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  • 1.

    No unqualified or unauthorized person shall be allowed to operate the crane.

  • 2.

    WARNING: Never weld, modify, or use unauthorized components / parts on any Auto Crane unit. This will void any warranty or liability. Also, failure of the crane may result.

  • 3.

    Make certain the vehicle meets minimum chassis requirements. (These requirements do not guarantee unit stability.)

  • 4.

    Make certain the crane is installed per factory specifications. Contact your local distributor or the Auto Crane factory if any questions arise.

  • 5.

    Visual inspections and tests should be conducted at the beginning of each shift each day to insure that the crane and all its operating systems are in good condition and working order before it is used.

  • 6.

    Inspect hydraulic hoses frequently for signs of deterioration, and replace them as required.

  • 7.

    If a hydraulic break occurs, leave the area of the break and do not attempt to stop the break by hand as the hydraulic oil may be hot and under high pressure which can cause serious injury. Shut the system down as soon as possible.

  • 8.

    Check the hook at least every thirty days for distortions or cracks and replace it as required.

  • 9.

    Oil gears as required.

  • 10.

    Stop all operations when cleaning, adjusting or lubricating the machine.

  • 11.

    Keep dirt and grit out of moving parts by keeping crane clean. Make sure machine is free of excess oil, grease, mud and rubbish, thus reducing accidents and fire hazards.

  • 12.

    When a new cable is installed, operate first with a light load to let the cable adjust itself.

  • 13.

    Locate the vehicle at the work site for the best stability possible.

  • 14.

    Keep the vehicle in a level position while loading or unloading.

  • 15.

    Observe operating area for obstructions and/or power lines that might be a hazard.


  • 16.

    WARNING: NEVER OPERATE THE CRANE NEAR ELECTRICAL POWER LINES. Auto Crane Company recommends that the crane never be any closer to a power line (including telephone lines) than 10 feet at any point.

  • 17.

    Allow the vehicle engine to warm up before operating crane.

  • 18.

    Know the weight of your rigging and load to avoid overloading the crane.

  • 19.

    Deduct the weight of the load handling equipment from the load rating to determine how much weight can be lifted.

  • 20.

    All load ratings are based on crane capacity, NOT the vehicle stability. Remember in lifting a heavy load, the weight can create enough tipping moment to overturn the vehicle

  • 21.

    Always comply with load chart capacities, (centerline of rotation to hook).

  • 22.

    Secure all loads before lifting.

  • 23.

    Always set the emergency brake before beginning operation.

  • 24.

    Keep objects and personnel clear of crane path during operation.

  • 25.

    Operate control levers slowly and smoothly in order to meter oil flow for safe operation.

  • 26.

    Always extend the outriggers from vehicle to the ground before crane operation. Insure that they are firmly positioned on solid footings. Stand clear of outriggers while they are being extended.

  • 27.

    If any outrigger, when extended, rests on a curb or other object that prevents it from extending to its maximum distance, shorten bearing or fulcrum point and reduce the maximum load accordingly.

  • 28.

    When an outrigger will not reach the ground due to holes or grades, it shall be blocked up to provide level and firm support for the truck.

  • 29.

    When working in soft earth, use wide pads under outrigger feet to prevent sinking.

  • 30.

    Always store outriggers before transportation.

Auto Crane Company cranes are not designed or intended for use in lifting or moving persons. Any such use shall be considered to be improper and the seller shall not be responsible for any claims arising there from. This sale is made with the express understanding that there is no warranty that the goods shall be fit for the purpose of lifting or moving persons or other improper use and there is no implied warranty or responsibility for such purposes.



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