Picking up?
Cranes & Access|July/August 2020
Picking up?
The Pick & Carry Market Is One That Has Been Growing In Recent Years After Decades Of Decline As Palletised Loads And Fork Trucks Took Over From Industrial Material Handling.

It Is However A Fragmented Market. In Europe Most Pick & Carry Cranes Are Classic ‘industrial Cranes’ Dominated These Days By The Italians. They Are Used Predominantly In Production Facilities And Yards, Although The Smaller Models Have Found An Expanding Role In Construction With Glass Handling And High Rise Curtain Walling. In The Usa The ‘carry Deck’ Style From Broderson And Grove Are More Common Place. Australia Is Clearly The Leading Market For Articulated Pick & Carry Cranes, While The Indian Subcontinent Is By Far The Largest Market For Articulated Tractor Based Cranes. We Take A Look At Some Of The Latest Products, Before Focusing On The Changing Indian Market As We Speak With The Local Crane Manufacturer, Action Construction Equipment (ACE).

So what’s new?


Earlier this year Valla introduced the first model in a new range of battery powered pedestrian controlled pick & carry cranes with its eight tonne V80R (V90R in the US). Unveiled as a seven tonne prototype at bauma, the company has since carried out a number of changes and modifications to uprate it from seven to eight tonnes.

With a 8.9 metre full power three section boom, the crane features a clever chassis telescope feature which effectively increases the distance between the counterweight and front axle by 600mm. A cross bar stabiliser which descends down from the front bumper, can also be deployed to increase capacities still further. The net effect is an average 50 percent boost to capacities throughout the chart, allowing it to handle eight tonnes 600mm in front of the bumper, 1.9 tonnes at a distance of 5.2 metres or 2.5 tonnes at a hook height of nine metres.


The latest product from Jekko is the battery powered 600kg MPK06 mini picker. Designed for glass installation and material handling in builders yards, the MPK06 features a 2.8 metre three section boom, with a maximum tip height of 3.5 metres and a maximum forward reach of 1.7 metres. It can handle its maximum capacity at a radius of half a metre and can take 300kg to 1.7 metres.


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July/August 2020