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MV Commercial vehicle takes UK’s longest Hiab truck-mounted crane


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Transport Engineer  /  May 7, 2020

The Volvo FH500 GT 8x2 unit incorporates a Hiab 1058 crane featuring ten hydraulic extensions, giving the vehicle a lifting capability of 2.5 [metric] tonnes at a reach of almost 24 meters.

Built at MV Commercial’s Airdrie site, the new truck will support JA Mackenzie Haulage’s specialist transport operations for works of art and public sculptures.

Jimmy Mackenzie, managing director of the company, says: “Our work often includes very unusual lifts such as loading priceless paintings through gallery windows, where precision and control are essential. We required something very special – and MV Commercial’s design team stepped up to the challenge, and were able to deliver a truck that matched our precise specifications.”

The new vehicle replaces an older asset and includes a range of tailored features designed to make lifting irreplaceable artwork quick, easy and safe.

The detailed specification of the cab includes NATO-spec legs for increased stability, and food cooking and storage facilities for overnight travel. Meeting the requirements of FORS Gold, the truck also incorporates a 50mm air-operated drawbar coupling and remote control of the rear extender, while the hydraulic tank has been moved on to the crane itself to create more space on the chassis.


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