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New Crafter Dropside crane conversions can lift up to 990kg

Penny Hydraulics has released new crane conversions for the Volkswagen Crafter Dropside, offering a lifting capacity up to 990kg.

Penny Hydraulics’ new range of crane conversions for the Volkswagen Crafter Dropside

The fully integrated compact conversion features a 105kg crane fitted directly onto the Crafter Dropside sub-frame, allowing the vehicle to still offer a payload of over 1,100kg to tackle a range of applications required by utility companies, road and rail management firms and logging operators for example.

The crane boom is extendable to 4.5-metres with a maximum safe lifting capacity of 990kg, plus a rotational angle of up to 330-degrees.

The Penny Hydraulics PH110 Lifting Solution also features crane controls integrated directly into the Volkswagen Crafter base vehicle. This means that dashboard safety warnings and audible alerts are all activated through the standard Volkswagen Crafter electrical system without the need for additional lights or buzzers, benefiting operators. A range of lifting solutions are also available including hydraulic cranes from 500kg to 3000kg, ultra-lightweight electric ‘SwingLift’ cranes, and hydraulic loading platforms.

Furthermore, as Penny Hydraulics is an Integrated Partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ converter recognition programme, the vehicle comes with a full three-year warranty and is also available to lease through Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services from £493.72 a month (excluding VAT).

Nick Axtell, Volkswagen Commercial vehicles specialist sales manager, said: “We are excited this crane conversion is now available to our customers after a great collaboration between our in-house experts and the team at Penny Hydraulics. Crane controls are fully integrated into the Crafter Dropside, ensuring operators are able to carry out their jobs as safely as possible. Duty of care is a number one priority for us and our fleet managers and is all part of our Working With You promise that focuses on supporting our customers so they can do their jobs to the best of their ability.”

Richard Short, Sales Director of Penny Hydraulics, said: “The PH110 has been designed with ease-of-use and safety in mind and we expect interest from a range of industries such as logging, road and rail transport repairs and utilities. The crane technology is the latest on the market and we’re delighted to have completed the conversion alongside Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.”


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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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