How To Run A Boom Truck Knuckle Crane

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your first step on crane operation would

be to pull up to the job

depress the clucks the whole way to the

floor flip the lever release the clutch

slowly and the PTO will be engaged

when you arrive out to the job site the

first thing you want to do is make sure

there's no wires overhead so you're

going to take a look up just to

double-check that you're not going to

hit nothing first thing after that you

would do would be throttle the truck up

and extend the Outrigger

turn this knob to lower the foot on the


on a job site you're actually going to

want to pull out the foot

and place that down has to not leave no

marks in the people's driveway or on the


there's a level bubble located right

here you want to try to keep it within

the five degree mark

the closest you can get at the center of

the better

you stay within the five degree ring you

will be alright

to raise the boom you'll raise this


that raises the main boom

you're going to take that almost the

whole way to the top

we're going to have to walk over to the

other side of the truck now and set that

outrigger out also

due to limited space that we have here

I'm not going to run this one out the

whole way

poor torso

you just put enough pressure on that

side just to make sure that this seats

up against the call to the steel here

all right so that the red beaver here

gives a rotation you can rotate around

normally the forks would be on the truck

right now they're sitting down in the

yard here

we're gonna rotate over and grab our


now until you get used to running the

crane the easiest way for you guys it's

going to be able to hook up is just walk

over get your hook close and stick it in

yourself until you get used to how

everything operates it's going to be

easier on the machine it's going to be

easier on the equipment

you want to try to keep the hook

perpendicular with

the top as straight as possible

to lift with it looking like that

to walk their way out

boom up you don't want to bring this

very high off the ground six feet back

rotate around

when you forward up

we bring the forks completely against

the head rack which I have a little

sitting on the truck right now so we

won't be

do that

but notice where the positioning of the

hook is or forks there there towards the

back when it is empty that is where you


from when there's a load on I'm going to

show you here you rolled in the front

you want to keep it straight up and down

straight left to right from the forks

your hope care hanging into the d-ring

and lift otherwise you'll have your

pallet swinging and you could possibly

dump off the material that is on the

pallet you want to be really cautious

with that because you're the only one

out there when you're taking this off

and you'll be out there by yourself

picking it up so all right

now when you have the forks spin like

that instead of jerking the boom or

trying to twist it you know with the

yanking the boom back and forth the

easiest way to do that would be just

walk over and spin them the proper way

get them close that way you're not

abusing the gears inside the rotation of

the crane

to go about a quarter return farther

than you need to go they normally rock

back to straight

you'll extend out using the extension to

get the last skid

and rotate in

every lever you use you ease onto it as

not to bounce anything not to force


light light movements when it starts to

move you can speed it up and feel the

Louise it in nice and steady there the

forks have hit the bottom of the skid

for that you'll lower the main boom

as you see the front of it starts to

roll forward we're going to keep on

rotating with that and we're going to

pick up the forks we'll walk their way

in like pickups rotate in

back to you need to be straight

we're gonna do a straight liftoff

notice the minimal amount of rock and

other skid

you don't want it swinging back and

forth a lot of times the skids are small

shorter than the forks are long if it

slides over into the next skid now

you're stuck in two skids and you could

dump the other one off the other side of

the truck

now after you get this skin picked up

seeing this is the farthest going back

this would be your next to last skin

coming off the truck rotating over just

a little bit to make sure you clear the


bring your extension in slow down as you

get to the end not to slam the cylinder

rotate as you're rotating you'll want to

drop lower the main boon bring it down

to the ground closer to the ground you

can operate the better smoother and less

chance of someone getting hurt

once you a place to skit as you set it

down you'll see that it automatically

returns back to the

where there's no load left

once again you'll want to get that

straight above there

it'll work its way out if you have a cop

the skid

bring everything up


suck everything in

now you'd go ahead and put the forks up

against the head rack

like I said I can't place it against the

head rock today because I have lentils

sitting there in the front

you'll raise the boom up the hallway

you'll close the novel have your closing

the knuckle you want to slow down again

near the end has the not make it slam

you'll rotate back

you're gonna want to shoot

you'll rotate back to these two arrows

come in line with each other

at that point there

you're ready to close up the main boom

as you're lowering the mean boom

depending on your situation they're

going to want to be looking at through

the front of the truck and the back of

the truck making sure there's no box

trucks coming down the road or anything

because that does hang out over the side

about two feet

when it's coming down and someone could

easily catch out if they're not paying


so you're gonna bring this down

when you reach that point of the truck

right about where the booms at now

you'll want to throttle down so that the

everything can slow down you're going to

boom down in

and that'll sit into place there's a

little knob on the end of it and there

is in place

everything's folded up you just push

down on all all three of these levers

just to make sure everything is securely

put away then we'll step back and we'll

reverse what we have already done with

the outriggers to put them away

this the red knob here would be your


first knob to the left of that knob

would be your main boon

my fault second dog didn't

all right

first up did Allah let's go there

the red knob here would be or rotation

the first knob to the left of that would

be your main boom this is where you

raise and lower the main mast of the


the next knob

to the left of that would be your jib

knuckle whatever you want to call it the

elbow up there

the last knob this way would be your

extension which will run two extensions

out of the end this knob here

you must twist top break the Outrigger

when the crane is unfolded do not

operate the outriggers

you don't want to put yourself in a

situation where you're not ready for

so I don't think they need to see us

coconut away when operating the crane

one of the biggest not things that you

should not do is if you look back going

to bed of the truck right now you'll see

a skid that's sitting on the passenger

side when you stick your Forks into that

you do not want to lift that off the bed

at that point over there you want to

drag it back over to the driver's side

so you're it's within your eyeline sight

good while you're standing at the


then lift because if you lift the other

way once again there goes a car driving

by you're not perfectly lined up I mean

the outrigger is out over there but it's

just it's kind of hidden a little bit so

everything you should do from where

you're standing so you can see when you

actually lift it off the bed and make

sure there's nothing coming by

I'm thinking you're like a like kind of

the clearance and stuff like bridges the

clearance is marked on the inside of the

driver's side door up on the roof it is

I believe 12 foot 8 inches if I'm not

mistaken your triangles are in a box

that are on the floor if you'd ever

break down another thing that you want

to keep an eye on this we just recently

had replaced the PTO stuccoing on the

truck so at the end of the job when you

get out of the truck you flip off the

PTO first you engage the clutch turn off

the PTO disengage the clutch so just a

good habit to get into jump out grab the

knob move it make sure nothing moves on

the on the outrigger itself that way you

know for sure that the PTO is off

because if you drive down the road with

the PTO and you will burn it up and that

would be a rather expensive repair and




what about just the way you can you

forget the two different spots you

usually like you said you don't what

wait clerk this one is you come in here

it doesn't matter how you pour because

now we only have two trucks over here

the other one there that's it's gonna

stay in Harrisburg the International so

everything gets parked up there this is

going to be how personally the how they

want to park your how your dad wants

stuff displayed up her

it's not that really there's not that

much about you know and

I don't know it off top my head I got

the paper what the paperwork's in the

drawer in there is that where they keep

the paperwork no paperwork's in

Harrisburg but I have a copy of it over

here because when I got through through

here I wanted it over it because we were

talking about going and picking up


the Bob was calling me twice a week

asking me questions I just figured it

was easier if I had a copy up to even

open to me where let's just show them

where you keep here a little bit


as we're putting the outriggers away

you're going to want to watch the

hydraulic hoses along the bed you don't

want to pinch them which could cause

them to get weak have a hole in them you

won't notice it next thing you know

you'll be unloading something you'll

start losing fluid which in turn will

let the leg of the Outrigger seep up and

you could possibly roll the truck

there's also levers on this side that

are the same as the ones on the other

side this one will do the outriggers

this would be a turn main boom lift the

knuckle and the extension you do not

want you want to try to avoid being on

this side of the truck operating due to

when you come down here standing

actually underneath and this will

collapse down and could you know

something would break it could land on

your head and possibly kill you so you

try to avoid this side of the truck as

much as possible try to get yourself on

the job where you do not have to use

this side you cannot operate everything

off of the other side if you do need to

come to this side what I always do is

I'll rotate around I'll do everything I

can from the other side of the truck get

this a far away from bit right here as

possible so that I'm out of the way of

the boom I'll have the boom hanging that

way or I'll have the boom hanging that

way but you never want to just drop

something off tight off to the side on

this side because like I said it

couldn't hit you in the head and hurt

this lever here is what controls the bed

from dumping and operating the crane

the way it is right now is the way to

operate the cream if you turn this


like that now only the bed will dump

which the leaver I showed you inside the

cab earlier back raises the bed down

lowers the bed the crane will not work

while that is in that position that is

only gulping only


okay there's grease fittings all over

the crane every knuckle everywhere

there's a bend in it there's a grease

fitting at the end of every hydraulic

cylinder there's a grease fitting upper

and lower

there's a grease fitting right here

which is for this seal that's right here

several pumps are grease in there til

you start seeing it coming out there's a

grease fitting down in between the two

steel plates right here

there's also a grease fitting down

underneath here on this side and that


you want to every month install at least

one tube of grease between this fitting

and that lower fitting

that's for your rotate your main

rotation that keeps everything greased

up air so that there's no problem

there's also underneath the bed there

are several grease points on the

hydraulic system and again everywhere

something bends underneath there there

is a grease fitting

there's grease fittings on the end of

the levers on both of them right here is


there's also grease grease points on the

outriggers themselves this is just a

lock to lock for in transit when you get

out want to use it you got to turn it up

for monthly greasing also you're gonna

want to run out your outriggers the

whole way take your grease gun and

grease underneath you'll see where the

wear is and you want to put grease on

that the scene for this and you also

want to grease these right here there's

steel plates that are a little higher

than the boom that's all you need to

grease on that end of it and then all of

this underneath here as you can see is

where the plastic is here you're gonna

follow that line as if this plastic ran

the whole length of the boom you're

gonna follow that line with grease

I can't really thank her

any like work that's all I mean Jeff

Jeff can operate the truck it's just

it's knowledge of running I don't know

if you understood you know some of the

stuff just you can't put into words what

you can do you know you know what I mean

it's like a guy out here digging a ditch

I couldn't dig a ditch to save my ass

but he could do it probably blindfolded

you know what I mean there's no real

there's no their first street there's a

book in the truck actually of all the


Pacific fraud there is a there's a book

with all the fuel stations that we use

in the truck

that's only in this truck it is a

Pacific pride book there is a little

pouch here in between the driver and

passenger seat the little mark that's in

the book here that's in Pennsylvania the

other week I was out and had to get fuel

up near Lewistown and had no idea where

there was a specific pride this will

give you Pacific pride locations and

directions off of a main route like I

was going up 322 it told me what exit to

get off of on 322 which way to turn off

the exit and how far up the road it was

and what side of the road it was on

sterling it's newer this is the newest

truck we have the this truck also turns

a lot better than the International so

if you're trying to look at your jobs of

where you're going if you're going

downtown in the city of Harrisburg it's

better to take this truck versus the

International because some of the

alleyways you might not get into that's

the other crane truck it has a turning

radius of about 40 acres I cannot turn

coming from some civic pride I cannot

turn in this entrance down here it will

not make the corner

it just it's not designed to have the

float tires on the front the big wide

tires and it has on one say the gearbox

it's just it don't turn it's good so you

when you use that truck you want to look

for a little easier access places

what do you think you're just not gonna

answer me you keep me in your pocket

normal normal maintenance of you know

whatever CDL drivers should do in the

morning check the oil make sure you

don't have new flights check your lights

this truck does have a slow power

steering fluid leak you want to check it

at least twice a week make sure you

don't need to add fluid like I said it's

a slight power steering fluid leak but

it's something you got to keep an eye on


when you have the hood open on this

truck be very careful there is no lock

on it so if the wind blows strong enough

the hood will go closed and if you're

behind it you're just going to be

yelling I mean this thing's heavy this

is this is in the area of where the

power steering pump is leaking and this

would be your fill for your power

steering fluid right now it's full but

like I said it has a slow steady leap on

it that you just want to keep an eye on

your oil dipstick is right here

and this would be your oil fill unscrew

working out and that's where you dump

your oil in for the motor windshield

washer fluid on this side and that

bottle over there is your antifreeze

there is oil and antifreeze in both

warehouses the gentlemen are the people

that are working there will know where

it is if you cannot find it every one of

the trucks that we have will have these

forms in anytime you were going off of

the road in front of the people's house

driveway or anywhere you feel that you

could damage with the load that you have

on your truck

have them sign this marking you know if

you cannot describe it with a little

picture here drawing on it just you know

add in a little comment here stating

what you're doing driving over the curb

etc you know just to release us from

liability of that another thing if you

feel that where they want you to drive

with the truck is unsafe you do have the

right to say you cannot get back air

it's not a safe place you know and ask

for another location that they would

prefer to have it because some people

want some stuff that just cannot be done

watch out for dogs they attack you also

take into consideration when you go out

make a delivery after you make the

delivery might not be the final time you

see that product

they may return what's left over they

may change their mind on the color and

you may have to go pick it back up and

when you go pick it back up you're going

to have the other truckload on of the

new replacement material for them so

always take into consideration where

you're setting it try to keep what

you're delivering in a neat orderly

fashion so that you have room to operate

and pick it back up also if you need to

when when you're dumping the lever down

here will control your dumping back

would raise the bed down would bring the

bed back down


or anything that there's nothing else

whirling in the truck everything else is

going to be outside