A ute crane is an enormous benefit if you find yourself regularly lifting heavy loads into your truck. They are much more convenient and efficient and will save you from possible injuries. Here are some of the things to consider before buying a ute crane.
This is perhaps the most important consideration. You will need to be absolutely clear about what kinds of loads you will be lifting. Ute cranes can generally cope with very heavy weights, but some are stronger than others, and if you attempt to overload the crane, you will be risking an accident to yourself or your workers or damaging the equipment itself. Make sure that the crane you buy is suitable for the task, and don't try to use it for purposes other than those for which it was intended.
Next, think about how much space the ute crane will take up in your truck. By and large, the loss of space will be worth it because of the gains in efficiency, but there is no point in buying a crane with a larger footprint than you need for the load weight. Different cranes will take up different amounts of room, so measure out this space and make sure you are happy at losing this space in order to install the crane.
A third thing to consider is whether you want the crane to be permanent or removable. A permanent crane is fine if you only need it in one place and will be using it continuously. However, many ute cranes are designed to be removable so you can install them on another vehicle or surface. This flexibility can be an enormous benefit as you will not have to buy a separate crane for each vehicle, and you need not waste fuel carrying it around in your truck when you are not using it.
Manual or electric
Finally, you can choose between a manual and electrical winching system. Electrical systems will come with a remote control and will mean that the crane can be operated from a distance and be shut off immediately if there is a problem.
By matching the crane to your needs, you will ensure that loads can be lifted by a single person safely, quickly and accurately. If you have any further questions, your supplier will be happy to help you choose the right crane for your purposes.