Hook loader trucks employ hydraulic rams with hooks that grasp containers and hoist them on to the truck’s chassis. New and used hook loader trucks are often used to load waste containers, therefore they are popular in the waste, recycling, scrap, and demolition industries. In these settings hook loader trucks are often used with tilt frame bodies. Sometimes hook loader trucks are also used to move vehicles and function as car transporter trucks.
Lift capacities for hook loader trucks normally range from 3.5 tonnes to 30 tonnes. These capacities don’t typically change depending on whether the truck is lifting or lowering a load, but watch for trucks with a short wheelbase as that can affect lift capacity.
Key hook loader truck components to consider include the hydraulic system, which is normally rated between 4,000 and 5,800 psi. The jib system, usually controlled by a hydraulic cylinder and either a single- or double-pivoting rear section, either have a single arm for moving objects or come in an articulating version. Yet another option is the rear pivot section, which comes in either a simple single pivot system or a more complex dual pivot system that facilitates tip dumping operations.
Well-known manufacturers of hook loader trucks include IVECO, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Scania, and Volvo.