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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 7:01:06 PM
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Hy everyone

Link Belt has truck terrain cranes and telescopic truck cranes in its range, but since these two are completely unknown here in Germany, I wanted to ask if anyone of you could explain to me the difference between these two types and why they are obviously so popular in the USA and Canada are.
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 7:35:10 PM

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I'm not a big crane guy but I think I give some info. The main difference between the Truck Terrain and Telescopic Truck Cranes is the addition of all wheel steering on the Truck Terrain. Grove actually offered a similar unit the TTS870 back in the late 90's - early 2000's discontinuing it before bringing back the Truck Terrain crane with model, The TTS9000-2 last year. Theses types of cranes are pretty popular since they're easy setup and take down, ease of transportability and better compliance with our weight laws. Basically a taxi crane that's suited for the North American market. I've noticed that in Europe you guys use truck mounted telescopic cranes to largely fulfill that role, such as the Liebherr LTF and Tadano HK series. I have noticed that the telescopic cranes mounted on truck chassis has seemed to gain in popularity in North America over the traditional truck mount crane in recent years. That's my two cent's at least.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 10:11:00 PM
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I am not a crane guy either and I know someone on here can explain this better than me, but I believe that the telescopic truck cranes you see today are still based around the overall design/idea of the conventional lattice crane carrier (chassis) from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Most of the crane carrier chassis from that time were one driver cab, two steer axles, two drive axles with some carriers had more or less axles depending on the capacity. These carriers were originally made for conventional lattice cranes, and were later made to accept telescoping crane superstructures as they became popular. A great example of this is how a P&H T750 telescopic crane shares the same or similar carrier to that of a P&H 670TC conventional truck crane. I think as time went on and truck mounted lattice cranes decreased in popularity, manufacturers still built telescoping truck cranes while keeping the same overall design and layout of the carriers originally designed to work with lattice cranes. All while this was happening, all terrain cranes were making a name for themselves.

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