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First fully hydraulic 500kg crane from Penny Hydraulics

The new hydraulic Foldaway 500 (FV500) is the first fully hydraulic 500kg capacity Swing Lift vehicle mounted crane from Penny Hydraulics. Designed for a wide range of load handling applications including service, engineering and deliveries the FV500 is also believed to be the first fully-hydraulic vehicle mounted crane in the 500kg performance class. Compact design, robust construction and light weight ensure the FV500 can be installed on a wide range commercial vehicles to provide reliable and flexible load handling capabilities that reduce or eliminate the need for manual handling, promote productivity and allow operators to comply with health and safety regulations.

Self contained hydraulics provide full 360 degree slew rotation with powered boom raise and lower for controlled, precise and safe handling and all round access to loads. This helps to ensure that there are no unexpected or sudden movements from the crane or load, even when the vehicle is parked on uneven ground. Hydraulic boom extension and retraction is standard which, with a range of optional manual extensions, eliminates the need to climb on the vehicle or approach the crane to adjust its reach for improved productivity and greater safety. The electric winch enables the crane to raise and lower loads below ground level, for example to support utility maintenance and engineering tasks.

Maximum lifting capacity is 500kg in all possible boom extension and elevation settings. This means that the FV500 can handle its full load at all times for complete operational versatility. A wander lead with simple push button controls enables operators to remain well away from the lifting area when handling loads for ultimate safety.

Compact design and low overall weight ensures that the FV500 can be installed without unduly affecting load carrying capacity. It folds down when not in use to leave clear and unobstructed access to the vehicle and load space. A choice of 12 or 24V power enables simple installation by connection to the existing vehicle wiring. The unique mounting socket fitting allows the crane to be transferred between vehicles.

The FV500 complements existing Swing Lift cranes in the Penny Hydraulics range and is designed to comply with all major health and safety and load handling regulations including BS EN12999:2002, Supply of Machinery Regulations and LOLER. Penny Hydraulics offers a nationwide fitting and after sales service and can also supply cranes ready for installation by vehicle body builders at their own premises.

Penny Hydraulics (www.pennyhydraulics.com) designs and manufactures lifting and load handling equipment for use in a wide range of applications. Products include the Swing Lift range of medium duty cranes for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and flat-beds and the Step Lift, Load Lift and Tail Lift lifting platform ranges for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and vans. The company also manufactures the Mezz Lift for handling loads between ground floor and mezzanines and specialist equipment for handling wheels, tyres and barrels in vehicles and at customers' premises. Penny Hydraulics is a privately owned family business based in Clowne, Derbyshire.

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