About Telescopic Trucks

About Telescopic Trucks
6/23/2018 12:55:06 PM
When most of us think of cranes, we think of the massive tower cranes along skyscrapers under construction. Of course, there are other types that don’t always come to mind so easily. If you’ve passed electricians repairing a telephone pole, for example, you’ve likely seen a telescopic truck and crane. These trucks and cranes serve a variety of purposes, though on a less massive scale. Today, we’ll talk more about the telescopic truck, along with TEREX and DEMAG brands.

Telescopic Trucks and Cranes

Telescopic Trucks and CranesTelescopic cranes consist of a boom that contains a series of cross-sectional segments that are either triangular or trapezoidal in shape. When fully retracted, these segments fit into one another. In many instances, telescopic cranes are mounted onto trucks to make them mobile.

When the crane is ready for use, the tubes extend out to the length needed with the use of a powered device. Integrated Publishing explains there three types of telescopic booms: pinned, full-powered and a combination of both. Pinned booms have sections that are pinned in both extended and retracted positions. Full-powered booms have sections that are extended and retracted with hydraulics, with the exception of the base section.

Together, the telescopic truck and crane system can be used for many jobs. Elpers Truck Equipment and TEREX explain some common uses include:

-Cable TV Installation

-Concrete Work

-Equipment Maintenance

-Field Service and Installation


-Roadside Highway and Park Maintenance

-Steel Erection

Another type of telescopic truck, the telescopic handler, incorporates the benefits of a forklift. Thackray explains this machine, also known as a telehandler or telescopic forklift, consists of a truck with a boom that can be fitted with different attachments. The boom ability to extend out allows the attached parts, such as pallet forks, to reach heights unattainable with standard forklifts. Please note that this truck does become unstable the higher the load is lifted. Refer to proper load charts and other guidelines to understand proper limitations.

TEREX and DEMAG Telescopic Cranes

Larry Collier only provides the best cranes and crane parts around. Crane trucks from TEREX are all about powerful mobility and delivering success. Trucks are designed to require minimum positioning and rigging, and with a max highway speed of 65 mph, it’s easy for their cranes to travel between sites. The powerful hydraulic system and engines that run these cranes can handle any job site conditions, further reducing downtime. The crane truck itself is built to last so customers can service a variety of clients. Many cranes are designed with interchangeable parts, making it easy for us at Larry Collier to replace what’s needed.

TEREX has a variety of telescopic truck crane models available to fit your needs. The T 340-1 model has a 36.3t nominal lifting capacity and 147 foot max height to tackle smaller projects. The T 780, on the other hand, has a 72.6t nominal lifting capacity and a 169 foot max height for the largest jobs around.


Standing for "Deutsche Maschinenbau AG,” TEREX is a Germany-based manufacturer of cranes, including the telescopic boom. This legacy brand of TEREX has made historical achievements with its cranes, including:

-1950: First telescopic boom crane with a 2.5t lifting capacity.

-1990: Strongest telescopic truck in the world with a 500t lifting capacity.

-2007: Most powerful crawler crane with a 3,200 lifting capacity.

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