control, or radio remote control. The radio remote systems now can start the crane as well as run the crane. Currently, they come equipped with a computer readout system that immediately gives readouts from the system if the crane is overloaded or not.

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  1. ^ "Big Effer Joins the Crane Vehicle Fleet". Collett & Sons. Retrieved 2019-03-27.

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